I'm posting this thread just to see how other clubs go on, not as a criticism!
Most bowls clubs I visit when traveling around playing, dont seem to have any stucture regarding bringing players on through the ranks. Forty years ago, you would start as a lead, until you could confidently draw. But with dwindeling numbers in most bowls clubs, it seems out of necessity, skips are picked that have not served any form of apprenticeship learning how to draw. Many of our older members can remember that time, and regret the lack of good quality skips.
Without that knowledge, it brings in another question when a skip stands at the head, instruction? Few of the newer skips can build a head for attack, or defence, or give precise instrution. As part of their remit, they should understand what the bowls of their team members do, regard to swing. A skips job is also to motivate the team, not just stand at the head and moan about his teammates.
Anyway, I'd love some feedback on what your local clubs like, indoor or outdoor? Does your club still bring players on, have a programme for improvement?