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College Bowling Information

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College Bowling


Bowling collegiately is some of the most fun someone can participate in. The experience each person gains as well as the numerous friendships you make through college bowling is an experience that you will never forget. While many of the general bowling rules apply, there are many that are strictly for college bowling. You can visit www.bowl.com/collegiate/ for more information about college bowling as well as a copy of the handbook. All tournament stats can be found at www.collegebowling.com where it is updated periodically with tournaments results, consisting of team and individual, as well as the power rankings.



To be eligible to bowl collegiately, each member must be enrolled in 12 units at the school, maintain a 2.0 gpa, and have the minimum number of required units completed each year. Each person has the opportunity to bowl collegiately for a maximum of four years. One year of eligibility counts once a ball is thrown at a collegiate tournament. Your four year eligibility counts whether you bowl for a two year or four year school, if you bowl collegiately for any type of college, it counts. Any member bowling during competition who is ineligible will result in the disqualification of that school from post season play.



When transferring from a four year school to another four year school that had a collegiate bowling program, that person must sit out for one year before bowling on the team. When transferring from a two year to a four year school, this rule does not apply.



These can consist of men, women, or mixed. Mixed teams exist if a men or womens team does not exist at that particular school. Mixed teams may consist of men and women.



Schools are allowed to participate in a maximum of ten events that will count for points. Which events each school attends and how many is up to each individual school and their budgets. Collegiate tournament events consist of two types of games: baker games and team games. Baker games consist of all five members os the team bowling in one game. The first bowler will roll frames 1 and 6, bowler two rolls frames 3 and 7, and so on with the anchor bowler throwing frames 5 and 10. Team games are all five team members bowling their own full ten frame game, with the total of all five scores counting towards the team total. The formats for tournaments vary dpeending on the tournament director for the particular event. They usually consist of team games and baker while some are stirctly either/or.


Intercollegiate Team Championships

The ultimate goal of college bowling is to win a national championship. Bowling in events throughout the year help you qualify for post season play. Every tournament awards points based on your finish in the event and go towards the power rankings. The top 64 teams from the power rankings at the end of the season based on the points they accumulated, will qualify for sectionals. Here these teams are broken up into groups of 16 teams and participate in 4 different locations across the country.They bowl 64 baker games with the top 4 teams from each location advancing to the national championships.



There are more in depth rules that can be found on bowl.com in the handbook or if you have a specific question drop us an email at bowling@sjsusports.com


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