COACHING  CORNER;   We hope to have regular advice & comment on this page from the club coaches, to augment coaching courses as necessary and this should re-energise this aspect of the club activities

 NOTICE ;  The Committee have ratified the Coaches' proposal that George Ivey be formally appointed as the Club's Senior Coach. George is already a County Coach, and we thank him for offering to co-ordinate the coaching initiatives within the club. 

LADIES ; As the Trundell and Burnham Plate matches approach in future weeks, the first such initiative from the Coaches is to offer some focussed sessions on Monday evenings, (well done to all those at the first session on May 22nd,) to the players in the Trundell & Burnham Teams, (or those aspiring to do so in the future). For ease of reference in the future , these sessions will be referred to as the Ladies Academy ! The next session will be on Monday June 5th Contact George or Ladies Captain, Liz Baldwin for any further details

 The Rules of the Game ;   There are booklets in the clubhouse, but in case you have that niggling query following the match.....  here is a link to satisfy your urge to be better !     http://www.burlingtonlbc.org/crystalmark3.pdf

 Example ;  It would appear that at a recent friendly match, the counting of the end started before the last bowl was delivered and as a result the opponent skipper insisted that it was a Dead End. The bowl still to be delivered was one of our own Skips' and it appeared that at the time we were holding three shots!   THE END WAS DECLARED DEAD by the opposing skip.   After the event, this conclusion was referred to the coaches by one of our members at the head at the time and the answer, according to the rules is as follows:-   

Rule 23.1
The process of deciding the number of shots must not start until the last bowl required to be played in an end has come to rest.

Rule 29.4.1
If the result of an end has been agreed or in the process of deciding the number of shots scored has started (as described in law 23.1), a player who has failed to play a bowl (either deliberately or accidentally) will lose the right to play the bowl.

IT IS NOT A DEAD END. THE OPPOSITION SKIP WAS WRONG. YOU ONLY FORFEIT THE BOWL.
Therefore ; REMEMBER  when you are about to agree an end, first check that all bowls have been delivered. Give a quick glance to the skips who would usually indicate that the last bowl has been delivered. Whoever is holding, it is up to the losing team member to remove the bowls from the head, or request a measure. Always use your hand to remove the bowls, and make sure they are placed in an area that is easy to check the total scored, on a cloth or similar. Clearly signal the result to the Skip.

Otherwise, this area of the website is still 'under construction' 

 

  • REGULAR COACHING SESSIONS are planned to react to demand ???
  • GET MORE ENJOYMENT FROM OUR GREAT GAME
  • HELP IMPROVE OUR CLUB'S RESULTS
  • Dedicated sessions for Leads & No 2s ,No 3s and Skips,  on demand 
  • GET RID OF THOSE BAD HABITS
  • LEARNING AND IMPROVING IS FUN 

A selection of self-help examples in a course of 18 exercises, were made available last year, together with a monitoring sheet for you to use and record your progress.  Please liaise with George Ivey or any of our coaches if you want to follow up this initiative in the coming season,  We encourage players at all stages and experience, to investigate whether this approach will suit you and help your game .

This page is also intended to provide occasional hints and tips to back up the coaching operations on the green, and is still in development;  Meanwhile here is a taste of what we intend....

STEP UP TO THE  MAT
 
a) Once on the mat, look to your Skip for guidance or information about the head.
b) Stay on the mat and follow the path of your bowl until it comes to rest.  You can learn something from every delivery -  line, length, the amount of draw and any irregularities on the rink that  day
. Your skip should indicate to you the position of your bowl relative to the head as it comes to rest. Look to him for this information.
c) Once your bowl has stopped, you must relinquish the mat to the  opposition and no further discussion  can take place with your Skip until  you next are back on the mat.
d) When back on the mat, look at your Skip to  see if their are any specific directions to give regarding your next delivery,  then proceed.
e) Communication and concentration are  paramount.

..... to be continued