Ways to Bowl With Yikes Tikes!

Bowling is an ancient sport, originating in Germany around 300 A.D. as a religious ritual in which participants would roll stones at clubs to absolve their sins. As time went by, the sport became so popular in England by 1336, that King Edward III had to ban it to keep his troops focused on archery practice.

Years later, King Henry VIII would ban bowling again for everyone but the upper crust: the working class loved bowling so much that they were neglecting their trades and impeding the financial progress of their counties.

Nowadays bowling is still popular, and it’s easy to see why: it’s an inexpensive, year-round, family-oriented sport that allows everyone to participate together no matter their age, race, gender or handicap, for hours on end. Bowling is a sport that anyone can do, boy or girl, tall, short, skinny or otherwise, with each having the opportunity to succeed. No one sits on the bench!

Because bowling is so inclusive, it’s the perfect game for Yikes Tikes!

Yikes Tikes! has been hosting bowl-a-thon fundraisers for the past three years, with each year more successful than the last. This year, we are hosting two: one in Fremont, and one in Cupertino.

Kristopher knows how to roll

A little bowler!

How does the bowl-a-thon work?

  • Attendees buy tickets from Yikes Tikes! (buy online here, or see one of our co-op members to purchase ahead of time– or just show up the day of!) and a portion of the ticket fee goes directly to support our organization’s operating budget.
  • We make this event available to all bowlers, even small children, by utilizing bowling ramps and bumpers (grownups can use these too!).
    We form teams and take over half of the bowling alley!
  • We have raffle tickets for sale and lots of exciting prizes– you could win a tickets to Disneyland, the Lawrence Hall of Sciences, or the circus!
  • Food is available for purchase.
  • We have the lanes reserved for two and a half hours, and you can bowl as many games as you want within that time.
  • Prizes are awarded to the team that makes the first strike, and to the team that has the highest points per game overall.
Mother and son check out their pins

Jen and Aiden watch their bowling results

Ariel knows how to roll

Ariel is pleased with her special bowling shoes!

If you want to up your game (without bumpers or ramps), here are some tips:

  • Find the right ball. Using a ball that is too heavy can damage your wrist and shoulder. Using a ball that is too light won’t give you the force needed for knocking over pins. Most adults can go for a 12-pound ball to start with; larger men can use 14-pounders. Children should use balls under 10 pounds.
  • To assess the fit of the finger holes, stick your fingers in the holes and pull them out slowly. Look for holes that are slightly too small and grab back at the fingers. A snug fit is perfect but too snug can cause injury.
  • There are 7 arrows on the lane. Do not aim for the middle line; this will give you a split. If you are right handed, aim for the arrow to the right. If you are left handed, aim for the arrow to the left.
  • When you release the ball, make sure it is in front of you, not behind you.
  • Look at the arrows when you release, not at the pins.
  • Follow through with your arm after you release.
  • To get the spare, throw faster. A faster speed gives the ball less time to turn and creates more accuracy.

Good bowling requires concentration and focus, and lots of practice. Our bowl-a-thons are a great way to start teaching kids the basics of bowling in a low-pressure atmosphere. It’s also a great chance to socialize with your friends and family, meet our teachers and staff, and get to know other co-op members.

Alex and Darwin give it a go

Mother-Daughter bowling

Whether you’re an expert or a novice, we hope you can join us for our bowl-a-thons.

Fremont Bowl-a-thon: Saturday 4/25/15, 12pm-2:30 pm, Cloverleaf Family Bowl, Fremont. Click here for tickets and more information.

Cupertino Super Bowl-a-thon: Saturday 5/9/15, 10-12:30 pm, Homestead Lanes, Cupertino. Click here for tickets and more information.

Families from San Jose Yikes Tikes! Working on Bowling Technique

Parental coaching on how to grip a bowling ball

Are you or your kids great at bowling? What are some tips you have?


Brendan takes a turn

The President and the Bowling Ball

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