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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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    Lynnwood Bowling Lanes
    6210 200th St Sw, Lynnwood, WA 98036
    Lynnwood Bowl & Skate rivals it's bowling & roller skating competition: Not only do we have 3 fun activities under one roof, we are also a very clean, family-oriented business.
    (425) 778-8738
    Sequim Olympic Lanes
    710 E Washington St, Sequim, WA 98382
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    (360) 683-3500
     
    User Review: "Sequim lanes is so bad most competitive bowlers refuse to bowl there, the general manager has tendency to call the police..."
    Tumwater Lanes
    204 T St Sw, Olympia, WA 98501
    (360) 943-1672
    Bowl The
    2825 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98506
    (360) 357-8808
    Omalley's At Westside Lanes
    2010 Harrison Ave Nw, Olympia, WA 98502
    (360) 943-2400
    Bowlero Lanes
    3852 Steilacoom Blvd Sw, Lakewood, WA 98499
    (253) 584-0212
    M and B Marketing DBA Prairie Lanes
    202 E Yelm Ave, Yelm, WA 98597
    (360) 458-2695
    Bowlers Den
    2200 Mildred St W, Tacoma, WA 98466
    (253) 565-1008
    Narrows Plaza Bowl
    2200 Mildred St W, Tacoma, WA 98466
    (253) 565-1007
    Paradise Village Bowl
    12505 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98444
    (253) 537-6012
    Double Dozen Bowling League
    902 129th Street Ct E, Tacoma, WA 98445
    (253) 536-0514
    Pacific Lanes
    7015 S D St, Tacoma, WA 98408
    (253) 474-0594
    Fairway Lanes
    1501 S Gold St, Centralia, WA 98531
    (360) 736-4100
    Tower Lanes
    6323 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406
    (253) 564-8853
    South Sound Usbc
    4517 S M St, Tacoma, WA 98418
    (253) 473-4822


    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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