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|Casual Players at *|CLUB|* Bowling Club: A SurveyBowls Currently Getting the Best Television Exposure Ever
Roll Back the Clock -boost physical activity rates fpr ages 65 or more
How is Bowls presented to Casual Players at Your Club?|
Getagameofbowls.com allows any club to easily advertise its regular weekly events on the site. Most of these events are something like ‘Tuesday three bowl pairs 1.30pm single entry $8'.
Traditionally these games would be open to any playing member of your club and any visiting full member of a bowling club anywhere in the world.
| This was normally a privilege which came with paying for full membership of your club, but in many cases now seems to be ignored. |
Across Australia there are now more people playing social bowls of some type than there are club members The Bowls Australia census has shown this for some years.
| In South Australia where poker machines are rare in bowling clubs, a new form of the game developed about 25 years ago. |
This is called Night Owls and involves people, not usually a playing member of the club, bowling weekly for most of the summer season in a competition for teams of self-selected fours. The game is in mufti and the teams made up their own names.
Most SA clubs would agree that the playing fees and bar taking from Night Owls is an extremely important contributor to the club’s financial viability.
Last year I was talking to a Queensland club and realized that they had never heard of this concept. They did have barefoot bowls which appeared to be much more casual than night owls.
I believe that it would be useful to find out how this bowls for ‘social members’ is organized across Australia so that the good ideas of clubs can be shared. Hence the survey, the results of which will be in the next gggazette
If you have a system which works but does not fit the options in the survey please include it. It could save a club somewhere from insolvency. Please complete the survey
SOCIAL BOWLS SURVEY
Best Bowls Television Exposure Ever|
It is wonderful that thanks to SBS, 7TWO and Fox Sports we are currently seeing our sport on television in many ways
The Australian Open had two days of four hours last week on both SBS and Fox
The new Ultimate Bowls Championship gave us seven high quality one hour shows on both 7TWO and Fox Sports. These telecast were were so good to watch that I hope they might be able include the round of 16 from future tournaments- resulting in 15 shows from each of their three events per year. Find out more about UBC
Each version of the Bowls Premier league offers a long afternoon and evening for four days on fox
The Bowls Show on SBS now takes matches from the Premier League, the Australian Open, the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships in a full hour on winter Sunday afternoons on SBS, repeated later on fox Sports
The World Bowls Challenge, announced jointly in January by World Bowls and Bowls Australia, will feature Australia v Rest of the World in an exciting ten-a-side format played from November 29-30 2019, with the action from both nights broadcast live on Fox Sports.
A wider range of games are often streamed directly from events to an increasing audience. All UBC events are livestreamed through the 7Plus app, Kayo and UBC’s website and Facebook page.
We all hope that these shows may be introducing the game to large numbers of new people like Jack High did in the past.
As a bowls coach my youngest ever client was a four year old whose obsession was watching Jack High every Saturday afternoon, but had never seen a bowling club. In his first session with indoor bowls I was amazed that he could tell me why you put chalk on a toucher. He played night owls with a family team when 7 and pennant when 10 but other sports intervened. I hope he will return to bowls sometime soon.
What are the problems with keeping casual viewers watching the game
The telecasts should not be too long. The 60 minutes of the UBC or the bowls show is ideal.
The commentators should not presume that most viewers know the rules and the system of scoring. When we complete an end we tend to do so very quickly. In telecast games that stage need to be slowed down so that the commentators can explain why the shots are given. If at all possible telecasts should include the insertion of a set of circles over the head so the viewers can see the result easily.(as was done on Jack High)
The Ultimate Bowls telecast was the best bowls for television that I have ever seen. It uses a fantastic but complicated system of scoring as shown here. |
The only fault of the telecast was that the scores on each end need to be better explained, perhaps with the help of showing the venue scoreboard after each score.
| The bowls played by each team should be the same colour. UBC and Premier League achieve this, but it is a problem for the Australian Open.|
At the Commonwealth games the fours were telecast but the different bowls made it difficult for bowlers to follow the game and turned off the non bowlers.
If the team colours are right, triples and fours should be the most interesting games to watch.
At last we are doing it better than we did with Jack High.
Keep it up Bowls Australia and other contributors.
GET A GAME OF BOWLS INFORMATION
Each time you receive this newsletter would you
Check that all your weekly social games are listed and make sure that the information shown is still accurate. Where social games change with the season it is best to edit them when they change
Make sure that any tournaments planned by your club have been listed.
You can list your weekly social games as tournaments each week. This will give them better exposure in your state. When doing this you can show your prizemoney and sponsor if you have one. Once you have listed the first game you can list subsequent weeks with only 3 clicks. You can do this and have the games listed both as weekly social and in the list of tournaments.
Editing and Partial Listing of Tournaments
You can now edit tournaments by going to the bottom of the entry page where it gives you a list of all tournaments previously entered by your club. You can change any of the details except the date.
If you know the date, the type of tournament and the expected prizemoney (eg Fours Men (2 day) 21st March 2018 $3000. you could partially list the game and put put something like Please reserve the dates, more details later in the special conditions box
If you also know the sponsors name and the tournament deserves state or nation featuring (usually state $2000 or more, national $5000 or more your choice) you could do this at the incomplete stage and give your sponsor much more exposure in the state and national featured lists
Add 'Find a Club' to your Favourites
The 'find a club' section of get a game provides your quickest possible means of finding the phone number and location of any club in Australia - it is well worthwhile to have that link in your favorites
It also provides links to 995 clubs with web sites and 187 clubs which have a facebook page and no web site
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