Article Contents

  • 1. Perspective
  • 2. Defining and ranking role models
    • 2.1. Parents
    • 2.2. Professional bowlers
    • 2.3. Older high-level players
    • 2.4. Coaches
    • 2.5. Peers
    • 2.6. The youth himself
  • 3. Conclusions

This month, we are going to look at role models, or, as they might be called in the bowling community, “roll” models. We have all heard the term, and many of us have been influenced by them. Whether we want to admit to being influenced by them or not, or they want to admit to being an influence upon us, they do exist and they certainly can have an impact. Sometimes it is a positive one, and sometimes it is a negative one.

In all probability, there are multiple role models in our lives, or, at least there have been at one time in our lives. Also, in an even greater probability, we are or have been a role model to someone else, or perhaps even many others.

This article is designed to re-emphasize to our bowling community specifically, and to the broader community in general, the importance of attitude, behavior and perspective, and the potential benefits and detriments which can result. Everyone in the bowling community is a potential role model: adult bowlers, parents, coaches, and yes, even youth bowlers themselves who have reached a certain level of both accomplishment and maturity, can all act as role models.


So where are we going with this? Well, if you are reading this, most likely you fall into one of the following categories of potential role models, whether you want to or not. You see, being a role model is not something we necessarily decide upon; it is instead in the eyes of the beholder. So, if there is someone who looks up to you, admires you, or watches you from near or far, they have chosen you to be a role model, at least at some level.

If you believe you are someone’s role model, embrace it. You can make a positive difference. If you do not believe you are, take another look; you may actually be one and not know it. Either way, just take ...

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John York

About John York

John York is a USBC Silver-certified coach and five-time BJI Top 100 coach. He is currently the head coach of the Wilmington University NCAA bowling program.