Rob Zeigler is approaching his 10th year teaching York College students the physical education course, “Beginning Bowling,” at Suburban Bowlerama.
The veteran bowler is considered to be York’s “Professor of Bowling.” Zeigler, 65, earned his Ph.D. on the lanes over 58 years, rather than in the classroom. He owns 10 perfect games, four 800 series, including a career-high 833, and a high season average of 233.
“I enjoy teaching the sport of bowling,” he said. “I like helping students to improve their game. Seeing them improve is very satisfying.”
Zeigler deals with a wide variety of students. Some have never picked up a bowling ball in their lives, while others have bowled recreationally. Few have competed in leagues.
Zeigler teaches fundamentals, which he considers to be the approach, delivery and follow through. He also focuses on the three "Cs" of bowling — confidence, consistency and concentration.
“Taking the time to learn the fundamentals of bowling, and really any sport, pays off in the long run,” he said.
He also teaches his students how to keep score manually, something few of them know how to do before taking the class. Bowling etiquette is another topic of the class.
Students bowl a game each class session and take quizzes and tests.
“The great thing about bowling is that it’s a lifetime sport,” Zeigler said. “It’s something these students could do for the next 40 or 50 years. I hope my class inspires them to go bowling, and perhaps adopt it as a lifetime activity.”
Zeigler pointed out that more than 67 million people in the United States went bowling at least once last year, making it the most popular participatory sport in America for those 18 and older. Nearly 2 million people compete in league play.
Zeigler doesn’t confine his teaching to college students. On Saturday mornings, he instructs junior league bowlers at Suburban Bowlerama.
Note: East Lincoln Lanes will play host to the York Area Handicap Doubles Tournament at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3. The format is 9-pin tap and handicap is 90 percent of 230. The entry fee is $45 per team. One in four cashes. Bowlers who compete in five of the seven monthly tournaments will be eligible for a random drawing for a 42-inch, flat-screen television.