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Club phone 604-531-0833
The game is very similar to curling. It is played on a rink which, at Mann Park, is a grass rink not an ice surface. Teams are singles, pairs, triples or fours. A small ball, called a jack, is a target which is rolled down the grass at the start of the game. The objective is to be on the team that gets their rolled bowling bowls nearest the jack. Unlike in curling the jack can be hit and moved by a bowl. As long as the jack stays in the rink it remains in play. When all bowls have been played, and the score tallied, the teams now play from the other end. Teams play a set number of ends before the game is finished.
Opportunity to play
By visiting the green at the right time (in the afternoon generally) there may be an immediate opportunity for an interested person to try rolling a bowl and getting a feel of how the bowl moves. The average bowl weighs three and a half pounds and has a bias so it takes skill to move the bowl in the desired direction.
A person wanting to take up the sport will be introduced to a coach who will arrange lessons. Initially a person will learn how to deliver a bowl but over time there are many skills to learn. Bowling is quite a complex game and coaching is offered all season long.
Mann Park has visitor “drop in” games on certain Fridays in the month. Find out from a friend, or by using email, as to the dates that this “come with a friend” is being held.
You can join the club at the beginning of the season, which is in April, and start group lessons with all the new bowlers or you can join anytime later in the season at a reduced cost.
The cost of joining the club for the whole season is $180. An extra charge of $10 is added for lessons for a person who has never bowled. If the new person finds the game is unsuitable they will have the $180 membership fee reimbursed.
People starting later in the year will pay a prorated membership fee.
Other costs at Mann Park are locker rentals and locker rentals. To play in socially competitive games and fun days the costs are usually under $5.00
Juniors (11 – 18 years)
Mann Park welcomes new bowlers of all ages and is making Juniors an especially high priority.
Throughout the season we will hold regular ‘drop-in’ sessions for Juniors to play and receive coaching. The first year will be free of charge to play, use Club bowls and for coaching.
Mann Park has developed a good relationship with Semiahmoo Secondary School. We host a number of student classes so that students become familiar with the sport and, we welcome these students to our regular drop-in sessions.
We wish to expand this program to include all schools in the South Surrey/White Rock area, with the ultimate goal of an inter-school league and championship.
Junior players are able to play in the challenging, adult, Vancouver & District Tournaments in addition to the Junior Provincial Championships. If a player is successful at the provincial level, they are eligible to enter the Canadian Junior Championship.
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