Thursday, 23 November 2017

Your View: Bowls comp needs change

I’M after some opinions from lawn bowlers in regards to how we can attract more players to our great game.

Looking around a lot of clubs, the average age seems to be rising.

Do we need to go away from the traditional way things are done?

Do we play more at night? Change the format of pennants?

Here are my thoughts.

At the moment, pennants run for about six months with a short break over Christmas.

I believe shortening the pennant season may attract players who don’t want to commit to such a long season.

My idea is playing one home and away round plus finals.

This could be split either side of Christmas meaning you play in say five-week blocks, or fit them around state events.

A shortened pennant season would allow clubs to run tournaments, club events, et cetera, on the other Saturdays meaning everyone can still play every weekend but doesn’t have to commit for these extra days.

Another idea is opening up greens on Sundays. A lot of people work Saturday mornings, so this gives them a chance to get involved.

You open your greens to social barefoot bowls, it brings more income for clubs and who knows some may want to get more serious and become members.

Any thoughts?

Don Bennett, Moonta

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