Adult Bowling Leagues


What is a league bowler?

A league bowler is someone who is looking for a weekly commitment to bowl in a committed and organized league. All our leagues are based on “having fun” but, the commitment means you will attend every week, just like hockey, darts or other activities. The League bowler is responsible for their weekly fees commitment just like any other sport.

We have 2 types of Leagues Bowling in our centre:

Our competitive league(s) have a larger cash purse to offer than the normal leagues. Your upfront cost is more but, the chance of winning a larger prize at the league’s conclusion is better. It is a full handicap league which provides fairness for all bowlers regardless of the average you are. We presently don’t have a head to head or Scratch league but, there is definitely an interest in starting one.

We have several non-competitive leagues that use handicaps to offset a bowlers average to make the game fair for everyone. This type of league is more concerned with the social interaction of the game. The registration fees or nightly fees are less than the competitive league but, they offer smaller prize structures. The fee charged by most of the leagues here cover the nightly bowling costs with a small excess for social events and/or prizes at the end of the year.

What is a Handicap System and how does it work?

For example, a league uses a 100% handicap based on 225. If Bob’s average is 150, (225-150=75, 75 X 100%= 75) Bob’s handicap is 75. If Jim’s average is 200, (225-200=25, 25 X 100% = 25) Jim’s handicap is 25. If Bob and Jim both bowl their average, their handicapped scores would be Bob 225 and Jim 225. This way no one has an unfair advantage, whether he’s a good bowler or a poor bowler. If Jim bowls 10 pins above his average (a 210 score), it gives Jim a 235 handicapped score. If in the same game, Bob throws 25 pins above his average (a 175 score) his handicapped score would be 250 and he would win the point over Jim. For leagues using less than 100% handicap, the handicap would be less, giving a slight advantage to the better bowler. If Bob bowled in a 80% handicapped league, his handicap would be 60 (225-150=75, 75 X 80%= 60).

The time slot presently used:

Monday – 8:45-10:45 PM (Mixed) Competitive
Tuesday – 8:30-10:30 PM (Mixed) Non Competitive
Wednesday – 6:30-8:30 PM (Ladies League) Non Competitive
Sunday – 6:00-8:00 PM (Mixed) Non Competitive

Open for new leagues:
Tuesday 6:30-8:30 PM, Wednesday 6:30-8:30 PM and 8:30-10:30 PM, Thursday 8:30-10:30 PM, Sunday 8:30-10:30 PM

We are willing to help any prospective leagues to start up. If you have a group of friends and are interested in starting a league up we can help! We will help you set up your league with respect to fees, scoring, and banquets. If your league is out of the norm., we can help with that too.

50 Plus:
Currently Riverdale Lanes does not have a 50 plus league however, we do have a 50 Plus Ladies League that bowls Wednesday Mornings at 10 AM. We are willing to help set up another 50 plus league on a different time or day as well. It can be mixed, men’s or a ladies only league. Just ask or email and we’ll get things going!

What is a King Pin League Member?

This is a Thank You from Riverdale Lanes for committing to bowl in our leagues. A League King Pin Member gets Exclusive offers, reduced rates and free bowling. As a League member here, we give you one free game a month (has to be used in that month), Exclusive money saving offers that non members can’t get. Click HERE and start saving today!