Colorado Blind Bowling Association

Bowling ball striking pins



though, we are an organization that promotes bowling for persons who have low vision and those who are blind, we also welcome sighted bowlers. Our aim is to promote fun in competition. It matters not that you are a very good bowler or just starting out. Our only request is that you come and have FUN!

Teams consist of both sighted and blind bowlers and we ask that the sighted bowler be willing to let the bowlers on their lanes know which pins were knocked down or the pins that are still standing. If you are not that familiar with calling pins you can read an article on calling pins in our Bowling Tips section.

You may be wondering, "how does a blind person bowl". We have one distinct difference in our bowling from our sighted counterpart. No, we do not use bumpers! Instead we use a rail that is about waist high and runs from the left or right gutter to the beginning of the approach. Its purpose is to give us an idea of straight.

Guide rails

the highlight of the season is bowling enough games to qualify to attend the national tournament normally held during the Memorial Day week. We have fund raisers during the season to raise money to offset what the bowler has to spend to go to the tournament.

So come, join in on the fun of getting a strike or two!

Here is an article recorded by Fox 31 News in Denver, Colorado with interviews of members of the Colorado Blind Bowling Association.
Blind bowling
Blind bowling(for Apple devices )

Bowling Industry Magazine

A Blind Bowling League going strong after 50 years
 Bowling is fun and anyone can do it. That is the mantra that keeps the industry thriving. Denver, CO, has a stellar example. Crown Lanes has hosted the Colorado Blind Association every weekend since the 1990s when three ladies began the tradition. After 50 years, the league is going strong.

According to one of the members, blind bowling is just bowling except handrails help bowlers navigate their lanes. Once they’ve thrown, sighted teammates fill them in on how many pins they’ve knocked down. In 2018, Crown Lanes was bought by KC and Jackie Falzgraf. The couple’s daughter, Shanna, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor as an infant. They hoped she would find some inclusion at the center. Her outgoing personality helped the blind league embrace her. Today Crown Lanes hosts a handful of adaptive bowling leagues. The spirit and that of the community of other bowlers with special needs is strong. Bowling is special; anyone can participate!

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