The system for scoring in bowling is very simple and easy to learn. You have two shots to knock all ten pins down in a frame. There are ten frames in a game. The way to score a frame has three possible outcomes.
- A strike in the frame plus the next two balls.
- A spare in the frame plus the next one ball.
- An open or miss in the frame plus no additional balls.
A strike in the final or 10th frame will extend your turn by two balls and a spare extends it by one ball. The extra balls are added as normal to the 10th frame completing the game. The 10th frame with two extra shots makes the perfect game in bowling a total 12 strikes for a 300 total. The score is kept as a running total of the frames. A frame is added to the sum of the previous frames to give you a current total. A spare or strike obviously can not be added until the next one or two balls are thrown.
Bowling score keeping resources
There are many good tutorials on how to keep a bowling score. Here are some of the better ones.
USBC guide to keeping score
A simple explanation of how to keep score by the United State Bowling Congress using an example game to point out the different frame combinations of opens, spares, and strikes.
Simple bowling calculator
This bowling score tool can help anyone practice keeping score and get immediate feedback to see if they are scoring the right way.
A quick how to keep a bowling score tutorial
This tutorial explains how to keep score so that you can understand quickly.
Kids tutorial for bowling scores
Nice bowling score tutorial with frame by frame explanations for the different scoring possibilities.