New Hampshire Candlepin Bowling Association
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.
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