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PostSubject: 8 Simple Rules Of Bowling Etiquette   Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:32 pm




First of all, I am not going to lie to you, etiquette is a really difficult word to spell. So much that I was tempted to call this article bowling courtesy, but then I realized I didn鈥檛 know exactly how to spell that either. Anyway, let this be a warning that this article will inevitably turn into a long rant on respecting the sport of bowling, so if you aren鈥檛 in the mood, I suggest you scroll down and click around to find something else to read. If you are still on board lets dig in.

I remember the first thing my Dad taught me about bowling and it wasn鈥檛 what ball to throw, how to throw it or anything of that sort. It was something called lane courtesy. He told me to look to the left and right to ensure nobody else was going before I lined up to bowl.



This kind of thinking is absent from today鈥檚 game. I see time and time again people bowling who don鈥檛 understand the basics. I鈥檓 betting it鈥檚 not even their fault, as they just probably were never taught. So I鈥檓 always indecisive as to whether to sound snobby and try and educate or to just deal with it and try and sneak my shots in when I can. Sometimes I do the former, but other times I do the latter. What do you think is the right thing to do in that situation?

Let鈥檚 talk etiquette. Websters dictionary defines etiquette as鈥? just kidding this isn鈥檛 a research paper. Etiquette is a fancy word that basically takes into account the general consideration of other people. When you are bowling there is a few things you need to in order to avoid interfering with others.

Stay off the approach unless you are bowling. If it鈥檚 not your turn, get off the approach. If your ball is finished knocking pins over, get off the approach. If you need to mentally regroup for any reason, whether it be a distraction, or anything else, get off the approach and start over.

Who has the right of way? Much like pulling up to a stop sign at the same time as another car, getting up to the approach at the same time as another bowler is inevitable. In bowling there is a simple rule, the bowler to the right has the right of way. And if you are thinking you can get setup on the approach to bowl at this time while waiting on the other person, please refer to rule number 1 (OMG are you seriously on the approach right now!)

Other good tips, and by tips I mean rules:

Stop running out shots. People are getting set to bowl next to you, and it is destracting. If you have the approach all to yourself and you want to be ridiculous, then by all means go for it.

Do not bring food or drink anywhere near the bowling approach. You will inevitably spill it and that leaves a sticky situation. It can actually turn quite dangerous if someone takes a bad fall from sticky shoes.

Be ready to bowl when it is your turn. Try and time your trips to the bathroom and snack bar accordingly (i.e. right after you complete your frame). Now if you gotta go, you gotta go. I don鈥檛 want to hear about any accidents as a result of this rule.

Don鈥檛 use profane language. I see this a lot in youth league especially and sometimes it鈥檚 from the kids and sometimes from the parents. I sometimes curse like a sailor(typically not bowling related) but I鈥檝e been pretty good lately at keeping myself in check. You should try and do the same.

Keep the spare ball off the ball return. Sometimes the ball return is crammed with bowling balls. If you have more than one on the rack keep your spare ball off to the side so it doesn鈥檛 jam up the ball return.

Be Ready. When it is your turn to bowl, get up there and be ready to bowl.

Shut Up. Don鈥檛 talk to someone who is about to bowl. This is a time where concentration is key. If you don鈥檛 let them focus on their bowling they will inevitably falter.

I hope I have inspired you to share the rules of the game, and by that I mean the rules that extend beyond foul lines, ball weights and scoring. I also hope that you will personally take responsibility for your actions on the lanes. There are some grey areas to bowling etiquette that we鈥檒l discuss in later articles, like burning up someones oil with a super sanded ball so you eliminate their chances of scoring. Do you have a bowling etiquette 鈥渞ule鈥?you鈥檇 like to share? Please visit "The Bowling Approach" and leave a comment.



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