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It's another after-league informal competition.  Four of our junior bowlers staged a series of elimination matches, with the low man being eliminated at the end of each of the first two games, leaving just two to contend for the week's bragging rights.

Here is that final match.  Two games, total pins.  These two are two of the top U15 Boys in the state of Georgia, and are very evenly matched.  Not surprisingly, the match came down to the final balls.  And what a wild finish!

There's also a "Bowling Tip of the Week" before the second game, which most any bowler -- certainly most junior bowlers, and quite a few adult bowlers as well -- can learn from.

Enjoy.

These are sure fun to do.  Of course I do them for our kids and to promote our junior program to other juniors and their parents in the Atlanta area.  (Hopefully if they see us doing stuff like this, maybe we'll peel off a player here and there who'll want to come bowl with us.)  But I share these junior bowling here because I know this forum is populated with avid bowlers who love our sport, even though I know you have no connection to the players in the videos.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy these videos, too.

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Once again a good show!

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It's great that you do this for the kids...good stuff!!     I absolutely love the productions you make for the kids..........

I know a kid that would like to compete with these kids for some "Randy" TV time...LOL
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It's great that you do this for the kids...good stuff!!     I absolutely love the productions you make for the kids..........

I know a kid that would like to compete with these kids for some "Randy" TV time...LOL


Kids??...I know adults that would love to compete for Randy TV time as well!!!!!

Seriously, Randy, you do a top notch professional job (well, you are a professional) and these kids are lucky to have a great bowling ambassador such as yourself, in their lives!!!  Great work!!!
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Buckeye_Nut and mrbowling300:  Thank you for the kind words.

I just figure, if I were a kid, what would I love to be a part of?  Heck, when I was a kid, I did imagine just such a thing in my basement bowling alley.  But there was a concrete wall at the back of the approach, so no place to film the bowler from behind the bowler.  And of course that era pre-dated videotape and home VCRs or camcorders of any kind.  They were at least a decade or a decade and a half off in the future.

If we do this often enough (and eventually, we'll get them bowling on the house shot instead of these challenging sport patterns), I'll eventually catch one or more of them putting up some really big scores, as I know some of them are quite capable of it.

Plus, as I still haven't thrown a bowling ball in about eight weeks since my foot first became injured, doing these videos has given me something of a vicarious thrill in lieu of bowling myself.  Eventually, I'll get out there and bowl with 'em.  Maybe even get into some of these challenge matches with 'em.  LOL!

Which reminds me:  I'm noodling on an idea for a tournament for our house's adult league bowlers.  It centers on the concept, "Can You Beat An Eighth Grader?"  Some of the kids you've been watching in these videos would comprise our elite team we'd put up against the house's adult league bowlers in just such a tournament.  Film at 11.

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I was just telling either themrfreeze or hailmaizeandblue (Chris or Mark), that some of these kids would give those in my league a run for their money!!!!
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that's a great idea!  ..and it would be fun to watch!   Of course it depends what league you are talking about.   You don't want to put the kids up against a bunch of 230-240 average guys from a league of "Bangers"...as I call them.


You put them up against a bunch of men from a recreational league "Not bangers"....and those kids will give them a run for their money for sure!!


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So I'm a banger? LOL  Never heard that expression before!!!

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that's a great idea!  ..and it would be fun to watch!   Of course it depends what league you are talking about.   You don't want to put the kids up against a bunch of 230-240 average guys from a league of "Bangers"...as I call them.


You put them up against a bunch of men from a recreational league "Not bangers"....and those kids will give them a run for their money for sure!!


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Well, the concept is still in the formulation stage.  Maybe you guys would have some ideas to help massage the idea.  But it goes something like this:

We solicit the adult league bowlers to compete in the tournament called "Can You Beat An Eighth Grader?"  Adult bowlers sign up as a team.  (To keep things simple, I think it would be you sign your league team up to compete.)  $20 per person, so an $80 entry fee for a team to be in the tournament.  (The folks who sell all that late-night crap on TV like singing fish to hang on your wall will tell you that research has shown them that people will throw a $20 bill at just about anything.)  We pick a date and you use your league scores for that date to enter in the tournament.  Half of the money goes to the junior program.  The bowling center gets a small cut for lineage.  The rest goes to the prize fund.

Our team of kids meets to bowl 3 games.  I'll probably video it to put on YouTube.  Their team total is the number the adult teams have to beat to advance to Round 2.

The adult teams that beat our team of kids (some of whom are 8th graders, although there may be one or two who are older, and one or two who are younger) come back on a date we prescribe (probably a Saturday after the kids bowl league) for Round 2, where they bowl 3 more games OF BAKER FORMAT, as the kids also bowl 3 more games.  The adult teams that beat the kids's total pins score in Round 2 then advance to Round 3, which is held an hour or so after Round 2, as soon as the results are tabulated from Round 2.

The teams that advance to Round 3 then bowl one more game and the top four teams (assuming there are still four teams left) advance to a team stepladder.

In the stepladder, Team 4 bowls one game (Baker format) against Team 3.  The winner bowls Team 2.  And the winner bowls Team 1.

My sense of this is that it ought to be a winner-take-all pot, and it should be handicap, since there are some teams that will enter from our Masters league, but we want to encourage teams in lesser skilled leagues to compete.  But how you handicap Baker remains something of a connundrum as I work out the details of this.

Like I said, the idea is still in the formulation stage.

But now, here's the kicker.  I want the money collected for this event (assuming we get enough -- we'll need about $2,500) to pay for tournament jerseys for all the kids -- you know, the kind with the lightweight breathable fabric and sublimated printing, with the kids' names on the back.  I have an idea for the design that incorporates some bowling graphics, but then in small print, faded back into the background (so you wouldn't even notice it until you got up close), all the names of all the adults that donated to the prize fund would have their names in small print on the shirts, so the whole house of league bowlers would be invested in a real way in our juniors and their bowling program.  Cool idea, ain't it?  :-)

Anyway, this idea needs some work.  But I think there's a germ of a really good idea here.  If any of you have ideas on how to tweak it to make it better, I'm open to hearing them.

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Randy,

Don't put it on TV, though.  People on here will find some way to complain about it.  Then, they will blame it on Tom Clark.......just saying....... [wink] 

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So I'm a banger? LOL  Never heard that expression before!!!



Yes..in my book!  LOL


Bangers are the 230-240 average guys that pretty much strike all the time[tongue]


I experience that feeling about one out of 20 games...LOL

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