A good team. Yes. This is the first time in all my years of bowling that I finally have a good team.
I joined a company league last year and at the start, we had two ladies on the team who weren't good bowlers, and we had a vacany (4 person teams) Out of the first 5 weeks, each of the 2 ladies managed to show up once and not in the same night. Then after week 5, the one lady, who was captain, by the way, sent an email and said she quit. She joined another team a few weeks later and told us we couldn't use her blind anymore after leaving us 2 bowlers short, but that's another story. Then right after the first lady quit, the second lady quit, too.
So it was me and the one other guy. We forfeited a few games because the other guy had to miss a couple weeks. Then we added another guy. When these 2 guys joined, one had his own ball, the other didn't. The guy who did have a ball had a very old urethan ball that didn't work well for him. Both were relative beginners, but both quickly improved - especially after they got more modern equipment. One of the guys turned out to be a great bowler by the end of the season, actually won league Most Improved.
We added a fourth guy a few weeks later. We bowled quite a few weeks during this with two bowlers, the weeks we didn't forfeit for only having one guy. We had a few real bad weeks where these guys were adjusting to new bowling balls. And despite all this, we were in the running right up to the end. We finished 3 games out of first. If we'd had this team together from the start, we'd have blown that league away completely.
So we stayed together for the summer, and we're planning on going back next year. I personally can't wait. Yes, its great to finally have a good team. In all my years of bowling, I never had a good team. No friends who bowl. I always got put on the team with the kid learning to bowl who threw every other bal lin the gutter and the old lady who could hardly make it to the end of the approach.
This is really different, and I'm loving it. What a difference. Makes you really enjoy the game more and makes you really want to show up and bowl. I don't know how I made it through some of those other leagues. Well, some I didn't. But yeah, having a good team makes a real difference. Who wants to show up every week with a team that doesn't want to bowl knowing they're going to lose every week and have all kinds of problems, etc? Not me.
"Bowling should be played by bowlers, not physicists." - CoachJim