Recreation

Time to get the ball rolling on bowling season

Community: Leagues starting up soon

(The Gazette)
(The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Well it’s that time of year again,

Bowling leagues will soon be starting.

It seems just like it yesterday when everyone had their end of season banquets while handing out money and awards.

Leagues are now forming. Check with your nearest bowling center to sign up yourself or a team and get ready to have a blast. Most leagues start the second to 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 awards program that was implemented in 2015 still is in place. A plaque will be given out for 800 (open), 700 (women), 11 in a row and 300 game (all). For seniors (must be bowled in sanctioned senior league), plaques for 700 (men) and 600 (women).

There will be numerous other awards given accordingly for triplicate, all spare, 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 seasonm but 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.

We have just completed our first merged year together and it was exciting and a big success. We have one of the biggest, if not the biggest, associations in the state based on bowlers per capita. We have handed out the following honor: three 300 games for the women, 122 for men (11 had multiple 300s) and a total of 44 800 series, with the highest being Nick Lenth with a nice 867.

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The ever burning question every year is “what do my dues get me?” Well there happens to be a lot, including discounts (check the back of your membership card).

Dues are staying at $20 this season, which breaks down to $12 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 leagues. Anyone can bowl and it’s something you can do for life. You can enhance your skill level, learn different patterns or just to get away from the daily grind, relax and be around friends.

Did I mention fun?

What are you waiting for? Grab a ball, lace up your shoes and tear ’em up.

l Lane Lafler is a director with the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association Board and Hall of Fame committee member.

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