On May 8th, most Bay Area Lawn Bowls clubs will host free lessons, games, food, and other activities to showcase a game that not only has been apart of U.S. sports culture for 400 years, but is also played competitively in over 50 countries around the world.
In addition, the sport is very affordable: club membership is less than $9 a month for a low cost, low-impact, outdoor activity with health benefits similar to yoga that the whole family can enjoy. It is the one sport where you can bring mother and daughter, and often grandmother too (not to be confused with Bocce which is played with steel bowls mostly by men). Free loaner bowls are available at all clubs.
Lawn Bowls is the gentle, but challenging sport with a great outdoor social component. “It’s a great sport to get people of all ages playing a game that has skill, fitness, socialization and conditioning,” says Lisa Hoffman, exercise physiologist, author, and founder of Solo Fitness and Wellness based in New York. “It’s also wonderful way to promote health and fitness, especially as new health care reform puts greater emphasis on preventative care.”
The object of lawn bowls is to roll a bowl, closest to the target ball, a small white ball called a jack. The bowl’s design, slightly flattened on one side, creates a curved bias to the roll, which is the challenge of the game. In addition, the game is played on real natural grass greens so each piece of turf has its own idiosyncrasies, however flat, true and hard the gardener has prepared it. Though lawn bowls is easy to learn, it’s difficult to master, so many players only remain social members of their local clubs and don’t travel to the regional and national tournaments.
Bay Area clubs taking part in the free Nationwide Open House day include San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, San Jose, Carmel and Santa Cruz. Everyone 14 to 84 years old is welcome as long as they wear flat soled shoes. Free loaner bowls too.
Visit www.uslba.org to find a club near you.
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