There are several opportunities for athletes in the area of bowling. Athletes with a lower bowling skill can compete in Developmental Bowling which means that they will be allowed to use bumpers to bowl. The Developmental division will compete ONLY at the Area Competition not at Sectional level. Athletes may also compete in regular singles, double and team. At any level of regular bowling, an athlete may use a ramp as an assisted device. Singles bowing is bowling by oneself. Doubles bowling is bowling with one team member and the score is the total of both athletes. A Team consists of 4 members and score equals the total pins knocked down of all four athletes. Handicaps are not used when scoring a Special Olympics Bowling tournament. Athletes who compete in regular bowling and receive a gold medal will qualify for the Sectional Competition.
• Bowling was introduced as a Special Olympics sport in 1975. Bowling debuted at the World Games level in 1987, when 33 athletes competed in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
• As of the 2005 Special Olympics Athlete Participation Report, 200,572 Special Olympics athletes compete in bowling.
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