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Action..
when bowlers compete for money
Actual
Bowling without benefit of handicap or bonus---(scratch)
Adjust
Making changes in starting point or target on lane during competition
Alley
Playing surface
Alley Ball
Usnig ball provided by center (House Ball)
All Events
A combined total score of singles, doubles, and team event.
All the Way
Finishing game with nothing but strikes.
Ambassadors
Professional bowlers who represent ABC
Anchor
Last player in line up for team competition
Andy Varipapa 300
ABC Hall of Famer, countless number of 12 strike consecutives.
Apple
-Term for bowling ball years ago.
-a bowler who fails to come through in clutch situation
Approach
Portion of Lane behnid the foul line
Arrows
Aiming points in lanes, 15 feet past foul line.
Associations
Volunteer organizations serving for the betterment of the membership organizations
Baby the Ball
Releasing the ball without authority, failing to get maximum results.
Baby split
2-7, 3-10, 4-5, 5-6, 7-8, 8-9, 9-10 splits.
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Back up
Ball a bowler throws which hooks towards the hand...right hand hooks to right.
Baker System
Format which calls for different bowlers executing in different frames. Mainly used in 5-person team competition
Balk
An incomplete approach in which the bowler stops before delivery of the ball. Can cross foul line and not be penalized if there is no release.
Ball Rack
Where the ball rests in the settee area after it returns following a delivery.
Ball Weights
Weight of the ball, it cannot exceed 16 pounds.
Bedposts (Big Four, Double Pinochle)
4-6-7-10 split

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Beer frame
Used in team competition to decide who buys refreshments.
Belly the Ball
Increasing the ball's hook by releasing it in a sharp direction towards the channel and hooking it back into the pocket.
Bench work
Talking smack towards competition, trying to upset opponent.
Big Ball
A crucial shot, or a working hook that enables a bowler to carry strikes.
Big Fill
9 or 10 pins on any shot, usually more beneficial in the last frame.
Blind
Score allowed for absent member, usually lower than average due to penalty
Blocked
a lane deliberately dressed to make for easier scoring. (pie, tracked, slots)
Blow
A missed Spare
Blow the rack
applied for a variety of strikes
Blowout
Downing all the pins but one.
Board
Bowlers pick specific boards as their target on various shots.
Bocci Style
a bowler who finishes approach on the wrong foot.
Body English
Contortion of arms, legs, and body in hopes of steering the ball after it has left the hand.
Bonus
Used in match play bowling for winning a particular match. It can be one, two or more games in a particular match and the bonus may be between 10 and 50 extra pins.
Box
Frame (canto)
Break
When something very fortunate happens, such as late pin fall, aslo used to indicate the end of a string of strikes
Break Point
Point on lane where ball begins to hook toward the pins.
Bridge
Span seperating finger holes on a ball
Brooklyn
A strike where the ball goes to opposite side it was intended to go. Right hand --> left side.
Broom Ball
A ball that hits the pocket in such a way that pins scatter as if they were being swept by a broom.
Brunswick
One of major developers and manufacturers in industry, owner of more than 100 centers worldwide.
Bucket
the 2-4-5-8
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Century Award
An award presented to a bowler for exceeding their average by at least 100 pins
Certification
All recognized centers must have their lanes certified by ABC/WIBC annually. Bowling only sport that has yearly check ups.
Channel
the gutter
Charge
When an individual or a team begins its momentum to move towards the top of the standings.
Cheesecakes
easy scoring lanes
Cherry
Hitting the front pin of a spare leave without hitting any others (chop, pick)
Chevron
Award given for a bowling accomplishment.
Chicken tracks
A string of strikes on the scoresheet
Choke
Used to describe a bowlers performance when they fail to perform well in a clutch situation.
Classified
Leagues or tournaments with average limitations or other restrictions.
Clean Game
A game with spares or strikes in every frame.
Clothes line
the 1-2-4-7 or the 1-3-6-10 spare leave.
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Clutch
Coming through in a pressure situation
Convert
Knock down the remaining pins on the lane for a spare.
Count
Number of pins knocked down on each first ball
Core
The solid massive weight ni a bowling ball, usually under label. Used to provide balance
Cranker
A bowler who throws a wide hook, usually by snapping wrist sharply at release point.
Creeper
A ball that goes slow
Crooked Arm
Having the elbow far from the body on the downswing and release
Curve
the path of the pin to release ball
Cushion
the padding in the rear or pit to absorb shock.
Dead Ball
an ineffective ball that fades or deflects badly when it hits the pins.
Dead Wood
pins that fall over but remain on the lane even after the lane is reset.
Deflection
The movement of the ball after it hits the pins
Delivery
Combination of a bowler's approach and release.
Deuce
200 game or average
Dime Store
5-10 split
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Ditch
Playing a severe outside line, sending the ball right next to the channel
Dive
Action of a big hook ball at the last second before it hits the pins.
DODO
A term used years ago for balls loaded with weights to make them overweight. Also refers to scale used to measure the weights in a ball.
Dots
Imbedded in the lane just over the foul line, used by some bowlers as targets.
Double
Two consecutive strikes
Double Tap
Leaving the 7-10 split on a seemingly good pocket hit.
Double Wood
When one pin is directly behind the other.
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Doughnut
same as a split
Dovetail
Where maple(dark) and pine (light) boards join.
Dressing
Substance on the lanes (oil)
Drive
Old term for an alley, it now is the revolving action of a ball as it comes in contact with the pins.
Dry Lane
A lane which has little dressing, causing the ball to hook drastically.
Durometer Test
An instrument that inserts a needle into balls surface to determine it's hardness.
Dutch 200
a 200 game scored by alternating strikes and spares.
Faith, Hope, and Charity
The 2-7-10 or 3-7-10 splits.
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