Monday, March 19, 2012

Bowling when you can’t see the pins

Did you know that most bowling alleys have rails? These are simply long thin tubular railings that they set up on the side of the approach area, weighed down with a few extra bowling balls, and that you glide your free hand along to orient yourself. As in sighted bowling, consistency is everything.

Just give your local alley a call to have a pair of rails set up; one for right handed bowlers and one for left. A friend called one alley and they went out and borrowed a set of rails from another one.

If you have not bowled much or you did when you could see, you can still do it and it can be a lot of fun. You might be like me and not bowl well but it sure is fun, especially with a group who are just as bad as you are since most of the fun is just talking away to people. If you are a more serious bowler then you can just keep practicing to get better.

It really goes with other sports and just getting out and having some fun with a visually impaired group or your family, you can still do anything you want. I know of two groups in Tucson who regularly go bowling with the hand rails. One meets at the Tucson Bowl on Twenty Second Street every first and third Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The cost is two dollars per game and the shoes are free. You can get two to three games done in that time. If you are interested, and you don’t have to actually bowl if you just want to show up and heckle, call Marlene Dekker at 520-747-9968 for details.


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