ANSWERS: 1. 300; 2. TURKEY; 3. 10
• Bowling is one of the most
popular Special Olympics
North Carolina sports. In
1984, bowling premiered at
state-level competition in
Sanford and has grown ever
• A preliminary round and a final day of competition are
offered at the state level.
• Athletes bowl anywhere from two to seven games
depending on the type of competition. Singles athletes
will bowl two games a day, doubles athletes will bowl
three games a day and team athletes will bowl seven
games a day.
What is the Baker System?
Doubles and team members take turns
bowling frames within one game, as
opposed to each bowler bowling individual
games to contribute to the score.
Only athletes and
should be in the
“well” by the lanes.
All awards are given on the last day of
competition. Athletes must wait for everyone
in their division to complete competition
before places can be determined, so there
may be a delay since not all games will finish
at the same time.
Types of Competition
Singles: 1 athlete
Singles Ramp: 1 athlete utilizing a ramp; he/she
may have some assistance as needed
Unified doubles: 1 athlete and 1 Unified Partner
Unified team: 4 or 5-person team with 2-3
athletes and 2 Unified Partners
Traditional doubles: 2 athletes
Traditional team: 4-5 athletes per team
Unified competition brings people with and without
intellectual disabilities together on the same team.
Do You Know Your Bowling…
1. What is a perfect score in bowling?
2. What do you call three consecutive strikes?
3. A regulation game consists of how many pins per lane?