We are geared up to bowl a perfect game this US Bowling League Day on September 3. Bowling is an ideal activity to enjoy any time of the year. Heading to the bowling alley with friends or family never gets old or dull. Did you know that bowling originally featured nine-pins?
History of US Bowling League Day
In the 1830s and 1840s, a ban was placed on bowling by officials based in Connecticut. Excessive gambling was linked with the activity, posing a threat to public welfare. At the time, bowling featured nine pins, which is what was specifically outlawed. Players found a way around this by adding an extra pin, making the game 10-pin. The next evolution of the game happened when the automatic pinsetter revolutionized bowling in the 1950s.
On US Bowling League Day, leagues and sportsmanship are celebrated. In a bowling league, teams face off during a season. There are three games in each match, with teams facing each other either once a week, or once every other week. The standard number of players is four, but it is also common to have three or five players in a team. The leagues are not limited to any one gender.
Scoring depends on the league; points may be awarded for every game won, or to the team who bowls over more pins than other teams by the end of the week. A player’s average is based on their bowling, which is pooled in the team’s average score. Teams with higher averages bowl against those with lower averages. Winning teams are often given cash prizes or other incentives.
US Bowling League Day timeline
Bowling is traced back to ancient Egypt.
The earliest recorded reference to bowling in America is made by Washington Irving in “Rip Van Winkle."
A group of die-hard bowlers form the American Bowling Congress.
“The Big Lebowski” becomes one of the biggest movies ever to feature bowling.
US Bowling League Day FAQs
What do you do in a bowling league?
In most bowling leagues, each team plays three games per scheduled match.
How long is a bowling league season?
A typical bowling season lasts between eight to 12 weeks.
What is a good league bowling average?
In bowling, an average is between 140 — 170 points. To be considered good, bowling scores must average between 190 — 220.
US Bowling League Day Activities
Buy a custom gift
Whether you are a bowling enthusiast or know someone who is one, buy a custom bowling gift: a mini bowling set, a bowling trophy, or novelty food items in the shape of bowling pins.
Join a bowling league
Bring your best game and join a bowling league. Team up with your friends and face-off in the (bowling) alley.
Learn from the experts
Bowling experts give their best tips and share tricks on different platforms. Learn from the best and improve your bowling.
5 Facts About Bowling That Are A Strike
America’s favorite activity?
More than 67 million people in the United States bowl every year.
The big leagues
More than 1.2 million people compete in certified league play sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress.
Maximum bowling ball holes
Bowling balls can have as many as 12 holes.
Kings loved bowling
Bowling was the most popular sport among kings and soldiers in the Middle Ages.
Bowling balls are complex
Creating the perfect shape that will remain balanced and have perfectly spaced holes is a special technique.
Why We Love US Bowling League Day
We love competition
Nothing like some friendly competition to really spice up a monotonous routine. Bowling is fun, but the stakes are high all the same.
A fun activity for all
Bowling is inclusive to all. Anyone can play it and everyone has their unique bowling style. A game for all? We love it!
The evolution of bowling
We love how a loophole in the law evolved the game from featuring nine pins to 10 pins. What a story.
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