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.  Read below for futher information on the upcoming 2022 season.

2022 Sectional Competitions 

Central Bowling Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Location: TBD
Time: 9:15 am - 12:30 pm (Juniors, 8-21 yrs, wheelchairs and ramps)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (Seniors, 22+ yrs)
Events: 

  • Singles Competition
  • Team Competition

Areas: 4,5,6,10

North Bowling Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Location: TBD
Time: 9:15 am - 12:30 pm (Juniors, 8-21 yrs, wheelchairs and ramps)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (Seniors, 22+ yrs)
Events: 

  • Singles Competition
  • Team Competition

Areas: 1,2,3,9,12

South Bowling Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2022
Location: TBD
Time: 9:15 am - 12:30 pm (Juniors, 8-21 yrs, wheelchairs and ramps)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (Seniors, 22+ yrs)
Events: 

  • Singles Competition
  • Team Competition

Areas: 7,8,11,13

2022 Unified Competitions

Information on Unified Competitions will be available in the coming months.  Email Jess Stevenson at JRS@sonj.org for information.

2022 Spring Games 

SONJ is excited to announce the return of Spring Games in 2022!  Competition date and location are TBD at this time.  More information will be available in the coming months.

Additional Bowling Information

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
Participation Information
  • Team competition is offered at the chapter level only. All athletes must bowl a minimum of 15 games prior to area competition to establish their average.
  • All participants must have up to date paperwork, including the COVID Code of Conduct Waiver and Communicable Disease Waiver.
Criteria For Advancement

• Individual athletes will advance from the Area competition to the Sectional competitions by placing first or second in their respective divisions at the Area meet.
• Individual athletes will advance from the Sectional competitions to the State competition by placing first or second in their respective divisions at the Sectional meet.
• Athletes must have competed at an Area level competition to qualify for Spring Games Team
Bowling.
• Coaches are responsible for submitting the activation list at the sectional event for those
athletes who qualify to advance.

General Guidelines

• Bowling balls and shoes are available for athletes at the bowling venue, but it is recommended
that they use their own equipment.
• Bowling shirts and slacks are recommended for competition, however jeans are allowed. No
casual shoes, casual shirts or hats are permitted.
• There should be no advertisements on the athlete’s uniform.
• Athletes that wish to continue to participate in basketball at a sectional level and beyond
may only participate in bowling at the area level.

Sports Registration Checklist

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