Etiquette

There are some unwritten rules that your league mates will expect you to know. Follow these and you won't make any rookie mistakes.

  • Street shoes are not allowed
  • First one on the approach goes first and, when in doubt, the person to the right goes first
  • Keep your post-shot celebration (or anger) to your own lane
  • Be ready when it's your turn to bowl
  • Do not eat or drink in the bowling area
  • Do not linger on the approach
  • Have fun with your team, but be respectful of your opponents

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Every sport has its own language and bowling is no different. Learn the lingo and you'll be ready to join the conversation.

  • 180: When the pin sweep gets stuck in the back position
  • 7-10 split: Typically referred to as the toughest split
  • Arrows: The triangles on the lane used to aid in aiming
  • Baby Split: The 2-7 or 3-10
  • Big Four: The 4-6-7-10
  • Blind score: The score assigned to a bowler who is absent
  • Brooklyn: Getting a strike hitting the other pocket
  • Deadwood: A pin that is not able to be swept into the back
  • Foul line: The line that separates the approach and the lane
  • Greek Church: The 4-6-7-8-10 or 4-6-7-9-10
  • Handicap: The number of pins received to equalize the competition
  • Pocket: Between the 1-3 for right handers and 1-2 for left handers
  • Scratch: The score before any handicap is applied
  • Turkey: Three strikes in a row