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My son has been bowling for a year or so now, age 14, and has done two seasons of youth leagues. He’s easily frustrated but badly wants to do well at this as it is really the only sport activity he is good at. Averages so far are usually right around 100 and gets frustrated with that fact. It took all of us until last weekend including the coaches to notice that he is ending on his right foot.

Since then I have taken him outside of league once and had him try to do a normal five step left foot release. Didn’t go well... he would take an extra or skip at the end to still try to wind up on the right.

I need thoughts on what to do here. Do we push him to keep trying to switch or do we let him continue the other way and try to work with it?
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What qualifications does his coach have? That's odd he hasn't
noticed in 2 years he ends on the wrong foot.


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I should clarify, 2 seasons for us is 1 year.  The coaches for this youth league are basically 4 adults that are really good bowlers that the group has contracted with.  They float around the bowling center (24 lanes all running with teams at the same time) and help coach kids  when they are asked.  Until this season we never really noticed they were there so we didn't ask for help.  A few months ago we did so and one coach has been helping him, with us sticking around afterward to practice 1 on 1 or 1 to 3 sometimes if he has a few others there giving instruction to.

Not wanting to drop any smack on him as a coach though.  He's a really nice guy, and obviously knows his stuff, and in honesty none of the coaches have ever noticed this nor I and I know better having taken lessons when I was in high school.  It's just that none of us realized it.  We were too focused on his grip, follow through, etc.
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Wasn't trying to cut down on the coaches but when I watch someone bowl 
I watch how smooth they are,how they follow thru.just the little things I
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FWIW back when I bowled junior traveling league back in the 1980s there was a kid from another center who was a right-handed bowler who ended on his right foot.  Was a pretty good bowler.

There was a point in time when teaching kids how to deliver the ball "properly" was a major part of the learning process.  These days there are so many unusual "non-standard" deliveries that I wonder if trying to force kids to learn the traditional method is worthwhile.  If it were me, since you said a 5-step delivery didn't go well, see if a 4-step delivery works better for him.  If he puts a serious effort into trying and it just doesn't work, then I'd say let him end on his right foot and work with him to optimize his delivery.
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I converted my 8 year old son from right foot to left foot sliding once he joined an adult/youth league with me. Quite frankly you have to go back to the beginning. You can't just tell them to switch their steps. It doesn't work.

Here is what I did with my son (we went and practiced a couple of times outside of league as well):

1) Two weeks of no step bowling for my son with the left foot out front.

2) Two weeks of one step bowling of the left foot learning how to slide.

3) Two weeks of two step bowling again with the left foot as the slide foot.

and finally,

4) After that we introduced the 4 step approach and he picked up on it very quickly.

After 6 weeks of slowly learning to use their left foot as the leading foot and the sliding foot, going back to their right foot now felt weird.

And yes, I am a USBC certified coach.


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I converted my 8 year old son from right foot to left foot sliding once he joined an adult/youth league with me. Quite frankly you have to go back to the beginning. You can't just tell them to switch their steps. It doesn't work.

Here is what I did with my son (we went and practiced a couple of times outside of league as well):

1) Two weeks of no step bowling for my son with the left foot out front.

2) Two weeks of one step bowling of the left foot learning how to slide.

3) Two weeks of two step bowling again with the left foot as the slide foot.

and finally,

4) After that we introduced the 4 step approach and he picked up on it very quickly.

After 6 weeks of slowly learning to use their left foot as the leading foot and the sliding foot, going back to their right foot now felt weird.

And yes, I am a USBC certified coach.


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I should add that if you have an adult or older child, you can compress the timeline, but don't skip any of the steps. Older kids and adults learn at a faster pace. However, I firmly believe this is the correct approach to convert from the wrong foot to the correct foot. It has never failed when I've used it.
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