Bowling was introduced as a Special Olympics sport in 1975. Bowling is mainly a Spring and Summer sport and training is usually from September to June.

Details for Delaware County Program

***Delaware County hosts three (3) separate bowling trainings (all held on Sunday). Training takes place at Sproul Lanes (Springfield), Wynnewood Lanes (Ardmore), and Bowlero (Boothwyn). All athletes are welcome to participate in multiple (or just one). Please see details below on each training location.***

Sunday Training - Sproul Lanes (Springfield)

SOPA Season: Fall (Jul – Oct) + Winter competition

Head Coach: Kathy Zoretich

What to Expect: Athletes bowl 3 games per training. It is very important to arrive on time.

Training Specifics: Sundays from noon-2pm at Sproul Lanes starting in mid-July. Training finishes in November, while there are still competitions in Feb/Mar.

Competition Dates: (1) Delco Invitational @ Sproul Lanes in November. (2) Eastern Bowling Sectional @ Allentown (multiple alleys) on Feb 26, 2020. (3) Indoor Winter Games @ York (multiple alleys) on Mar 7-8, 2020. Athletes participating in Indoor Winter Games will be housed for 1 night, along with coaches, at a ratio of 4 athletes per coach.

Equipment: Bowling balls are provided at the alley, but feel free to bring your own. We do have a ramp for those needing assistance. Please check with the coach beforehand to ensure the ramp is brought.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with collared shirts for competition.

Sunday Training - Wynnewood Lanes (Ardmore)

SOPA Season: Fall (Jul – Oct) + Winter competition

Head Coach: Dal Byers

What to Expect: Athletes bowl 3 games per training. It is very important to arrive on time.

Training Specifics: Sundays from 1230-230pm at Wynnewood Lanes starting in mid-July.

Competition Dates: Historically, the Wynnewood training has only attended the Delco Invitational @ Sproul Lanes in November, but we are hoping to get out to other competitions soon!

Equipment: Bowling balls are provided at the alley, but feel free to bring your own. We do have a ramp for those needing assistance. Please check with the coach beforehand to ensure the ramp is brought.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with collared shirts for competition.

Sunday Training - Bowlero (Boothwyn)

SOPA Season: Fall (Jul – Oct) + Winter competition

Head Coach: Sandra Raikowski

What to Expect: Athletes bowl 3 games per training. It is very important to arrive on time.

Training Specifics: Sunday’s from noon-2pm at Bowlero Boothwyn starting in mid-July. Training finishes in November, while there are still competitions in Feb/Mar.

Competition Dates: (1) Delco Invitational @ Sproul Lanes in November. (2) Eastern Bowling Sectional @ Allentown (multiple alleys) on Feb 26, 2020. (3) Indoor Winter Games @ York (multiple alleys) on Mar 7-8, 2020. Athletes participating in Indoor Winter Games will be housed for 1 night, along with coaches, at a ratio of 4 athletes per coach.

Equipment: Bowling balls are provided at the alley, but feel free to bring your own. We do have a ramp for those needing assistance. Please check with the coach beforehand to ensure the ramp is brought.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with collared shirts for competition.

**IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS** 

ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to the program manager for filing.

ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).

ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).