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. 


General Information

The Bowling Fact Sheet provides general information on the sport’s background, popularity and statistics in the Special Olympics sports world.

The Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for bowling shall govern all Special Olympics competitions. View the most updated Bowling Rules.

Article 1 provides general principles established by the Special Olympics Official General Rules that are not found in sport-specific rules. When there is conflict between a sport’s official rules and the general rules, the general rules in Article 1 will be followed.


Upcoming Events

  • January 21, 2023 Area 10 Bowling Bowlmor Lanes
    380 US-22
    Green Brook Twp, New Jersey 08812
    8:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • January 21, 2023 Area 4 Bowling Oakwood Lanes
    235 NJ-31 North
    Washington, New Jersey 7881
    9:30 am
  • January 29, 2023 Area 12 Bowling Bowl-O-Drome
    200 Schuyler Ave
    North Arlington, New Jersey 07031

Coaching Resources

Special Olympics New Jersey strives to provide additional sport training to our athletes so that they are at their best when it comes time for training and competition.

Coaches are encouraged to use the resources below to be as prepared as possible for bowling training and competition.

If you have any questions on coaching, visit our coach section for information.


Additional Bowling Information

Sports Registration Checklist

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