Can't see why a team should say they don't have a chance if its handicapped properly
I'd agree that is one of the issues in the league. We've only ever used some percentage of the team difference for handicap, currently it is at 90% and it used to be 85%. Handicap is also a hot issue before the start of every season, but no one has ever suggested individual. I think once it was brought up to make it 100% of the difference, but it didn't get support and no vote was taken.
The rules that most leagues have in place calculate averages after the first 21 games and then an average is based on total pins for the rest of the year. This mentality is asking for problems.
We're only the first 9 games before we reset, then updates based on total pins every week after that. We used to just reset bowlers with established averages after week 1. I agree, it can lead to problems even if maybe not intentional. Some of the better bowlers in the league don't touch their stuff over the summer, so they're a little rusty (supposedly). I like the 21 game idea better, it would have helped me and thus our team. I'm at 238 after the first 3 weeks, and that is most likely not sustainable for me.