In Wednesdays practice we are going to talk about accountability. 

The first video is about the concept of accountability. The rest are on 4 of the 5 items below.

 

 

The five things we want to see with every shot are:

  • Pre-shot routine – video is from the perspective of a few Team USA bowlers about their pre-shot routines
  • Clean start – This is about timing and getting started with the ball on the right step
  • Balanced finish position – USBC training video on the finish position.
  • Follow through – (for this watch Shannon’s follow through in the next video)
  • Watch the ball roll off the pin deck- Tip Tuesday video from PWBA professional Shannon O’Keefe about why we watch the ball exit the pin deck. While it may be an advanced topic, starting the habit early will pay off later.

 

The practice dashboard consists of two pages.

  • A page analyzing performance goals
  • A page analyzing practice performance

The Goals analysis page provides context to the Practice analysis page. There is a key (shown below) on the page that explains every metric.

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The best way to understand it is to explain a few examples.

 

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The third bowler on this list has a 171.5 median along with a GOAL headpin % of 91.39%, a GOAL single pin spare % of 69.77% and a goal 30 point average of 0.93. If anyone is interested in how these goals are determined, ask Coach William.

Notice the colored columns for this bowler indicate that a focus on spare conversions is a premium when practicing. Also, some consideration needs to be given to the 30 point average which would require focusing on “transition” and other topics related to keeping the ball in the pocket. Bowlers with lower averages would want to focus on hitting the headpin and increasing the first ball average as a priority. It isn’t that practicing spares is less important, it is that honing the targeting process down that results in higher first ball counts is easier to measure and see progress with even when the average isn’t quite following along.

If you hover over any measure it will give you a “player card” that contains a violin plot with their games and their average. In this case the median and the average are the same. They can be different and this tells us something about what we can expect from different bowlers. You will note here that the plot distribution is weighted slightly below the average which means I can expect games in the 160-175 most commonly from this bowler, with occasional games well over 200 to balance the average higher.

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Now lets return to our 171.5 median bowler with a GOAL headpin % of 91.39%, a GOAL single pin spare percent of 69.77% and a goal 30 point average of 0.93.

The Practice page allows to to review this information in more detail and to see trends over time. If you click on the bowler whose measures we are reviewing on the Goals page, you will see several boxes at the top. In the business world these are called KPI’s (key performance indicators). The overall measures merge the practices together. The trend breaks it out by practice. They look like this:

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Notice that their headpin % is exceeding the GOAL and is thus green, the single pin spare % is exceeding the goal which is also in green. The only measure that is not exceeding the goal is the 30 point average. This lets us know EXACTLY what the priority should be in practice.  As a note, when the bowler is very close to a goal, the measure will be yellow (their Fill % goal is 77.1%).

Now the Practice dashboard can be used for a variety of other things. Below I will explain the different sections of the dashboard:

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Slicers

  • At the very bottom on the left there is a pin deck with all 10 pins on it. You can click on any pin and it will narrow the dashboard to leaves containing that pin.
  • At the very bottom in the middle right, there is a slicer that lets you narrow by the First Shot count. For example, if you want to narrow your analysis to single pin spares you can click the 9 and it will only show frames where you left 1 pin.
  • In the bottom right there are slicers for Gender, Bowler Name and Practice Date.

Sections

  • Games – The games section allows us to look at individual games in the practice sections. Clicking on a game, or a practice date will narrow the other visuals on the dashboard.
  • Converted Pin Percent – This shows the converted pin percent’s as pie charts for each pin in the set.
  • Most Commonly Left – This shows which pins tend to be left after the first shot.
  • Outcomes – This shows what happens in your frames and a count of how many frames you are analyzing. For example, if you want to look at convertible spares that you miss you can click on the Open adjacent to the Convertible.
  • Most Common Spare Leaves – This shows what types of spares you are leaving. Multi-pin spares are more difficult to convert than single pin spares. If you are leaving the same types of spares regularly, it likely tells us some things we can do to leave those less.

The best thing I can tell you do to is simply click around on the dashboard. Below I will highlight a few examples of the types of things we can see from the dashboard.

Most Commonly Left – a few case examples

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These examples are for a right handed bowler. Each of these tells us something about what is happening on the lane even though we are not there.

  • A – ball is hitting the headpin and travelling through the pocket. The 10 pin should be the most common leave for a right handed bowler.
  • B – When a 2 pin is the most common leave the ball is going through the headpin to the right and is thus *light*.
  • C – When a 3 pin is the most common leave the ball is going through the headpin to the left and is thus *high*.
  • D – When the 5 pin is the most common leave the ball is often missing the headpin entirely. In this case we see that the headpin is hit sometimes but that frequently some combination of pins on the right side of the lane remains.

 

Converted Pin Percent – example

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With the example here I narrowed the dashboard to shots where 9 pins were hit on the first shot to analyze single pin spare conversions. The example above is a possible indication of someone who is comfortable with single pin spares that are in the line of their strike shot. Notice the trend of higher conversion percentages near the pocket.

 

These are just a few examples of how you can look at the practice dashboard to get an idea of how to improve your game. The coaches will be looking at it but there is no reason that you cannot assess your own game. Let us know if you see anything interesting in the dashboard that can help make our team better.

Congratulations to the following students for making the Denham Springs High School bowling teams.

Girls Varsity

  • Audrey Cedotal
  • Ann Savignol
  • Catherine English
  • Kara Deluca
  • Layla Legendre #

Boys Varsity

  • Gabriel Eunice
  • Cade Fletcher
  • Mason Ballard
  • Dylan Fowler
  • Quincy Brown
  • Andrew Wilson
  • Alex Cedotal
  • Hayden Rainey
  • Brady Null

Junior Varsity

  • Cade Murry
  • Cooper Bush
  • Connor Phillips
  • Dalton Mulkey
  • Hunter Norwood
  • Wyatt Wells
  • Quentin Armstrong
  • Caleb Perck
  • Randall Mitchell #

Please note that bowling is allowed to carry as many students as we see fit on a roster. We had a very young group of tryout participants this year and we want to develop as many bowlers as possible for future seasons.

Both varsity and junior varsity matches start 6 bowlers for each game.

We are allowed to designate up to 10 students for the active roster during any particular match. The varsity squad is not set in stone. Bowlers on the junior varsity squads can be called up to bowl varsity games and can earn their way into the varsity lineup *this* season.

We will aim to limit JV opportunities to the JV squads to ensure they get the most time in a competitive environment possible.

#Option C students are not allowed to practice with the teams until such a time that they return to Option A/B.

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To give an idea of how important some of our social media initiatives are, I am posting a couple of highlights from our 2020 season. Remember, like, share and comment on our social media posts. 

The following Tweet was retweeted by the official PWBA Tour account on Twitter. 

In response to this post on Twitter by the official high school Twitter account:

We have professional bowler Stuart Williams weighing in

Please note! These forms must be filled out by each student before you can practice with the team or tryout. Returning students who had a physical last season still fall under their previous seasons physical until October 1. 

 

Tryouts for the girls and boys bowling teams at Denham Springs High School will be at 3:30 pm Sep 8 & 10, 2020 at All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge, LA.

Open to all Denham Springs High School and Denham Springs Freshman High students. No bowling experience needed – just a desire to have fun, work hard, learn, and be a part of an amazing team!

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Do NOT think if you have never bowled before that you do not have a chance to make the team. The last two seasons we have had high performers on each team that had no experience before the season began. 

For tryouts you will bowl a total of six games. This is a varsity sport and we are a competitive team. Making the team will be determined by a combination of:

  1. Scores
  2. Commitment
  3. Attitude
  4. Potential

For each match we are allowed to have 10 members dress out and be on the roster for both the girls and boys team. We can have more than 10 make each team but only 10 have a chance to compete each match. Last season we were able to carry a JV squad which gives another 6 to compete for a shorter schedule during the bowling season.

 

*** PLEASE NOTE! There are LHSAA COVID-19 guidelines that we will adhere to for practices, tryouts and when the time comes, matches. ***

Current LHSAA Covid-19 guidance

Please read through the guidance linked above. It is critical to note that the safety of the students, parents and staff are primary.

Also, Group C students are not allowed to work with the team until such a time that they join their Group A and Group B peers at school.

As we have all become accustomed to, this schedule is subject to change based on future COVID-19 related realities. Stay safe and we hope to see many of you trying out in September. 

Does your high school have a bowling team?

The most frustrating thing I see every year through my involvement in youth and high school coaching is that there are a lot of good youth bowlers who do not have access to bowling at their high schools. At one of the local venues in town there is an ad recommending to “Join Your High School Bowling Team” … The problem is, some youth bowlers can’t. I aim to provide some evidence as to why your school should provide this opportunity to these students and their peers.

 

Bowling provides an opportunity for Students to participate in a competitive sport (why sports).

There are no shortage of studies done that demonstrate the value of sports in a persons life. Sports provide an opportunity to pursue excellence in an environment designed to challenge and inspire. There will be failures that must be overcome. There will be successes that bring great reward. All aspects of life success are present in sports;  hard work, discipline, mental toughness, attitude etc. It is no wonder that students who participate in high school athletics have better educational outcomes, show an enhanced sense of belonging, develop positive life skills, show healthier behaviors, have better post-high school outcomes and become better citizens.

 

Bowling is a lifetime sport.

Lifetime sports are ones that you can play for your entire life. A lifetime sport gives you something that you can pursue over the course of a lifetime and find enjoyment even when your physical skills deteriorate. Still, don’t think that age brings with it a lower level of performance. Norm Duke won two consecutive PBA tour events last season at the age of 54. The oldest person to bowl a perfect game was a spry 89 years of age. The legendary Carmen Salvino just bowled in his last PBA Tournament of Champions at the age of 86.

 

Bowling is more than just a sport. It is a community.

In Robert Putnam’s essay “Bowling Alone” the Harvard Professor noted that, at the time (1995), bowling as an activity was on the rise but that the number of league bowlers was drastically in decline. In citing this as a strong metaphor for the deterioration of social capital, bowling leagues were highlighted for their primary value in a society. Bowling in a league, or as part of a team, is a place where people connect. Today we can watch the best movies on incredible home theater systems alone. We can access all of the information we used to get from libraries through a web browser by ourselves. We can have our groceries, clothing and all manner of home needs delivered through Amazon and rarely encounter a human person. In short, we do spend more time alone. Bowling is one of the most social sports there is. Typically the teams can, and do, converse throughout the event and it isn’t always to rub in a good shot. Often it is about the whims and woes of life. Bowling is a community of persons having common goals. We are obsessed about carrying that ten pin, or complaining about how the lanes really are tilted down there. Our differences are cast aside, if for a fleeting moment, because in the end we all have a common enemy standing 60 feet from us. It is solidarity in purpose even when we are opponents. That social interaction is important in our lives and bowling is one of those things in your life that can bring a stable community into your life.

 

Bowling is the ONLY sport where you can receive scholarship money JUST for getting involved.

Louisiana, along with many other states, allow youth to participate in a program called the Grand Prix Scholarship Fund. You can accrue points from participation in youth leagues and tournaments which translate to scholarship dollars you can access when you go to college or trade school after high school graduation.

 

Bowling provides a clear path to playing at the collegiate level, especially for girls.

Two decades ago the highest level of collegiate athletics was working on requirements to remain a football school at the highest level. One of those requirements was having sixteen sports, a minimum of which eight had to be women’s sports in order to better adhere to Title IX requirements. Over the course of subsequent years many universities, including those outside the top division of college football began to sponsor sports which were inexpensive to field. Quoting The Undefeated:

In convention halls and hotel ballrooms between 2002 and 2003, Terrell-Kearney, the collegiate coordinator for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), presented her best arguments. Teams were inexpensive. They could help meet Title IX requirements. Barriers to success were low if you go in on the ground floor. With the right coach and some strategic recruiting, any program, from an NCAA Division I state flagship to a private Division III commuter, can contend for a national championship.

These programs have appeared on the map since that time and we are still in the “ground floor” stage of college bowling. Each year in Louisiana, many students accept scholarships to schools both in and out of state. Long gone are the days when basketball, volleyball and softball were the primary path to scholarships for women in sports. Bowling is here.

 

Bowling is relatively inexpensive to manage as a program at the high school level.

First off there are no facility maintenance or costs at the school. Bowling proprietors take care of this as part of maintaining their businesses. They also have a vested interest in supporting high school programs at a relatively low cost to the youth bowlers. In fact, in our area, high school bowlers can practice outside of scheduled practices at a discounted rate per game. A typical high school bowling budget includes practice fees, transportation and meals (in the playoffs especially) and uniforms. Realistically, athletes are typically responsible for providing their own shoes and equipment. Still, these are available at each of the bowling centers and usually (if not always) at no cost to high school bowlers. 

 

Bowling schools are BETTER schools.

Fully one-third of high school bowling programs in Louisiana are found in private schools, typically with high academic standards and numerous opportunities for students to thrive in a variety of settings. That said, the majority of bowling programs are found in public schools.

Using school performance scores for the public high schools in the state of Louisiana:
•    30.2% of “A” schools support bowling teams
•    14.4% of the remainder support bowling teams
Here is the breakdown by letter grade.

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It is clear that higher performing schools in Louisiana support bowling at double the rate of lower performing schools. Whether one comes before the other (bowling or high performance) is hardly the point. Good schools make a point to provide opportunities for students to participate in activities that help them grow into the best person they can be. Don’t you want your school to be one of them?

 

What can you do?

  • Show your administrators this post.
  • Identify a school sponsor.
  • Point out that the other amazing schools in your area are doing this.
  • Get the students in your area more involved in youth bowling.

The girls finished up the regular season today against St. Jospeh’s at Circle Bowl.

Game one saw the Jackets jump out to an early 7.5-0.5 lead despite an average performance across the board. Layla Legendre led the team with a 187. Game two saw a little fire come out as Lakin Fletcher picked up the pace with a 188 and Ann Savignol bowled her highest game ever with a 174. The lead swelled to 13.5-2.5 after the second game. The third game saw the low lane really take off with Briana Daigle posting a 143, Angel Beadle posting a 123 and Ann Savignol continuing her streak with a 147. The girls took 4 games in the head to head matchups for game 3 and total pins.

The final score was 22.5-4.5

The win likely solidified a post season berth for the Jackets as they are nearly a full point ahead of teams below the 16 mark (as of 2/25). They were ranked #13 prior to closing out the season with two wins. The girls team will await the post-season brackets to see where they will end up. The Top 16 teams make the playoffs.

Layla Legendre led the girls with a 503 (187)

The boys team was playing in their second to last match of the regular season. Game one saw the Jackets start their top 6 and easily cover the 8 points by an average of over 50 pins per matchup. Mason Brock started off his quest for 600 on the right foot with a 212. The team led total pins by 318 allowing for liberal substitutions throughout the match. Game two saw Cade Fletcher get off to a hot start with eight strikes in a row to finish with a 253. The team lost a point in the second game to end the game up 13-1. Game three saw Quincy Brown finish off one of his strongest sets of the season with a 183 and a 532 series. Gabe Eunice collected the lone 200 in game 3 with a 210. The match final score was 26-1.

Cade Fletcher led the boys team with a 611 (253).

The boys will finish the season at Zachary (Circle Bowl) and await their playoff fate as well.

There was some interest yesterday in what it will take to make the state singles finals for boys and girls.

Last season a 153 average made the state singles tournament for the girls.
Last season a 179 average made the state singles tournament for the boys.

We have two boys and two girls that are near locks to make the singles tournament. We have a boy within a few pins of last years cut and a girl that is sitting about six back. Obviously the cut mark can change from year to year. Good luck to everyone in play here and heres hoping to getting six Jackets in and bringing home a couple of singles state titles.

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Ann Savignol finishing up on a solid first shot

 

Girls: 10-2

Boys: 9-2

Today was the last home game for our senior girls. It is an honor to have you as part of our teams and we wish you all the best as you move on to amazing endeavors in your lives.

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Lakin Fletcher, Angel Beadle, Cara Palamentier accept flowers from the team celebrating their last home games.

As the tagline went before the game

#1 Central vs. #2 Denham Springs on the boys side. #19 Central vs. #13 Denham Springs on the girls side. District titles and playoff seeding are on the line. Let’s bring a little playoff atmosphere to All-Star today! Be there! Go Jackets!!!

Lots on the line in this one.

The girls match was one that lived up to the urgency of being on the edge of playoff seeding. A loss could have the losing team sitting on the outside looking in. A win solidifies the likelihood of a postseason draw. Game one saw Lakin Fletcher post a win and a 207 to provide much needed cushion on total pins after the first game. The teams split the head to head matches 3-3 but total pins gave the Jackets a 5-3 lead heading into game two. Game two saw Lakin Fletch keep the pressure up with a 212. Layla Legendre also got on track to post a 189. Once again the teams split the head to head matches 3-3 but total pins again gave the Jackets the game, a 10-6 advantage after two and a shaky 68 pin lead heading into the final match. The third game was a nail biter with both lanes being within single pins late into the match. Once again, the teams split the head to head matchups 3-3. Layla Legendre posted a strong 220 in the final game to keep the team close in total pins but the Wildcats pulled out the total pins advantage in game three to win 5-3. This brought the entire match down to the total pins advantage built up in the first two games. The Jackets took overall with a 57 pin advantage and won the match 16-11.

Lakin Fletcher led the girls team with a 561 (212).

The boys match was more lopsided with the Central Wildcats proving their worth as a state title contender this year. The first game saw each team drop average performances which set the match off with a significant advantage for the Central Wildcats. Gabe Eunice carried the only win in game one and Central ran out to a 176 pin lead. Game two proved to be the decisive game of the match with Central delivering the best single game performance of the year thrown against the Jackets with a 1291. Central’s low lane shot 681 to overwhelm the Jackets low lane in terms of total pins. Still, Quincy Brown tossed in a 222 on the strength of seven strikes in a row to carry a game on the low lane. Cade Fletcher tossed a 246 in on the high lane to give the Jackets two wins in the stanza. The score was 13-3 after two games with a decided total pins advantage for the Wildcats leaving a mathematical chance, but little hope heading into game three. The Jackets put together a solid outing in the most competitive game of the match but still only came away 1.5 points in the game. Cade Fletcher shot a 233 in the effort.

The final was 22.5-4.5 for the visiting Wildcats.

Cade Fletcher led the team for the Jackets with a solid 672 (246).

 

Girls: 9-2

Boys: 8-2

On last Thursday 2/20 the Jackets girls team faced off against Istrouma for the second time this season.

The first game saw Lakin Fletcher jump out the gate with a solid 191 game. The rest of the team fared well and the girls finished with a 8-0 lead and a significant advantage in total pins.

Game two was a repeat performance will all of our girls holding decided advantages over their opponents. Briana Daigle posted her high game of the season with a 151. It was also an 8-0 finish to secure both the second game and the match.

The girls dropped a game in the final stanza after an unusually high performance in the two spot on the opposing side. Ann Savignol posted a solid 151 besting her average by over 25 pins.

All in all it was a dominant performance and a solid build block heading into the final matches of the season.

The final score was 26-1

Lakin Fletcher led the girls with a 506 (191)

The girls and boys face a tough test against Central on Thursday (2/27) with significant playoff implications for both the boys and girls. Be there and Go Jackets!

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Girls: 7-2