Make it a Goal, not a Resolution and you will succeed!
Happy New Year… I think!
Well here we are into yet another year. Apparently this one is numbered 2015 and follows the one that just flew by they called 2014. Will it be just like the ones before that? Will it fly by too? Did it zip by without accomplishing any of the things we really wanted to get done? How would we even know… if we didn’t set out to do anything? Or did we?
Aha… there’s the rub! Did we even set out to do anything? Did we set ourselves some goals. Were they actually attainable? Were they realistic? Did we let anyone know about them before we started them or did we just hope by not announcing them we would be able to lolling our way through another year without getting anything done? Did we write any of them down?
Save your back, hips, knees and greens with the Ubi_Launcher™
Years ago people scoffed at curlers who used a stick to help them get a rock from one end to the other. Those early pioneers took it on the chin and we're glad they did, for the entire game of curling today thanks them for it. Our own curling club has close to 20% of our curlers (over 70 in all) playing with the stick. It has saved their curling careers and by so doing saved many a curling club. We rely on each and every member of the club no matter what delivery method they choose to use to keep us running. Can you imagine how, if we are the norm, the game of curling could survive in Canada if not for the 200,000 stick curlers.
So what have we done about this in Bowls? Practically nothing. I say practically because I had an agent some years ago wonder out loud with me why there wsn't such a tool available in bowls, and in fact encouraged us at MVP Sports to develop such a tool. We saw a very rudimentary delivery tool but it still necessitated bending over to set bowls and was prone to heavily scratching bowls. It also was best suited to only a few larger sizes of bowls. We have seen and sold bowling arms, however as we point out they require a certain degree of finger, hand and wrist strength and are not suitable to a large segment of the bowls population who have retired from the sport due to arthritic conditions.
So here we are a few years of development later and we are proud to announce a new product, developed and manufactured here in Canada by Canadians for bowlers throughout the world. We hope beyond hope that it will become the saviour of the game of bowls just as it has done with curling. We have been fortunate to have been able to work with a fine young group of sports-minded engineers on this project. They ensured that strength and measurement tolerances were met, keeping in mind that we wanted a lightweight, adjustable, multi-functional, durable and most of all affordable delivery aid for lawn bowlers.
Greens Protectors are for Celery and Broccoli, not Bowls!
I was asked last fall about the availability of the "Greens Protector Mats!" Those who know me well will tell you I have never been an advocate for these potential lawsuits waiting to happen! That would be an understatement!
As a prior greenskeeper I know the bane of bowls is the dumper. In fact I figure each dumper a club has costs the club close to $800 in damages to the green and maintenance time to try to correct the damage done. Given that cost, I do have a few solutions, some of which are not always initially seen as positive but all of which are offered for the good of the club. I trust they will be taken as such, and if you should have any further questions please feel free to call or email for clarification.
Dunno if it's just me but I din't think so... Technology is a wonderful thing... but it has its limitations. There is no one form of media or social media that can do everything. Norm had a good point in TBiC when he thought his post had been deleted as some posts are in some FB Groups (not naming names)... but in fact his post had not been removed as Michael pointed out. The problem is in the interface. Different product needs different packaging. I don't sell bowls in plastic bags just like I don't sell towels in a box. The internet is no different.
There has been much discussion surrounding Provincial Playdowns over the years. A plethora of patchwork solutions get offered each year, and these days most of it seems to be spread through social media, the great water cooler of the internet. Most of the comments we see posted in social media, and that I hear from bowlers are centred around complaints of what is wrong with the system. Too many times there is no solution offered. Even where a solution is offered, most of them are simply reworks of a dreadfully broken existing system of play. On one thing though everyone I speak with can agree. The system is broken. So how do we fix it?
I woke up this morning and, for whatever reason, this was the question that was on my mind! Usually it’s a question of what to do next in one of our home renovation projects, or what can I develop next to make one of the games I play (bowls, golf curling) a better game. But no, today it was the burning question of what defines Bowls as a sport.
And you know what? I didn’t have an answer.
So, I got to thinking about other sports. Hockey, for instance, has the Stanley Cup and that is surely defining enough. Football has the Super Bowl as its big game (the Grey Cup here in the Great White North). Soccer/Football has the World Cup. Baseball has the World Series. These are all team games with a set number of players and the big events are played pretty much the same way as they play in their league play leading up to the “event.” Cricket has whatever they play for a championship, but it looks the same as their league play. Aussie Rules Football (brilliant game!) has its exciting finals (in Sydney when I was there in ’85).There are other team games that also fall in line with this where the Defining Moment of the sport is a culmination of how the game is normally played.