New members are the lifeblood of any organization. Without them, an organization cannot grow or even maintain. They are also valuable in that they bring with them new ideas, personalities, and strengths. At the Long Beach Bowling Club, we value our new bowlers, and do everything in our power to help them attain whatever it is they are looking for by joining our club. We provide a friendly, social atmosphere so they will never feel out-of-place, and offer free lessons to beginners, and lots of unofficial help and advice.
Each new bowler is allotted three free lessons. The content of the lessons will vary based on the ability of the new bowler. But at the least, the new bowler (called a novice) will come away from the lessons with a basic understanding of the rules and etiquette of the game, as well as having been taught the basic mechanics. The learning does not stop with the free lessons, however, and there will always be somebody around to answer a question or give some advice. To set up a time for a free lesson, contact the club (562) 433-9063 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org If you are just curious about the game, stop by during any of our draw games and check us out.
The Learning Curve
One of the great things about this game is the learning curve, and how it varies at different stages of a bowler’s development. It is fairly easy to get to the point where you are fairly presentable. At this point you can enter the draw. The draw is open to any member who wishes to participate and is exactly what it sounds like. Everybody who wishes to bowl in that draw’s game puts their name on a board, and then draws a chip to determine the team that they are on. As the draws are usually triples, and you are able to pick the role you wish to play, you never have to worry about being over your head. As you progress in your abilities, you will see a decline in your rate of improvement. This may be an easy game to learn, but it can be quite difficult to master. In fact, if you ask most bowlers how long it took them to master the game; they will probably say that they’ll let you know when it happens. Eventually, you will progress as with any other sport. As you practice, your muscle memory will kick in, and every now and then you will figure something out, and will make a small jump ahead. As you gain skill, you may want to try your hard-earned talents against other bowlers at tournaments. Sound intimidating? Don’t worry; it’s not, especially since there are several Novice tournaments throughout the year.
Feeling like you want to test your mettle against other bowlers in a more competitive environment, but feel a little nervous about competing in a strange setting. That’s why there are Novice and Vet-Novice tournaments. A Novice is any bowler who has been bowling for less than two years, and a Vet more than two years. In Vet-Novice tournaments, teams are consisted of a mixture of Vets and Novices, with a minimum of one each per team. The idea of these tourneys is that the Novice gets to experience tournament competition in a more relaxed (yet still very competitive) atmosphere, with their Veteran on hand to guide them through the various rules and etiquette involved in tournament play. There are also Novice only tournaments. At the division level, there are single sex and pairs tournaments, and at our club we have a novice singles tournament, open to men and women.
California State University @ Long Beach
OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSULB
Please call the OLLI at CSULB for additional information: (562) 985-8237
The office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.
Lawn Bowling…for Sunny Fun with Friends
Lawn bowling is another ancient sport challenge – Teams take turns rolling their bowls towards the jack, with the object being to get as close as possible to the jack. If you like to share a fun activity with smiling friends on sunny days, come learn lawn bowling on one of the finest facilities in California. Challenge your mind and body, as you learn basic skills and strategies of this fascinating sport. Open to all physical abilities, as it is easy to learn and harder to master. All equipment is provided.
Class Leader: Mel Leach, KIN Prof. Emeriti,
Wednesdays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 20 (7 weeks – Note early start date)
Time: 3:30 – 5:15 PM
Location: Lawn Bowling Center in Recreation Park
First Photo is of the class and instructors from Long Beach Lawn Bowling club and the Second photo is of the OLLI graduating class of 2013
(front row, roughly) Bob, Barbara, Lourdes, Louise, Lee (woman), Bob, George, Julee, Jim; (back row, roughly): Mary Ann, Susan, Dan, Chris (man), Maryan, Patty. There were 15 students at the “graduation”.