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Date: 13 Nov 2005 01:04:07
From: Rick Holt
Subject: How many times a week do you sub, subbing etiquette, and how much is too much?
Hey all,

I finally got to a point this year where I am comfortable enough in my
ability to sub for people on a regular basis. I'm also lucky enough to
live in an area where the bowling centers don't charge any fees to a
sub. I take subbing seriously because people are paying money out of
their pocket for me to bowl and it feels good when I am able to bowl
my best and help them if only for one night. That being said, I am
asking all you professional "subs" out there for advice on where to
draw the line in certain situations when subbing.

For instance, I am subbing weekly in a small mixed league where I am
friendly with most everyone but know a few people there better than
others. I have always hated subs that will intentionally dump shots in
order to help their friends on the opposing team win, it is something
that I swore to myself I would never do as a sub and my creed is "I
will bowl my best for anyone". However, it feels funny when I
contribute to my friends' team's demise subbing against them. I am
there for the league to sub for whoever needs help but are there
situations where you draw the line and won't sub because you are
bowling against friends?

Another thing is "average management". I mean, in some leagues, mainly
the mixed handicap leagues if your average is too high people will
sometimes prefer to use a blind score rather than use a sub and lose
handicap. Do you intentionally try to keep your average under a
certain cap by sandbagging when you can or is that just not an option?

Also, how much is too much? I mean, I would bowl every night and
(almost) have because I love it soo much but where do you draw the
line as far as how much subbing you will do in a week so that you
don't burn yourself out? Finally is there any unofficial "subbing
etiquette" I should know about? Thanks for listening.

Rick




 
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