Alley Diagram (Page 4 of 5)
1- History &
2- The Essentials (Scoring,
3- Formats (Open, League,
4- Alley diagram
5- Glossary of Bowling
(Diagram will be added soon. See below for description.)
Field of Play
The playing area can be divided into 4 major sections:
Approach: Area in front of the
lane from which the bowler throws the ball. Bowlers
must not cross the “foul line,” located
at the end of the approach, when they throw the
ball or they will be called for a “scratch”
and the score for that throw is 0. In the approach
are also “lines,” “dots,”
and “arrows” to help align a bowler
before he throws the ball.
Lane: Oiled surface that the
ball travels down. On each side of the lane are
“gutters” that catch the ball if it
travels off of the lane. Marked on the lane are
“boards” and “arrows”
used to help with aiming. Also called the alley.
Pin deck: Area where the pins
are set up. The pins are placed on 10 markings
call “pin spots.”
Pit: Area behind the pin deck
where the ball and pins are collected.
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