Why Bowling?

Strength, speed, and size are non-essential components of bowling, students who may be unable to compete on another playing field can find athletic success in bowling. As skills improve, students will experience a sense of accomplishment and enjoy the satisfaction of increased confidence for having mastered a new game, thus discovering the fun and excitement bowling has to offer. 

Health and Wellness 

The Bowler’s Ed curriculum actively engages students in a sufficient amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity to improve or maintain their physical health and well-being. The curriculum leads students through team-based cardiovascular activities requiring coordination, timing and concentration! Teachers benefit from a fully-developed curriculum, complete with rubrics, fundamentals, fitness activities and lesson plans.

Physical Health 

  • Calorie Burning - A level of endurance is necessary for you to reduce fatigue during games and maintain form. 
  • Muscle Building - Body strength is required for carrying the ball and hold body positions to correctly execute the skill. 
  • Strong Bones - The bowling ball creates a weight bearing sport as upper body power is important in the 4-step approach and bowling delivery. 
  • Hand & Eye Coordination - The dimensions of a bowling lane make it important to see the pins 60’ away and be able to properly release the ball at a point to successfully knock down pins without going in the gutter.
  • Balance and Coordination - Flexible & balance are associated with a much lower risk of muscle strains, sprains and pulls.

Social Health

  • New Friends - Bowling can help you make new friends. Approximately 2 million bowlers socialize and bowl together each week in leagues throughout America. 
  • Family Bonding - Bowling is an inclusive lifetime sport bringing the family together in a fun & rewarding environment.
  • Lifetime Sport - Enjoyed by everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens and currently one of the fastest growing high school varsity sports.

Emotional Health

  • Stress Reliever - Social relationships around shared interests such as bowling can strengthen the heart muscles and increase longevity.
  • Performance Booster - As bowling becomes an important part of their life consequent benefits are recognized as self-renewal, greater productivity, more energy and reduction in health care costs

NASPE Standards

The goal of the Bowler’s Ed program is to develop physically fit and literate students through the bowling curriculum and associated bowling activities. Bowler’s Ed gives students the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

Standard 1: The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns
Bowler’s Ed teaches competency in basic motor skills, such as an underhanded throw and balance, leading up to more specialized four-step approach.

Standard 2: The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principals, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
The Bowler’s Ed curriculum helps students identify and correctly use various body parts, uses “cue words” to reinforce the activity.

Standard 3: The physically literate individual demonstrates knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
The additional fitness activities included in the Bowler’s Ed curriculum further enhance physical fitness through cardiovascular exercises, jumping rope and other aerobic activities. Children who enjoy bowling in their physical education class can go to the bowling center for continued enjoyment and participation.

Standard 4: The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
The Bowler’s Ed curriculum is designed to encourage teamwork, as children work together – sometimes in pairs and sometimes in teams of 5 or 6 – throughout the activities. In addition, etiquette and safety are important aspects of the bowling program.

Standard 5: The physically literate individual recognized the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
Bowling is a fun, challenging sport that everyone can participate in! Bowling does not require advanced athleticism, such as football or basketball, so children who may not succeed at those sports often excel at bowling. And bowling is a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime.

10-Pins Values

Participation in Bowler’s Ed teaches kids about the values of team playing and sportsmanship. The In-School Bowling program promotes not only the lifetime activity of bowling, but discipline and respect while showing them the love for the game.

  1. Inclusion - Bowler’s Ed allows complete participation irrespective of gender, physical or natural ability.
  2. Respect - In bowling it is important to show respect for oneself, team, competitors and traditions.
  3. Sportsmanship - Students know and abide by the rules conducting themselves in a respectful manner towards others.
  4. Safety - Teachers instruct students on bowling center specifics to enrich their experience.
  5. Education - Bowler’s Ed engages students in cross curricular activities to include educational opportunities.
  6. Courtesy - Bowler’s Ed focuses on courtesy and interpersonal skills extending beyond in-school bowling.
  7. Responsibility - Bowler’s Ed places responsibility on the bowler, spotter, pin setter, ball returner and score keeper.
  8. Perseverance - Students continue through strikes & gutters understanding accomplishment and adversity.
  9. Achievement - Students experience a sense of accomplishment and confidence for having mastered a new game.
  10. Lifetime Activity - Bowling is a lifetime sport and students can continue to improve and participate for years to come.