Region G Bowling
What Is bowling?
Bowling is perhaps the most popular sport in Illinois. 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 advanced to sectional qualifying competition. Gold medal winners are then eligible to advance 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)
Athletes will compete in one event.
Singles/Doubles/Team bowlers will bowl three games league style (alternating lanes)
Ramp Bowlers will bowl two games. Ramp bowlers will bowl three frames at once and will NOT alternate lanes.
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Agency registration – 7:45 AM
Opening Ceremony – 8:30 AM
Shift one warm up – 8:50 AM
Shift one – 9:00 AM (ramp and singles)
Lunch – 11:00 AM -1:30 PM
Shift two – Noon or will begin as soon as the first shift has concluded. Time for a 10-minute warm up will be allowed (singles, doubles and team)
Please click on the button below to register to volunteer.
Athletes can bring their own bowling balls and shoes if they would like. Athletes can use Landmark Lanes shoes and bowling balls at no cost to them.
Awards will be presented on the lanes when a division is finished.
Lunch will provided for athletes, coaches and volunteers and will consist of a hot dog, chips, fruit and water. There will be concessions available and souvenirs will be sold as well.
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