Basic Bowling Rules

  • The goal is to knock down all ten pins
  • Each frame consists of throwing the ball twice to knock down all the pins
  • If you knock down all the pins with the first ball, it is called a "strike"
  • If you knock down all the pins with the second ball, it is called a "spare"
  • Each games consists of ten frames. If you bowl a strike in the tenth frame, you get two more balls. If you throw a spare, you get one more ball.
  • Open frames are frames without a strike or spare
  • Scoring is based on the number of pins you knock down. However, if you bowl a spare, you get to add the number of pins in your next ball to that frame. For strikes, you get the next two balls. For more information on bowling,
  • An average of three games are played during leagues.

Lane Etiquette

  • Don't bowl in street shoes
  • Bowl on your own lane
  • Don't bowl at the same time as someone else on any lane next to you
  • Keep an eye out for the foul line


  • Spare marked as slash "/" and strikes are marked as "x"
  • The maximum score is 300 (when all frames are strikes)
  • All pins must be knocked down in order to get a spare or a strike