How to keep score in bowling ?
Follow these steps to keep your own score while you knock down the pins. You will need a pencil and a scoring sheet.
- Fill in the names of the bowlers on your scoring sheet in the order that they will be bowling. Notice that each bowler has 10 scoring squares after their name, one for each frame,
- Record the number of pins that the bowler knocks down in their first roll in the upper left corner of the square for frame number one. Use an X instead of a number to denote a strike and go on to the second frame without recording a total. Circle this first number to indicate that the bowler threw a split
- Mark the number of pins knocked down in the second roll in the small square in the upper right corner. Use a slash to denote a spare.
- Add the total number of pins down in the frame if the bowler didn’t throw a strike or a spare. Record this number in the bottom part of the square.
- Wait until the next frame to calculate the total if the bowler throws a strike or a spare. They will get credit for pins in the next frame
- Add 10 to the number of pins knocked down in the bowlers first row of the second frame if they threw a spare in the first frame. Write this total in the bottom part of the first frame square two strikes in a row are known as a double three in a row is a triple or a turkey. Throw 12 strikes in a row to get a perfect score of 300
- Combine the total number of pins off down in the two throws of the second frame if the bowler threw a strike in the first. Then add 10. Write this number in the bottom of the first frame square a bowler gets a third ball if they throw a spare or a strike in the tenth frame,
- Add together the total score for each of a bowlers 10 frames to get their final game score. The highest score wins.