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Coed Bowling Rules

Maximum players: 4
Minimum players: 3

1. Four individuals, representing both sexes, constitute a coed bowling team. For example, a team can consist of three men and one woman, three women and one man, or two of each.

2. The cost will be $6.75 per person per night for up to three lines of bowling, or $2.25 per game. The use of shoes and a ball are included in this price.

3. The IM league will compete at 9:00 p.m. Matches must start no later than 9:15 p.m. Each bowling night will take approximately two hours with four team members bowling three games each.

4. Handicaps will be figured for you. The system is based on a 200-average cap. The equation is as follows: (210 - bowler's average) x 80% = handicap.

5. Scoring: Total pins = 3 game scores + handicap for each game

To determine the winner between the two teams for one night:
Highest total pins = 1 point
Winner of first game = 1 point
Winner of second game = 1 point
Winner of third game = 1 point

Team score maximum = 4 points

6. To determine IM champion, team scores will be accumulatedand the highest total score will win. If there is a tie, overall total pins for the team (include handicaps) will be used to determine the championship team.

7. Foul Penalty: If the buzzer goes off for stepping over the foul line, that ball does not count. If it's the first ball, push the reset button and don't write any score. If it's the second ball, just don't score it.

8. Substituting: The sub's score and his/her handicap will be used in that evening's scoring. The sub's name must be placed on an entry form and filed in the Dow office before game timeon the night the sub intends to bowl or earlier.

9. Phantom Bowler: If only three bowlers are present the night of a match, the team must pick a name from their roster (keeping in mind the coed situation). Then that person's handicap and their average minus ten pins will be used for all three games. If the team does not choose a phantom bowler, the IM office will choose one for you.

10. No Show: If a teammate doesn't show and there will be no sub, there will be a penalty in scoring. The absent person's average (including the handicap) minus ten pins will be used for the score for each game that night for the missing person.

11. PROTESTS: All protests must be made in writing and presented to Kristen Morrison according to IM Protest Rule #8-41 in the IM Handbook.

12. PARTICIPATION RULES: All teams are expected to follow IM Rules #25-30 which means that the team must be ready to play (lineup properly recorded) at game time.

13. SPORTSMANSHIP RULES: IM Rule #36 will be strictly enforced. Rosters will be checked regularly. Unsportsmanlike action will NOT be tolerated.

  • One NO SHOW, or two forfeits, will put your team on probation. Once on probation, either one additional no show or one forfeit will remove your team from competition.
  • Due to our arrangement with certain nights and times at the Holland Bowling Center, there will be no rescheduling of matches allowed.
  • Additional players may be added UP TO game time on the day of your scheduled event in order to play that day. Roster addition forms are in the Dow front office or on the IM website to morrison@hope.edu.