Once you’re familiar with basic bowling how-to, and you’ve read up on league bowling opportunities at Mid County Lanes, it’s time to tackle an important topic: bowling etiquette! While bowling is a leisure activity, there are rules and common courtesies to observe to make everything run more smoothly and make bowling fun for everyone.
First of all, some basics: make sure you pay attention! Yes, there’s plenty of time for chatter and hanging out with friends, but be ready when it’s your turn because the rest of your team is waiting on you. Be considerate of neighboring lanes–don’t wander into other people’s bowling space or use lanes that aren’t yours. Remember that there may be families around, so keep the foul language to a minimum. And obviously, don’t cheat!
If two bowlers in adjacent lanes are ready to bowl at once, the bowler to the right goes first. You should make sure to finish your turn before you walk back to check your score because otherwise, you’ll be wasting everyone else’s time. When you’re done, return your borrowed equipment like shoes, balls, etc. promptly and in good working order. This isn’t just polite–it will also keep you from incurring additional fees.
If everyone works together to follow the rules of bowling etiquette, we can all have a great time together. And don’t be shy! If you have questions about how to behave or aren’t sure of something, ask a veteran bowler or one of the staff here at Mid County Lanes! We can’t wait to see you at our next open bowling session!