reasons that Minnesota schools
should support high school bowling
The league is free for schools to participate in. 99% of coaches are
volunteers. All teams are sponsored by local bowling centers.
Minnesota High School Bowling (MHSB) is the biggest and best organized "club
program" in Minnesota. 129 varsity and 104 junior varsity teams (1500+
students in grades 7 - 12) particpate in the league. Many of the league’s
rules are modeled after those set forth by the Minnesota State High School
League. The league is well structured. There are clearly defined starting
and ending dates.
More than 80 schools in Minnesota now offer bowling as a school
club/activity/organization (with many awarding varsity club letters to the
Minnesota High School Bowling now offers two seasons: a fall co-ed season
and winter girls-only season. Girls are eligible to participate in both
leagues if they so choose.
For the past 10 years, bowling has been one of the two fastest growing
varsity sports in the country. Twenty states have varsity bowling.
Twenty-seven states have club bowling. In just the 20 states that offer
varsity bowling, there are 52,000 bowlers.
Bowling is an official NCAA sport for women (many tournaments can be seen on
ESPN). Both girls and boys are being awarded scholarships to bowl at the
collegiate level. Nearly 100 schools are now offering scholarships at the
Bowling often appeals to students that do not participate in other
(more true in the metro area than outstate). Students that do not feel that
they are athletic enough to play football, basketball, hockey, etc. are
often interested in trying bowling.
Bowling is a lifetime sport. People ages 3 to 103 can bowl.
Bowling is a social sport, and engenders a level of sportsmanship not often
seen among athletes. It is not uncommon for a bowler to congratulate a
competitor on a nice shot, even if that shot beats them for the game.
MHSB does not allow alcohol near the lanes during practices or competition.
Bowling is good exercise.
Rolling an 8 to 16 pound bowling ball at 17 to 25 miles per hour down 60
feet of lane uses 134 muscles. Bowling 3 games at 2 balls per frame will
produce the equivalent of a one mile walk and burn 198 calories per hour.
Minnesota High School Bowling is inexpensive to participate in. Bowlers may
be charged a nominal annual participation fee of $75.00 by their sponsoring
bowling center, but that is a fraction of what they receive in return
(uniforms, league administration, and dozens of hours of practice,
competition, and coaching).
Updated on June 1, 2014