Starting Your Own Bowling League

If you’re a bowling enthusiast, you may want to do more than just get together with friends for a game of bowling. A bowling league can really bring together friends, families, and even complete strangers for a really good time. You can get together, laugh, hang out and compete with other bowling teams for games and prizes. Starting your own bowling league can break up the monotony of your day or week. If you’re constantly doing the same things all of the time, you can really get bored. There’s no better way to get you out of the house and away from watching movies and playing different games all day, than to start your own bowling league. Since bowling is an activity that can get your body moving and is a ton of fun, you’ll get the best of both worlds. So, here’s how to go about forming your own league.

Woman throwing bowling ball

Woman throwing bowling ball

Reach out to local bowling alley

Your local bowling alley can help, and they will more than likely be happy to assist you with getting started. They can point you in the right direction, let you know what specific requirements are, and they can also get you discounts and special pricing for practice games. Also, when it’s time to recruit your team, they can assist with handing out flyers, making announcements, and just getting the word out about your league.

Get logistics together

You need to be very organized. You’ll need to get all of the logistics together, such as the name of your league, the date and times that your league will play, and you also need to create a league season. Many bowling alleys will want you to bowl for a specific amount of weeks. Also, something else to think about is if you’ll need to keep track of your match stats, team stats, and player stats. Most bowling alleys provide these services, but if they don’t, this is something you should be prepared to do. There are several smartphone apps that can keep track of these stats for you. You will also need to figure out how long your league will play for, as well as set up an awards budget. It’s a good idea to know approximately how much you will be spending each week for games, shoe rentals, and for prizes, and set a budget for that as well.

Recruit players

You need to recruit six or more trams with at least four players each. You also may want to think about having additional players as alternates for times when team members can’t make it. Recruiting players is the easy part. You probably already have a few bowling buddies, anyway. Ask them to join your league. Maybe you have some family members who love bowling and would be interested. Bowling is a great activity for families to partake in. Your family and friends all have friends, co-workers, neighbors, and church members that could be interested as well. Tell them about your league, advertise with posters and flyers. Give each friend and family member some flyers to take to work, church, or wherever they spend their time, and you’re sure to recruit some members. Also, use social media to advertise, as everyone is using social media nowadays.

Have a meeting

Once you have your players and you’re ready to begin, you need to meet up with everyone and go over all the details. During this meeting, you will break members into teams and assign team captains. Each individual team captain will be responsible for handing their team and reporting back to you any issues the team may have, This meeting will also be where you go over the schedule, practices, collect any fees, and make sure that all players have the necessary equipment needed to play. Each player needs bowling shoes, a ball, bowling bags, and you could even get league shirts. This meeting is the time for everyone to get acquainted with each other, because more than likely, everyone won’t know one another. It’s the perfect time to answer any questions the team may have and make sure everyone has a clear understanding of how everything is going to go down. You can also give your team members a tour of the bowling alley or center that you all will be playing at.

Person with bowling shoes standing

Person with bowling shoes standing

Starting your own league may sound like a lot of work before you actually set down and list out everything that needs to be done. You can start your very own bowling league with the simple steps listed above. With these great tips, a bowling alley willing to help, and determination, you can be up and running in no time. You want to make the process as easy as possible, you want your league to win games, but above all, you want your league to have tons of fun.

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