1) STARTING TIME:
All teams must start at agreed time with the management regardless of whether all team members are present.
a. TEAMS NOT READY
shall be assessed the penalties to absent bowlers or teams as fixed by the rules of the
particular league of which they are members.
2) WRONG LANE or OUT OF TURN. If a bowler rolls on the wrong lane
or out of turn, he/she shall
complete the box and the pins felled shall
be credited to his/her score. Then he/she shall move to the correct lane or position
3) PLAYER REPLACEMENT. All player replacement must be done at the completion of a string regardless of the
circumstances. Should any bowler be unable to complete the string, the average
of the number of boxes or league/tournament average will be used. The lesser
of the two will be counted
Example A – A bowler has 40 in the 5th
box and league average of 90. Divide five (5) into 40 equals eight pins average
per box by 10 boxes, the bowler will receive 80 for that string.
Example B – Same as above except bowler has 60
in the 5th box averaging 12 per box, therefore the bowlers average of 90 or 9 per box would be used giving the
bowler 60 for 5 plus 45 for the five boxes not bowled and a total of 105 for the string.
4) ABSENTEE BOWLERS. In the event of an absentee bowler, a score of 60, 65, 70, etc. may be used. However, it is suggested that the absent player’s current average minus 5 be
used. Drop all fractions, percentages and/or pins.
5) LATE ARRIVALS. Any bowlers arriving after the first bowler on their team begins their sixth frame,
cannot compete in that string, but they may be allowed to compete in the subsequent strings to be played.
a. Any bowler arriving
late may not bowl any frames missed. They must take their average minus 5 pins.
6) BOWLER INTERFERENCE. All bowlers are expected to exercise the highest standards of sportsmanship in competition. No unfair tactics will be tolerated and in the case of the any interference with a
bowler, all pins will be reset and the entire box re-rolled.
7) NON-BOWLERS IN
BOWLING AREA. In a match or league game, no spectators other than scorers will
be allowed in the bowling area.
8) EVERYONE EXCEPT
BOWLER MUST BE SEATED. The scorer and all players, other than those actually
bowling, must be seated.
9) CHOICE OF LANES
OR REFEREE. In a match game of a traveling league, the captain of the visiting
team shall have the right to choose whether his team will start on the left o right of the two adjoining lanes reserved for
their match, and also name the referee.
10) WHEN ONE MACHINE
on a pair of lanes becomes inoperative during a league match or in any tournament, the bowlers will continue to roll alternately
on one lane until the inoperative machine is again operational
11) SCORES ARE OFFICIAL. When records are turned in by the Captain or Official, corrections cannot be made
after awards are presented.
12) INA LEAGUE OF
FIVE-MAN LEAGUES, three bowlers must be present to bowl or match is forfeited and dummy scores of league are to be used. (Four-Man teams two bowlers). However,
if enough bowlers are present for the second and third strings, these strings may be bowled and only the total pinfall and
the first string will be forfeited.
a. WHEN ONE TEAM FORFEITS
A MATCH, the other team bowls for average. Scoring records by bowlers or team
will not be recognized.
13) BOWLERS DROPPING
BOWLING DELIBERATLY on approach shall be warned and if a second offense occurs, the bowler shall be penalized under the Deliberate
Foul Rule. Bowlers abusing the equipment or premises shall be warned and if a
second offense occurs, the bowler shall be penalized under the Deliberate Foul Rule.
If either of the above infractions keeps occurring, the bowler involved shall be disqualified.
1) NUMBER OF PLAYERS
PER TEAM. Teams shall be composed of the number of players fixed by the rules
of that particular league.
a. A standard team
shall be composed of five players
2) NUMBER OF STRINGS
PER MATCH. Each match shall consist of three strings per player, unless otherwise
stated in the league rules.
a. A standard team
shall be composed of five players.
3. LANES TO BE USED. Consult the schedule approved by the league.
It will tell whom each team bowls and on which lanes, which must be adjoining.
Each team shall start on the lane assigned and each player on the team, in order of the line-up, shall roll successively
two or five boxes (as per the league rules), after which the opposing teams will change lanes.
This pattern shall be continued throughout the match. Opposing teams shall
change lanes after each match.
4. TEAM STANDINGS. The standings of all teams at any time shall be governed by the number of points each
has won up to that time. The more points a team has won, the higher its place
in the standings. Points shall be determined as follows:
a. EIGHT POINT SYSTEM. Eight points shall be won in each three-string match, as follows:
1) Two points to the
winner of each of the three strings
2) Two points to the
winner of total pinfall
3) One point to each
team involved in a tie, whether in a single string or total pinfall. NOTE: There shall be no roll-off for
4) At the end of each
match, to bring the records to date, the points won and lost in that match by each team shall be added to the previous totals
b. FINAL STANDINGS. When the final match of the schedule has been played, the winner shall be declared
as per the following
1) ONE SESSION. When one session for the entire schedule has been used, the team with the best won-lost
record shall be declared the winner with the other teams following as per their records.
2) TWO OR MORE SESSIONS. When the schedule is divided into two or more sessions, the winners in the various
sessions shall engage in a roll-off or roll-offs with their places in the standings being determines by the order in which
a. TWO SESSIONS. Should one team win both sessions, that team automatically wins the place in question
b. MORE THAN TWO SESSIONS. Should one or more teams win more than one session, the team winning the most sessions
shall be automatically be declared the winner of that position? (In all cases
of ties, roll-offs must be held)
c. TWO OR MORE TEAMS
TIED. If a tie exists at the end of a session or season, each team involved shall
roll three strings to determine the winners of the places in the standings at issue (See Article 6 below)
d. NUMBER OF PLAYERS
ON TEAM. This shall be governed by the number in the playing season with the
1) FOR TOURNAMENT
PLAY, a team shall be composed of five players and the line-up posted.
e. NUMBER OF STRINGS. This shall be the same as the number played in the matches
f. SCORES IN ROLL-OFFS
shall not be used in computing averages.
5) INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS
shall be determined by players’ averages both during and at the end of the season
a. Averages to date
shall be obtained by dividing the total pinfall to date by the total number of games to date
b. FINAL STANDINGS. After the final match, when there is a question of the position in the standings of
two or more eligible players, the odd pins in the averages must be changed to decimals and the one with the highest decimal
declared the winner of the position at issue, with the loser or losers following in order.
(It is suggested that the top 5 averages be posted in decimals the 3 last weeks of bowling schedule.
c. ELIGIBILITY. A player must participate in at least 75% of the matches to be eligible for individual
d. TIES. When two or more players are tied after the odd pins have been changed to decimals, a roll-off between
those players will be held to decide the winners of the positions at issue, with the losers following order.
6) ALL ROLL-OFFS AND
SPECIAL MATCHES shall be decided by total pinfall, not points. Scores will not
count in computing averages. Example:
Average, triple or singles and total pinfall will not be involved in computing averages.
a. INDIVIDUAL. No player may be eligible for more than one individual award, with high average, high
triple and high single following in that order
b. A TEAM is eligible
for any and all awards it may win, such as a team standing award, a team achievement award, etc., with the team total being
the top award
FOR TEAM AWARDS. The league should set its qualifications for team awards to
it may be left to the members of the team involved.
1) SCRATCH OR HANDICAP
LEAGUE. Leagues may be organized on a scratch or a handicap basis. You will find that in intra-office, club or group units, the handicap system will prove satisfying and
produce the keenest season-long competition.
2) NUMBER OF TEAMS. Leagues may be composed of any number of teams divisible by two, but not less that
four. The number of teams should be limited only by the number of players you
can get and the number of lanes available.
3) NUMBER OF PLAYERS.
Teams are ordinarily composed of five players.
They may consist of any number from two and up. However, more than six
is ordinarily inadvisable. To avoid absenteeism, each team’s roster should
include one or two extra players
4) TEAM CAPTAINS. Each team shall elect a captain, who will act for the team in all matters. It will be his duty to see that:
a. His team always
has a full roster.
b. His full team will
be ready to bowl when scheduled.
c. His team has representation
at all official meetings
d. He acts in the
best interest of his team and the league at all times
5) LEAGUE OFFICERS. The members shall elect a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and Grievance
Committee, comprising one member from each team, preferably the captain
6) THE PRESIDENT is
the supervising officer and shall call and preside at all meetings. However,
if the president is unable or unwilling to do so, any three captains may call an official meeting.
7) THE VICE-PRESIDENT
shall perform the duties of the president in his absence or at his request.
8) THE SECRETARY shall
keep the minutes of the meeting and the league statistics such as averages, records, etc., unless he/she shall delegate that
duty to another
a. Secretary has the
authority to make corrections in addition on record sheets
9) THE TREASURER shall
keep the minutes of the meeting and the league statistics – such as averages records, etc., unless he (or she) shall
may give an accurate accounting whenever requested.
10) GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE
(see LEAGUE OFFICES above) their duties shall be to act on and to settle and disputes arising from league competition. All
grievances shall be filed in writing with the secretary. However, if it is relative to a
match being played, objection shall also be voiced immediately, under penalty of being too late. No members of this
committee whose team is involved in the dispute shall have a voice on that issue. The
decision of this committee shall be final.
11) PRIZE AND BANQUET
COMMITTEES shall be appointed by the president, and he/she shall name the chairman of each. The prize committee with attend
to the purchase of the awards the league has voted to give and the banquet committee shall attend to the arrangements for
the banquet, both committees making the best possible arrangements with the budget allowed.
12) A QUORUM. A majority
of the captains or teams representatives shall constitute a quorum for official business.
13) THE PLAYING RULE.
The playing riles shall be those approved by the RULES COMMITTEE.
14) LEAGUE SCHEDULE
OF MATCHES. The league shall approve a schedule made for the number of teams in the league and the number of rounds to be
played. It shall tell which team shall play each other each week, and on which lanes, as follows:
A ROUND. A round shall consist of the number of matched necessary for each
team to play every other team in the league. A league of 8 teams would require 7 matched for each team. So, a round for an
8 team league would require 7 matches.
Position night to maintain 33 to 35 weeks of league play. Position night
should be inserted periodically. Example: 8 team league after bowling 7 weeks,
on the 8th week 1st place team bowls 2nd place team, 3rd place team bowls 4th
place team, etc. position night counts towards points and average.
position night may be added at the end of any session or round.
NUMBER OF LANES REQUIRED. The schedule shall call for the same number of
lanes as there are teams, and they shall be immediately adjoining.
DIFFERENT OPPONENTS AND LANES. Each team shall bowl a different opponent,
and whenever possible on different lanes, and a pair of lanes shall always be immediately adjoining.
15) LEAGUE RULES SHALL STATE:
Number of players on a team:
Minimum to play match
Number of teams in league
Number of matches to be played
Starting time of matches
How long to wait for a late player
How long to wait for a late team
Score to be taken for an absent bowler
Number of boxes to be rolled successively
Number of strings each match
Price to be paid for bowling
What money to be allocated for services:
What money to be allocated for:
Banquet and tips
League Schedule to be used. Note:
Your proprietor should have one
Team number given each team
What system to use:
Whether scratch or handicap basis
Point system approved
16) CONTRACTS: Leagues should give bowling operators signed agreements of good faith, guaranteeing
100% paid bowling – paid one week in advance. Such practice insures better
attendance of players and better relations between the league and the proprietor.
HANDICAP SYSTEM FOR LEAGUES
It is recommended
that candlepin bowling leagues be handicap as it makes for keener and more competitive play and provides more satisfaction
for all participates.
Following is the
usual method of handicapping leagues:
The individual averages of the team members are totaled
The difference between the total averages of the two competing teams is
A percentage of the difference between the two teams is taken. Leagues may use 70%, 80%, 90% or 100 % depending on the nature and wishes of the league. 80% is most commonly used.
This percentage figure is added to the sub-total of each string of the
lower average team