There seems to be a growing interest in bowling in Cooperstown.
Maureen Davidson, first-year coach of the Cooperstown Central School girls and boys varsity and boys junior varsity teams, said she has double the amount of players she had last year. The team has 24 players – including 15 who are new to the sport, she said.
Mike DeSimone,an employee at the Clark Sports Center bowling alley who helps with the leagues, said he has also seen a growing interest in the sport. He said a new bowling league called the Little Rollers began earlier this month. The league is open to boys and girls in grades K-2.
There are 16 children who participate Wednesdays from 4 to 4:45 p.m., according to DeSimone.
“We got this going because we want to teach them and start them off at a young age,” he said.
The free program is free and will run through Dec.19. Another session will be held Jan. 9 through Feb. 13. Registration will be open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 9. For more information, call Barry Gray at 547-2800 ext. 108.
The Little Rollers is not the youngest bowling league the Clark Center offers. There is also preschool bowling that begins in September and runs through May (tentative ending date). The program is open to youth ages 3, 4 and 5 every Tuesday, 10:30 to 11 a.m. No registration is necessary and the free bowling includes show rentals. DeSimone said moms and dads can come with the kids and bowl for free as well.
There is also an elementary and middle school bowling league open to boys and girls in grades 3-8, according to DeSimone. These bowlers meet from 3 to 5 p.m. every Friday from November to April.
The Clark Sports Center Bowling Department provides programs for bowlers of all experience and skill levels. Bowling pretty much takes place every day of the week at the eight-lane facility. DeSimone said all the adult leagues are full, but substitutes are always being sought. Adult leagues include Monday night men’s, Tuesday night women’s, Wednesday night men’s. Thursday night women’s, Thursday night mixed and a summer no-tap mixed.