As the month of April draws to a close, some fall-winter leagues have already concluded, and the remainder are nearing the end of another season.
Of course, when the fall-winter leagues end, it means that summer leagues aren’t far behind, and each of the seven centers in the Sarasota-Manatee-Charlotte County area are in the process of organizing their short-season summer leagues.
There are plenty of reasons to sign up for league play during the hottest time of the year, and joining a summer league can provide a great opportunity, even if you’re a beginner or a novice.
One of the potential benefits of summer leagues is the opportunity for friends and teammates to enjoy competitive bowling, rain or shine, while keeping their game sharp during a short season that normally ends in August.
Bowlers of advanced skill levels can utilize summer leagues to learn or expand techniques or to try different things — including balls (and other equipment) along with possible changes in approach, delivery and hand position.
Those who have never bowled in an organized league may wonder what it would be like to do so, and they may have questions about what a league really is and how they would benefit from the experience if they joined one. League bowlers consist of people of all age groups, all walks of life, and all levels of athletic skills, and a summer session may provide a fine opportunity for someone to try a league for the first time.
Summer league openings exist at each area bowling establishment, and each center offers a Web site that offers information about such leagues. For league sign-ups, contact information and registration forms, click on the name of a center where you might want to bowl, or you may call any of them at the phone numbers provided below.
- SARASOTA LANES … 2250 Fruitville Road, Sarasota 34237 … (941) 955-7629
- AMF GULF GATE … 7221 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34231 … (941) 921-4447
- AMF BRADENTON… 4208 Cortez Road, Bradenton 34210 … (941) 758-8838
- AMF VENICE … 1100 U.S. 41 Bypass South, Venice 34292 … (941) 484-0666
- ENGLEWOOD BOWL … 299 S. Indiana Avenue, Englewood 34223 … (941) 474-5265
- TREASURE LANES … 1059 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte 33953 … (941) 625-3930
- BOWLAND PORT CHARLOTTE … 3192 NE Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte 33952 … (941) 625-4794
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