Vision Impaired Tenpin Bowling

Victorian Vision Impaired Tenpin Bowling Assoc Inc

Guide Rail

Blind & vision impaired tenpin bowling began in 2001 at AMF Box Hill (now closed). From this small group, 5 bowlers were selected to represent Australia at the inaugural IBSA Blind Tenpin Bowling Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in 2002. Victorian Vision Impaired Tenpin Bowling Association (VVITBA) was created late 2002 with a steering committee and have been incorporated since early 2003.

At the IBSA World Championships, we discovered the guide rail and how it is used. We developed a prototype, which has since been sanctioned by Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) for use by bowlers who are blind or have low vision. A guide rail enables a person to bowl independently without being manually lined up by a friend or family member. The guide rail (long) consists of 2 base trays, 4 uprights and 4 or more pieces for the top rail (see photo). There are short guide rails in various bowling centres in metropolitan & regional Victoria – the list can be found at www.blindtenpinbowling.org

A volunteer/spotter will assist the bowler with information, when they step off the approach lane: with pins left, how many pins went down, where their ball went, etc.

Bowlers can chose their own level of bowling – social bowls or compete in their local league/bowling centre or compete in state, nationals or international competitions. The majority of leagues use a handicap system, which enables a level playing field for all bowlers, regardless of their vision loss.

For further information contact VITBA through www.blindtenpinbowling.org or ring 0412 224 242.

When Is the Activity Held?

People can bowl any time they wish, at whichever bowling centre they are closest to.

Venue:

Any tenpin bowling centre.

Website Address:

www.blindtenpinbowling.org

Email Address:

vvitba@optusnet.com.au

Contact Person and Telephone Number:

Paul. 0412 224 242.

Cost:

This varies – it depends on the bowling centre, type/level of bowling, time of day for leagues.

After some time, people may prefer to purchase their own equipment. It is generally a good idea to wait a while for a sale plus this ensures that you purchase the correct weight ball.