Plenty of pin action is about to return to Plaza Lanes here.
The Fort Frances Bowling Club will kick off its 2017-18 season next week, with the Tuesday night league starting Sept. 5 and the Thursday night one on Sept. 7.
Club president Mike Behan once again is inviting people to join in the fun.
“Bowling is a great way to spend a couple of hours a week, especially during those cold nights in the dead of winter,” he remarked.
“The emphasis always is on having fun and socializing.”
Behan also noted bowlers of all skill levels are welcome.
“People certainly shouldn’t think that league bowling is only for those with high averages,” he stressed.
Both leagues use a handicapped scoring system–meaning bowlers are on equal footing whether their average is 230 or 120.
As well, both leagues feature a match-play format, with teams being made up of four people on the lanes for each game.
“But teams can have as many as eight people on their roster to cover for absences or what-not,” Behan explained.
“That way, a person doesn’t have to commit to being out every week of the season.”
Behan encourages workplaces or organizations to enter teams, noting it’s a great way for co-workers to get together away from the office setting.
Bowling also offers newcomers to town a chance to make new friends and expand their social circle.
There’s also plenty of opportunities to compete in various zone tournaments throughout the season, with the chance to advance to provincial rounds.
Another highlight is the annual aggregate tournament, which pits local bowlers against those from Dryden, Kenora, and Balmertown in a seven-game roll-off over two days for zone bragging rights.
“Thanks to bowling, I’ve made lifelong friends around Sunset Country and right across Northern Ontario over the years,” enthused Behan.
“You just won’t meet nicer people.”
The lanes are turned on at 6:45 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, with the first game starting promptly at 7 p.m.
For the first two weeks, bowlers only are bowling to establish an average.
Points in the standings start being counted in Week 3.
Behan did note it will cost more to bowl this season, due to an increase in lineage fees the province’s proprietors are charging their league bowlers.
But he also said the increase will translate into more money going back into prize money at year end, as well as to the club’s coffers.
And by putting through an increase to $6/game now (up from $5/game last year), Behan said the price shouldn’t have to rise again for several years.
He also noted the club’s annual membership fee will remain at $20.
“I hope to see all our regular bowlers out next week,” said Behan, who once again is joined on the club executive for a fourth year by treasurer Kathy Bois and secretary Toni Benning.
“But I’d especially love to welcome newcomers to the sport, as well as any former bowlers looking to get back into it.”
Any new bowlers are asked to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday or Thursday in order to be registered into the system.
Anyone with questions can contact Behan at 274-8797 (home) or 274-5373 ext. 325 (work).
In related news, YBC registration will be held tomorrow (Aug. 31) from 4-6 p.m. at Plaza Lanes.
New this year, YBC will run Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. starting Sept. 6.
As well, registration for the Club 55+ league is set for tomorrow (Aug. 31) from 1-3 p.m. at Plaza Lanes.
Its season will run Thursdays from 1-3:30 p.m. starting Sept. 7.
And the afternoon ladies’ league will run Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. starting Sept. 5.