Higher Education

Right Down Your Alley: The Complete Book of Bowling, 7th Edition

  • Vesma Grinfelds
  • Bonnie Hultstrand Professor Emeritus Physical Education, University of Idaho
  • ISBN-10: 0840048076  |  ISBN-13: 9780840048073
  • 192 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2003, 1996
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $54.00
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Cengage Learning Activity Series From aerobics and yoga — to bowling, tennis, weight training, and more — Wadsworth offers a complete line of activities texts to meet your teaching needs. Written for individuals of all skill levels and backgrounds, the Wadsworth Physical Activity Series goes beyond the mere fundamentals, showing students how to improve, excel, and simply get more enjoyment from their favorite physical activities. RIGHT DOWN YOUR ALLEY: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BOWLING, 7th Edition, includes everything a bowler, whether beginner or advanced, young or old, needs to know about the game. This text takes students from holding a ball to principles of movement and competitive bowling, and provides strategies to keep improving. RIGHT DOWN YOUR ALLEY: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BOWLING also covers more advanced topics for those past the novice stage. Throughout the text, students will be introduced to the newest proven techniques, equipment, and teaching and learning concepts that are currently being used effectively by bowlers, coaches, and teachers across the country.

Features and Benefits

  • Nearly 100 photos, along with numerous figures, help visually demonstrate proper techniques and form, giving students a better sense of the proper ways to bowl successfully.
  • After every new concept, "Self Evaluation Questions" are integrated and easily locatable throughout each chapter, letting students review key concepts and techniques before moving on to new ones.
  • Each chapter concludes with summarized main points, highlighting the key concepts covered in the chapter.
  • The format of the text is designed to make it easy for students to follow instructions and perfect their skills, making this an ideal resource for both classroom and independent use.
  • The second part of this text is devoted to advanced bowling, including competitive bowling, the 3-4-5 strike adjustment system, and alternatives to the four-step approach. Chapters have been devoted to both competitive aspects of bowling as well as coaching techniques.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding the Basics.
2. Preparing for Action.
3. Stance, Approach, and Delivery Concepts.
4. Principles of Movement Applied to Bowling.
5. Common Errors and Corrective Actions.
6. 3-1-2 Strike Adjustment System.
7. 3-6-9 Spare Conversion System.
8. Scoring and Rules of Bowling.
9. Preparing for League Bowling.
10. Bowling for Those with Special Needs.
11. The Modern Bowling Environment and Twenty-First Century Technology.
12. Alternatives to the Four-Step Approach.
13. Ball Tracks.
14. Lift and Revolutions.
15. 3-4-5 Strike Adjustment System.
16. 2-4-6 Spare Adjustment System.
17. The Advanced Bowler and Technology.
18. Competitive Bowling.
Appendix A: Glossary of Terms.
Appendix B: Bowler’s Analysis Chart.

What's New

  • Two new chapters have been added to the new edition. Chapter 8, "Scoring and Rules of Bowling," gives the latest updates on scoring procedures and rules of the game. Chapter 9, "Preparing for League Bowling," details the differences between scratch league and handicap league and how to accurately score each type.
  • A new section on electronic bowling in Chapter 11 describes how students who have an available electronic game system can practice and perfect coordination, delivery, ball rolls, balance, and spot bowling.
  • Expanded discussions of the "3-1-2 Strike Adjustment System" and "3-6-9 Spare Conversion System" have been added to update the material and introduce students to these methods.
  • A new 4-color design helps engage students, especially visual learners.
  • To reach a broader range of players, integrated instructions and photos for left-handed bowlers are included throughout the text and are now shaded for an easy-to-find reference.
  • An online instructor's teaching guide, which includes such resources as classroom activities and testing tools, provides time-saving lecture preparation tools.
  • A short introduction provides a brief history of the game to give students a foundation for understanding the game completely.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Vesma Grinfelds

Vesma Grinfelds earned her B.A. Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1971. While attending, she was a member of the bowling team and finished 2nd in the Intercollegiate Championships All-Events. Her professional bowling career started in July 1971 after winning her first title in Las Vegas. During the 20-year span of competitive bowling, she amassed 10 professional titles, 13 regional professional titles, 2 WIBC event titles, and 2 international titles (Japan and the Philippines). She has accomplished three 300 games and an 810 three game series. Vesma was a Master Clinician for the National Bowling Council for 12 years during which time she conducted seminars to bowling coaches and instructors concerning the teaching of bowling fundamentals and techniques. She was also a coach for the Philippines National Bowling Team for the Southeast Asian Games in 1981. During her bowling career, Vesma was a long time representative of the Brunswick Corporation. She was inducted into the U.S. Bowling Hall of Fame in 1991 for Superior Performance and the Professional Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame in 1997. Currently, Vesma bowls occasional events and remains involved with the sport by supporting the budding bowling career of her son, Dzintars. She resides in San Francisco and is very active in philately.

Bonnie Hultstrand

Bonnie J. Hultstrand received her B.S. Degree in Physical Education from St. Cloud State College in 1960 and her M.S. Degree in Physical Education from Washington State University in 1966. After 39 years of teaching, she retired in 1999 as Professor Emeritus from the University of Idaho where she spent her last 24 years of teaching and coordinating the Undergraduate Physical Education program. Prior to the University of Idaho, she taught at the University of Wyoming, Washington State University, and had a four-year stint in the public schools. Her areas of teaching ranged from a variety of professional preparation courses to sport activities. Bowling instruction was always a significant part of her teaching responsibilities. In addition, her 18-year coaching career included the collegiate bowling team at Washington State University. Among her professional leadership and teaching awards are: Northwest American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AHPERD) Outstanding College/University Physical Educator of the Year (1998); Idaho AHPERD Outstanding College Physical Educator of the Year (1997); Idaho AHPERD Distinguished Service Award (1989); Associated Students of UI Outstanding Teacher Award (1986); College of Education Outstanding Faculty Award (1990); Chair of Faculty Council (1992-93); and UI Alumni Excellence in Teaching Awards. Bonnie is currently retired and resides in her northern Idaho lake home. She enjoys an active lifestyle that includes traveling, reading, golfing, and volunteering.