Coaching. Rules. Etiquette. 19

Practise game for this unit.
Click on the bowl.

Coaching.   The third.

The third is the attacker and defender.
* the anchor and steadying influence of the team.
* all round shot mastery.
* always conscious of scoreboard and team position.
* always attentive of action on other rinks.
* watches and advises team if conditions change.
* looks for weaknesses in the opposition.
* maintains team discipline at the mat end
* always encourages and supports the skip.

The third is always ready to support the skip and play as directed. Plays faulty wide if holding and faulty narrow if down on the head. Be prepared to save.

The third is the most important player in the team.

All team members:
* be positive.
* be compatible.
* act and play as a team.
* believe in each other.
* set team goals – together
* don’t argue on the green – sort it out later.

   This video gives a series of six exercises to try.

Remember! Remember! Remember!

The lead and the second build up the head.
The third and skip protect and add.

Don’t drop big scores through being smart!

Qualities of a Good Third.
1,   Know and observe the laws of the game.  Buy a rule book and study it.
2.  Must know the team’s bowls especially if no stickers are being used.
3.  Be able to pick the shot or shots quickly when asked. You should always know  who holds second and third shot.  Indicate quickly if the skip asks the position.  If unsure, call the skip to the head.
4.  Determine with opponent the result of an end or refer it to the umpire.  Be able to measure correctly.  Learn from an umpire how to use the measuring equipment (tape, string, callipers, trammels) in the umpire’s gear. Inform the everyone of the result of the end.
5.  Must be a good draw shot bowler:
a)  to the jack on the centre line
b)  to a back position
c)  to play a trail shot.
6.  Must be able to play a good firm shot or drive.  Must be able to drive and then draw.   Must be able to play through the head and in particular onto short bowls, either pushing them in for shot or through the head.
7.  Know what a jack high bowl is and why the skip needs to know its exact position.
8.  Always be alert to any danger in the head.  Call your skip to the head, rather than speaking out as this may alert your opponent to an opportunity he was unaware of.
9. Must develop good understanding with the skip.  Do not offer advice unless you are asked by your skip nor speak when crossing over unless spoken to and usually agree with the skip.
10. Do not pre-empt the shot to play.  Wait behind the mat for the skip’s instruction.  Then step onto the mat.  He may have a change of tactics in mind.
11. Never stand in the head after your skip’s bowl comes to rest.  The possession of the rink has already passed to your opposition unless it is time to decide the result of the end.  Stand behind the jack and to one side; never directly behind the jack.
12. Remove dead bowls from the green or ditch before the next bowl is delivered.  Help move bowls after the result of an end has been decided.
13. When changing ends, the winning third of the previous end should place the skip’s bowl on the mat as a check on which skip is to bowl first.
14. Have a good team spirit, encouraging your team mates and never make critical comments about poor bowls or tactics.
15. Always watch your first bowl (at least) till it comes to a stop.

Rules.   The Third’s Duties.
The third can measure any and all disputed shots.

Only the third is responsible for measuring. Do not crowd around or offer your comments unless asked.