There are two things you can count on when Kelly Gold of West Hills roams the lanes in her bowling mode.
– She’ll be wearing a big smile as she chats animatedly with a host of social colleagues.
– She’ll be smacking down the pins on a regular basis as befitting the top woman amateur bowler in the area.
It’s difficult to find a more happy-go-lucky bowler and one who unwittingly serves the sport as such a goodwill ambassador.
But even the most affable and even-tempered people have their pet peeves. And during a recent interview for International Bowling Industry magazine, Kelly admitted to her pet peeve.
It’s a common complaint among the veteran players: Why can’t their fellow bowlers observe basic manners?
Said Kelly: “The worst part [about bowling] for me is the people who don’t know etiquette. It drives me insane. I’m not real nice about it. I say, ‘C’mon, if you join a bowling league, learn the rules!’ ’’
Because etiquette violations are so prevalent and widespread, it’s time for a refresher course on manners, courtesy of perfectbowling.com. Here is prefectbowling.com’s nine bowling rules for etiquette and courtesy:
1 – The first rule in bowling is to never bother another bowler while they are in the process of bowling.
2 – Bowlers on the right-hand lane have the right-of-way to bowl first.
3 – Never pick up your ball from the return rack while another bowler is preparing to bowl and is in his/her starting position.
4 – Refrain from using obscenities or vulgar language.
5 – After your shot, let others bowl.
Examiner.com: In other words, don’t linger on the lane after your shot.
6 – Wear proper shoes.
7 – Keep food and other refreshments off of the approach.
8 – Remember, there are others waiting to bowl.
Examiner.com: In other words, don’t wander off aimlessly . . . or socialize too long when your turn is about to arrive.
9 – Above all else, have fun.
It’s inevitable that a nearby bowler may violate one of these rules from time to time, so it’s important to not get flustered if that happens.
One Los Angeles bowler recently was so angry over a perceived slight (and it was caused by an extremely inexperienced player) that he dropped his ball flush on the lanes.
That was not cool – and far worse than any etiquette faux pas.
Remember, it’s just a game.