Though Tenpin Bowling is currently the most popular form of the game in the US, nine pin once held that position. In the 1930s several cities in the US banned nine-pin bowling because workers were taking time off to play it rather than turning up for work. As a result, tenpin bowling became so popular in the US, and nine pin is now only played in parts of Texas in the US. Ninepin bowling is still currently played in Europe, and is the most popular form of bowling there.
Here are the rules of nine pin, as written up in a old fashioned bowling alley in Victoria's Sovereign Hill, a recreated mining town.
A Description of the Game
The nine pins are set in a diamond formation. The center pin, painted red, is called the King Pin.
- Each player has two turns, bowling three balls each time.
- The skittles are set up after each ball.
- All players deliver their first three balls, and the total score for each player is marked on the score board.
- The players then take their second turn.
- The scores for each turn are added together for each player's final score.
The player stands in the delivery area and bowls a ball up the center of the alley, hard enough to knock down the skittles at the far end.
- If the ball runs off the alley before reaching the skittles, the bowler has bowled a 'poodle' (from the German 'pudel' :- a miss, a blunder).
- A player who is awaiting his turn goes to the far end to replace the skittles after each ball is bowled, and to return the balls view the through.