duckpin bowling

is a variation of 10-pin bowling where the balls and pins are significantly smaller making the game much harder. Are you up to the challenge?

A Brief History of Duckpins

The origin of the sport is a subject of some debate. One possible origin is that duckpin bowling began in Baltimore around 1900, at a bowling, billiards and pool hall owned by future baseball Hall of Famers John McGraw and Wilbert Robinson, both of the then Baltimore Orioles. However, according to a 2005 baseball book by Howard W. Rosenberg (Cap Anson 3: Muggsy John McGraw and the Tricksters: Baseball's Fun Age of Rule Bending), an article from May 1894 in the Lowell Sun confirms the existence of duckpins. Rosenberg traced the story of crediting the origins of duckpins to McGraw and Robinson as far back as Shirley Povich of The Washington Post in the late 1930s.

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Keep in mind that ANYTHING over 100 is considered pretty good in duckpins. The pros average 140-150 and a perfect game has NEVER been bowled.

How Do You Score Duckpin Bowling?

Duckpin bowling has rules similar to ten-pin bowling. In a 10-frame game, bowlers try to knock down pins in the fewest rolls per frame. Bowlers have three balls per frame, instead of two in ten-pin bowling, to knock over a set of 10 pins. If a bowler knocks down all 10 pins with their first roll in a frame, it is scored as a strike. If all the pins are knocked down in two rolls, the bowler has made a spare. If all the pins are knocked down in three rolls, the bowler gets 10 points, as in candlepins, with no bonus. If pins are still standing after the third ball, the bowler gets one point for each pin knocked down.

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Mark Berends & Mindy Hammond Ranked #1

Mark Berends from Baltimore, MD topped the men's list with a 150.015 average and Mindy Hammond from Glendale, MD was the top woman with a 142.142 average for the 2012-2013 season.

Start the Kids in Youth Leagues Early

Duckpin bowling is a great sport, especially for kids and seniors. Help us promote the game and keep duckpins alive. Find out about the duckpin youth organization.

More Duckpin Bowling Resources on the Web

There are lots of duckpin bowling resources on the web: associations, leagues, pro tours, equipment listings, etc. Know of any others?

About This Site

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