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Senior Sports



Host Mark Maxwell visits the Older Persons Commission (OPC) in Rochester, MI to take a look at senior volleyball. Volleyball is another sport that is rapidly gaining popularity among baby boomers and seniors. It's a great social sport; there's co-ed play available; and there's leagues for beginner, intermediate and advanced players in various cities. Check with your local municipality to find out what's available. We talked with Dennis Berry and Steve and Gloria Wolken at the OPC to find out more.













This is from a 1990 game where I got run over by Oakland A's catcher Ron Hasse as he went for a foul pop-up in the stands. I got so excited going after the ball that I turned my back to the field and paid the price. I cut my left forearm on the metal armrest and got my bell rung pretty good. It was in the first inning and I didn't remember much of anything until the third. Don't turn your back to the field!



I've always been a recreational and terrible bowler, but I have enjoyed it anyway. I've also never taken the sport seriously; I was still using my straight ball from 1975 and limping through last year with a 135 average. This year, I decided to follow my own advice and get the proper equipment and competent instuction to learn how to do this right. I finally decided I needed to learn how to roll a hook. I started with great instruction from my friends Jen and Kirk Taylor and then went over to Troy Lanes where I consulted with their pro shop . They helped me pick out a new ball with a moderate hook and then showed me how to use it. I joined a new bowling team where teammate Bob Papa gave me lots of great tips that really helped me progress. I went back for lessons,and yes, that 227 is my score from the lesson, and no, there wasn't somebody with a stick in the back knocking the pins down. Bowling is a lot more complex than it looks, and believe me, it's a lot more fun when you start learning how to do it the right way. It's another great social sport, and now that the lanes are smoke-free, it's a lot better for your health, too!