Manitoba Five Pin Bowling Federation
Five pin bowling is a lifetime sport that you can participate in regardless of age, gender or physical stature. This popular sport can be played by either individuals or teams and provide many opportunities to further personal achievements. Zone, provincial and national championships are held for all ages and skill levels.
In 5 pin bowling, each pin has an assigned value. The head pin (centre) is worth 5 points, each two of the adjacent pins (on either side of the head pin) are worth 3 points each and the two end pins are worth 2 points each, for a total of 15 possible in each frame. A perfect game consists of 12 consecutive strikes which would score a 450 game. This is a lifetime goal and challenge for many 5 pin bowlers!
A strike is when all five pins are knocked down with 1 ball. Scoring a strike in a frame allows the bowler to add points from the next two balls thrown in the following frame.
A spare is when all five pins are knocked down within 2 balls. Scoring a spare in a frame allows the bowler to add points from the first ball thrown in the following frame.
A foul occurs when any part of the bowler's body or apparel crosses over the foul line during the delivery of the ball. Each foul will result in 15 points being deducted from the bowler's score.
1. Do you have to use a 3 step approach?
Answer: No, but using a 3 step approach properly will maintain your speed & balance through your approach.
2. How do I find my starting position?
Answer: Stand approximately 6" from the foul line with your back to the pins and take a normal step with your left foot, followed by another step with your right foot. Side with your left foot, turn and face the pins and that is your starting point.
3. What is a curve ball?
Answer: A curve ball is when the ball has extreme movement either to the left or right.
4. What is a hook ball?
Answer: A hook ball is when the ball moves to the left, for a right handed bowler. It would be the opposite for a left handed bowler.
5. What is a back-up ball?
Answer: A back-up ball is when the ball moves to the right, for a right handed bowler. It would be the opposite for a left handed bowler.