CCA Previews ’18: Tenpin Bowling

By Joslyn Ho (18S06P), Girls’ Captain, Matthew Gwee (18S06I), Boys’ Captain and Matilda Yeong (18S03H), Treasurer

When someone finds out you’re a bowler, the conversation usually goes like this.

“Wow,​ ​how​ ​heavy​ ​is​ ​your​ ​ball?”

“That’s​ ​heavy!”

“You​ ​must​ ​be​ ​really​ ​strong!”

Contrary​ ​to​ ​popular​ ​belief,​ ​throwing​ ​the​ ​perfect​ ​shot​ ​that​ ​results​ ​in​ ​a​ ​strike​ ​requires​ ​more focus,​ ​technique,​ ​and​ ​technical​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​your​ ​equipment​ ​and​ ​the​ ​lane​ ​conditions​ ​than strength.

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It​ ​is​ ​also​ ​commonly​ ​believed​ ​that​ ​bowling​ ​is​ ​an​ ​individual​ ​sport​ ​as​ ​there​ ​really​ ​aren’t​ ​any​ ​displays of​ ​teamwork​ ​you​ ​would​ ​see​ ​in​ ​a​ ​game​ ​of​ ​rugby​ ​or​ ​football.​ ​The​ ​teamwork​ ​you​ ​find​ ​in​ ​bowling, however,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​little​ ​different.​ ​One​ ​of​ ​the​ ​key​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​the​ ​teamwork​ ​that​ ​bowling​ ​requires​ ​is​ ​to maintain​ ​high​ ​team​ ​synergy,​ ​giving​ ​each​ ​bowler​ ​the​ ​zeal​ ​to​ ​push​ ​through​ ​even​ ​the​ ​most stressful​ ​and​ ​wearing​ ​tournaments.

During​ ​competition​ ​season,​ ​which​ ​we​ ​start​ ​training​ ​for​ ​from​ ​November​ ​the​ ​previous​ ​year​ ​to April,​ ​trainings​ ​are​ ​three​ ​times​ ​a​ ​week.​ ​Held​ ​on​ ​Mondays​ ​and​ ​Fridays​ ​from​ ​6​ ​to​ ​8pm​ ​and Wednesdays​ ​from​ ​3​ ​to​ ​5pm​ ​(subject​ ​to​ ​change​ ​according​ ​to​ ​our​ ​timetables),​ ​trainings​ ​are usually​ ​held​ ​at​ ​Orchid​ ​Country​ ​Club​ ​and​ ​Temasek​ ​Club​ ​closer​ ​to​ ​the​ ​competition​ ​date.

Off-season,​ ​trainings​ ​are​ ​reduced​ ​to​ ​once​ ​or​ ​twice​ ​a​ ​week.​ ​However,​ ​physical​ ​training​ ​sessions will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​during​ ​this​ ​period​ ​so​ ​as​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​we​ ​work​ ​on​ ​our​ ​physical​ ​fitness​ ​even​ ​if​ ​we are​ ​focusing​ ​less​ ​on​ ​our​ ​bowling​ ​skills.​ ​Physical​ ​training​ ​includes playing​ ​various​ ​games​ ​like Ultimate​ ​Frisbee​ ​or​ ​badminton,​ ​on​ ​top​ ​of​ ​the​ ​usual​ ​exercises​ ​like​ ​running​ ​laps​ ​and​ ​circuit training.

After​ ​doing​ ​warmups​ ​specific​ ​to​ ​bowling,​ ​Coach​ ​Eugene​ ​usually​ ​has​ ​us​ ​do​ ​some​ ​eccentric exercises​ ​and​ ​drills​ ​apart​ ​from​ ​bowling​ ​our​ ​usual​ ​games.​ ​From​ ​placing​ ​our​ ​shoes​ ​(NMDs​ ​or​ ​not) on​ ​the​ ​lanes​ ​and​ ​avoiding​ ​ramming​ ​our​ ​balls​ ​into​ ​them​ ​to​ ​throwing​ ​our​ ​balls​ ​to​ ​our​ ​teammates instead​ ​of​ ​the​ ​pins,​ ​these​ ​exercises​ ​will​ ​help​ ​us​ ​to​ ​hone​ ​various​ ​skills​ ​vital​ ​for​ ​bowling​ ​such​ ​as improving​ ​our​ ​aim​ ​and​ ​relaxing​ ​our​ ​swing.​ ​These​ ​are​ ​only​ ​a​ ​few​ ​of​ ​the​ ​many​ ​different​ ​exercises we​ ​do​ ​during​ ​training.

While​ ​these​ ​trainings​ ​become​ ​demanding​ ​and​ ​strenuous​ ​during​ ​competition​ ​season,​ ​the​ ​hard work​ ​and​ ​effort​ ​seems​ ​to​ ​have​ ​paid​ ​off​ ​at​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Inter-Schools​ ​where​ ​in​ ​2017,​ ​our​ ​Boys Team​ ​came​ ​in​ ​5th​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Girls​ ​Team​ ​came​ ​in​ ​1st,​ ​successfully​ ​defending​ ​their​ ​title.

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Apart​ ​from​ ​our​ ​trainings​ ​on​ ​the​ ​lane,​ ​we​ ​also​ ​carry​ ​out​ ​camps​ ​and​ ​other​ ​activities​ ​that​ ​allow​ ​us to​ ​come​ ​together.​ ​A​ ​few​ ​highlights​ ​would​ ​be​ ​March​ ​Holiday​ ​Camp,​ ​Post​ ​A-Division​ ​party​ ​and​ ​Y6 Farewell.​ ​To​ ​forge​ ​stronger​ ​inter​- and​ ​intra​-batch​ ​bonds,​ ​the​ ​March​ ​Holiday​ ​Camp,​ ​which includes​ ​various​ ​games​ ​and​ ​sports​ ​such​ ​as​ ​amazing​ ​race​ ​and​ ​soccer,​ ​allows​ ​the​ ​team​ ​to become​ ​a​ ​close-knit​ ​family​ ​before​ ​our​ ​national​ ​interschools​ ​come​ ​around.​ ​Regardless​ ​of​ ​the results​ ​at​ ​A-Div,​ ​the​ ​post​ ​A-Div​ ​party​ ​will​ ​still​ ​proceed​ ​to​ ​celebrate​ ​all​ ​of​ ​our​ ​hard​ ​work​ ​and spend​ ​some​ ​time​ ​together​ ​with​ ​the​ ​seniors​ ​before​ ​they​ ​officially​ ​step​ ​down.​ ​As​ ​the​ ​year​ ​goes​ ​by and​ ​prelims​ ​and​ ​promos​ ​come​ ​closer,​ ​we​ ​take​ ​a​ ​day’s​ ​break​ ​to​ ​bid​ ​the​ ​seniors​ ​farewell​ ​and thank​ ​them​ ​for​ ​the​ ​guidance​ ​and​ ​support​ ​they​ ​have​ ​given​ ​us​ ​over​ ​the​ ​past​ ​year.

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If​ ​you’re​ ​up​ ​for​ ​some​ ​constant​ ​mental​ ​stimulation,​ ​test​ ​your​ ​tenacity​ ​when​ ​faced​ ​with​ ​ten​ ​pins 60​ ​feet​ ​away,​ ​and​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​part​ ​of​ ​a​ ​fun​ ​and​ ​loving​ ​family​ ​of​ ​bowlers,​ ​we​ ​look forward​ ​to seeing​ ​you​ ​at​ ​the​ ​trials​ ​next​ ​year!

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