How to Start a Bowling League and Why You Should



Bowling has been making quite a comeback as of late. Back in the day, though, there were lanes everywhere and they all had multiple leagues operating.

Though we are seeing bowling becoming popular again, finding a league can be a challenge.

And, that is why you need to take matters into your own hands. Starting a league of your own is rewarding and fun and may be the only way to enjoy league play in your area.

To get you started, we put together this list of ways to start your own bowling league.

1 – Before you start

You’ll need to find out if you can get enough people in your league before you can do the fun stuff like reading ball reviews to find the perfect bowling ball for your league!

Put the word out with your friends to gauge their reaction. If most of your friends express interest then there is a good foundation to work with. Make sure they understand that belonging to a league is a commitment and is not like a random night out with the guys, however.

After that, you’ll need to find people beyond your social circle. Put up some flyers in your local bowling alley and see what kind of reaction you get.

Asking around at work should also find a few people interested so don’t forget to put up a notice in your work break room, too.

2 – Schedule and budget

Once you have enough people for at least six teams, you’ll need to figure out a schedule. First, you have to coordinate with your local bowling alley to find out the times they have available before you can do anything. Go to a few lanes to see what kind of schedule they have.

After you have a few options, you’ll have to try to get all of your members on the same page. Use an app like Slack or Discord where you can have all of your members in one place and ask them to pick the best time of the ones available. Use a ranking system to narrow it down.

There are costs involved with running a league so make sure you budget accordingly. The lanes need to be paid for as well as shoe rentals and awards for the league winners. Set up a weekly fee per member and try to get them to pay it upfront so you aren’t chasing people down for money every week.

Why start a league?

It will definitely be a challenge and even feel frustrating at times, but the rewards are really big.

In this day and age, people are so busy and spend little time actually socializing. Starting a bowling league is a good way to unplug from your daily routine and connect with different people.

It helps to be a super organized person and have the ability to deal with many different personality types. If you are the type of person that gets along with everybody then you are perfect as the president of a bowling league!


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