~Roll With Class and Style~
Bowling etiquette if used properly will help you enjoy your
the alley and keep everyone around you happy too. It is a list of
written and unwritten tips that will allow you to roll with class and
Bowling is a great sport for those who are serious and those
just want to have a fun time with family or friends. The problems come
when people do not know
or observe the rules of bowling. They are
pretty simple, and even if you aren't the best bowler out there,
everyone can follow them.
Our family enjoys a trip to the bowling
alley every now and then. It is a great place to have some fun, laugh
and get out of the house. We have seen a lot of interesting bowlers
using their best and not-so-best bowling etiquette. It is easy to say
that a bowling alley will show you all types of people, so if anything
bowling is a great place to people watch.
equipment can either be rented at the alley or brought in. Many serious
bowlers own their own bowling balls, shoes, towels and gloves. They
take very good care of
, because it helps them get the
higher scores they are after.
The majority of bowling alleys have house shoes and bowling balls that
they rent to people. If I may say,
they are all pretty stylish
. There are a couple of
guidelines to taking care of house equipment and respecting other's
- Always wear
bowling shoes. They are specially made to take care of the
- Always wear
socks, especially if you are renting shoes from the alley.
You never know what has been in the shoes.
- Select house bowling balls that you can handle.
If you select a ball that is too heavy you will not be able to control
it. If you select a ball that is too small, your fingers will get
- Do not touch
other people's equipment, especially if it is their own.
They spend a lot of time, money and effort to maintain their equipment,
- Return the
house bowling balls and shoes at the end of your games.
Good bowling etiquette is shown when the you show respect for
lanes. Taking care of the equipment and the lanes themselves allows for
everyone to continue to enjoy their time bowling. The following are
some good tips that will show good sports etiquette:
- Remove your
shoes away from the lane. There is usually a place for you
to store your shoes while you bowl. This will also keep the lane clear
of mud, water and anything else that can be damaging.
- When entering your information into the scorecard, keep it clean and respectful.
Using foul or suggestive language is simply not funny nor is it
- Keep all food
and drinks away from the lane. Eat in the designated areas.
- When it is not your turn to bowl, avoid talking or yelling at the
person who is bowling. Allow them the time and
concentration they deserve.
- When it is your turn to bowl, be ready to go. Grab
your ball and step up.
- Do your best to avoid
stepping over the foul line.
The lanes are specially oiled and when you step over the line, you get
this oil on your shoes, which then tracks the oil all over the approach
area, creating a slippery mess.
- If you and a bowler in the adjacent lane step up at the
same time, bowling etiquette states that you should yield to the bowler on the right.
Stand back and out of their line of sight until they have completed
their frame. If the bowler on your left is not up to speed on these
wonderful etiquette tips, then use your manners and yield to them. In
the end, it will help you bowl better, because you are not distracted
sticking your hands in the ball return area. It gets pretty exciting
waiting for your ball to come back, just be a little patient and it
will show up.
- Do your best to keep your equipment in your lane. Throwing
your ball down another person's lane is a big faux pas.
- If you are not the best bowler, it is okay. We all started
sometime. Just do your
best to not chuck the ball like a shotput. This will keep
the lanes from getting marred up.
your ball is rolling down the lane, watch it with as little body
motions as you can. Some is acceptable, however big dramatic arm and
leg waving are not.
- When you have finished your frame leave the lane quickly so
the next bowler can prepare.
- Cheering for each other is great! Just keep the obscene
language and gestures to yourself.
- If you are bowling with your children, do your best to keep them in your area and lane.
It is frustrating for other bowlers to have to wait, move around and
entertain other people's children.
Good bowling etiquette can be summed up pretty neatly with the golden rule
unto others as you would have done unto you. This way, you will have a
wonderful time and roll with style.