How to Keep Score in
Scoring cards are available at the
customer service desk and you can ask for them when you pay for
The score card has a series of boxes and allows
you to keep up with several players in each roll. The
first roll is entered in the upper left-hand corner of the box
and corresponds with how many pins the player has knocked
down. On the second roll you record the number of pins in
the upper right-hand corner of the box.
Bowling scores are kept in this way.
There are 10 frames, which are the turns you get in each
game. Each frame gives you two attempts to knock all 10
pins down and the score of each frame is added to the previous
Each pin knocked down on a roll is counted as one point
each. When you knock down all 10 pins on your first roll
of the frame, it's known as a 'strike'. When you knock
down all 10 pins in your 2 rolls, it's known as a
For a strike you use an "X" to mark the frame box.
When this happens the next two throws are added to the frame
that you got the strike.
A spare is marked with a " / " in the corresponding box and
the next throw is added to the frame that you got the
When a bowler steps on or over the foul line, the ball is
marked as a foul "F" and no points is awarded.
Where score keeping can become tricky is when you must keep
up with special scores, such as spares and strikes, and knowing
what to add together to get the final score.
There are two rules that make score keeping much easier to
remember: For a strike, the bowler is awarded 10 points plus
the total of the next two balls (not frames). For a
spare, the bowler is awarded 10 points plus the score of the
next ball only.
The maximum amount of points you can receive for one frame
is 30, which indicates three consecutive strikes.
If you fail to knock down any pins on a throw, it is called
a gutter ball. If this happens on your first throw of the
frame, you will get a second try but can at most only get a
spare, not a strike.
In the last frame if you roll a strike or spare, you are
allowed to roll the ball one more time to increase your
score. This is the only time in bowling that the third
roll is permitted and allowed for scoring purposes.
A perfect score in bowling is 300. In order to have a
perfect score, you need to have a strike in every frame.
While it is possible, most of us are not capable of that kind
of results, especially when we are just beginning.
The average bowling score for a non-professional bowler is
approximately 150 to 220, depending on experience and of course