Anatomy of a Bowling Alley
The control deck or counter is the area in which you purchase your games and also get your shoes from this area.
If you have any difficulties or if equipment malfunctions you should report it to the control counter. There are
employees that are in this area that can assist you and resolve any issues that you may encounter.
The concourse area is behind the approach area and generally where those not bowling will remain. In most alleys
the house balls can be found in this area. Food and drinks are permitted in this area but may not enter the
approach area for fear of accidents.
The concourse area is a walkway in which many players will visit with others or travel to the different areas of
the bowling alley.
In the bowling area is where the lanes are separated by groups of seats. There will be two lanes that can be
used to bowl and this is important during competitions or league bowling. This allows two teams of people to bowl
in the same area, but have their own lane.
Ball Return Equipment
The ball return equipment is where you will pick up your ball when it is your turn to bowl. This is where the
ball is returned after bowling your turn.
Carefully pick up the ball from the ball return equipment, many people get their fingers mashed because of
improper techniques. You should pick up the ball with your palm flat and after the balls have stopped rolling. Be
patient and do not get in a hurry.
The reset button is also located on the ball return equipment. The reset button is used when the pins do not
reset after an individual has played.
Sometimes after the pins are knocked down the frame will not reset and simply stay that way without clearing the
pins. This is when to use the reset button. The reset button is not a toy or for the use of children.
The approach area is where the player walks down the ball for release onto the lane. The individual that is
bowling should be the only one in the approach area. No one else should be in the approach area to avoid accidents
There are a series of dots and arrows in the approach area that are used as guides to help the player line up
and aim for the appropriate pins.