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Saturday, August 14th Is National Bowling Day!

Bowling is a sport that involves a heavy ball that is rolled toward pins in order to knock them down. For some it is nostalgic, for others, it could be a bit nerve-wracking. I remember when I was in high school, you weren’t cool unless you were at the bowling alley on Thursday nights. Oftentimes, we go to bowl during birthdays or other social gatherings, but there are many leagues that you can join if you want to take your bowling skills to the next level! 

Where can I go bowling?

Here are some close spots!

Dynasty Lanes

3105 OH-103, Willard, OH 44890
(419) 935-1394

Lex Lanes

60 OH-97, Lexington, OH 44904

(419) 884-2355

Luray Lanes

647 E Main St, Ashland, OH 44805

(419) 289-7560

What’s so great about bowling anyway? 

Bowling is a sport that can be played anytime of year, no matter the weather. Because it is indoors, you are not limited to play times! 

Bowling is a social game, so it allows you to chat with friends while also being in an active game. It can be played with large groups of people and doesn’t require constant concentration. Bowling allows people of different ages and skill levels to play together. 

The game is pretty simple to learn, even if it is not easy to win. You roll a ball down the lane to hit pins while wearing silly shoes. How many pins you knock down is your point amount, and there are 10 frames in which you can achieve points. Getting more points is all about technique!

If you bowl frequently, you can get stronger, have improved flexibility, and get some low-impact exercise in! 

How did bowling start? 

The earliest noted bowling game was in Ancient Egypt. Historians have found wall drawings depicting the game dating back to 5200 BC. Through time, the game and the way it was played changed. 

In 1511, English King Henry VIII outlawed bowling, though he loved the game himself. He preferred that the game was reserved for the wealthy, and prohibited the working class from playing, with the exception of games on Christmas. 

A few hundred years later, in the 1800s, the sport changed from an outdoor game to an indoor one. The game was often found in bars and saloons. But, during prohibition, it became more of a family-style affair, since saloons were closed. 

Let’s jump forward to the present day. Although bowling is not recognized as an Olympic sport, there are plenty of championships for bowlers to test their skills. The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)  is a certified league of 10-pin bowling and involves the PBA Tour competition, which is played in the United States and at the international level. 

What else?

Bowling balls were originally made out of wood. Talk about a splinter!

Women weren’t allowed to bowl until 1917, when the Women’s National Bowling Association began.

The National Bowling Stadium is located in Reno, Nevada, and it has 78 lanes. The largest bowling alley is called the Inazawa Grand Bowl bowling centre, and it is located in Japan. It has 116 lanes!

Nine-pin bowling, compared to the more customary 10-pin bowling, is currently banned in every state except for Texas. 

Books and DVDs about bowling

These books will be right up your alley!

Bowling  by Cari Meister

Are bowling balls bullies?: learning about forces and motion with the Garbage Gang  by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

Pin action: small-time gangsters, high-stakes gambling, and the teenage hustler who became a bowling champion by Gianmarc Manzione

Bowling 300: top pros share their secrets to rolling the perfect game by Dan Herbst

Bowling strikes by Dawson Taylor

Bowling 200+: winning strategies to up your average and improve your game by Mike Aulby and Dave Ferraro with Dan Herbst

Or strike out with what I believe to be the greatest bowling movie of all time!

The Big Lebowski 



This blog post was written by Maci Hedeen, a below-average bowler, of the Plymouth Branch of the Mansfield-Richland county Public Library. 


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