You have chosen a wonderful sport embedded with tradition,
spunk, and quite a history
Enjoy an introduction to
bowling provided by YouTube.
** Be prepared to take your turn on the lane.
**Remember the bowler on the right has the right of way.
**If a bowler to the left picks up the ball from the ball return
before you, allow him/her to bowl first.
**Stay in your own approach area. After your ball hits the
pins, walk directly to the back of the approach.
**Be on time...don't make the other bowlers wait.
**Don't talk to or bug a bowler after he/she has taken
his/her position on the approach.
**Stay behind the foul line at all times.
BE A GOOD LOSER AND A GRACIOUS WINNER!!
Common Bowling Terms
- Approach: The area at least 15' long, on which the player
walks to the foul line. Usually adjacent to the ball
returns and has spots embedded in the approach to aid
in lining up.
- Back swing: Portion of bowler's delivery from the time
the ball breaks the lateral plain of the body until the ball
reaches the apex of the bowler's swing.
- Backend: The 15' of lane directly preceding
the head pin.
- Boards: Any one of the 39 one inch wide individual
pieces of wood pieced together to comprise the surface of
- Break Point: The portion of the lane where the bowling
ball completes its transition from skid to traction and
provides the greatest amount of hook. This generally
occurs in the last 20 feet of the lane.
- Channel (or Gutter): There are 2 channels on each side
of the lane. Once a ball falls into the channel or gutter before
hitting the pins, the bowler shall receive a zero.
- Follow through: Portion of bowler's delivery after the
ball has been released.
- Foul: Touching or going beyond the foul line. When a
bowler fouls they receive a zero count for that delivery.
- Foul Line: The line separating the approach from the lane.
Bowlers must remain behind the line for pinfall to count.
- Frame: One-tenth of a game. Each square on score sheet
is one frame. Each frame includes up to 2 ball rolls in
which the bowler attempts to knock down pins. The tenth
frame can include up to 3 ball rolls.
- Gutter ball: Delivery which rolls off the lane and into
the gutter. Once a ball falls into the channel or gutter
before hitting the pins, the bowler shall receive a zero.
Lane: The playing surface. It is usually a wooden or
urethane deck 62'10-3/4" long and 42" wide with
ten pins spaced 1 foot apart 60 ' from the foul line.
Pins are on and gutters are at the side of, not part
of, the lane. The lane does not include
- Mark: Point on the lane at which the bowler is aiming.
- Pocket: Area between 1-2 pins for a lefty and 1-3 pins
for a right hander.
- Spare: Knocking down all remaining pins in the second
ball or delivery.
- Split: Two or more pins that remain standing after the
1st ball has been delivered.
- Strike: Knocking down all 10 pins with the first
ball or delivery.
- Target: Where on the bowling lane the bowler is looking
to place the ball.
Pick up more bowling skills through the
Chemeketa accredited PE Bowling Classes or
group/private lessons with our Bronze
Certified Coach, Kathy Kaplan. Call her cell
for appointments, 503-559-9178.