October – March


Bowling was introduced as a Special Olympics sport in 1975. Ten-pin Bowling commonly called “Bowling” in the US, is a competitive sport in which a player (the “bowler”) rolls a bowling ball down a wooden or synthetic lane with the objective of scoring points by knocking down as many pins as possible. Bowling is considered to be among the most popular sport in the Special Olympics. It is a particularly beneficial sport to people with intellectual disabilities, irrespective of their age or sports abilities, since it ensures physical exercise and at the same time participation and social integration. Special Olympics Philadelphia currently offers singles bowling as part of our community program. Bowling is mainly a Spring and Summer sport and training is usually from September to June.

Special Olympics Bowling allows for the use of bowling ball ramps by athletes who do not have the physical ability to roll a ball with their hand or hands. Additionally, Special Olympics allows bowlers who complete at least three frames and cannot continue to receive one-tenth of their average per remaining frames toward their event score.

Training Schedule

DayStart DateTimeLocationAddressCoach
Monday 3:30 – 5:15pmErie Bowling Lanes1325 E. Erie Ave.Miguel Diaz
Saturday 12:00 – 2:30pmThunderbird Lanes5830 Castor Ave.Stan Barndt
Sunday 9:00 – 11:30 amThunderbird Lanes5830 Castor Ave.MaryEllen Zisette
Sunday 11:30 – 2:00pmPep Bowl1200 S. Broad St.Mark Moss
Sunday 12:00 – 3:00pmV & F Bowling Lanes7235 Elmwood AveBarbar Guyton

** Training site recommended for all athletes, but especially for younger athletes, ages 8-15

Competition Schedule

  • Philadelphia Bowling Tournament (Erie Lanes Bowling)
  • Eastern Bowling Sectional (Allentown, PA) 
    Qualifier for Indoor Winter Games
  • Indoor Winter Games (York, PA)

Rules and Regulations


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