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Bowling

Hit the lanes...

Bowling is played at several levels:  Youth, Adult, and Unified.  Our athletes are coached on the fundamentals, etiquette, and rules of bowling.  At each level, practice begins with warm up exercises, followed by training and ends with bowling two to three games.

Our Adult and Unified leagues compete in the Fall, and Youth in the Winter.   We form teams and bowl in a standard league setting. Bowlers may form their own teams of 4 or request to be assigned to a team.

Location:  Bowl America Fairfax, 9699 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 

Adult Bowling (ages 22+) - Spring/Fall Seasons

Whether you can Four-Bag after a Cincinnati, or have never touched a lane, Bowling is GREAT fun, and good indoor exercise.   Our program has quality instruction, and friendly competition. 

Come join us in the Spring or Fall.  Registration is in March/August  each year.

 Location: Bowl America Fairfax,
9699 Fairfax Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 

When: Sundays
          12:30pm Bowlers report, sign in, get shoes and balls
         12:45pm Practice bowling starts
         1:00pm Official bowling of 3 games starts 

Contact the Adult Bowling Coordinator

Youth Bowling (ages 8-21) - Winter Season

Our youth bowling program is a great introduction to the sport and fun for all.  Teams are matched by age and ability, and compete throughout the Winter. 

Registration opens in November. 

Individual athletes eligible to attend Winter Games will be determined by the results of a random draw from eligible athletes.

Location: Bowl America Falls Church,
160 South Maple Avenue Falls Church, VA

Contact the Youth Bowling Coordinator

Unified Bowling

You can participate directly with Special Olympics...

Unified Bowling joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. A Unified Bowling Team is made up of an approximately equal number of athletes (people with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Partners (people without intellectual disabilities).

Teams are made up of people of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all.

Unified Partners must be at least 8 years old and are required to complete the Class A Volunteer process. Unified Bowling Teams are eligible to compete in State bowling competitions that utilize two and/or four man teams.

Rules and Information

•  Team scores, individual scores and team standings will be calculated after each week of bowling.

• Bowlers will report at the scheduled time. Any bowler not present when the training begins will be given a zero for every frame missed. Once 5 frames are missed, the bowler will have to wait until the next game to begin bowling.

• All bowlers must adhere to Bowling etiquette. 

• Foul lights will be used and bowlers will be scored accordingly.

• Bowlers will alternate lanes after each frame and will rotate lanes during over the entire training period.

Bowling Factsheet

Equipment 

Bowling balls and shoes are available free of charge at Bowl America. However, if possible, athletes are encouraged to obtain their own bowling balls, since balls provided by bowling centers seldom provide a proper custom fit for the hand and fingers. Contact the bowling coordinator for more information about places to buy balls and shoes.

WEAR: For practice, athletes should wear loose fitting tops and bottoms. No short shorts please.

SO Bowling Rules

Adult Bowling Overview

Athletes are coached on the fundamentals, etiquette, and rules of bowling. Each practice begins with warm up exercises, followed by training and ends with bowling two to three games.

 This year we will again be forming teams and bowling in a league like setting. Bowlers may form their own teams of 4 or request to be assigned to a team. Team scores, individual scores and team standings will be calculated after each week of bowling.   We will be bowling during the Spring season for eight weeks beginning on April 19th and ending on June 7th.

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Spring Season Instructions

Welcome to the spring training for Adult Bowling for Area 26 Special Olympics athletes.

To Register: Please e-mail Bowling Coordinator Barb De Lisa at  the button by 3/29/20.

If you do not have email access, please phone Veronica Jennings at 703-359-4301 with this information. Please include your name (athlete and POC/Guardian), address, telephone number, cell phone number, email address, birthdate, bowling average (if it exists) together with your team name and members. If you do not have a team, one will be assigned.

Competition: Special Olympics of Virginia Summer Games are held in Richmond. For dates look at Area 26 calendar—see calendar link above. Individual athletes eligible to attend Summer Games will be determined by the results of a random draw from eligible athletes.

Email the Bowling Coordinator