Ten-Pin Bowling Rules You Must
As with any sport, there are rules and
guidelines that you must play by when bowling. Not
only are there rules of the game, but the bowling alley also has rules and regulations that you must
The first rule in most any
bowling alley across the country is the fact that only leather-soled shoes are allowed in the approach
The bowling alley rents shoes for the convenience
of the players. Most alleys have sales shops in which you can purchase shoes if you are an avid
The second main rule is that while most alleys sell
food and beverages, these things are never permitted in the approach area.
This is for the safety of the players as well as a
reduction in possible damage to the floor. Wet
spills could cost someone a fall resulting in injury, which would leave the owners responsible. So always leave
your food and drink in the appropriate areas.
Once you are on the bowling floor, there are rules
of the game that you should follow and keep in mind at all times.
There are boundaries that you should contain not
only the bowling ball too, but also your person. In the approach area there are many other players, so you should
be cautious and stay in your lane as not to interrupt their play or have a collision.
As far as the ball is concerned the boundaries are
the gutters and the foul line. The gutter is the area that is run along the length of the lane on either side. The
foul line is located where the approach area stops and the lane begins.
Safety as well as playing rules prohibits the
crossing of the foul line.
First, the lane is oily and can cause a slippery
surface. Secondly, it is considered a foul if you cross the foul line - no points will be given for any pins
knocked down on this roll. If the foul occurs on the first ball of a frame, the bowler is allowed to bowl a full
set of pins for the second ball.
Observing the above rules will go a long way to
making everyone's game a lot more enjoyable.
For those who are past the novice stage of bowling
and are ready for the more intricate aspects of bowling, you will want to make sure to observe the rules set forth
by the various governing bodies that oversee the game (e.g. United States Bowling
Congress, which always updates their
Some of the most commonly cited rules at bowling
alleys are the mode of ball delivery and when a ball is considered "dead".
The mode of ball delivery applies to those who have
drilled additional holes into their bowling balls so as to affect the trajectory the ball will take once it is
If you have a ball that has additional holes, you
must cover these holes with your palm before releasing the ball. Failure to do so might result in your delivery
being declared illegal, and you will loose any advantage you may have gained during that roll.
Some rules are more controversial, and even though
these rules stand, several leagues have taken to modify them, simply to add a bit more fun to the
game. This refers to the rule when a ball is
declared "dead". Obviously, a gutter ball is always considered out of bounds, and you will not receive any credit
for the roll.
Yet what should happen if the ball somehow rebounds
and leaves the gutter lane only to knock down several pins?
The official rules state that this ball is still
considered "dead" and that you will not receive credit for the pins that were knocked down. However, some groups
have taken to modifying that latter portion of the rule, so as to give either partial or complete credit for the
Also, what should happen if a bowler steps on or
over the foul line but he hasn't released the ball yet? There is a rule that states that the bowler is allowed to
re-throw the shot with no penalty as long as the ball was not released.
It is probably your best bet to inquire about the
rules before play begins, just to make sure that everyone is on the same page before the game