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Exploring the Different Bowling Variations

BOWLING VARIATIONS: Candlepins

OVERVIEW
Candlepin Bowling is one of the oldest forms of small ball bowling in the United States. Considered one of the most difficult variations in which to attain a high score, the pins are slightly taller than a conventional “tenpin”, and are mostly cylindrical in shape.  The balls are slightly smaller than a duckpin ball, measuring approximately 4-3/4” in diameter, and weighing about 2-¾ lbs.  In Candlepins, a maximum of 3 balls are rolled per frame, and deadwood is not cleared from the pin deck after the first ball is rolled.  Candlepin Bowling is played primarily in the New England sector of the United States, and in parts of Canada.

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RULES
How to play


ASSOCIATIONS
International Candlepin Bowling Association (ICBA)
Massachusetts Bowling Association
Maine State Candlepin Bowling Association
International Candlepin Youth Bowling Association (ICYBA)
Western New England Candlepin Association

VIDEO LINKS
Paul Berger’s Legendary 500 Series