how to keep score
Keeping score in bowling may seem very complicated, but truthfully it is not. The following few examples and rules will help you to keep score during your bowling match. Although at most bowling centers now have computers to do this for you, it is good to know how to score so you can figure out how many pins you need to win a match.
The first step in learning how to score is to understand strikes, spares and open frames.
- After a bowler gets a strike [all ten pins down on one shot] they will not receive a score for that frame yet. The score for that frame will be ten pins + their next two balls.
- After a bowler gets a spare [all ten pins down in two shots] they will not receive a score for that frame yet. The score for that frame will be ten pins + their next ball.
- After a bowler throws an open frame [pins are left after two shots] the bowler will receive a score for that frame, which is their previous frame plus their pin count for that frame.
Here are some examples of scoring so you can understand how each scenario works.
- Here is an example of how a strike is scored:
- Frame 1, ball 1: 10 pins (strike)
- Frame 2, ball 1: 7 pins
- Frame 2, ball 1: 2 pins
- Total Score
Frame one: 10 + (7 + 2) = 19
Frame two: 7 + 2 = 9
TOTAL = 28 pins
- Here is an example of how a spare is scored:
- Frame 1, ball 1: 7 pins
- Frame 1, ball 2: 3 pins (spare)
- Frame 2, ball 1: 6 pins
- Frame 3, ball 2, 1 pin
- Total Score
Frame one: 10 + 6(BONUS) = 16
Frame two: 6 + 1 = 7
Total = 23 pins
Click here to see a full ten frames of bowling to get a full idea of how to score.