Bowling Etiquette

Bowlers must give consideration at all times to the rights of the other bowlers. Here are some basic things you should know before you start bowling league that will help you settle in straight away.  These are taken from Tenpin Bowling Australia's General Playing Rules v8.7 (TBA Rule Book)

1. Prepare to take your turn promptly on the lane.  Remember, the player to your right has the right of way.

2. Take your time, but don’t waste time by posing or waiting until everyone else is off the adjacent approaches.

3. Do not step onto your approach until the previous bowler has left.

4. Stay on your own approach at all times.  “Riding” balls is permitted as long as the bowler does not move outside of one lane either side of the delivery lane.

5. Step back off the approach after making each delivery.

6. Do not use another player’s ball without permission.

7. The approaches may not be exactly to your liking, but DON’T use chalk, resin or talcum powder to condition them.  Your fellow bowlers may like them as they are.

8. Do not used chalk, resin or talcum powder in the players area.

9. Good bowling requires concentration.  When players are ready to bowl, give them the courtesy of making their shot without any interference, as you will want the same courtesy when it is your turn to bowl.

10. Be ready to bowl, but wait until the pin setting machine has completed its cycle and the sweep-bar is raised.

11. Respect the equipment.  Getting the ball out on the lane is good bowling, but “lofting” can damage the lane.

12. Play the game to win, but be a gracious loser if you are on the short end of the count when the game is over.