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October 19, 2017

A message from Coach McCracken…

Dear Bowlers  –

Are you ready to throw balls and make strikes? This is the third year for Girls Bowling in Bellingham and we hope you’ll be a part of it. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to come out for the team. Girls Bowling is a sanctioned WIAA sport; we will compete in the Northwest Conference League, which includes Anacortes, Everett, Marysville, Lynnwood, and Seattle.


We’re looking for players from all three high schools so we can have three teams of 10 bowlers each. That will give us enough players to have junior varsity teams as well. Last year we were able to take on everyone who was interested. We’ll practice together and follow the same match schedule (home and away matches are scheduled on the same dates): however, teams will compete separately. Last year, players from Sehome and Squalicum played at the State Tournament in Tacoma.


Practice will be 3:45-5:30 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, at 20th Century Bowl.  We begin on Nov. 1 and continue through January to the district and state tournaments. We’ll practice during the winter break. Schedules will be adjusted accordingly once matches begin. Custom-drilled bowling balls will be provided and shoes can be checked out from 20th Century. Uniform shirts are provided as well. Team members are to wear black pants for competition.


There will be additional team time scheduled for bonding, team study (rules, regulations, and techniques), and attending other bowling matches. You are expected to be at all practices.


If you must miss a practice, you need to communicate with the coach before the absence.  If you miss a practice and do not communicate beforehand, you will not compete in the next match.  If multiple absences occur there will be a bowler/coach discussion and if absences become a problem, you may be removed from the team.


Bowlers are responsible for their own transportation to practice and home matches.  Bus passes are available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.  We will work together to make sure ALL bowlers have rides to practice and matches.  If there are concerns about transportation, talk with the coach.  The district will provide transportation to away matches.


We have 11 matches scheduled for the season with potential District and State Tournament play at the end of the season.  The top five bowlers on each team will compete in matches.  The top 5 will be determined based on bowling scores.  There will be opportunities to challenge and make changes to the top 5 positions during the season.



Dear Bowlers and Parents,

We had an exciting season last year with the Sehome team, as well as an individual player from Squalicum, competing at the State Tournament in Tacoma. We’re proud of this accomplishment in only the second bowling season in the Bellingham School District. And most of these girls before joining the team had only picked up a bowling ball at the occasional birthday party!

As assistant coach last year, I worked with team members four days a week and at matches. I look forward to taking on the role of head coach this year and continuing the tradition. I’ve worked with the school district for many years as our daughters moved through elementary, middle and high schools, first as a PTA member, then as president for four years in elementary and middle school. In addition, I taught yearbook and photography for two years in before-school programs.

When my daughter showed interest in bowling, I was soon swept into the game and have competed in league bowling the past three seasons at 20th Century. Learning to bowl is easy; perfecting the game is a lifetime journey. Bowling provides immediate feedback to skill training. Team members from the district schools are very supportive of each other and practice provides a positive learning environment for them.  The sport offers a break from more athletic games while still focusing on skill, technique and teamwork. 20th Century provides a clean and safe place to practice and compete.

Remember, players must be cleared through their school’s athletic department before our first practice on Nov. 1. I hope we have a great turnout and a great season!


Coach Greg McCracken