The Zone Bowling Center youth league starts Aug. 8

The Zone Bowling Center will be hosting a youth bowling league starting on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. for children between the ages of five and 17. Sign ups can be done anytime before or during league’s season.

“This is the second year we have done this league,” said owner Cody Stanford.

“This is Storm’s program that they run, and I’m just running it through them. They set the guidelines out for it and I follow the guidelines.”

Storm is one of the brands of bowling balls a participant can choose to use throughout the season, as well as Roto Grip.

The weekly price will vary depending on which bowling ball the participant would like to use, starting at $10 weekly up to $20 weekly for 12 weeks. When the season ends for the league, the participant gets to keep the bowling ball they have been using and paying for. 

“What we have done is basically pay whatever it is you desire. (The cost) depends on what type of caliper ball you are getting,” Standford said. “Some of them are for entry-level bowlers, and some of them are for those that have been bowling for a little while. So, we kind of tailor to everybody, so that everyone can have fun with it.

“That’s the joy of this, because some of these balls are $200 to $240 each. So if you break it down and pay it weekly, it takes some burden off the price a little bit. That way, you are not paying it all out of pocket all at once.”

“If they wanted to (sign up after the start of the season) and want to keep the ball, they would just need to pay the difference,” Stanford said. 

The participant would not need to pay the difference for the cost of the ball if they just want to bowl and do not want to keep it at the end of the season. There is no obligation to purchase the ball if a participant wanted to bowl casually throughout the league’s season.

The weekly meeting time is every Saturday at 2 p.m. and typically wraps up around 3:30 or 4 p.m. depending on how many kids there are. 

“We don’t want to take away from their other sports. We know some kids play soccer early in the mornings or late in the afternoon, so we found that mid-day works better for the kids,” Stanford said. 

Masks are not mandatory, but a participant may wear one if they feel comfortable doing so.

“We are not requiring them unless something changes,” Stanford says.

“With the leagues, everybody is social distanced anyway. They bowl one at a time, so we haven’t had too many issues with that. When we open-play, we separate the lanes and have everybody stay with their own groups.” 

Sign ups can be done at The Zone Bowling Center located at 1401 S. Hobart, via Facebook message or by calling (806) 665)-5181. 

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