Bowling leagues are springing up left and right. From the largest metropolitan city to the smallest rural community, bowling leagues are popular for people of all ages. Children, teenagers, adults and even seniors are involved in league play.
In general, people form teams of four to six people; the teams make up a league that compete with each other over a specified period of time. The courses of times these leagues run vary. Some leagues may run twenty-eight to thirty-six weeks. There are summer leagues that run ten to fifteen weeks. There are even leagues that run one to two weeks. These are ideal for full-time workers who want to bowl when they are on vacation. Because of their work schedule, they may not be able to commit to a longer bowling season.
In league play, two teams bowl against each other. They normally bowl three games in the competition. At the end of each game, the scores of all the teammates are added up. Sometimes there is a team handicap, which is figured in as well.
Points are awarded for each team win. Points are also given for the total pin count for the three games. For example, if Team A wins two games and Team B wins one, Team A will get two points and Team B gets one. However, if Team Bs pin count is higher, this team gets one point for total wood. Both teams will be tied in the competition.
During the season, each team faces the other teams in the league. As the season progresses, the team will compete in position rounds. This is where the teams that are in first and second place compete against each other; the teams in third and fourth place compete against each other and so on.
Some leagues are match point leagues. While the teams get game and total wood points, individuals also earn points for the team. In this type of league, each bowler bowls against an opponent from the other team. When one bowler has a higher individual score than his opponent, his team is awarded points.
There are different variations of bowling leagues. While most leagues have both men and women, there are some that are just for men or women. There are different forms of competition. For example, there are some leagues that use the actual pin count for the score. These are scratch leagues.
Handicap leagues help give an advantage to teams that have lower averages. This helps them compete against teams with better bowlers.
Currently, over three million people belong to bowling leagues. This number is expected to increase drastically over the next decade.