Complete Team Bowling Rules    IM Principles

Last Updated for Summer 2015

All matches take place at Crenshaw Lanes in the Oglesby Union. In addition to Crenshaw Lanes policies and procedures, Intramural Sports PROHIBITS possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages before or during matches.

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY, TEAM COMPOSITION, EQUIPMENT

Players MUST be valid, fee-paying FSU students, faculty or full-time staff. FAMU and TCC students are NOT eligible for FSU IM sports and events. All players MUST show their current FSUCard to to the IM supervisor at the lanes prior to each match in order to participate. 

Match time is forfeit time.

(5-on-5) Each team consists of five players, with a maximum roster size of eight players per match. Four players must be present for a match to begin.

(3-on-3) Each team consists of three players, with a maximum roster size of five players per match. Two players must be present for a match to begin.

In open league play, the team may be comprised of any combination of male and female players. 5-on-5 co-rec league play requires a minimum two players of each gender to participate in the line-up throughout the match (and be present to start the match); the fifth player in the line-up may be of either gender. In fraternity and sorority leagues, all team members must be associated with the participating organization.

Substitute players may replace active bowlers between games only.

(3-on-3) When necessary, a coin toss will determine which team will set its line-up first in the first game. The opposing team will set its line-up first in the second game. An additional coin toss will be held to determine which team will set its line-up first in the third and final game.

To set a line-up, a team will determine which of its players will bowl for the game and also determine the order of the bowlers. Traditionally, the best bowler bowls first with the worst bowler filling the last position in the order.

When beginning a head-to-head game with one less than the standard number of players, the open position will be the last position in the order. The position may not be filled until the next game begins. When beginning a Baker-scored game with one less than the standard number of players, the open position will be the first position in the order.

SPORT RULES (FSU)

(5-on-5) Three rounds are bowled with rounds 1 and 3 consisting of a Baker-scored game. Round 2 consists of a each team member bowling a complete game in a head-to-head match-up with the opposing team. In the first and third game, the Baker scoring system will be utilized. In the second game/round, head-to-head scoring will be utilized. In the event of a tie in total team points after three games, the total number of pins for the entire match will serve as the tie-breaker. In championship round play, a fourth Baker-scored game will be bowled to break the tie.

(3-on-3) Three players from each team will match-up head-to-head in each game. Each player who wins a head-to-head matchup will receive one point. In the event of a tie, each tied player will receive 1/2 point. The team with the most total pins for the game will receive 2 additional points. If tied, each team will receive 1 point.Three games will be bowled with the point scores added from each game to obtain the final team point score. In the event of a tie in total team points after three games, the total number of pins for the entire match will serve as the tie-breaker.