Here in the midwest, & in other parts of the country, people are getting ready for the new season to begin. No, not to play football, not to play basketball, not to play baseball. People are getting ready for the fall bowling season.
You may read this blog & say “what in the world is this guy smoking?” but let’s be honest, bowling is the #1 recreational sport & highest participated sport in the United States. In many cities, especially where it gets cold during the winter, bowling is a great way to stay active, social & competitive, while not being out freezing your buns off.
But, what are some other reasons that bowling can be the coolest game around? We will break down the great sport & talk about why you should possibly think about joining & maybe inspire your children to join in a local league.
Bowling Equipment Doesn’t Cost Tons of Money For Kids Early On.
Joining as a young person, many areas have sanctioned USBC bowling leagues for children where kids can bowl for scholarship money & the money is saved up as they get older. For the young kids & teenagers, the leagues are typically on Saturday mornings & afternoons & the kids are able to qualify for youth tournaments, get used to the team atmosphere & learn what its like to be in a competitive environment.
But, as with any sport, to be truly competitive, you have to have quality equipment. For the beginning bowler, your equipment can be around $130 to $150 dollars, which is cheaper than hockey, golf, & many of the major high school sports such as football, basketball & baseball, especially if you are paying for multiple children.
Brunswick is one of the most trusted & synonymous names associated with bowling anywhere in the world. This Brunswick T-Force ball is a 6-pound ball & is currently priced at $34.95. Many kids start off with 6-pound plastic balls to begin their bowling careers so that they get the confidence of keeping the ball on the lanes and getting high pin counts.
The great thing about bowling for young kids is that most of the equipment doesn’t have to be bought again for several years until they truly develop their skills better. The $100 to $110 is even a high number – many plastic balls (bowling balls that don’t hook) can be as cheap as $30-$40 & are good enough to just get the kids used to the sport & give them a great chance to discover if its a sport that they truly want to continue with in the future.
These Brunswick men’s bowling shoes are on sale for as low as $19.95, with the average price being around $25. Bowling shoes typically last about 3-4 years for the average bowler throwing 2-3 times a week.
Along with the bowling balls, the other main equipment that young bowlers normally have when they are in a league are bowling bags & bowling shoes. The shoes can be supplied by the lanes, but many times, people want to have their own for safety purposes.
The bowling bags can either come in the roller model or the single-ball carry model. For most kids, they will go with the single-ball carry model because they are a lot cheaper & the kids don’t have the skills early on to graduate to the next level of foller bags yet.
This is a single-ball bowling bag from BSI, which is available as low as $6.95, with the highest price being $24.95. This is a normal-size bowling bag for a child starting off for the first time on a league.
Children In Bowling Leagues Have The Ability To Win Scholarship Money.
In most of the leagues that are sanctioned by the USBC, the kids that compete in the various tournaments, as alluded to earlier, can compete for scholarship money while having the ability to compete against the best in their regional area, as well as the entire country for the top tournaments such as the Pepsi Championships.
In their own house leagues, the prize money at the end of the season, which comes partly from their dues that they pay each week, will go towards scholarship money for any school that the student chooses to go to. Along with that, it is a great way to be scouted by strong bowling schools to compete in NCAA competition, so they are able to get all of their competitive juices filled.
With many schools now offering bowling at the high school level, the kids are able to earn full rides to various universities & compete not only in the USBC Youth Program, but in high school programs that will allow the kids to move on to the major NCAA programs, which are becoming stronger around the country with the television coverage from ESPN & CBS Sports Network.
Bowling Allows For Competition Without Worrying About Concussions Or Other Lifelong Injuries.
As I say that, keep in mind that yes, there are injuries that can happen while bowling, especially in the back & knees. But most of the those types of injuries are about form & technique when you are throwing, & can get better with rest & time off, which typically takes place during the summer & spring months.
For parents, they can rest well knowing that the kids are getting the feel of being a part of a closely-knit team (bowling teams are normally between 4-6 members), having great competition, & not fearing that their children are going to be hurt, bruised or have criticially debilitating injuries that will affect their regular way of life in the future, as is what happens with football & other sports.
It is easy to practice for bowling, & going back to the equipment issue, at a certain point, if a child looks as though they are going to stick with the sport & want to be involved with it for years to come, the equipment upgrades won’t have to be done every single year. Bowling is a sport that can pay for itself & as with any game, its all about how much is put into it. Its a game where people won’t complain about how much practice time is put in or if their kids are working too much on a sport. They will get the physical exercise, while learning how to compete hard & take pride in perfecting their craft.