Why do we like to go bowling? Just for the pleasure of nailing a strike? Well, that’s certainly a nice part of it. However, bowling nights are also about the place and the people surrounding you. They’re about family, friends, community, and stories that are to be told for years to come. It’s a whole experience that explains why so many people fall in love with this sport.
We fully understand that, and that’s what Plainfield Lanes bowling evenings strive to provide: memorable experiences.
The history of this sport is truly deep and at least just as interesting. Did you know that bowling was once illegal in the US? We’ll get into that topic and explore much more interesting facts further on into this article.
Bowling in Plainfield: Safety Always Comes First
Whether you’re an expert in the field or just putting on your shoes for the first time, safety should always be a priority for you and those around you. The right equipment and proper techniques will help keep you safe at all times. And it’s our duty to make sure you have an amazing, injury-free experience at our locations.
How to avoid injuries while bowling?
Just as in any other sport, it is essential to warm up before proceeding. There are multiple simple exercises and stretches that can be done before a match to help warm up your muscles and joints. Constant repetitive movement can have an impact on your shoulders, wrists and knees; therefore, warming up is a necessary practice. Exercising will help you avoid a lot of common injuries that affect both amateur and professional bowlers.
Here’s a couple of other tips on how can avoid injuries on the Plainfield lanes bowling alley:
Always make sure you have a proper grip size on the ball.
Use appropriate footwear to avoid foot, knee or ankle injuries.
Employ the correct technique at all times.
Train to strengthen your core and upper body muscles.
Bowling in Plainfield makes up a really fun activity for kids, too. However, it is important to teach them the goods habits of bowling when old enough to learn. This way, they will carry excellent habits with them throughout the years. You can even use bumpers to block the lane gutters so that you make the game fun, even for very young children. Nowadays, kids can get to play games online, so they can get learn the rules of the sport comfortably, at their own pace.
Nonetheless, if your kids don’t seem to enjoy bowling as much as you do, there are always other options available for them at Plainfield Lanes. We provide a wide variety of arcade games, a laser maze, an escape room and plenty of other fun ways to drill your skill. All the diverse activities guarantee your fun, whether you’re coming to enjoy a simple Plainfield Lanes bowling night or looking to test your problem-solving skills in the escape room. This way, we make sure you’ll never have to worry about getting bored when visiting us.
Bowling: a wonderful sport, with an amazing history
In the United States alone, over 70 million people play bowling every year, making it the US most engaging sport. However, not many people know that for a short time, bowling was illegal in the United States.
Somewhere around the 16th century, bowling reached America through European immigrants. However, the first indoor bowling alley was opened about two hundred years later in New York. It didn’t take long for this exciting sport to become a sensation and gain popularity in early American society. Soon, the indoor bowling halls spread across the country, especially in the areas predominantly populated by german people. In 1895, the rules of the sport were officially standardized through the establishment of the American Bowling Congress, also known as the ABC ( now USBC). The new regulations had a positive impact on the popularity of the sport, which was soon to become common in places such as private clubs, firehouses or even churches.
However, at the beginning of the 19th century, bowling alleys were mainly owned by bars and pubs. Unfortunately, the culture of gambling and crime has become associated with bowling and that’s what led the sport to gain a bad reputation. As silly as that sounds, in the 1840s, the state of Connecticut has banned all ownership of nine-pin lanes in a desperate attempt to curb gambling and crime.
To avoid the law, bowling players simply added an extra pin to the game, neutralizing the ban and giving birth to this version of the sport we now enjoy.
Ever since there have been numerous introductions as the sport advanced. For example, until 1950, the pins were simply reset by hand. In 1946, though, Gottfried Schmidt designed the first automatic pinsetter, bringing a major improvement to the game.
The materials for the balls used in the game had also chanced as the sport evolved, changing from wood to rubber to urethane and the current resin-covered ones that we use now.
Even though bowling had its golden age in the 50s and 60s, it still remains one of the most popular sports worldwide, engaging more than 70 million Americans every year. And that’s only normal. It is a fun and easy game that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or athletic ability.
Why choose Plainfield Lanes Bowling?
Apart from the bowling alley, Plainfield Lanes offers a large variety of games and activities, meant to satisfy customers of all age. An amazing bar&grill menu waits for you to refill after an intense bowling game, or just relax and enjoy a nice drink.
Our bank heist escape room proved to be a challenging, nonetheless fun activity for all those that choose to engage in it. About 35% of our participants actually make it out with the million dollars they “stole”. So you don’t need to worry about it being too easy for you, nor too difficult.
The laser maze can also make up a very fun activity for kids of all ages. It is a fascinating visual experience, meant to spark up their imagination and boost their sense of adventure.
Our location makes up for a great spot in case you feel like organizing a group event, a company or family party, or host a fundraiser. Birthday parties are always going to be a success.
So whether you’re looking for a fun night out with the family or you’re ready to turn on competition mode with your friends, Plainfield Lanes bowling provides you with the necessary tools to get the party started. So, clear your evening, come get your bowling shoes on and have an amazing time.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you provide lessons?
Unfortunately, we do not provide bowling lessons. However, even if you’re a first-timer, our staff is always ready to offer the basic guidance and help you through.
Why do I need rental shoes?
There are various reasons why you should use specific bowling shoes. Apart from them allowing you to get the right levels of adherence and overall functionality, they also preserve the lane appearance. Normally, the lanes are made of polished wood, and that generates a shiny and smooth appearance.
Can I bring my own food/drink?
Even if you’re a magician in the kitchen and can’t stay away from your own cooked food for long, unfortunately, no outside food and beverage of any kind are permitted to be brought into the bowling centre.
Do you have an arcade?
We do provide a large variety of games for all those who share our passion for arcade. As you earn tickets, don’t forget to stop by our redemption counter for some awesome prizes. You can explore part of our game offer by clicking here.
Do you have other entertainment facilities?
Sure thing. Apart from bowling, our guests can enjoy a large variety of arcade games, an escape room, a laser maze and of course, the top-notch bar&grill service. This way, whenever you choose to pay us a visit, you know the fun is a guarantee.
How long does a bowling game last?
It takes around 10 minutes/person ( on average) to bowl a single game from start to finish. Therefore, if you’re part of a group of 6 people, it would take around one hour to successfully complete one bowling game.
Do you have a dress code?
No, we do not have a designed dress code. Nonetheless, we expect our guests to dress and behave appropriately and considerately at all times, a fact that includes the wearing of appropriate clothing for a family facility.
Are there any age restrictions for bowling?
There are no age restrictions in regards to playing bowling. However, given the weight of the bowling balls, we suggest that most kids under four should be given extra attention in order to avoid accidents. Also, there is no such thing as an upper age limit on our facilities. If you’re strong and fit enough to play, the lanes are waiting for you.
I have a question that is not on this list. Who do I talk to?
Feel free to contact us in regards to any questions you might have at the following number: (815) 782-7790. Whether you want to plan a nice night of bowling in Plainfield or organize a party we’re always happy to answer your questions.