Bowling is one of the most popular Special Olympics North Carolina sports. In 1984, bowling premiered at state-level competition in Sanford and has grown rapidly since then. Bowling joined the SONC Summer Games in 2016.
SONC offers the traditional format of league-style bowling for singles competition and singles ramp (assisted & unassisted).
In doubles and five-person team competition (traditional and Unified Sports), SONC uses the Baker System format, which places emphasis on the team effort rather than individual accomplishments of team members. Doubles or team members take turns bowling frames within one game, as opposed to team members bowling individual games and combining the scores for one team score.
State level bowling competition is offered at the SONC Summer Games which take place in Raleigh typically the first weekend in June. Local programs are encouraged to host and attend local bowling events. Please check out the bowling sport calendar for available invitationals.
The National Unified Sports Bowling Tournament is a quota-based additional competition opportunity hosted by Special Olympics North America and Special Olympics Ohio in Reno, NV. This event is held in conjunction with the USBC tournament at the National Bowling Stadium. Programs will be notified if their athletes are selected to attend this event. SONC uses the advancement criteria set forth by SOI to select athletes based on past performance at the most recent state-level event.
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the bowling sport development team, contact one of the members below or Lauren Saulter, SONC staff liaison.
Pat Chinn, SDT Director
Indian Trail, NC