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Bowling News USA - July 23, 2014 Bad Lane Assignments...


Sometimes, in bowling, the environment and conditions may not be ideal for your “A” game. This could be anything from the oil pattern to unfamiliar approaches, bowling center climate, tournament format or even the people you are paired with at an event.
Handling obstacles and adversity is part of what makes sports so exciting. It may not seem like it at the time, but a little drama also usually makes the stories of those days even better. It’s one thing to say you won a tournament, but to say you won in a 100-degree sweltering heat because the center lost its air conditioner during qualifying, makes it sound so much cooler (see what I did there?)

Often, people get angry or frustrated when they’re out of their comfort zones. How you handle those situations definitely can define you as a competitor.

A good way to battle through such moments is to use the anger and frustration as motivation.

Whether it’s the one lane condition you consider your nemesis, or the one person it seems like you never beat, make sure THIS is the time you prevail.

Now, don’t take this too seriously. When we say angry, we don’t mean kicking ball returns, throwing rosin bags, and screaming profanity at frail old women.

If Suzie Strikes-a-Lot is throwing horrible shots today but still is somehow managing to carry, start a little fire started under your rear and show her what good shots look like and how they REALLY are thrown! There absolutely is nothing wrong with getting amped, animated and excited about your performance – as long as you don’t get too carried away.

The truth of the matter is that if you’re bowling out of this world or if you’re bowling terribly – you need to look good while the ship that is your bowling continues to sink.

Everybody loves somebody who shows good sportsmanship, win or lose, qualifying or title match. Oftentimes, people don’t realize just how far a measly little high-five can go. Whether it’s your opponent or your best friend, make an effort to be an admirable person. High-five somebody when they strike or spare, give them knuckles when they open, compliment their good shots when they’re thrown. Be the person YOU would want to bowl with. Realistically, it’s just the Golden Rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

As one of IAB coach Diandra Asbaty’s famous T-shirts states, “Bowl Hard and Be Nice to People.”

This instruction especially is true in this scenario. The goal is to be the person other people want to be around. As a matter of fact, be the person other people desire to BE. Be so nice that other people either want to be you, or they want to hate you because you’re the most ideal role model. How ridiculous does it sound to say that you don’t like somebody because they’re so nice? Now, don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying you need to be everybody’s best friend. All we’re saying is to be nice. Be respectful. Be kind. Act professionally.

Last, and most definitely not least, when bowling with ANYBODY, regardless of the status of your personal relationship with that person, remember what Thumper from the movie “Bambi” once said; “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

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