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4-Person Bowling Rules


  1. All players must be 18 years of age.
  2. Team rosters shall include a minimum of 4 players with no gender requirement.
  3. Each game shall be played by 4 players.
  4. Subs/new bowlers must check-in at the front desk before bowling.


  1. Each team shall track the scores on the provided score cards and turn them in to the front desk once the match is completed.
  2. Handicaps shall be used, and will be automatically calculated by the computer system. (See "Handicap" section below to gain an understanding of how this will work.)
  3. 4 league points per match. The winner of each game will receive 1 point in the league standings. One point will also be awarded to the highest team score with handicap.


  1. All equipment, including shoes and bowling balls shall be provided by the League, however players may use their own shoes or bowling balls.

Absent Bowlers

  1. An ABSENTEE score shall be used when a bowler is gone of their average minus 10 pins. If an average hasn't been established yet, a BLIND score of 60 will be used.
  2. A legal lineup will include at least 2 bowlers.


  1. Each team shall play 3 games of 10 frames each against another team. The team with the highest point total will win the game.
  2. If there is a tie game, the teams will each receive a half point in the league standings.
  3. All players shall be handicapped as determined after the first week.
  4. Each team shall play 4 bowlers each game.
  5. Players arriving late can join a game in progress through the first 3 frames


These will be automatically determined in the computer system, but this gives participants the information on how handicaps are determined.

  1. Determine your average. A minimum of 3 games is required to establish an average. To calculate your average, take the total number of pins and divide by the number of games. If you scored a total of 300 through 3 games, your average is 100.
  2. Determine the basis score. This will usually be 90% of 220 for most leagues, but may vary.
  3. Subtract your average from the basis score. If your average score is 100, subtract 100 from 220. 220 - 100 = 120.
  4. Multiply by the percentage. Take 90% of the difference between your average and the basis score. 120 x .9 = 108. Your handicap is 108. You will add this number to your actual score you bowled.
  5. Your handicap will fluctuate from week to week.

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