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If bowling strikes you as an American past time, you may be surprised to learn that more than 100 million people in over 90 countries practice the sport. And did you know that bowling is ancient? Children’s graves of Egypt, dating back to 3200 BC, contain primitive bowling equipment. Before visiting a bowling center, brush up on these terms.

  • Approach – The approach is the stretch of lane from ball return area to foul line, usually 16 feet long. “Approach” can also mean the bowler’s beginning motion before the ball is swung forward.
  • Bowling Attire – Though mainly worn during professional tournaments, serious bowlers also like to wear bowling attire during open play. Satin jackets, striped short-sleeved collar shirts, grip gloves, nylon or leather ball bags, and of course bowling shoes fall into this category.
  • Cosmic Bowling – With cosmic bowling, the alley dims the lights, turns on smoke machines and black lights, and plays dance club music or rock ‘n’ roll classics. Sometimes, the alley will even hire a DJ. Cosmic bowling is a classic place to have a kid’s birthday party or a fun date.
  • Gutter – The gutter is the channel at either side of the lane that the ball falls into if it goes off course. A gutter ball yields no points.
  • Open Bowling – Non-tournament, non-league play is referred to as open bowling.
  • Perfect Game – A perfect game means that the bowler hit twelve strikes in a row, and the bowler receives a score of 300.
  • Spare – The next best thing to a strike, a spare is achieved when the bowler strikes down all ten pins with two balls.
  • Strike – A strike occurs when a bowler knocks down all ten pins with the first ball, often by angling the ball to hit at the center of the pins.
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    Bowl-A-Roll Lanes
    1560 Jefferson Rd, Rochester, NY 14623
    Bowl-A-Roll Lanes is a locally owned Bowling and Entertainment Center in Rochester, NY, We offer League and Open Play, Kids' Birthday Parties, Cosmic Bowling & Bumper Bowling for kids.
    (585) 427-7250
    Byllye Lanes
    290 Seaward Ave, Bradford, PA 16701
    (814) 368-2695
    Central Lanes
    191 Central Ave, Salamanca, NY 14779
    (716) 945-9819
    Frewsburg Lanes
    18 W Main St, Frewsburg, NY 14738
    (716) 569-3553
    306 S Main St, Sheffield, PA 16347
    (814) 968-5480
    Golden Pin Lane
    104 Mill St, Little Valley, NY 14755
    (716) 938-6771
    State Lanes Bowling Alley
    16 E Main St, Falconer, NY 14733
    (716) 665-2500
    Fluvanna Fountain Bowl LLC
    3316 Fluvanna Avenue Ext, Jamestown, NY 14701
    (716) 664-7404
    Jamestown Bowling Co
    850 Foote Ave, Jamestown, NY 14701
    (716) 483-1818
    Valley Bowling Center
    9 W Main St, Youngsville, PA 16371
    (814) 563-4320
    Mountain View Bowling Center
    13285 Route 120, Emporium, PA 15834
    (814) 486-2066
    Lane TV & Satellite Service & Sales
    6073 Route 380, Sinclairville, NY 14782
    (716) 962-9401
    K & L Lanes Inc
    10 Buffalo St, Gowanda, NY 14070
    (716) 532-9791
    Springville Lanes
    53 W Main St, Springville, NY 14141
    (716) 592-2260
    Old Hickory Lanes
    6 N Main St, Coudersport, PA 16915
    (814) 274-7461

    Bowling is a favorite past time for adults and children alike. Forms of the game date back centuries. Historically, the game of bowling was very popular, so much so that the game was outlawed to keep troops focused on archery practice. Today, the object of bowling in modern times is to roll a ball down a wooden alley or lane with the goal of knocking down a triangular group of ten pins. A ten pin knock down is referred to as a strike. Strikes and spares contribute to an excellent score. The bowling alley or center is host to a variety of events. For example families can take their children for a weekly game. Many bowling centers offer free bowling games for the kids. Cosmic bowling is also fun for a kid’s birthday party. Parents may want their children to use lighter weight balls so they don't get a gutter ball. Professional bowlers and bowling leagues frequent this establishment to participate in tournaments. Equipment associated with bowling includes bowling bags and shirts, shoes and jackets that can be monogrammed with a team name. Individuals can join bowling leagues with colleagues from social groups. The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) gives information on locations and dates and times of invitationals. They also offer information for playoff and championship games all over the country. If you’re bowling just for fun, visit your local bowling center, choose a lane and get rolling. However you choose to enjoy the game of knocking down ten pins, there are hours of fun and competition for all to enjoy.
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