Get the ball rolling
Most other sports were started from the ground up and required a lot of time, energy, and money to be successful. This is not the case with bowling. The NHSBF has already organized high school bowling, so making this sport an NSAA-sanctioned activity will be comparatively much easier than adding previous sports has been. Undoubtedly, you have questions, and we hope the following information will help you get behind us as we work to make bowling an official high school sport.
Why would I want to support high school bowling as a sport?
Any student can participate in bowling regardless of size, strength, or gender. A high school bowling program allows students who would generally not elect to participate in any school activities the opportunity to be part of a team.
If I support the sanctioning of high school bowling, won’t that take away athletes from our school’s other teams?
No. Recent surveys have indicated that 89 percent of the students who bowl in Nebraska club leagues do not participate in any other NSAA-sanctioned activities. The bottom line is, bowling targets a very broad spectrum of students who otherwise wouldn’t be participating in anything else.
Won’t implementing bowling as a sport at my high school cost too much?
Bowling has a much lower cost than most any other sport at your school. Facilities don’t have to be built or maintained, there is no need to hire officials, and uniform and equipment needs are minimal. The NHSBF, in cooperation with the Nebraska Bowling Proprietors Association, has a contract in place with bowling establishments across the state, which will keep facility costs to a minimum.
Are there enough students participating in the sport to warrant adding another activity?
The interest is there and it has been growing over the years! Last year, Nebraska had 1,575 active high school bowlers from 94 high schools around the state.
How much time would I need to invest to include bowling as a sport at my high school?
The time investment required by an athletic director is very minimal when it comes to high school bowling. Most time issues are taken care of because the NHSBF already has rules and regulations set up, and facilities already exist. High school bowling is now fully functioning in 94 schools across the state, and all it needs is your support to become an NSAA-sanctioned activity.
What kind of environment do bowling competitions take place in?
High school bowling competitions take place in one of the safest and most controlled environments available for a sport or activity. In fact, competitive tournaments and the state finals will only be held at bowling facilities whose proprietors have signed agreements indicating that they will prohibit the use of tobacco and the selling of alcohol during all high school bowling events sanctioned by the NSAA and NHSBF.