SOUTH African Bowls’ more than 26 000 members are to join a national ranking system to assist national selectors consider the records of the best players in the country. A review of the Talent Identification (TID) Programme is also underway.
Announcing the plan, the president of Bowls South Africa, Allan Freeman, says his executive considered two options before deciding on a computerised system, now under development through a Bowls SA sponsor Perfect Delivery Brokers.
“This system weights players’ performances according to membership numbers in each of Bowls SA’s 20 districts; individuals’ records are captured directly into the system by the bowler,” says Freeman.
Several other major bowls nations enjoy a similar concept, where it has proved of value to national selectors.
A panel to finalise the concept under the chairmanship of Freeman (Gerry Baker, Bobby Donnelly, Theuns Fraser, Allan Gordon, GC Swanepoel, sponsor), will keep districts informed.
TID, introduced in 2009, permit districts to uncover talent through submission of individual performance which is then objectively measured statistically. Bowls SA’s executive is concerned, however, about a lack of TID results and accepts other criteria are required for the selection process.
Districts are asked to respond in writing about TID and suggest modifications to implementation and administration, by March 28.