Special Olympics Bowling is "rolling in" popularity because of its leisurely nature and competitive spirit. Although there are some modifications made for athletes with physical disabilities, most athletes compete using the same rules as athletes on a professional tour.

Bowlers are grouped in divisions according to the athletes’ ability level. Special Olympics athletes can choose from a variety of events, including singles, doubles or team. Physically disabled athletes can participate in ramp bowling.


SOWI has adopted a four (4) phased approach to return to activities. As of August 1, 2020, we are in Phase 1 – Small Group Activities:

  • Shelter in place is lifted; restriction on size of mass gatherings (10 people)
  • Activities may resume if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols
  • No direct or indirect contact (e.g. through a ball in the hand) should take place
  • Training activities may include only be pre-approved SOWI COVID-19 sports

Bowling is a SOWI COVID-19 approved sports for Phase 1 and 2. For more information, including rules and training plans, visit our Return to Play page.

Return to Play Information


  • Developmental Singles and Ramps
  • Individual (singles)
  • Individual Ramp
  • Doubles
  • Team (4-person)

Competition Information and Forms

AGeneral Sports Rules
Bowling Rules Word PDF
DRegional Competitions
Bowling Regional Registrations Word PDF
EState Competitions
Bowling State Registrations Word PDF
Unified Bowling State Registrations Word PDF
Forms for Duplication
Special Needs Form Word PDF
Class B Volunteer Form (Unified Partners) Word PDF
Regional Registration Instructions Word PDF
State Registration Instructions Word PDF

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