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My son wants to start/form some kind of bowling league for the ECHS in
the fall. Does anyone know of a bowling club/intramural or intremural
league in the bay area? He would like to talk to someone who knows
about how to form one. Joann (March 2001)
I'm responding to the parent who is interested in teen bowling league. There are
junior leagues to accomodate all levels and ages of youth bowling. Since the
student is at ECHS, the closest bowling center would be Albany Bowl. The owner
is John Tierney and the youth bowling director is Myrna Sloan. The center has a
number of bowling leagues already in progress, to accomodate kids from 3-21
years of age, from beginners on up to intercollegiate level. On Saturdays, there
are a number of leagues to accomodate teenagers. The best one to join is the
Junior Scratch Challenge. This league is designed for teens with averages
ranging from 120 on up. Some of the top average bowlers in this league have
averages of 200+. Bowlers win scholarship money in this league and they are
groomed to compete in local, statewide and national competitions. We have kids
come to this league from as far away as Fairfield, Vallejo and Antioch, just for the
competition and the coaching alone. This league has a number of well qualified
coaches who teach/train youth bowlers in competitive bowling. These kids, all
ages and levels, travel all over the state and country to various tournaments. Not
to mention, the bowling center sponsors its own in-house tournaments for its
youth throughout the year.
The phone number is (510)526-8818 and they are located at 540 San Pablo Ave,
in Albany. I consider myself to be a bowlaholic. I learned to bowl at Albany at
the age of 5. I have been bowling now for 30 years. I am also a coach at
Albany(currently on leave),and have been coaching youth bowling for the past 12
years. There are a number of parents, who also assist the coaching staff in basic
and advanced instruction. One of the parents, Dean Asami, is a professional
bowler and owns the pro-shop at the center. He would be an excellent resource for
equipment and equipment analysis.
When you call, tell them Kim Wheaton sent ya! I don't get anything for referrals
but I like to plug my bowling center every opportunity I get. Afterall, I started
bowling at this center, at the age of 5, and have a long and prosperous history
with Albany bowl.
My daughter started bowling at Albany at the age of 3. She's been bowling for
nearly 13 years and has travelled to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Arizona and
various places in between for youth bowling.
To add a comment on teen bowling, if your son/daughter is interested in
bowling, Tuesday nights are bowling nights at Albany Bowl for a lot of
teens. The prices are cheaper and it is a safe hangout for kids that want
to bowl for fun or just want to hangout with their friends. There aren't
many bowling alleys left and it is nice that Albany Bowl is still around and
very accommodating for all people.
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