This update starts with news of the garage fundraising. The headline is that to date the fund stands $22,238.64 and our target is $30,000. But what we want to draw your attention to is the small things that are being done which all add up to bigger things.
At the end of May $84 had been raised by members donating their loose change. Some members have been paying extra jitney fees and together with the regular jitney fees $105 has been raised. Some members have also donated 50/50 prize money and tournament winnings. We have heard comments that it is easier to donate small amounts in this way rather than make one off larger donations. Finally Vince Tamburello has been selling asparagus from his garden at $2 a bunch and has raised nearly $100. Well done Vince, we look forward to the next produce from your garden!
All these small items add up and the President and Treasurer wanted you to know how effective these measures are.
Last week we published an article by Janet Taylor about coaching. Several people have said how good the article (and the coaching) was. However, it would be helpful and give us better feedback if you commented on articles by clicking the comments button at the bottom of any article. This week we have an article by Nan Hendren on the coaching clinic.
This is what Nan had to say:
"On Friday, May 25th, the Club held a Player Developing Coaching Clinic, open to all members. The day was divided into 2 sessions. The morning session was on Weight, Aim and Delivery and then an afternoon session was a clinic for Vices, at a cost of $10 per session or $15 for both. The clinic was presented by Mary Lou Richards from Cosburn Park LBC, who is a certified coach and member of the OLBA Coaching Committee.
The day began with a short classroom discussion on grip, foot placement and delivery, then out onto the green for a series of skill testing shots. Participants rotated through a series of 7 stations, including: natural weight (caterpillar) shots; draw through a port backhand; draw through a port forehand; draw to short and long jacks; draw to long and short jacks; draw to the ditch over the centre line; and draw to within 2 feet of the ditch. Players were awarded poker chips for every successful shot with prizes awarded for the most chips (including the privilege of writing this article!)
The afternoon began with a classroom session on the various responsibilities of the Vice with a focus on the importance of communication with the Skip. Mary Lou explained the how the Vice must give the Skip the information they need as to the count and any other information they asked about but to refrain from indicating the status of every bowl in the head and to be subtle about the score – especially if down by more a lot. Mary Lou showed the different type of measures and explained when they would be used, how to determine if jacks and bowls are out of play and proper etiquette in the head when deciding who has scored, explaining that “points are given, not taken.”
Participants then took to the green and were given the opportunity to measure various set-ups including bowls that were in the ditch; almost touching the jack; on their side about to fall and equidistant, using the various types of measures and wedges.
Players then tried a series of more challenging but typical Vice skill shots, including a rest shot; a push of your own team’s bowl; a take out of the opposing team’s bowl; a draw within a circle of opposing bowls; and a draw to the ditch. Again chips were awarded for the most made with Janet Taylor taking the afternoon honours.
All participants enjoyed the day and felt it was a very worthwhile clinic. The Club is planning to hold a similar clinic using some of these ideas on Friday, June 15th from 10 am to noon, open to all members at no cost. There will also be an option to have your delivery on video for an on the spot Detect and Correct opportunity. There is a sign-up sheet on the Tournament board for those interested in this clinic"
Ontario Open Fours
In an earlier Article Bob Bates dreamed that he, me, Ben van Steijn and Carl Ferguson might be in Regina in August as one of two Ontario Fours teams competing in the Nationals. Alas it is not to be. Unfortunately we lost Ben from the team as the Ontario Fours coincided with his graduation ceremony (Congratulations Ben) and we replaced him with one of Bob's buddies, Al Ferguson. We played 5 round robin games and finished with a record of 1-4. I like to look on the bright side though and apart from the first game where we faded badly in the second half our games were close. The gold medal winners were in our group and we only lost by one to them. I could go on with other excuses but I won't bore you with them. BUT hope springs eternal and Bob and I will start again this weekend to try and qualify in the pairs. If only we didn't have those Steffen brothers in our District!!! Baylee van Steijn and Louisa Arthur will also be competing in the ladies pairs in the playdowns. Time to start dreaming of Regina again.