Bowling Rules


Proper Bowling Etiquette

  • When a bowler is on the approach and there’s someone on either side of them, the general rule is that the first one on the approach bowls first. If there's any question as to who was up first, the bowler on the right should bowl.

  • Once the ball has been bowled, do not wait and watch, please step back so that the bowler next to you may bowl their turn.

  • Above all, be respectful of one another. Don’t cat call or distract someone from their bowl. After all this is a church league and we are here to have fun!

Teams

  • Teams are made up of 4-8 people including the captain.

  • The minimum legal lineup shall consist of 2 eligible players of which 2 must be from the team’s current roster.

    • If the minimum requirement is not met, the match may still be played, but the team missing players will have to forfeit their game for the evening, awarding the winning team all of the game points.

    • If the minimum requirement of 2 eligible players is met, we will follow absentee scoring for the other two missing players. **Absentee Scoring explained below**

  • Teams may have any number of men/women, there is no requirement to be co-ed, though most teams are.

Scheduling/Matches

  • Each team plays eight matches over the course of the season, one each week. Each match is against one opposing team. Each match consists of 4 bowlers bowling 3 games. Teams may mix and match bowlers from the roster for each game, but only 4 bowlers may bowl each game.

Handicaps

  • Handicapping is a means of placing bowlers and teams with varying degree of skill on as fair a basis as possible for their competition against each other. It “evens out” the playing field. The first night’s average will be used to determine an individual’s handicap for the following week. As you play more games, your handicap may increase or decrease pending on how well you do.

    • Basic Individual Handicap Rules:

      • The handicap is the same for all genders. The handicap is 90% of the difference between the bowler’s average and 200.

      • The handicap shall not be limited.

    • Basic Team Handicap Rules

      • The team handicap will be the sum of the bowlers’ individual handicaps

      • The team handicap shall not be limited.

Absent Players

  • An absentee score shall be the bowler’s average score.

  • If a sub is present to replace a player, their score will not count towards the team score that game. Absentee scoring will still be in place for that missing player. **This is to prevent teams from bringing in ringers to increase their team score in the league**

Forfeits

  • A team will be considered a forfeit if they are unable to have a minimum of 2 eligible players in the game.

  • If the minimum requirement is not met, the match may still be played, but the team missing players will have to forfeit their game for the evening, awarding the winning team all of the game points.

Game Points

  • The league will use a standard team point system

    • 1 point is awarded to the winner of each team game (up to 3 points available)

    • 1 point is awarded for the winner of the handicap team series (total pinfall with handicap)

    • 4 points total available per night.

Standings

  • Team standings are determined by the overall points earned. In the common case of teams having the same record, standings are then determined by scratch scoring per team.

***One person may not bowl under multiple names in a game.