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Here's a few simple guidelines from the USBC to help make your bowling experience more pleasurable:


* Be ready to bowl when the pins are set, but wait until the pinsetting machine has completed its cycle and the sweepbar is raised to make your delivery.  Throwing a ball before the machine is ready may damage the ball or equipment.


* Observe one-lane courtesy.  The bowler on the right should bowl if both reach the approach at the same time.  Stay off the approach while you wait.


* Taking too long to aim or get set up when you are on the approach delays the game.


* Try to remain in your approach area while delivering the ball.


* Step off the approach once you have delivered the ball.


* Good bowling requires concentration.  Have fun, but keep in mind excessive movement or noise could be distracting when others are up to bowl.


* Excessive "lofting" hurts your game and damages the lane.


* Get permission to use another player's ball.


* Refrain from using abusive language or obscene gestures.


* Play the game to win, but be a gracious loser.  Good sportsmanship is always the key to a successful game.


* Wet shoes are a safety hazard.  Watch where you are walking.

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