Tenpin bowling is one of the biggest sports played in the world, played by over a million amateurs and professionals.
Despite this, the Olympic Games does not yet recognise Tenpin as a sport of its own. The closest Tenpin Bowling has come to Olympic status was as a demonstration sport at the Seoul Olympics, in 1988.
Tenpin has, however, been recognised as both a Paralympic and Special Olympic discipline. Tenpin Bowling has a long and illustrious history within Special Olympics and is one of our biggest sports.
Tenpin has become an extremely popular disability sport. Perhaps because it can be adapted to meet individuals’ physical needs through the use of ramps, ball release adaptations and computerised scoring systems. The game is fairly easy to play and has minimal rules to follow.
A player (bowler) rolls the ball down the lane with the object of scoring points by knocking down as many pins as possible. A total of 10 frames are played per game. During each frame, a player has two bowls (shots). The highest score possible at the end of 10 frames is 300.
To knock down all 10 pins in the first bowl of a frame is called a Strike. If you knock down all 10 pins in two bowls of a frame, it’s called a Spare. Knocking down all ten pins in the first bowl on three consecutive frames is called a Turkey and if you bowl 12 strikes in a game it’s called a Thanksgiving Turkey!