In each of us lies the thirst for unpunished destruction. What could be more pleasant than rolling a ball into ten pins with a bang? And the simplicity of the rules of bowling makes millions of people fans of this sport!
Bowling is a great sport, activity or just entertainment. Recently, bowling has truly become a popular pastime and recreation all over the world. Every person, at least once in his life, should try bowling by “touch”, and having experienced this pleasure, he will want to enjoy the next game again and again!
History of occurrence
Bowling is an exciting and gambling game that has been around for more than 5 thousand years. The first bowling balls were discovered in the tombs of the pharaohs of Egypt. And the tracks intended for this game, found by archaeologists in the territory of ancient Polynesia, are confirmation that even in the 6th century, local residents actively played bowling. By the way, the length of these paths completely coincided in length with modern ones — 18.228 m.
Bowling has gone through many conflicting stages in its history. For example, for a long period in Germany, the game was part of a religious rite, and skittles identified pagan gods. It was believed that the more pins a person knocked down, the purer his soul and motives, the better his human qualities.
There were also periods when bowling was considered a gambling and vicious game. People played for money, made bets. And since the church assured that it was gambling that gives rise to banditry and fraud, the game was banned.
And only at the end of the 19th century, bowling became the way people know this game now. General rules were developed, game standards were established, and sizes of pins and balls were approved. By the way, it was at this stage that it was decided to use the usual ten pins for the game (previously there were only nine).
In 1895, the first American Bowling Association was formed. As a result, the official rules of the game were established. From that moment on, every year in Chicago there were official bowling tournaments. The first tournament was held with the participation of 41 teams.
In 1916, the first congress of the International Women’s Bowling was held. And at the end of the 30s of the last century, special equipment for automatically raising and setting pins and returning balls saw the light. Prior to this advent of these inventions, street urchins often made money by acting as “pin-lifters”.
What is bowling?
Bowling is a game of balls where the main goal is to knock down skittles set in a certain order by launching the ball along a beadless lane. Each bowling game consists of 10 stages — frames. Each player during the next frame can throw the ball twice. Depending on the number of pins knocked down, their combination, the player earns points.
The most common combinations of knocked down pins are:
- Strike — 10 pins knocked down by the first throw in a frame
- Spare — 10 pins knocked down in total for both throws in the frame
- Split (split) — after throwing the ball in the frame, non-neighboring pins remain standing
There are many varieties of bowling all over the world. The most popular types of this game are:
- Bowling with 10 pins (classic bowling)
- 5‑pin bowling (very popular in Canada)
- Skittles with nine pins (popular in Europe)
- Candlepin bowling (a game with candle pins that do not have a pronounced base and peak)
- Dakpin bowling (game with duck pins)
Helpful Tips for Beginner Bowlers
Before you start playing bowling, you should familiarize yourself not only with the official rules, but also with the etiquette of the game. This will help not only to get full pleasure from the process, but also to avoid injuries and other misunderstandings.
Council No. 1
Never throw a ball if there is a person on any of the lanes, this is dangerous, because the ball can recoil and hit a person. There are many cases in the history of bowling where bowling staff have been injured.
Council number 2
Bowling is positioned as a game that is suitable for absolutely all people. But this is not entirely true, for people who have problems with their back and lower back, it is better to give up this sport, because it is these areas of the muscle corset that receive the greatest load in the process.
Council number 3
Sand is not allowed on the track, it disrupts the trajectory of the ball, so people always wear special shoes for the game.
Council No. 4
Do not take bowling balls brought by another team to play with and, even more so, personal bowling balls that they themselves buy and fit to their hand.
Council No. 5
If you are taking children bowling, choose children’s balls for them and ask the attendants to raise the sides so that children’s play becomes more coordinated.
Council No. 6
Choose a ball so that the fingers can easily enter the holes, and the palm remains straight. But at the same time, the ball should not slip out or be too heavy.
Council No. 7
For bowling, sportswear or casual style is best — dresses and suits are out of place.
Council No. 8
Keep an eye on the machine that sets the skittles. You can throw the ball only after the end of its work. Otherwise, you can get into the barrier, pay a fine and spoil the whole impression of the game.
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