You Need to Know This About Bowling

Most Commonwealth Club members participate in the Men’s Bowling League. Whether you are a league member or just a casual bowler, this is for you:

  1. The last two teams to leave the alleys have the responsibility to make sure everything is turned off. Paramount are the pin-setters; leaving them on all night can inflict serious damage. Hand blowers, fans, lights, smoke-eater, and the air conditioner in the wall adjacent to Lane 1 also get turned off. To let any of these run overnight is also massively wasteful.
  2. League bowling starts at 8:15 p.m. Get to the club on time. It is an inconvenience to both teams’ members to have to wait while some late bowler “catches up” one, two or three frames.
  3. Be attentive and ready for your turn to bowl. It becomes exasperating when a bowler has to be hunted down constantly to take his turn. It also makes for a long night.
  4. Do not step up on an approach or retrieve your ball from the return when another bowler is ready to roll on an immediately adjacent lane.
  5. Do not linger on the approach after bowling.
  6. In the spirit of sportsmanship, do not make comments to a bowler when he is on the approach and ready to deliver his ball.
  7. Do not place any drink container on the scorer’s table. It is likely to get knocked over. Similarly, be mindful of not spilling, since a wet shoe could prove disastrous when it sticks on the approach.
  8. Smoking is allowed only in our bars. Make sure the exhaust fan is on. The switch is under the small TV in the alley bar.
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    (Dec. 10, 2014)