Registration for the National Duckpin Youth Association leagues will begin tomorrow and continue through Saturday at Sandusky's Riviera Bowl.
There's good news for the folks who had their children bowling in the NDYA at Greenway Glen Burnie.
John Dolch will be the director of the program at Riviera Bowl as he was at the Glen Burnie center.
"Everybody plays the game in this program," Dolch said. "There are no bench warmers."
Competition will be for ages from 4 to 21. The 4-6 duckpin bowlers will be in the Pee Wee Division and bowl one game each Saturday. The Preps (7-9) and the Bantams (10-12) will bowl two games, and the Juniors (13-15) and the Majors (15-21) throw three-game sets.
The season opens Sept. 10 and ends May 6.
"All of our leagues at Riviera Bowl are supervised by caring and qualified adult coaches," Dolch said.
"Many of these people are certified coaches, instructors and national instructors serving the bowler."
The NDYA awards and Bowler of the Week certificates, Bowler of the Month plaques and house awards will be presented.
Balls can be refinished
Frank Ladayni, former manager of Greenway Glen Burnie, has a deal for the duckpin bowler who's just pulled his bowling balls out of the closet. And started thinking about throwing them away.
You don't have to buy new duckpin balls; those nicks, scratches and gouges can be removed.
"Right now I'm refinishing duckpin balls at my home," Ladayni said. "For just $7, I'll have those old balls looking like new."
You can drop off your old duckpin balls at 521 Greenway S.E., Glen Burnie.
New manager at Southwest
Mel Richburg started bowling duckpins when he was a teen-ager at Fair Lanes Northwest. That house is gone, but you can find Richburg at another Fair Lanes center, Southwest in Linthicum.
"I'm really looking forward to helping the bowlers in the area," he said. "As operations manager, I'll be doing all I can to see that the customer is satisfied."
Richburg, born and raised in Baltimore and living in Woodstock, took over his new position last week.
"I bowled duckpins for a long time," he said. "For nine years, I was on the Pro Tour, but I had to stop league bowling because of conflicting hours at my job."
This season he'll be back on the lanes: "I guarantee it!"
Will he be knocking down any pins?
"I guarantee it," he said. "I was averaging 145 in 1987 when I had to quit, and I don't see any reason that I won't be able to get back to that."
His career high game is 244. His high set is 595.
One of the reasons that Richburg thinks he'll have a high average at Southwest is pretty simple.
"I'm committed to having a good scoring center. The lane dressing will be consistent, and I'm going to keep the pin-setting machinery in good shape," he said.
Leagues are being formed now at Southwest, and Richburg wants "everyone to come in and give the center a try."