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#196232 - 12/28/16 12:55 PM How do leagues work as an adult
VikingOfBowling Offline
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Registered: 12/27/16
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If you didn't see my post in the begginer section, I am 29 and the last time I bowled was 16.

As a teen you'd simply show up and either form your own team or get put on a team with a group of strangers who became close to you for the next 12 weeks. You'd paid league fees weekly and just really have fun.

Is being in a league as an adult any different? Is there more pressure to win, or do people mainly do it as a way to disconnect from the work life?

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#196234 - 12/28/16 01:25 PM Re: How do leagues work as an adult [Re: VikingOfBowling]
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In most leagues, its pretty much the same. Let the desk people at your center know you want to join a league. They'll get you on a team if you don't have a group in mind.

The vast majority league teams are pretty much a pressure-free environment. Its more about getting out and being social. The teams that are interested in being competitive usually have their team assembled for that purpose.

You'll show up, pay your fees, bowl, and at the end get a share of the prize fund.

My very first league I was put on a team of three guys who needed a player and we all became very close friends.
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#196239 - 12/28/16 02:58 PM Re: How do leagues work as an adult [Re: VikingOfBowling]
VikingOfBowling Offline
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if someone does not have an average or handicap when they sign up how is that determined? How many games do they typically take to determine your handicap?

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#196241 - 12/28/16 05:00 PM Re: How do leagues work as an adult [Re: VikingOfBowling]
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The first night you will establish an average. After you've bowled the three games, they will calculate your handicap and apply that handicap to the previous three games to determine how many points your team won/lost for the night.
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#196251 - 12/28/16 10:41 PM Re: How do leagues work as an adult [Re: VikingOfBowling]
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You may want to join a fun league first while you are getting back into bowling. Zero pressure, no one cares if you score well or not.
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#196252 - 12/29/16 09:40 AM Re: How do leagues work as an adult [Re: VikingOfBowling]
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I might do that. Was thinking if just doing 5-15 games on my days off with a few lessons, before I make a team commitment.

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#196253 - 12/29/16 12:05 PM Re: How do leagues work as an adult [Re: VikingOfBowling]
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The nice thing about handicap bowling is that it evens things out so even if you ave. 98 you get, or your team gets about 90 pins, add to the score.
This is the case of one of the girls in my Church league, If she shows up and gets her 98+ her Hcap.= about a 200.
So at the end of the night we come out O.K. nelson

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#196257 - 12/29/16 02:09 PM Re: How do leagues work as an adult [Re: W9JAB]
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Here's the USBC URL that shows that 116% of the highest average in a league is the number to make everyone equal stepping out on the lane.

http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/rules/pdfs/Handicap%20Facts.pdf

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#196268 - 12/30/16 04:47 PM Re: How do leagues work as an adult [Re: VikingOfBowling]
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it's not 116% of the highest average, it's of the base, whatever that is set to - as long as it's above the high average. In the case of their examples, it's base 200. smile
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#196276 - 12/31/16 09:42 AM Re: How do leagues work as an adult [Re: VikingOfBowling]
VikingOfBowling Offline
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Registered: 12/27/16
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What stops everyone from just sandbagging the first 3 games, for a handicap League?

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