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Average Bowling Score by Age and What’s a Good Score by Group

This image is of three women, all holding bowling balls. Regarding the average bowling score by age, the women are in different age groups.

After rolling a few, do you look at your score and ask yourself, “how did I do?” If you’re new to bowling, it’s normal to wonder how your score stacks up to others like you. 

Bowling averages are often compared between bowlers of similar ages, and this type of comparison can yield valuable information about your current skill level and future trajectory in the sport.

So, in this article, we will share with you the average bowling score by age group. 

Average Bowling Score by Age for Kids Under 10

Young girl playing in a bowling alley. The average bowling scores for each age group vary. For bowling less than 10, it's 20 to 70 points.

A bowling score for the little ones will usually fall between 20 and 70. Unfortunately, low bowling scores can be disappointing for kids, especially those older than ten.

So, raise the bumpers, give them a very light ball, and cheer them on, no matter how many pins they hit. You have a new junior bowler if they are giggling and overjoyed after their first few throws!

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Average Bowling Score for Pre-Teens 10 to 12

This image is of a little girl standing at the return for the bowling balls. A good bowling average school for 10 to 12 is 70 to 120.

In most cases, children 10 to 12 years old are likely to have average scores of 70 to 120. Low scores are expected, as many children don’t have the skill or strength to swing the ball just right.

Kids this age may rarely get strikes, and spares might be few and far between. 

Instead, kids in this age group should focus on scoring spares to increase their average. It can be deflating for a young bowler not to get a strike every time, but practicing a straight shot and dropping those straggling pins will bump their score.

During this time in a child’s life, bowling scores begin to take on a measure of importance. So, parents should help their children build a foundation of good habits and bowling techniques.

Choosing a ball with a manageable weight, wearing proper footwear, and learning lane awareness are all great at this stage. With some consistency and diligence, their scores will begin to grow.

Average Bowling Score for Teens 13 to 19 Years Old

Full length of smiling teenage girl throwing ball while training for bowling in club. A good bowling score for age 13 to 19 is 120 to 190 points.

For teen bowlers who practice regularly, an average score of 120 to 190 is entirely attainable. Most teenagers who have enjoyed the game will now embrace the sport.

Embracing the sport and physical growth will lead most teens to a better command of the game. By now, arm swing and ball weight should be set. Now, they can focus on the more technical aspects of the game, like swing form, force, and spin.

This is also the perfect time to join a local bowling league. In a league, a bowler will begin to establish their style and approach to the game. Leagues are also an excellent educational tool for improving scores and learning how to make adjustments.

Average Bowling Score for Adults 20 to 30 years Old

This image shows a woman league bowler holding a bowling ball and smiling.

Bowlers between the ages of 20 and 30 can expect scores ranging from 170 to 220. Physical maturity and development are in place, so the average bowler in this age group doesn’t contend with physical barriers.

Due to this, bowlers can master hooks, shot placement, and body control. 

Bowlers in this age bracket can now look at their average score and determine whether they want to play as casual bowlers, league bowlers, or shoot for a professional career.

This is not to say there’s no hope of becoming a professional bowler if you don’t hit these averages. However, if a bowler in this age group is consistently bowling over 200, they should probably work on cultivating a career in bowling. 

Average Bowling Score for Adults 31 to 50 Years Old

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If a bowler has reached 30 years old and has been bowling regularly for several years, their average score should hover between 200 and 250. At this point, they likely have considerable skill at their disposal and may be looking for competitive advantages.

A glove and wrist brace are worth considering to improve ball grip and release. Most find simple lane talc useful for their sweaty hands or grippy shoes. Others feel burdened by these additions. 

Having worked hard to achieve these impressive averages, a career in bowling is possible. Most players in this category actively participate in leagues and have honed all the necessary skills to grab a few trophies and hopefully some cash prizes!  

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Average Bowling Score for Adults 50+ Years Old

Average bowling score for adults 50 years old

Time waits for no one; after 50, our bodies start to feel the pangs of older age. For this reason, a bowler may only score an average of 120 to 150 as a casual player after 50 years of age.

But with regular practice sessions, there is no reason that a mature player can’t maintain an average score of 200. 

Often, people may not even focus much on their bowling score at this age. And this is a good thing if they are having trouble scoring as highly as they’d like. 

Other Factors that Affect Your Average Bowling Score

Age is a pretty good determinant of your potential bowling average, but it’s far from the only one. This explains why some young bowlers can outplay adult bowlers or why some elderly bowlers beat out young adults.

In this section, we’ll introduce you to some other facts that affect your average bowling score. 

  • How often do you bowl? The more you bowl, the more chances you have to refine your skills. Just like with other sports, practice helps to enhance your bowling skills. So, someone who bowls twice a week is likely to have a higher bowling average than someone who only bowls a few times a year. 
  • Whether you’re used to your equipment. Your comfort level during play is directly connected to how well you ultimately score. So, if you haven’t yet found the right bowling ball weight or shoe size, you’re not likely to play at your full potential. Conversely, someone who has been using the same ball for years may score consistently better than someone who hasn’t. So, if you’re trying to boost your bowling score, find a ball that you feel comfortable bowling with and stick to it. Also, always make sure that your bowling shoes fit comfortably. 
  • Your bowling lane. A smooth, clean, oiled lane is much more conducive to a high score than a dirty, damaged one. Take a good hard look at the lane the next time you go bowling. It should look clear and slick without any visible depressions or scratches. If the lane is not pristine, it could negatively affect your game.

This is not an all-inclusive list of factors affecting your bowling average. There are tons of factors that could be at play. 

We want to stress that the averages in this article are estimates and should not be taken as gospel. Since so many other factors are in play during a bowling game, it’s essential to focus on practicing and developing your technique. 

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If you get nothing else out of this article, get this: no matter your age, you can improve your bowling score. And to keep track of everything, you’ll need to pay attention to (and even record) your bowling scores over time.

If you notice that your bowling score hasn’t increased over time, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate your technique or equipment. But above all, don’t forget to take your time and enjoy yourself as you bowl.

Having fun is the ultimate purpose of bowling, after all. We hope that this article has been helpful to you and provides you with a good average bowling score and wish you the best as you explore the wonderful world of bowling.