Ya anyone that thinks 100% of any average is on crack cocaine. Some fool was able to get this by on one of leagues that I've bowled every single fall and summer since 1997 which was previously 90% of 210 and never had a problem. Never wanted to raise the average or really lower it. But never even considered changing the percentage. It hurts the upper average bowlers TOO much and is unfair and next week if this same guy tries this in the fall it isn't going to pass without a fight. I will be the first one to revert this rule next summer also.
I agree. I understand the thinking "on paper" that the base of 240 is fair. Numbers dont lie. HOWEVER...people dont look at the reality of what really happens when you place the base that high. It will promote sandbagging unlike no other.
In a point league where individual bowlers bowl against an individual from the opposing team, if the handicap is based off of 240, you are going to see winning percentages of those higher average bowlers in the 25% area. In leagues I have bowled in, even at my 230 "average", I barely win half my points and the handicap is based off of 220. So where is the advantage at? It is basically 50/50 wins and losses.
If you make the base too high, the "scratch" bowlers will disappear and if you make it too low, the handicap people will leave. You have to find a happy medium.
I think it's very subjective to the league base. While you won 1/2 of your points, last year in a ind. point league (4) points per player per night I won 85 out of a possible 140 points.(which was the high point total) This league uses 100% handicap and I averaged 10 pins over the base score.
We often look at different scenarios for our leagues to make them as fair for every team out there. Our team finished tied for 5th place (highest team average in the league) just by changing the handicap to 90% we would have jumped into 1st place. Also if we would have changed the base score to my average, I would have lost the point total award.
Like I said every league is different, but in today's bowling with the lack of actual scratch leagues, you have to equalize the playing field as much as possible or people will lose interest. Does is sometimes promote "sandbagging" of course it does, there's kind of no way around that in today's environment. 98% of league bowlers are just that "league bowlers", most don't care if they get better, they just want to have a night out and have some sort of chance to win.