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How to Score Candlepin

It is very important to note that the game of Candlepin Bowling is much more difficult than tenpin bowling. Games of 200 are very rare and a perfect score has never been achieved. For this very reason outside of the New England area Candlepins will be a difficult sell. Your job will be to educate your customer base about the game of Candlepins and how difficult it really is.

The highest sanctioned game in Candlepin Bowling is a 245. In Candlepin Bowling a high average for a male bowler would be about 130 for a women 120.

The game of Candlepins consist of ten frames (boxes) in which three balls are rolled unless a strike or spare is scored. Scoring can be done both vertically or horizontally. Scores are normally entered after three balls except in the case of strikes or spares.

In Candlepins the pins that have been knocked over remain on the playing field until the frame is over. Any fallen pin in the playing area may be used to assist you in knocking down the remaining pins. Pins that are in the gutter or out of play may not be used.

If all the pins are felled by the first ball it is a strike and is marked with a double line / /.

If all the pins are felled by the first two balls it is a spare and is marked with a single line /.

If all the pins are felled by three balls it is a ten box and marked by an X.

A strike is worth 10 points, plus a bonus of the pins felled by the 1st and 2nd balls of your next box. After determining the bonus for your strike without reseting the pins, the 3rd ball is rolled to determine the score for the next frame. If all the pins are felled in 2 balls then a spare is scored for the next frame.

A spare is worth 10 points, plus a bonus of the pins felled by your 1st ball of your next frame. After establishing your bonus score do not reset the pins and roll your next two balls to determine the score of your next frame. If all the pins are felled after 2 balls then a spare is scored for the next frame.

 

 

X

/ 4 /

9

/ 8

X

4

/10/

/ 8

8

8

18

32

41

59

69

73

93

111

119

 

Dan

8

X

18

/ 4 /

32

9

41

/ 8

59

X

69

4

73

/10/

93

/ 8

111

8

119

1st frame
You fell 8 pins after 3 balls

2nd frame
You fell 10 pins with 3 balls, totaling 18.

3rd frame
You fell all 10 pins on the first ball scoring a strike. You
add the pins fallen on the first two balls of the fourth
frame to the strike (10 + 4 = 14) then roll your 3rd ball
and put the total pins fallen in the 4th frame

4th frame
You fell 9 pins after 3 balls.

5th frame
You fell all 10 pins with two balls scoring a spare. You
add the pins fallen on your first ball of your 6th frame
to the spare (10 + 8 = 18) then roll your next 2 balls and
put the total pins fallen in the 6th frame.

6th frame
You fell 10 pins after 3 balls.

7th frame
You fell 4 pins after 3 balls.

8th frame
You fell all 10 pins on the first ball scoring a strike. You
add the pins fallen on the first two balls of the 9th frame
to the strike (10 + 10 = 20)

9th frame
You fell all 10 pins with 2 balls scoring a spare. You add
the pins fallen on the first ball of your 10th frame to the spare
(10 + 8 = 18) then roll your next to balls and put the total pins
fallen in the 10th frame.

10th frame
You fell 8 pins after 3 balls.

 

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