Here are some signs that you might be a serious bowler:

  1. You bowl more than three games each week.
  2. You sometimes practice on a pair of lanes instead of just one.
  3. At least one of the counter persons at your local bowling center knows your name and which lanes you prefer to bowl on.
  4. You get annoyed when the person on the next lane bowls when you are already on the approach.
  5. You dislike the silly animations that many automatic scoring systems show. (Extra points awarded if you know how to turn them off.)
  6. At least once, you have asked the bowling center if they could turn down the volume of the music.
  7. You don’t stop bowling just because it is summer. In fact, you like the fact that the bowling centers are less crowded.
  8. You don’t let going on vacation keep you from bowling while away.
  9. You have had a dream (or nightmare, for that matter) that involves bowling.
  10. You think a bowling ball makes a great gift. The only better gift would be two bowling balls!

A word to proprietors of party bowling centers - Why should you care about this? After all, less than 5% of the more than 70 million people who bowl each year are serious bowlers, and serious bowlers are very unlikely to be long-term repeat customers at your center. BUT, here's why serious bowlers are important to you. Some of those serious bowlers will go on to compete in the tournaments shown on TV. Non-bowlers will watch those tournaments, think - "Hey, I can do that, it looks easy!", and go on to suggest a fun night out at your center with their friends to prove it. Bowling on TV keeps bowling in the minds of your potential customers. That all works only for as long as there are serious bowlers. But the number of serious bowlers has been steadily declining for years, and without serious bowlers, there will be no more bowling on TV. So, if you have a customer for whom bowling seems to be more than just about partying, point him or her to this website. You'll be doing your part to keep serious bowling alive, it won't cost you a penny, and it may even grow your business.

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Level 4 - Your bowling has improved to the point where you are thinking about competing on your own, maybe even nationally, and maybe even professionally.

Youth - You are young, or the parent of someone who is, and want to know what bowling opportunities there are for youth. will not teach you how to improve your bowling technique or tell you which bowling balls are the best - you already have plenty of other websites that will do that! A hearty list of links to them can be found in the sidebar at The Tenth Board. But, will provide you with a roadmap of serious bowling, tell you about the state of Bowling Today and give you some additional Resources to help you bowl seriously. (And it will tell you more about Tom Shannon and why he is important.) covers ten-pin bowling in the United States, with apologies to candlepin, duckpin, five-pin, and other bowlers in the US and elsewhere. (Ten-pin bowling is the most popular of the bowling varieties around the world.)

By the way, bowling seriously does not mean bowling with a frown on your face! Serious bowling can be fun, too. Why bowl seriously? One big reason is that many colleges and universities now offer bowling scholarships. Another is that bowling is one of the few sports where you can continue to be seriously competitive even in your later years.

Just want to show your friends or co-workers that you are proud to be bowling seriously? How about a mug, hat, t-shirt, or keychain? Click on the mug below to be redirected to the store to see all of the items available.​​

Tom Shannon, CEO of Bowlmor AMF, largest operator of bowling centers in the country, from a 2011 Bloomberg interview.

​(In all fairness to Mr. Shannon... )

WHAT? YOU DO TAKE BOWLING SERIOUSLY? You've gone to a party or corporate event at a bowling center operated by Mr. Shannon's company, or to a Lucky Strike or a Splitsville, found that you really liked the game of bowling, and are wondering how to get better at it?​ In that environment, with its loud music, flashing lights, big screen videos, and screaming people bowling next to you, its hard to focus on anything, let alone bowling. No one there seems to take bowling seriously!

And then, whenever you find bowling information on the Internet or in books, it's always written by people who have been bowling forever and uses words only they seem to know.

​Is this you? If so, you have come to the right place! The information in this website is intended as a set of FREE guides to help you get started bowling seriously and then grow as a serious bowler. (Really, it's free? No catches? Yup. See the
About page if you are curious as to why.)
"No one takes bowling seriously. Why would you?"

Level 3 - A few of your league members have noticed your dedication and have asked you to be on their team at an upcoming tournament.

Level 1 - You've gone to a party at a bowling center, found that you really like the game of bowling, and are wondering how to get better at it.

Level 2 - You've been working on getting better at bowling and are wondering if you are ready to join a league.

Bowling. Seriously?