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League bowling season ready to roll in Cedar Rapids

Community: It's time to start signing up an lace up your shoes

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Lane Lafler, community contributor

Editor’s note: Lane Lafler is a director with the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association board.

It seems just like it was yesterday when every bowling league in town held end of the season banquets while handing out money and awards.

Leagues are now forming and a new season is about to begin.

Check with your nearest bowling center to sign up yourself or a team and get ready to have a blast. Most leagues start the last week of August and you are sure to find one that fits your schedule. It’s a great way to meet new friends or bowl with old ones and get a little exercise while having fun.

The new awards program implemented a year ago still is in place. A plaque will be given out for 800 (open), 700 (women), 11 strikes in a row and 300 games (all). For seniors (must be bowled in sanctioned senior league), plaques for 700 (men) and 600 (women) will be awarded.

There are numerous other awards given accordingly for triplicate, all spare, dutch 200, 100 pins over game and 150 pins over series. For averages under 150 and seniors, there will be awards for 75 pins over game and 125 pins over series.

All bowlers are eligible to win each award once per season and these are not once-in-a-lifetime awards. The awards committee is going to put some new ones into play this year and will be looking to add some new ones each year.

The Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association just completed its first merged year, an exciting year and a big success. We have one of the biggest — if not the biggest — association in the state based on bowlers per capita. We have handed two 300 games for women, 124 perfect games for men and a total of 36 800 series.

Many wonder what their dues get them. There are a lot of things not seen by the membership, including discounts on the back of your card — from insurance and airfares to tournament and league fees.

Dues are the same for this season — $18 per bowler, which breaks down to $10 for USBC, $1 to the state association and $7 to the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association.

It doesn’t matter what age or skill level you are, there are leagues for all — youth, regular and senior. Anyone can participate and bowling is something you can do for life. You can enhance your skill level, learn different patterns on the lanes or just to get away from the daily grind, relax and be around friends.

What are you waiting for? Grab a ball, lace up your shoes and tear up the lanes. We hope to see many of you out on the lanes this fall.

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