New bowlers needed
We’re looking for a few good men. Well, about six, actually, or maybe seven.
That’s the call of the Wednesday evening men’s bowling league at the Delhi District German Home. The once six-team league is down to five. With six lanes available, it’s best to fully utilize the facilities, and scheduling for an even number of teams is much simpler than making arrangements for an odd number.
Once upon a time 12 teams competed in the league, requiring two different starting times to accommodate everybody. Back then bowling was the thing to do, and the German Hall wasn’t the only facility in town with a bowling alley. For some inexplicable reason, interest in bowling began to wane, bowling alleys closed and league sizes began to shrink.
Bowling – like golf – is one of those games an individual can play well into his twilight years. It doesn’t require a god-like physique, supernatural strength or any great endurance. Basically, as long as you’re able to stand up, take a few steps, hold onto a round object weighing only a few pounds and roll it a distance of 60 feet, you can bowl.
With apologies to those who bowl Wednesday in the men’s league, many of those still on the roster are getting a little long in the tooth. When a 58-year-old is among the younger half of the bowlers in the league, it speaks volumes for the need for new blood.
The game itself is fun, is inexpensive to play and requires no special equipment other than proper footwear that is available at the bowling alley. The league is not super-competitive, and personal averages tend to range from just north of 100 to plus-200 with everything in between. The number of elite bowlers whose averages are 200 or higher can be counted on one hand. You don’t have to throw strike after strike to fit in.
The emphasis is on fun and an enjoyable social atmosphere. We cheer one another’s successes and laugh at our own mistakes. No one is about to be booted from the league if he throws a gutter ball or two.
Although the current season gets underway this week, a sixth team can still be added. Anyone interested can join by himself, with two or three others or as a full team. The scores of five team members are counted each night, but a sixth or seventh bowler can be alternated in occasionally or stand by as a spare whenever one of the starting five might be unavailable.
Bowling remains popular, it would seem, in some or the larger communities with Youth Bowling Council (YBC) programs to feed the adult leagues. We don’t have that luxury here, and perhaps that’s why the sport appears to be dying off. None of the leagues in Delhi, though, demands YBC training as a prerequisite.
So, any men over the age of about 18 interested in pursuing a fun night out for a couple of hours each Wednesday evening should contact the German Hall. A league official will then be in touch.
Let’s make bowling great again.