Bowling Courtesy

I don’t know how many times I have gone bowling and have been both a witness and a victim of poor bowling etiquette. Now in all fairness, many people just don’t know what is acceptable and what isn’t. Then there are the very few who just don’t care and are deliberately inconsiderate.

We can’t control how others will act on the lanes but we can control how we act. While common sense will cover most aspects of bowling, these basic tips will help will make the game even more enjoyable for everyone. These are not in any specific order (with the exception of the first one) and are
nowhere near a complete list but should be remembered any time you go bowling.

  • The first rule in bowling is to never bother another bowler while they are in the process of bowling
    Bowling requires concentration and focus so just as you wouldn’t want to be distracted, don’t disturb others that are trying to bowl.
  • Bowlers on the right hand lane has the right of way to bowl first
    He/she can waive the right of way to the person bowling on the left most lane if they so choose.
  • Never pick up your ball from the return rack while another bowler is preparing to bowl and is in his/her starting position
    Refrain from creating noises or movements that may be spotted out of the corner of their eye. For cases where another bowler constantly causes distractions while you are preparing to bowl, let them have the right of way. This way you can stay in control of your game and remain relaxed to take your shot.
  • Refrain from using obscenities or vulgar language
    Bowling is and has always been a lot of fun for people of all ages. Be courteous to families by avoiding foul language in their presence.
  • After your shot, let others bowl
    Every time you bowl, of course, you want to see the results of your shot, but allow others to bowl by making your way back from the approach as quickly as possible.
  • Wear proper shoes
    Street shoes often bring debris and dirt to the lanes which can be a hazard to the approach and even to you. Keep these shoes off the approach and wear the proper bowling shoes.
  • Keep food and other refreshments off of the approach
    Any spillage on the approach can create unsafe bowling conditions
    on the lanes.
  • Remember, there are others waiting to bowl
    By all means, go through your preshot routine but be aware of others waiting for their turn.
  • Above all else…have fun
    Bowling is a sport that is supposed to be enjoyable so have fun but not at the expense of others.