FORT RUCKER, Ala. (August 9, 2012) -- The Fort Rucker Bowling Center offers fun for people of all ages, but it also offers the opportunity for friendly competition.

The fall intramural bowling league begins Sept. 4 and people should sign up now at the bowling center, said Ron Cook, Fort Rucker Bowling Center business manager.

"[Our] intramural bowling is just a quick 10-week, nine-pin no-tap bowling league designed around just being able to come out and have fun at a reasonable price," said Cook. "You don't have to worry about being a good or bad bowler, it's just designed to be fun."

Nine-pin, no-tap means that if a bowler gets nine pins down on his or her first bowl, it will be counted as a strike, he added.

"It's just a fun bowling experience wrapped up into a short season," Cook said.

The teams are played as four-person teams, and people can sign up individually or as a pair to be placed on a team.

The cost to join the intramural league is $10 and includes the price of all the games as well as the end of season banquet, said the business manager, adding that the only weekly fee that people have to pay is the price of shoe rentals, which is $1.75 per week.

All of the games will be played on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and the season will lead up to a banquet at the end where prizes will be given out, which Cook said is different from how prizes have been awarded in the past.

"We're changing it up a little bit compared to what we've done in past years," he said. "We used to give away bowling balls every week, but this time we're just taking everyone's names and putting them into a hat and we're going to do big giveaways during the banquet."

The giveaways will include pro shop merchandise, bowling merchandise and more.

Cook said that although the bowling center is open to the general public, the intramural league is only open to ID card holders including Department of Defense civilians and contract civilians.

People must also be at least 19 years of age to be eligible to participate, he added.

"The intramural league does have a tendency to fill up quickly, so we always recommend people come and sign up early and not miss out on it," Cook said.

The bowling center also offers youth leagues on Saturday mornings for under $2 a week to follow closely with the intramural season, he said. Parents can choose to pay a $25 yearly registration fee for the youth league, which will include registration with the U.S. Bowling Congress.

If people aren't interested in the bowling leagues, they can also come out and enjoy Quarter Mania on Monday nights, which is 25-cent games and 50-cent shoe rentals; and extreme bowling on Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to closing, which is unlimited bowling all night for $10.

For more information or to register, call 255-9503.