Duckpin Bowling @ Stoneleigh Lanes!

September 26th, 2010 by Ryan Nisley

You missed it! But check out the photos! WLOY sponsored a trip to go Duckpin bowling at the Stoneleigh Bowling Lanes. $5 got you a round trip ride, shoes, unlimited bowling from 9:00-Midnight, a pizza and sodas for each lane! Stay tuned because we’ll do it again!

Wait a minute… What is “Duckpin” bowling? It is a miniature variation of bowling that involves smaller bowling balls and pins. No, the pins do not look like ducks. Rumor has it that duckpin bowling began in Baltimore, Maryland around 1900, at a bowling alley owned by future baseball Hall of Famers John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson, both of the Baltimore Orioles. The rules are slightly different than regular bowling, so here are some quick guidelines to study:

Over the course of 10 frames, bowlers try to knock down pins in the fewest rolls per frame. Bowlers have three balls per frame, instead of two as in ten-pin bowling, to use in knocking over a set of 10 pins. If a bowler knocks down all ten pins with their first roll in a frame, it is scored as a strike. If all the pins are knocked down within the first two rolls, the bowler has made a spare. If all the pins are knocked down in the third ball of the frame, the bowler gets ten points, as in candlepins, with no bonus score. If pins are still standing after the third ball, the bowler gets one point for each pin knocked down with the three balls combined.

In the case of a strike, the bowler gets ten points plus the total number of pins knocked down with the next two balls rolled, for a total of up to 30 points. In the case of a spare, the bowler gets 10 points plus the total number of pins knocked down with the next ball, for a total of up to 20 points. If it takes three balls to knock down all ten pins, the bowler gets ten points but no extra points for succeeding rolls. A bowler’s final score is the sum of the points earned in each of the 10 frames (a spare or strike in the 10th frame earns one or two bonus rolls respectively).

Confused? Me too. All that mental math gets pretty intense when the pins start flying. WLOY will be providing plenty of tunage as always, so come out and rock n’ bowl with WLOY!

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