Bowling is a competitive sport in which a bowler rolls a bowling ball down a wooden or synthetic lane with the objective of scoring points by knocking down as many pins as possible. Special Olympics Bowling is a spring sport where athletes train and compete from August through April.

Bowling Guidelines

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Available Events

  • Singles competition

2021 Unified Competitions

There will be no Unified Competitions in the 2021 season.

2021 Bowling Finals

  • Date(s): March 16-21, 2021
  • Location: Program’s home bowling venue
  • Format: 3 game remote scoring tournament
    • Click link at the top of page for “Bowling Guidelines”

Additional Information

Equipment Guidelines

• No equipment should be shared between athletes. Each athlete must use their own ball.
• Athlete is responsible for their own equipment including bowling bag, shoes, towels, gloves, rosin bag and ball. No other athletes, Unified partners or volunteers should not touch equipment unless from the same household.
• All balls must be sanitized before practice begins
• All practice structure must align with the current Special Olympics New Jersey RTA guidelines
• Must adhere to the more restrictive measure for lane spacing, alternating lanes, or alternating pairs, per bowling venue
• While at the bowling venue, ensure athletes practice social distancing as outlined in the RTA plan
• All coaches, volunteers, athletes, and families are always to wear masks. Athletes should only take masks off when hydrating or for brief medical reasons.
• All programs must adhere to venue capacity rules and regulations. As such, spectators may be asked to leave the indoor venues if capacity limits are met and are expected to comply.


• No more than four (4) athletes permitted per lane
• All games must be played on the same lane with no alternating between lanes
• There must be an empty lane between athlete groups (ie. Lanes 1, 3, 5 to be utilized and 2, 4, 6 to remain empty)

Ramp Bowlers

• One (1) Ramp Bowler per lane bowling at one time. Each Ramp Bowler should bring their own dedicated volunteer. However, one volunteer can assist two (2) Ramp Bowlers for the duration of a practice. Volunteers must be registered with Special Olympics New Jersey.
• Each Ramp Bowler should bring their own ramp. If a ramp is utilized by more than one bowler during a given practice, the ramp must be sanitized between use of each bowler.
• Ramp Bowlers are to bowl one (1) full game before the next ramp bowler may begin
• No more than two (2) Ramp Bowlers are permitted to use the same lane with corresponding volunteer per session.

Stay Safe

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:

  • wearing the right shoes
  • using the correct equipment
  • drinking water and staying hydrated
  • warming up and stretching properly
  • being aware of your surroundings – always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
  • maintaining social distancing rules when necessary (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:

  • discomfort or pain
  • chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain travelling down the arm or pain between the shoulder blades
  • shortness of breath
  • a rapid or irregular heartbeat

Sports Registration Checklist

Read through and complete this checklist of to-dos before signing up for a local program.