SECTION A - OBJECTIVES FOR THESE NOTES

SECTION A - OBJECTIVES FOR THESE NOTES

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1IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS. SECTION A - OBJECTIVES FOR THESE NOTES 1. These notes aim to - IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN BOWLS PLAYERS. 2. They do so by achieving the following objectives - (a) Examine actual communications noted during many different actual games. (b) Comment on each communication (c) Suggest better communications. 3. However People (including Bowls Players) vary in their attitude to the communications that may help or hinder their performance. Thus some Readers will disagree with the criticisms made and/or the suggested improvements. SECTION B – IMPROVE THE CALLS MADE BY SKIPPERS. OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION. . 4. These notes aim to - (a) Encourage Skippers to give more attention to the calls they make. (b) Encourage Players to recognise vague and unclear calls and ask questions to clarify just what the Skipper wants. (However some Players like to receive a vague/unclear call so that they can play the shot they to play. In this case, such Players have an excuse for not doing what they suspect the Skipper wants. Further these Players will reject some of the suggestions made in these notes) TWO BROAD OBJECTIVES OF CALLS FROM SKIPPERS. 5. Skippers should want their Players to (a) Know exactly the shot they want them to play OR (b) Know that the Players can play their own shot in all or some aspects. 6. But some Skippers use calls that do not achieve these objectives. They do not ...

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IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS .   SECTION A - OBJECTIVES FOR THESE NOTES  
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   1. These notes aim to -IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN BOWLS PLAYERS.   2. They do so by achieving the following objectives - (a) Examine actual communications noted during many different actual games. (b) Comment on each communication (c) Suggest better communications.  3. However People (including Bowls Players) vary in their attitude to the communications that may help or hinder their performance. Thus some Readers will disagree with the criticisms made and/or the suggested improvements.   SECTION B – IMPROVE THE CALLS MADE BY SKIPPERS .   OBJECTIVES OF THIS SECTION . . 4. These notes aim to - (a) Encourage Skippers to give more attention to the calls they make .  (b) Encourage Players to recognise vague and unclear calls and ask questions to clarify just what the Skipper wants. (However some Players like to receive a vague/unclear call so that they can play the shot they want to play. In this case, such Players have an excuse for not doing what they suspect the Skipper wants. Further these Players will reject some of the suggestions made in these notes)  TWO BROAD OBJECTIVES OF CALLS FROM SKIPPERS .  5. Skippers should want their Players to  (a) Know exactly the shot they want them to play OR  (b) Know that the Players can play their own shot in all or some aspects.  6. But some Skippers use calls that do not achieve these objectives. They do not make it clear what they want the Player to try to do.  Calls – Skipper 2/01  
 
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IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS .   REASONS FOR POOR CALLS BY SKIPPERS .  7. Sometimes Skippers know the shot they want played but the words they use to communicate the shot have a variety of meanings. They do not know, or check on, the meaning the Player gives to the call.  8. Sometimes Skippers do not know the weight they should call for a particular shot. Some Skippers avoid giving a weight for such shots.  9. Sometimes Skippers do NOT know precisely what they want. Thus they consciously or unconsciously give vague and/or unclear calls. Such calls hide the Skipper’s inability to decide the shot to call.   ACTUAL CALLS MADE, POSSIBLE QUESTIONS/COMMENTS, AND A SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENT.  10. The following tables have three columns. The first column shows actual calls made. (Some Readers may find it difficult to believe that this column contains actual calls. If so, they should start listening to the calls Skippers actually make.)  11. The second column suggests what the Receiver of the call might have said (a) in order to clarify the meaning of the call and/or (b) express their annoyance. Probably some Players would have made the reply in their mind or under their breath.  12. The third column suggests a better approach .  13. The headings in each subsection suggest - in broad terms - a possible intention by the Caller.  14. These cover the following –  
 
 
(a) Vague Calls – unclear what the Caller wants (h) A comparison with the previous bowl (b) More than just a draw (i) An Unwise Call (c) Do not drop short (j) A Result Stated (d) An object (jack and/or bowl) to hit (k) Harmful Calls (e) Mention of Weight (l) Possible Contradictions (f) No mention of Weight (m)Comment about a Player (g) Mention of Positive (ly)/ Definite
IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS . 3  ACTUAL CALL PTOHSES IRBELCE ECIVOEMR MOEFN TT HBEY  A BETTER APPROACH?    CALL  Vague Calls   15. Right up to it  
 What do you mean?
  16. Player “A” bowled short – by What do you mean? about seven feet. Skipper – “You need to be up to it.”    17. Right Up What do you mean?     I don 18. Youve got to come down you wta nktn omwe  tjou spt lawyh. at shot here.   19. A little touch on that for four. How much of a touch?   20. Just finish behind How much behind?   21. You know what to do. Thanks – but I don’t!  More than just a draw?   21. Just slip through it
  I don’t know just what shot you want me to play,    22. Have a little niggle on your What weight do you want me backhand. to use?  
 
 If a Skipper wants to increase the chance that a Player will reach the jack then call for a draw shot behind the jack. That call should mean that the Player would have a higher probability of reaching the jack.  Thus, try - “Draw two feet behind the jack.”  Add seven feet
 Add six feet or    Draw to three feet behind the jack  Play a shot about ten feet through the head that goes between these two bowls (indicated by the Skip)  Trail the jack two feet and we and we will have four.  Draw to three feet behind the jack.  (Give a specific instruction.)
  Play five feet through the head to finish here (indicate the desired finishing position).   Play to draw off the opposition bowl by playing three feet past the jack.
 Play a bowl that draws three feet past the jack.   Difficult to know  how to improve  the call without  knowing just  what the call means
IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS . 4      23. Have a bit of a run at it. I don’t know just what shot Play about ten feet through the head you want me to play, to pick up the jack. Make sure that you do not lose your bowl.     24. Have a real run at that bowl. What weight do you want me Play to hit the bowl. Play whatever to use? weight you choose but make sure  that you lose your bowl.    25. Plough through those bowls What weight do you want me Drive to break up these bowls  to use? (indicated).   Do not drop short?    26. Just make sure you’re there. I better try to bowl past the jack or the Skipper will blast me again.   27. Reaching it. What weight do you want me  to use?   What weight do you want me 28. Be up to the head. to use?    29. Arrive on that bowl. What weight do you want me  to use?    An Object (Jack or Bowl) to hit    30. Make contact on that bowl.  What weight do you want me to use?      What weight do you want me (3i1n. dicaLtionogk ian gb owflo rw itht hteh e hbaonwdl)  to use?  just over the draw.    32. We’re searching for the bowl What weight do you want me to use?   
 
 Play it to hit the bowl with about four feet of weight.  Try to push out that bowl by using about four feet of weight.
 Play through that bowl with about ten feet of weight.
 Play the same line; and add three feet of weight.
IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS . 5     33. Clean it out. What weight do you want me Play through that bowl with between to use? ten to fifteen feet of weight – but try  to keep your bowl alive.     34. Looking underneath (a What weight do you want me Play underneath this bowl to trail the particular bowl implied). to use? jack with about eight feet of weight.     35. Just to draw the bowl. What weight do you want me Play through the bowl with about  to use? four feet of weight.     36. Play on to these bowls – What weight do you want me Play to run through these bowls with they’re ours. to use? about ten feet of weight,   A comparison with the previous bowl .    37. I wouldn’t change too much. What change do you want me  to make.  Mention of Positively/Definite    38. You’ve got to play positively What weight do you want me  to use?    39. Be positive What weight do you want me  to use?    40. A bit more positive. How much more weight do  you want to use?   MENTION OF WEIGHT.    41. Player – “Do you want me to How much weight? draw to that back bowl?” Skipper – “A touch more. You can’t do any damage with a bit of weight  
 
  Play a shot to hit this bowl   with about six feet of weight.
 Add three feet of weight to your last bowl.
  Play the shot with three feet more weight
IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS . 6      42. “Not too much weight.” What weight do you want me to Play the same line; but take off use? six feet of weight.      43. Use enough weight to push What weight do you want me to Push through that bowl to run up on that bowl and you will use? through it. Use about six feet of push it out.” weight.    44. Play with a bit of weight on How much weight ?  Play through these two bowls those two.” (pointing to two with six to eight feet of weight. bowls)    45. Put on a little bit of weight. How much weight ?  Add about four feet to your last bowl.     46. A  bit more green and a bit How much weight ? Correct your line and add six feet more weight . of weight.     47. Take a bit of weight off. How much weight should I take Lose three feet.  off ?     48. Skipper: Play up here with a Hmoeawn ?m uch does a bit of weight” oPfl awy euigp hht.e re with about four feet touch of weight.” Player: “How much weight?” Skipper: “a bit of weight.    49. Skipper . “Play up through it.” But I would still like to know - Play up through this bowl with (Skipper indicates a bowl.) Player how much weight? about ten feet of weight. – “What sort of weight?” Skipper – “Just get through it”    50. That was a little bit quick. By how much? Reduce your weight by about five  feet.    51. Play up with weight. How much weight? What path do Play up through this bowl with you want me to take? about ten feet of weight.     52. I want weight. How much weight? Play to hit the jack with about ten feet of weight.    53. Play it with a good solid What do you mean by “good Play the shot with about ten feet weight - whatever you’re solid weight? of weight. comfortable with. Can I choose my own weight? Play the shot with whatever weight allows you the best  chance of achieving the objective  
7 IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS .     54. Just enough weight to rattle How much weight? Play through these bowls with them around. about ten feet of weight.    I can see I had the right green! 5n5e.e d Ytoo tuar keg roefef ns omwea s weOigKh.t .Just But how much weight should I Swaeimgeh tl.i ne but take off six feet of  take off?    56. A bit weighty. The line I can see I had the right line, but I Same line but take off six feet of perfect. would like to know how much weight. weight to take off.  IMPLIED OR EXPRESSED DIRECTION OF THE SHOT.   57. Play through here.
 How much weight?
 Play through here (indicating a space) with about ten feet of weight.    58. I’d play up inside. How much weight? Play up inside this bowl with about ten feet of weight.     59. You’ve got to come down How much weight? Play down here (indicating a here space) with about ten feet of weight.     60. Playing through here – trail How far do you want me to trail Play through (indicating a space) the jack. the jack? and try to trail the jack about four feet.    NO MENTION OF WEIGHT .   61. Look for the kitty.
 
 With how much weight?  
 Try to trail the jack three feet.
IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS . 8     62. See that bowl – take it out With how much weight? Take out that bowl with whatever weight you wish – but use at least  six feet.    63. Be slightly more positive. How much more weight? tPhlraeye t fheee ts aomf ew sehigoht t.b ut add about     64. (The Third’s bowl finished et – PROVIDED the tsohoorkt )a llNoy!o u–r  wMeoirgeh tp oofsfi.t ive. You lIi tctloeu lwd esigeeh tt! hat I played with two SAkdidp pseerv eknn ofews that the Player  wants to get such information.  How much weight should I add? Some Players do not want Skippers to tell them distances.   Play through that bowl with about ten feet of weight.  
 What do you mean?
 Lose two feet.  Decrease your green by about a  foot.
 65. Right up   COMPARISON WITH PREVIOUS BOWL .    66. I wouldn’t drop much. How much less weight?   67. Don’t narrow it up too much. How much narrower. foot.   AN UNWISE CALL ?     66. Hit that bowl as hard as you (Will the phrase “as hard as you Drive at that bowl. can. can” encourage the Player to  drive too fast at the expense of accuracy?)   A RESULT STATED .    67. If you move the jack back Do you want me to draw or try If the Skipper holds a shot you could get four shots. for the trail? probably it will prove better to  say draw another shot.  If the Skipper does not hold shot  probably it will prove better to  say – “ Draw no more than two  feet to trail the jack.
 
IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS . 9     68. If you move the jack one foot Do you want me to draw or try Try to trail the jack about one we will have three. for the trail? foot.     How much do you want the bowl Play six feet through that bowl to u6p9 . oUns et heant oubgohw l waeingdh t ytoou  pwuislhl moved? push it out of the head.  push it out.   70. We’re searching for this With how much weight? bowl.  
 Push out this bowl. Use whatever weight you wish. Or Play with enough weight to reach the ditch. Or Play with enough weight to lose your bowl in the ditch.   Play two feet through the jack-high bowl to take its place.  Draw to hit that bowl with three feet of weight.
  71. He’s (an Opposition Bowl) With how much weight? exactly jack high – take his place    72. Make contact on the bowl and With how much weight? the jack will come to us.    SECTION B – ELIMINATE HARMFUL CALLS BY THE SKIPPER .   73. Some Skippers use calls that – probably - harm the relationship they have with the Player receiving the call. Possibly the call will also annoy other Team Members.  UNNECESSARY STATEMENTS.  Introduction. 74. The following actual calls show statements that – probably the Caller need not have made. Such calls may have relieved the frustration of the Callers. However can such Callers learn to relieve their frustration in a less-harmful way or train themselves not to become frustrated in a given situation?    75. The Second bowls seven foot (I know it won’t count!) short. The Skipper calls out “That shot won’t count.
 
 Add seven feet to your last bowl.
IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS . 10     76. Second to the Third who had Tell me something I don’t know! Add ten feet to your last bowl. dropped short – You’ve got to reach it John.     77. You have a straightforward The Caller should eliminate Draw the shot. draw. “straightforward” It has the potential to put pressure on the Player. The Player could think – “If I fail, I will look “poor”.   78. (The Players bowl finished (I know that!) short.) You took all your weight off.   79. Just your weight (when the (I know that!) bowl has fallen about six feet short)     80. Hit that bowl as hard as you Does the “hard as you can” rate Drive to hit that bowl. can. as a wise addition? Will it encourage the Player to drive too fast and probably sacrifice accuracy?)
 Add five feet to your last bowl.
 Add six feet to your last bowl.
 POSS CONTRADICTIONS.  IBLE     81. “Play that much over” What do you want me to do? Do Play three feet past the jack. (indicating about three feet by youe ewfant paa std rita?w to the jack or Or showing hands apart thr eet horizontally) Pause. “Draw right Draw to the jack. up to it.”      82. You can’t play it any better. (If I can’t play it any better, why Just correct your line. OR (oBbjuet cttihvee .s) hot did not achieve its rdeisd ultI ?) not achieve the desired Just add a foot of weight.     
 
11 IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN PLAYERS .     83. Skipper. “. Play about a yard Do you want me to play three I have changed my mind – use on through that bowl and the feet through or twelve feet twelve feet of weight – like your jack.” (The Player plays a shot through? last bowl. about twelve feet past the jack.)  Skipper. “Try it again – your last  bowl was about the right pace.”    84. Push up Dick’s bowl. (The Do you want me to push up Push up Dick’s bowl by playing bowl lay about one yard short of Dick’s bowl or draw the short? about nine feet through Dick’s the jack.) The Skipper then put bowl. his foot out about two feet jack Or high from the jack and jack high tDhrea wf otohte  assh otp. re(vpliuosu stlhy)e  uifs e thoef  and said - “You’ve got that to Skipper believes that this draw the shot.” approach will help the Player.   .  85. The Skipper called for a bowl That was a lucky result. The Skipper could state “good to go 18 inches past the jack. The I do wish the Skipper would not result”. bowl travelled about ten feet past applaud a poor bowl. the jack but hit the jack bowl and got a good result. The Skipper (But how many Players would clapped the shot. make this comment – out aloud?)     86. The bowl finished about a A yard would not push the bowl Add six feet to your last bowl. yard short.) You need at least a through. yard to push that bowl through (a bowl two feet short of the jack)     87. Make that bowl your jack and Do you want me to draw a shot Draw a shot about eighteen pass it by eighteen inches. eighteen inches behind that inches past that bowl (indicating bowl? the bowl).  COMMENT ABOUT A PLAYER     88. That’s more like you . I know I have not played well but Good Shot.  why rub it in.