Wow, I see alot of different opinions on this subject, so I'll throw mine into the ring. Substitutes are what their name implies, a substitute for the original bowler. A fill in. A sub has not made a season long committment and, aside from some "team subs" will not have his hand in the money jar at seasons end. The choice of a team to use a sub is easy, do you want to go for the given, or do you want some upside. An absent bowler will give you a solid 10 pins under average, but that sub could do worse... or they could help you win the game. Though I haven't subbed in a long time, when I was younger I worked rotating shifts and was only able to guarantee one weekly night off to bowl. Since I wanted to bowl more, and prefer league competition and lanes to open bowling, I often did the "show up at the bowling alley and look for a team" thing when I had a night off. Now, I can't speak for anyone else, but I was never looking for "free" bowling. I would always offer to pay the lineage portion and more often than not, the team would decline. I would also typically buy the team a round of drinks. As others have mentioned, subbing can be a great way to find other bowlers that you get along well with, and keep in mind for future teams. A current team mate of mine just happens to be a guy who I subbed for back inthe early 90's. Sure, there are folks that may try and use subbing for a glorified practice session, but in my experience this is the exception, not the rule. If a team decides to use the sub, they do so with the understanding that they are rolling the dice. Then again, aren't we all every time we step on the lanes? No one bowls their average EVERY game. Some are over, some are under... that's why it's called an AVERAGE. My experiences have been good ones as a sub in the past. I bowled some not so good scores, I bowled some great scores. I will tranferring to a new job soon and will eventually have to do 4 months of training in Georgia. You better believe I will have my equipment with me and I'll be at the local centers having the counter announce that there is a sub in the house. Hopefully, some team will take a chance on me...
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