Bowling is one of the fastest growing Special Olympics sports. Although there are some modifications made for athletes with physical disabilities, most athletes compete under the same rules and circumstances as athletes on a professional tour.

In addition to offering traditional singles and doubles events, Special Olympics offers events for athletes with low ability levels to train and compete in basic bowling skills. The development of these key skills is necessary prior to advancing to match play.

As in all Special Olympics sports, bowling teams are grouped in competition divisions according to the athletes' ability level, age and gender.


Mixed Doubles
Unified Team
Unified Doubles
Individual Skills
Ramp Assisted
Ramp Unassisted

For Coaches: For Athletes & Unified Partners:

Steps to becoming a coach
SOMO Rules

SOI Rules
National Governing Body Rules: United States Bowling Congress

How to prepare for, set up, run and score ramp and non-ramp bowling (training video)

Roster Form
Team/Doubles Form
Bowling Event Definitions

Steps to becoming an athlete

Physical form
Consent form
Unified Partner form
Class A for adult Unified Partners
Class A for minor Unified Partners

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Athlete's Oath

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."  


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