Region A Bowling

What is Bowling?

Bowling competition is conducted using a traditional format. However, for those of lower ability or with physical disabilities, bowling has been modified by utilizing a ramp on the approach.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in bowling compete locally at region qualifying events.  Gold medal winners are then eligible to advance to the State Bowling Tournament held in Peoria in December.

Bowling Events Offered in Illinois


  • Singles competition
  • Doubles competition
  • Team competition


  • Ramp singles (ramp bowlers may also enter doubles and team competition as part of a traditional team)

Competition Information

Region A Bowling is a qualifier for North Sectional Bowling. Athletes who receive a gold medal qualify for advancement. Events offered at this event are singles, doubles and teams if there is enough for quality competition. Athletes must choose one event to compete in.

Facility Information

We will have use of the entire facility. Bathrooms and concessions are available.

Event Information

Saturday, August 20:

Registration – 8:30 AM
Warm-ups – 9:00 AM
Opening Ceremony – 9:15 AM
Competition begins – 9:30 AM


Please click the button below to register to volunteer.


Athletes should follow the rule interpretations regarding uniforms. House balls are available for use.


Awards will be given after divisions finish in designated area.


Lunch will be provided for all registered athletes, coaches and volunteers. Concession stand is available.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all state competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.


2023 Region A Bowling Results

Thanks to all who came out and participated!  All bowlers who received a Gold Medal have qualified for the North Sectional Bowling Competition to be held at The Cherry Bowl on Saturday, October 14th.  Entries will be due to the Region A office by September 14th.  Entry scores should be the score that the bowler received at this recent competition. 

As a reminder, all athletes will need to have a Medical on file that is valid through the date of competition or submit one with their entries. 

Who We Are

About Special Olympics Illinois   

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website at www.soill.org. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and Twitter.  

COVID Procedures

Unless a venue has specific COVID protocols in place, Special Olympics Illinois is following Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC COVID protocols and guidelines.  Please refer to event specific information or website page (if applicable) to determine if the venue has any specific COVID protocols. 

Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible.  While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority.  All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines. 

Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:



Aug 19 - 20 2023


8:30 am - 6:00 pm




The Cherry Bowl
7171 Cherryvale N. BLVD, Rockford, IL 61112
Trent Geiger


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