The History Of Bowling (Part 2)

While it is uncertain when the game of tenpin bowling evolved, it was prevalent in many states such as New York, Ohio and as far ‘west’ as Illinois by the late 1980’s. However, details like ball weights and pin dimensions varied by regions.

In 1875, eleven bowling clubs came together to standardize the rules. Yet, it would be another 20 years before this became a reality. Restauranteur Joe Thum finally managed to pull together representatives of the various bowling clubs. On September 9, 1895, at Beethoven Hall in New York City, the American Bowling Congress was born.  Standardization was established and major national competitions could be held.

While women had been bowling since the later half of the nineteenth century, the American Bowling Congress was for men. It was only in 1917 that the Women’s International Bowling Congress was born in St. Louis. Encouraged by this development, women leaders from around the country participating in tournaments, decided to form what was then called the ‘Women’s National Bowling Association’. Read the rest of this entry »

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The History Of Bowling (Part 1)

Bowling has a long and rich history. Today, it is one of the most popular sports in the world. In fact, bowling is believed to be a game that existed almost 5000 years ago.

Sir Flinders Petrie, an antropologist, discovered a collection of objects in a child’s grave in Egypt in the 1930’s. It appeared like tools used in a crude form of bowling. If he was correct, then bowling traces back to 3200 BC.

William Pehle, a German historian, asserted that bowling began in his country at about 300 AD. It was a religious ceremony for determining the absence of sin. German parishioners had to roll an object at a pin or kegel (why bowlers are also called ‘keglers’) to avoid performing an act of penance. Those who managed to knock down the pins were considered of good character, while the others were not, and thus had to complete their penances.

There is also substantial evidence that a form of bowling was in vogue in England in 1366, when King Edward 111 allegedly outlawed it to keep his troops focused on archery practice. King Richard 11 also banned the game. However, it was evident that bowling was popular during the reigns of King Henry V111 and Sir Francis Drake. Read the rest of this entry »

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Time To Reveal Who I Am…

My name is Jonathan or ‘Uncle Jon’ as known to many Malaysian youth bowlers. I have been involved in the bowling scene since my College days in London way back in the mid 1960’s. That’s a lot of years for many of you!

Upon my return from England, I continued my passion for bowling by actively taking part in Leagues and Tournaments. This spilled over to becoming a certified WTBA / ABF coach to impart my knowledge on bowling to the younger generation.

To date, I have trained hundreds of youths in Malaysia, and a number of them have gone on to become National and International Champions. I have been involved in the country’s Youth Development Program since its inception in the late 1980’s. My forte is Youth Development. I have also conducted coaching clinics for private individuals, corporations, schools and universities.

My latest contribution to tenpin bowling in the country would be my books on bowling. I have recently published a series of books on bowling, based on my experience, course studies, seminars and research…in a precise and concise step-by-step tutorial with easy-to-follow diagrams. They are currently available in .pdf downloadable version at this website: http://www.abc2bowlingstrikes-spares.com.  Please feel free to check them out.

Till the next post, have a great day.

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