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Time to spare: Bowling leagues designed for all ages

W01 Adam Nyitray, B Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment, watches as his son, Kowen, bowls at Rucker Lanes Aug. 19. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

W01 Adam Nyitray, B Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment, watches as his son, Kowen, bowls at Rucker Lanes Aug. 19. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: August 22, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (August. 22, 2014) -- Intramural sports, such as softball, basketball and football aren’t the only ways that people on Fort Rucker can get into team sports.

Rucker Lanes is now taking active signups as it gears up for the 2014-2015 bowling league season starting the first week of September and is offering a multitude of leagues for people from all age groups to participate, said Ron Cook, business manager at Rucker Lanes.

The United States Bowling Congress leagues include: mixed leagues, featuring men and women ages 18 and older; a men’s league; a women’s league; junior’s league for ages 8-18; and a USBC Roll n’ Grow league for toddlers and children up to 7 years old.

All league participants must be USBC certified, which can be done at Rucker Lanes, and all tournaments are open to anyone ages 18 and older, said the business manager.

“Friday nights we have a brand new league – the Party Prize Pin League,” said Cook. “It’s a great opportunity for people to come out and play games of 9-pin, no tap, which means getting nine pins down counts as a strike.

“There’s a lot of opportunity to win prizes, giveaways and lots of goodies during the league,” he added.

All leagues are open to the public, but the priority in the Party Prize League is given to active-duty Soldiers and their Families; retirees, veterans and their Families; DOD civilians; returning bowlers and civilians, respectively.

Each league will play on a different days throughout the week, said Cook.

Tuesday nights will be mixed league, starting Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., with fees discussed at the meeting on Sept. 2. Thursdays will host the morning ladies’ league at 9:30 a.m., and both night men’s and ladies’ league at 6:30 p.m., all starting Sept. 4 for $10, $11 and $9 a week respectively.

Friday will be the Party Prize Pin League, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at $15 per session, and that league will bowl the first, third and fourth weekend of the month, said Cook.

Saturdays will host the USBC Junior’s league at 9:30 a.m. starting Sept. 6 at $2 per week; and the USBC Roll n’ Grow league starting at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6 at $1.50 per week.

Rucker Lanes also has many specials and events going on throughout the week to cater to those not interested in league bowling, such as Quarter Mania Mondays from 5-10 p.m., which features 25-cent bowling and 50-cent shoe rentals; and Saturday Xtreme Bowling from 8-11 p.m., during which patrons can bowl with lights, music and glow-in-the-dark bowling balls and shoe rentals for $10.

There are also specials like Breakfast & Bowl on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring items such as pancakes, bacon and drinks paired with two games of bowling for $7.25.

“We have dedicated coaches working with the kids and making them better, and this is all a good opportunity for people to come out, have some fun and have a chance to win some prizes,” said the business manager. “We’re really ramping up the fun.”

For more information, call 255-9503.

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