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.

Available Events

  • Singles competition
  • Team competition

Participation Information

Team competition is offered at the State level only. All athletes must bowl 15 games prior to area competition to establish their average. The 15 game average should consist of each athlete’s scores closest to the area registration due date.

Criteria for Advancement

  • Athletes must place first or second in both area and sectional competition in order to be eligible to compete at Spring Games.
  • 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.