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We play on Sunday evenings from 6:15pm to around 9pm.

We are a non-sanctioned league, and we play short seasons. Each season will run anywhere from 10 to 12 weeks, depending on the timing.  

We play at AMF Durham Lanes (Bowlero), located 4508 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707 

Come join us!

How Much

Usual cost for each season works out to about $15 per week. We pay for the entire season in advance. You can use PayPal, Venmo, Cash or a credit card.

The only money you'll need to bring is for shoe rental or beer.

Who's In Charge

Keely Godwin is your cruise director, league manager, and bowling buddy. She does it all.

If you are interested in chipping in on some of the administrative work of the league, let her know!

To contact her, email:

   Pindependent Durham Bowling is a group of friends who, when our previous league pulled out of our market, decided to build our own.  There are no national managers, no one looking to make money off of the league, just a bunch of friends who like to get together and compete for fun. We are currently not a USBC sanctioned league, only an adult social local league. 

Who can play:

We are a 21 and over league. All are welcome, from new bowlers to old pros. 
     If you have never played in a league, or if you're afraid you're not a good enough bowler to play in a league, don't worry! The scoring system we use makes it easy and fun for players at any level of play.  We play 3 competition games per week, and average score is determined on the first week of bowling. After week 1, players are given a handicap based on the league average, which will automatically be added to your score as you play. 

How this thing works:

We bowl on Sunday evenings from 6:15 to about 9pm-ish. We usually play a 10 to 12-week season.  

Depending on the league size and season length, you may play another team more than once, but our goal is to let every team play one another at least once. We end the season with a single elimination style tournament and championship game.  

What if you don't have a team?  No problem! You can register as a free agent, and we'll place you on a team!  It's a great way to meet new people and find new friends. So if your friends won't bowl with you, come make new bowling friends.  

What If You Have To Miss A Week:

This league does allow pre-bowling.  What this means is that if you know you will miss a week of bowling, you can pre-bowl any time before Sunday's games. I mean, you paid for the bowling, you should get the bowling! 

Why do we take payment in full in advance? This is for a couple of reasons.  AMF/Bowlero is making us a "guaranteed league" which means that we have to pay them each week based on our registration numbers, not the number of bowlers who actually show up. This means if you register but don't bowl, we pay for you anyway.  Also, it's just a lot easier: other leagues collect fees each week, but for us, we just have a single payment and then each week I use those funds to settle up the bill at the end of the bowling. 

What are the benefits of joining a league? You get a couple of free games a week for practice, you'll get discounts on soft drinks and snacks at the snack bar, and you'll get discounts on non-league bowling. Plus you get to hang out with cool bowling nerds. 

Bowling in the era of COVID-19

  • It is strongly recommended that all bowlers be vaccinated and boosted.  

  • Masking mandates are no longer in place, but masks are encouraged during high transmission times.  If you do wear a mask, do me a favor? Make sure the damn thing goes over your nose. 

  • If you are sick or have symptoms, or if you have been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, do NOT come and bowl until your symptoms are resolving, and you've isolated for the recommended period of time.  (I recommend masking until you are asymptomatic) 


What are the basics of bowling etiquette? I'm glad you asked.  Please check out basic bowling etiquette here

Why am I sitting here thinking about it, it's obviously awesome, where do I sign up?! Again, I'm delighted you asked, you can sign up to bowl with us here!

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