An early form of bowling may be over 7,000 years old. Contents of an ancient Egyptian grave have provided archeologists with evidence of implements used for playing a game similar to bowling. Polynesians participated in an ancient game of bowling using elliptical balls and round, flat stone disks. The game was called Ula Maika. Bowling at pins started as a religious ceremony and developed into a sport. Characteristics of bowling may be found in an Italian game called "boccie" and a German game called "kegle", but the Dutch are given the credit for introducing the game in North America. The original ninepins game became very popular. Because gambling during the game was prevalent in many areas, a law was enacted to prohibit ninepin bowling. A tenth pin was added to create the game of tenpins in order to get around the law. That happend probably between 1820 and 1830. GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Terms For Scoring
Double: Two strikes in a row.
Converted split: Knocking pins in a split formation down with the second ball. Frame: Box in which the score is registered on score sheet. Line: A complete game as recorded on the score sheet.
Mark: Making either a strike or a spare.
Miss: Pins remaining after two balls have been rolled, except in case of a split leave. Open Frame: Frame in which neither a strike nor a spare has been made. Spare: Knocking down all ten pins by rolling two balls.
Strike: Knocking all ten pins down with the first ball.
Turkey: Three strikes in succession.
Terms For Handling the Ball
Grip: Ability to move your fingers in and out of the ball easily and still have a firm hold on the ball. Span: The distance between the thumb and finger holes.
Weight: Beginning girls between 10-14 lbs. and boys between 12-16 lbs. The ability to roll the ball easily and accurately should be considered.
Terms For Delivery of Ball
Approach: Area on which the bowler takes steps to the foul line and makes his delivery....
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