Bowling Movements

Lesson Topic:

Bowling Movements

Lesson Description:

Students will practice performing the proper footwork of bowling while using the correct underhand motion and release of the bowling ball. 

Learning Goals/Outcomes:

The student will be able to correctly perform the proper footwork of bowling.

 The student will demonstrate the correct underhand motion and release of the bowling ball. 

Nebraska Standards:


Physical Activity Skills and Movement Patterns


Movement Concepts, Strategies, and Tactics

Teacher Planning:

Equipment/Materials Needed:

Projector and computer

Floor markers or floor tape

Bowling balls (foam or light weight plastic)

Bowling bins or liter bottles

Bowling steps image: 

Time Required for Lesson:

45 minutes



Technology Use:

__x___ YES               _____NO

Instructional Plan:

Anticipatory Set/Pre-Activity:

Show students the YouTube video of the 4-step approach

Benefits/Explanation/Real-World Connection:

Students will be able to have better accuracy while bowling and therefore, a higher bowling score.  Many students choose to have their birthday parties at the bowling alley, so they can participate fully at these parties.  They may choose to join a bowling league with family and friends with these skills.

Activities (i.e. instructions, warm-up, lesson, cool-down):

Station 1—At this station you will only be practicing your 4-step approach.  You will determine where you need to be to begin your stance and steps. 

*Demonstration: This is figured out by walking to the foul line, turning around with your back to the pins and doing your approach.  You should end up at the perfect distance to start the approach. 

Next, you will practice your 4 step delivery.

Step 1-Push ball into swing at the same time as your first step.

Step 2-During the down swing, the opposite arm will go out to the side for balance and at the completion of the step the ball will be near the ball side leg.

Step 3-The ball continues into the back-swing and will be at the top of the back-swing at the completion of the step.

Step 4-As the ball swings forward, the ball-side leg moves behind the bowler with the foot rolling on its side.  The ball is released as it passes the ankle of the slide foot.

Station 2—At this station you will practice your ball release and follow through.

After releasing the ball, follow through towards the target bringing the elbow above the shoulder.  Stay in a balanced position and watch the ball until it rolls over the target and into the pins.  You will practice this back and forth with a partner. 

Station 3—Here you will practice bowling!  The 4 step approach and ball release.  Remember to count 1, 2, 3, 4 as you step and release the ball.  Get into your stance and grip the ball so you are able to step and move the ball comfortably.  


Review the 4 step approach and how to properly release the bowling ball.  Ask questions such as: How do we determine where we start our approach from?

Why do we aim for the middle arrows?

Where should your elbow be when you release the bowling ball?

Assessment :

The instructor will walk around each station to assess, re-demonstrate, and correct student’s form while they perform at each station.

Supplemental Information:


Closed captioned video

Students start without a ball and work towards using a ball

Advanced students can keep their score at the third station.

Safety Precautions:

Watch your surroundings while bringing the bowling ball back and forward.  Make sure no one is in front or behind you to hit or trip.

Comments (adaptations for various grades/ages, teaching styles, etc.)

If using for lower grades, start with station one and see how the class responds and if they are ready to move on.

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