Using a sub for another bowler who is out with a long-term injury
Question asked by Linda Auten - 10/25/2018 at 1:39 PM
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I have a question concerning substitutes.  When a sub bowls for someone who is out due to a long-term injury, Do I replace the injured bowler with the substitute, or do I keep both bowlers on the roster, or do I need to do something else?  I am using BLS 2017

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Jim Merry Replied
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Linda,
 
It that situation, I recommend leave the permanent bowler on the team and designate the sub with an S instead of a T. Using S will keep the sub on the team from week to week. Set the lineup in the temporary order with injured bowler last.
 
When the bowler returns drop the sub and reset the order.
 
BLS with calculate the team handicap on the first 4 bowlers for four man teams (or 3 or 5 as applicable).
 
Jim
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Linda Auten Replied
Thank you. This worked, for the most part. I moved the injured bowler to the bottom of the team roster. However, when I enter anything for the injured bowler ("I" , or "A" or even her average with "A" or "I" the system still included the injured bowlers scores and the team handicap disappeared (we do not have individual handicaps, only team handicaps). So, even though the injured bowler is moved to the bottom of the team roster, I had to leave her scores blank, and not enter that she is out with an injury.
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Jim Merry Replied
Linda,
Why would you be entering scores for the injured bowler?
Jim
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Linda Auten Replied
The bowlers average which we enter when a bowler is absent.
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The thing is, when you have subs covering the absent bowlers, there shouldn't be any entry. You would exceed the playing strength of the teams concerned. So when there are subs, there should be no entries at all for those absentees that are covered.

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Anthony McMillan Replied
I think this gets to bowling terminology. Subbing in bowling terms means the team wants to use this bowler instead of the other (injured) bowler to help them win. If the bowler is going to bowl instead, but his scores don't factor into who won or loss we call that pacer/pacing. In the situation where they are subbing per this definition, you would enter the scores for the person subbing and nothing for the injured person in this case. If they are pacing/pacer per this definition, then you after you enter the scores for the pacer you would use the letter code of either P (if they aren't a sanctioned bowler) or X (if they are sanctioned and you need to report their average at the end of the season). And you would do the A - Absent for the injured bowler in this case. I would encourage if this is your first time dealing with it, that your league allows this definition of subbing or at the very least the other captains are ok with it.

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