By Cynthia Germain
The participation in women’s league bowling has declined in recent years, and Door County is no exception to this social phenomenon. There are two inputs into league play which have changed since women’s league bowling was nationally organized in the early 1900’s. Certainly, much has changed for women and their roles in society over time. In addition, smaller bowling houses struggling with supporting league play that requires additional human resources. Monica Ramirez, a 35-year league bowler, acknowledges that women’s role in the workforce is a factor and believes that a way to renew the sport is to promote the fun of bowling.
Angela Nelson, owner of Algoma Pizza Bowl, finds open bowling more popular in her house as families enjoy the food and bowling together. She also supports the local high school basketball teams as they come to bowl as a activity. Nelson knows that she would need extra help to operate league bowling as promoting the league’s availability and keeping the bowlers happy is vital to a successful league offering.
For those who find bowling fun, joining a league has an added benefit of making friends and enjoying the camaraderie that comes with a regular sports activity.