Bowling etiquette is crucial for a variety of reasons. For starters, it makes the game more entertaining for everyone involved, whether you’re just having fun with your buddies or playing in a league. Second, it contributes to the safety of everyone and everything. If you want to know how to have proper bowling etiquette the next time you go bowling, read this article.
Method 1: General Etiquette Recommendations
- While in the bowler’s area, always wear bowling shoes:
You risk damage the approaches and/or equipment if you use street shoes.
- When putting on your bowling shoes, keep them as far away from walkways as possible to prevent anyone from tripping over them.
- If your street shoes are damp or soiled, make sure you remove them as far as possible from the lanes. If you track water, mud, or anything else onto the lanes, you risk falling flat on your face or injuring someone else.
- Don’t eat or drink anything while you’re on the bowler’s area:
A drop of water, for example, may rapidly become a major threat. Eat or drink at a seating area behind the main bowling area, or just away from all of the lanes.
- Avoid yelling or swearing:
Even if you were enraged by a missed strike, keep in mind that if you are at an open bowling session and there are families with children present, they will most likely be able to hear you, which may make them feel uneasy.
- If it’s not your turn, stay off the approach:
If it is not your turn, either return to your seat or move out of the path of any bowlers. This can be inconvenient, especially if they were throwing their ball and you walked in front of them.
- Check to see if you have permission to use someone else’s ball:
If you need to use it for any reason, ask them gently and make sure you have a valid explanation. Respect their decision and move on if they say no.
- If your ball becomes stuck and you need to use someone else’s, simply inform the next bowler on your lane. Their ball may collide with it, or it may become trapped as well. If their ball becomes trapped as well, approach a worker and explain that you have a couple of stuck bowling balls. It might take a long to get them back, but it could prevent someone from being upset because their ball was used.
Method 2 When You’re Bowling
- Prepare to take your turn right away:
There are probably other bowlers on your lane who would also like to bowl. As a result, when it’s your turn, make sure you’re walking up to the area right away to avoid making everyone else wait.
- If you need to use the restroom, try to plan ahead so you have a minute before your turn and go as quickly as you can. If you’re comfortable with it, you can choose someone to bowl for you if you don’t return on time, so no one has to wait.
- Do not bowl until the pin setting machine has completed its whole cycle and the sweep bar has been lifted entirely:
While you should be ready to bowl as soon as it is your time, you should wait until that short process is completed, as neglecting to do so could result in you injuring your equipment or your ball becoming stuck.
- Do not walk past the foul line:
It’s risky to do so since you can end up with oil on the approach, which could be dangerous for anyone walking on it.
- Make sure you’re not throwing your ball down the wrong lane:
Although you will almost certainly be warned if you are going to throw your ball down the wrong lane, it is possible that you will not. As a result, it’s critical to keep track of which lane you’re on at all times, because if you throw your ball down the wrong lane, the game will most likely be delayed while the score is adjusted.
- As soon as your turn is completed, step away from the approach:
This will quickly free up the approach for someone else to bowl, and it will not cause the game to be delayed unnecessarily.
- Recognize that the right-handed bowler is given preference:
Allow them to go first if it is your turn and you and the person to your right are both ready to bowl at the same moment. Step away from the approach and wait patiently for them to do their task.
- Always use bowling shoes and eat or drink only in specified locations to help keep the bowling area clean.
- Be courteous—arrive on time, stay off the approach unless it’s your turn to bowl, and don’t curse or yell if you have a bad roll.
- Following all of the game’s regulations, such as just using your lane, requesting permission before borrowing someone else’s ball, and waiting for the pins to fully set before bowling, is good etiquette.
- If you and another person are both ready to bowl at the same moment, the person on the right should go first and the other should wait until they’re done.