On a recent Saturday morning, more than 50 kids from across the area took their turns practicing a New England tradition: candlepin bowling.
They are part of a resurgent youth program at Webster Timber Lanes aimed at fostering the next generation of bowling enthusiasts – as well as providing an opportunity for kids to get active and socialize.
The Abington bowling center ran a Saturday morning youth league for years and years before it ended in 2012 due to dwindling numbers.
The new program learned from one of the previous league’s challenges, Webster Timber Lanes owner John Pumphrey said. Traditionally bowling leagues run 36 weeks from September to May. But its increasingly difficult for parents and kids to commit to a league of that length, especially with kids now often playing multiple sports. So the new league is just 12 weeks long, with multiple sessions offered throughout the year.
The league has also enlisted Candlepin Hall of Famer Don Richmond as an instructor for the young bowlers.
Signups are now underway for the next session, which begins May 22.
The league is for kids ages 5-17. Bowlers of all abilities are welcome.