Bowlers Excited to get Outdoors Again
March 28, 2012 by lawn bowls
Eager lawn bowlers, who aren’t ready to give up the sport when the snow starts flying, are winding down their season in what is usually known as a sleepy little town in Canada, Niagara-On-The-Lake. But here in “the most beautiful town in Canada” is a very exciting place – the Community Centre on Platoff Street. It is here where residents have kept the sport alive even during the months when it’s not possible to take it outside. And it’s a trend that thousands of bowling clubs have taken up around the world. It’s indoor bowling!
At the Niagara-On-The-Lake Community Centre, residents meet three times a week during the winter months to hone their skills and keep their passion of the sport alive. With five different bowling carpets, 40 people can bowl at once and it provides reprieve for this town made up mostly of locals that are seniors. Membership costs only $60 for the entire season, and members are free to come on as many of the three days as they choose.
The rules are a little more lax at this club, with no real dress code or etiquette rules applied, although members always follow the “unspoken” rules of lawn bowling, even when they’re inside. The indoor season for the club begins in October and is set to come to a close on April 12, around the same time that most clubs start to bring it indoors.
Those that live in the area and are interested in joining a league can sign up for the summer season, starting on April 14, or they can already sign up for next year’s indoor season. Those that aren’t in the area, contact your local lawn bowling club. There’s a good chance that they have indoor and outdoor leagues, so that you too, can enjoy this wonderful sport all year around!