Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
your bowling communications site
and records museum
cdabowling.com Founded April 2008 by Tony Campos
Tony Campos, PhD: website owner-director
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main purpose of this site is to allow the local bowlers of the Coeur d'Alene area to meet the needs of communication, and
to act as a museum for the bowling records of the local bowlers. Although the priority may be at the local level,
this site will accommodate the national level as well by way of search engine use by all those either visiting
or moving to the Coeur d'Alene area. This is a full communications website at your service.
WHY BOWL IN A LEAGUE?
Money and the satisfaction of winning represent
the motivational forces of the professional bowler. We folks at the bowling league level may not be able to make a living
from bowling, but we do share the motivation of winning in team competition. The beauty of this sport is that almost
anyone can participate no matter what your skill level may be by the use of handicap points. Even a low average bowler
will strive to make that big game, and it could be a record score. Being in a bowling league allows you the chance
to enjoy the game as may be suitable to you. You can be as serious about the game as you feel you should be to suit
your own personality without criticism. Of course, there will always be that exciting hope that something extraordinary
will happen and that your score will be recognized by the USBC.
It is unfortunate that bowling has lost so much popularity over the last thirty years. I believe
that this sport has not been properly promoted in the face of other activities such as watching TV, concern over work and
finances, and the mental syndrome of feeling too tired or simply falling into the malaise of being home lazy.
Bowling is physical and mental, and it allows you to get a break from all those work related problems that will give you a
heart attack. Get out there and shoot that ball for all it's worth, and enjoy being with other folks in friendly
Bowling represents one of the
few games that will allow the average couch potato to actually compete on a physical level. Competition in your life
is good, because it is the competitive spirit that drives you in life and makes life worth living. Remember!
Whenever you bowl good, the opposition should acknowledge it, but if they don't, you should still feel good about your
accomplishment. Whenever the opposition bowls good, you should pump up your own character by congratulating them.
We must all do our job to promote the sport with a positive attitude. Whether you are highly dedicated or happy-go-lucky,
promote a positive attitude about bowling to all those around you, and by doing so you will always enjoy your visit to the
bowling alley. Tony Campos
Your greatest satisfaction in life will
not be personal glory. It will instead be to promote the very best in others. (AC)
A SIMPLE ANALYSIS: WHAT IS GOOD
What is the logic for bowling averages either going way up or going way down? One
could say that either skills have deteriorated or that skills have suddenly improved. Or, perhaps skills never really
changed. Instead, lane conditions changed. Averages may drop when easy house shots become more difficult.
When this occurs, the average bowler who has been averaging 200 and above will most often form an invalid analysis to explain
a significant drop in average.
The problem that should be addressed is not that conditions have become difficult.
The main problem is that the average bowler has become more complacent in hitting a target on the lane as well as using a
ball that is not conducive to the lane conditions. Sloppy shooting does not prove good skills despite a high book average.
This reality will be proven when a bowler enters a PBA setting. I have bowled as a guest in minor PBA sanctioned tournaments
in California, and I can testify that one will be in for a shock if you cannot hit a three board target range with the
proper ball on either and inside or outside shot. Furthermore, the ball release must be consistent.
problem is that people begin to quit when averages go down due to lane conditions. It depends on what you desire
from the game. Is it just for social fun? Are you more serious about the game? Are you willing to focus
on the challenge of more difficult lane conditions? It should be fun to accept the challenge and know what is involved.
In conclusion, bowling on more difficult lanes will make you a better bowler, at least according to my very simple analysis.
Easy lane conditions will produce inflated averages. That is the reality of it all. Your only true average
would be many games shot over all types of sanctioned oil patterns. We must realize that most league bowlers are not
professionals. What can you expect if you only shoot three games per week?
Leaving one house to go to another
simply because of getting an easy house shot is not the way to become a better bowler. The solution is to become more
accurate with the proper ball and with an effective hand release. This advice is for the more serious bowler who has
some form of comprehension about the game. If you settle with just throwing a sloppy ball, buying a new ball is
not going to change anything. After all, it may be okay to just enjoy the social life. If you truly love
the game, you will take on the challenge of more difficult lanes. In the end, you will be more proud of your achievements.
in 1995 and 1996, I won the Santa Barbara Masters both years. I focused on my game strategy. I focused on my choice
of shots. Most of all, I practiced every day for two years as if in a strict religion. I had to face three
PBA members. These guys were good. I was motivated by the thought that everyone believed I had no chance.
I had to vary my shots between using the ten board and the five board and I had to change balls during each match. In
one of my final rounds, I went up against a red hot young man that thought he could not be beat. This kid was good.
He threw a wild hooking ball to the gutter and back. He was so sure about himself that he actually taped his name to
the trophy which was on display for everyone to see. I saw the tape with his name on it. I left it there for everyone
to see. This really motivated me. Well, in the end, he took it off all by himself. I am no longer the same
bowler. Why? Because I no longer practice. I no longer have that same focus and motivation. However,
I still love the game, and I still like the people I meet at the bowling alley. (Tony Campos)
Sunset Leagues are listed in the Announcements
Section for 2019 Season
GOING FOR A 300: THE 10TH FRAME (click here)
FRONT PAGE ANNOUNCEMENTS
We will be in the process of continually gathering score records since many of these records going back to 1984 have
never been saved at the local level. We are asking for your help in this recovery whether you have information
or if you have bowled a record score at some time in the past and it does not show up correctly on this site. We stand
ready to make corrections. The USBC has given data going back to 1984. One of the purposes of this site
is to act as a storage for all record scores protected with backup security.