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How To Observe Bowling Etiquette


If you wish to learn how to observe bowling etiquette, please observe a few courtesies.  As a relative newcomer to the game or as someone intending to bowl for the first time, there are a few things to know in learning how to observe bowling etiquette. Sharing fundamental bowling courtesies with those around you not only make your time spent on the lanes more enjoyable but will also speed up the rate of play.

When you are readying to bowl, please have your bowling ball in hand while remaining behind the approach at the ball return console until it is your turn to bowl.

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Do not step onto your approach until the other bowlers on adjacent lanes have stepped off their approaches and clear the way for you to step onto your approach and prepare to bowl.

Please make sure you have no bowler on either side of you while you ready to bowl and that you have changed into bowling shoes before stepping onto the approach.

Proper bowling etiquette is to not be on the approach while others are on their approaches on on either side of your lane. The same etiquette is due to you in return by the bowlers on adjacent lanes.

Be ready to step onto your approach when it is your turn.

Avoid wasting time engaging in conversation with other bowlers when it is your turn to step onto the approach preparing to bowl.

Keep an eye on the other bowlers on your lane and make sure when it is your turn to bowl you are ready when the bowler before you completes his or her delivery.

Return off of the approach and back into the settee area once your ball impacts the pins.  Allow other bowlers on adjacent lanes to ready themselves to bowl.

When it is your turn to bowl, step onto the approach and make preparations to begin your approach to the foul line.

Take aim, begin your walk to the line and deliver the ball.

Please avoid wasting unnecessary time on the approach watching for results after delivering your bowling ball.  If everyone keeps moving steadily and observes simple bowling etiquette, everyone will enjoy the pace of bowling.


If you have questions about bowling etiquette, contact the desk personnel at your bowling center for more information.

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