Bowling 101

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding this year’s bowling season.

What happens at a regular meet?

Your school’s team will bowl against another league team from the area.  The format is typically two Baker games and two regular games.  Typical length of a regular meet is 3 hours.

What happens at a tournament?

The format for tournaments is also Baker games and team games, however the order and amount of the games will vary per tournament.  Tournaments are usually quite a bit longer than regular meets and can consume the entire day.  Tournaments are usually held on the weekend.  Depending on the tournament there may be “bowl-offs” for the highest placing teams to determine final places.

What’s a “Baker game”?

The Baker format is a team-oriented concept where 5 bowlers bowl 2 frames each.

  • Bowler A: Frames 1 and 6
  • Bowler B: Frames 2 and 7
  • Bowler C: Frames 3 and 8
  • Bowler D: Frames 4 and 9
  • Bowler E: Frames 5 and 10

Interesting fact: Frank K. Baker devised the Baker system of scoring in the 1950s while he was Executive Secretary of the American Bowling Congress.

How does the scoring work in a regular meet?

Please see the link below for a document available for download from the MHSAA website for an explanation of scoring for regular season bowling.

http://www.mhsaa.com/Portals/0/Documents/BBO/points.pdf?ver=2007-11-16-150625-000

When and where are the meets and tournaments held?

Please see this page for the 2017-2018 bowling season schedule.  (The schedule may change throughout the year; please bookmark that page and check back frequently.)

Please see this page for a list of this season’s bowling centers including links to Google maps for each location.

Why did my child not get to play through an entire game?

Substitutions are allowed during all games including Bakers.  These substitutions are made at the sole discretion of the team’s direct coach (i.e., varsity or JV coach) and may occur to improve the outcome of the game or to provide other team members with adequate playing time to establish or maintain averages.

Will my child miss any school?

Bowling meets are typically scheduled right after school through the week and end-of-year tournaments sometimes happen on weekdays.  This may require your child to have an early release for regular meets or miss an entire day of school for tournaments.  Coach John and/or your school’s parent representative will take care of arranging the early release/missed days with your school’s administrators.  As always, the make-up of any missed schoolwork is your child’s responsibility.  Academic eligibility rules apply at all times.

*Note: Your child must be in school for the entire day of a meet in order to be eligible to bowl.  Please do not schedule doctor, dentist or other non-essential appointments on the day of a meet.

Will my child be fed?

Food is not typically provided during regular meets throughout the week.  Be sure your child has snacks and/or money to purchase food as needed.

During tournaments, food is sometimes provided by the boosters, but not always.  Coach John will let you know in his weekly e-mails if food will be provided.  Otherwise, plan to provide snacks/a packed lunch or money to purchase food during a tournament.

Can I take pictures of my child during a meet or tournament?

Yes, pictures are welcome, but please do not use a flash which is disruptive to the bowlers.  We encourage you to share your photos with the boosters for the year-end banquet.

 

Feel free to submit additional suggestions for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by e-mailing the Webmaster, Milissa Straka, at raven4@comcast.net.

 

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