How to Keep Score in Bowling

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How to Keep Score in Bowling

A handful of friends, a few good beers and a round of bowling are what makes a boring night exciting. You have to know how to keep score in bowling in order to have a good game.

Many bowling alleys now have electronic scoreboards that make keeping score really easy, but it’s still good to know how to keep score the old fashioned way. Here are the steps you can follow to keep score in bowling.

Steps:

    1. Write each player’s name on the score sheet.

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  1. Each game is composed of 10 frames. Each frames are divided into 2 smaller frames.
  2. A player has 2 chances to hit all 10 pins.
  3. Count the number of pins a player is able to hit and write this value on the smaller left box.
  4. On the second hit, write the score on the smaller right frame.
  5. Add these numbers and write the sum on the space below the small frames.
  6. Do this for all the players until all 10 frames have been filled.
  7. Add up all the values and the player with the highest score wins.

Scoring a Strike

  1. A strike is called when a player is able to knockdown all the pins on his first try per frame.
  2. To mark a strike, put an “X” on the smaller left frame. An automatic 10 points is given to the player.
  3. On the player’s second attempt, write the number of pins he was able to hit on the smaller right frame.
  4. Total these values and write the number on the space below the small frames.

Scoring a Spare

    1. A spare happens when the player is able to hit all the pins on his second attempt.

bowling score

  1. To mark a spare, put a “/” sign on the smaller right box.
  2. The players gets an additional 10 points on his next turn plus a bonus equal to the number of balls he is able to hit on his first try on the next frame.
  3. Sum up the player’s score for that frame, add 10 points for the spare and the bonus from his first attempt.
  4. Write the total score on the space below the 2 small frames.

Keeping score in bowling is easy. You just have to make sure to count the number of pins your friend is able to knockdown. If you’re the one keeping score, you might want to slow down drinking that beer!

 

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