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Bowling Rules and Basics

1- History & Object
2- The Essentials (Scoring, Etc.)
3- Formats (Open, League, Etc.)
4- Alley diagram
5- Glossary of Bowling Terms

There is evidence in ancient Egyptian tombs that a sport resembling bowling dates back more than 7,000 years. Thousands of years later, European colonists brought a variation of the game, called “nine-pins,” to America. Nine-pins was quite popular with the colonist, however, because of excessive gambling on the sport, a law was passed banning a game using nine pins. Legend has it that bowling enthusiasts found a legal loophole to continue the game by adding a tenth pin. For decades, ten pin bowling was a saloon game with varying rules until the American Bowling Congress was established in 1895 to standardize the sport and form the game as we know it.

To bowl a ball down the alley and knock over pins at the end of the lane to score points.


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