Five-pin bowling

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Five-pin bowling is a bowling variant which is played only in Canada, where many bowling alleys offer it, either alone or in combination with ten-pin bowling. It was devised around 1909 by Thomas F. Ryan in Toronto, Ontario, at his Toronto Bowling Club, in response to customers who complained that the ten-pin game was too strenuous. He cut five tenpins down to about 75% of their size, and used hand-sized hard rubber balls, thus inventing the original version of five-pin bowling.[1]


The balls in five pin bowling are small enough to fit in the hand and therefore typically have no fingerholes, although the Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association (C5PBA) have approved balls with thumb holes made by one manufacturer (the E. Parrella Co., known as EPCO).[2]:20 At the end of the lane there are five pins arranged in a V. In size they are midway between duckpins and ten pins, and they have a heavy rubber band around their middles, similar to the pins used in the rarely seen "rubberband duckpin" form of duckpin bowling, to make them move farther when struck. Unlike any other form of bowling popular in North America, the pins in five-pin bowling are worth different scoring point values, depending on their location in the V-formation. The centre pin is worth five points if knocked down, those on either side, three each, and the outermost pins, two each, giving a total of 15 in each frame.

In each frame, each player gets three attempts to knock all five pins over. Knocking all five pins down with the first ball is a strike, worth 15 points, which means the score achieved by the player's first two balls of the next frame or frames are added to his or her score for the strike. They are also, of course, counted in their own frames, so in effect they count double. A player who takes two balls to knock all the pins down gets a spare, which means the first ball of the next frame counts double. When a bowler bowls two strikes in succession, within a game, the bowler has scored a "double". The count in the frame where the first strike was bowled is left blank until the bowler makes his or her first delivery of the next frame. When a double has been bowled, the count for the first strike is 30 points plus the value of the pins bowled down with the first ball of the frame following the second strike. When a bowler bowls three strikes in succession, within a game, the bowler has scored a "triple" (also called a "turkey"). In scoring three successive strikes, the bowler is credited with 45 points in the frame where the first strike was bowled.[3] As in ten-pin, if either of these happen in the last frame, the player gets to take one or two shots at a re-racked set of pins immediately.

A perfect score is 450, requiring 12 consecutive strikes bowled in the same game without fouling. It does not happen as frequently as in tenpin bowling. The C5PBA sanctions from 15 to 30 perfect games annually.

Example Perfect 450 Game Score Sheet
Frame 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
John Smith 45 90 135 180 225 270 315 360 405 450

Originally the pins counted as (from left to right) 4 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 5 points. In 1952 the president of the Canadian Bowling Association proposed changing the scoring system to 2 - 3 - 5 - 3 - 2. That was accepted in the west in 1952, in Ontario in 1953, and in the rest of Canada in 1954.[4][5]

In 1967 the Canadian Bowling Congress decided to abolish the counter pin (the left counter pin had to be knocked down to score any points). The rule change went in effect in 1968 in eastern Canada, but the Western Canada 5-pin Bowling Association rejected the change, and as a result there were no national championships until 1972 after the west accepted abolishing the counter pin.[4] (Although some leagues continued with the counter pin system for several more years.)

Five-pin bowling allows for more strategy in its play than the ten-pin variant, because of the differing point values for each pin. For example: If a player fails to score a strike in 10-pin bowling, it is less important how the player chooses to resolve the remaining pins, as all pins are valued the same, and knocking down more results in higher points. In five-pin bowling on the other hand, if a player misses a strike, he or she has to make a strategic decision as to which set of remaining pins they should attempt to knock down (beyond simply trying for them all), which allows players a means to minimize their losses after a mistake, by aiming for the higher-scoring group of pins, or for the lower but perhaps more easily struck group.

Five pin bowling terminology[6][edit]

Five pin bowlers use a number of terms to denote the results of a throw:

  • "[number]-pack": Term for a number of consecutive strikes; e.g. six consecutive strikes is a "six-pack". Also referred to as "[number]-bagger" (e.g. six-bagger).
  • "10 the hard way": After the third ball, having a frame score of 10 where the remaining pins are a 3-pin and a 2-pin that are not "neighbours".
  • "Aces" (A): taking out the headpin and both three pins but leaving the two corner pins. Also referred to as "bed posts" or "goal posts".
  • "Chop" or "chop-off" (denoted ℅): Hitting the headpin and the 3 and 2 pins on one side on the first ball, leaving the other 3 and 2 pins on the other side.
  • "Clean game": Finishing a game with a strike or spare in every frame.
  • "Corner-pin": Leaving only the left corner pin or right corner pin standing on the first ball is denoted by an "L" or an "R" respectively on a score sheet.
  • "Fifteen": When all pins are knocked down after the third ball. Also referred to as a "clean up".
  • "Headpin" (denoted H on a score sheet): punching out the headpin on the first ball. This is the most dreaded result on the first ball, as converting the spare resulting from punching out the headpin (a "headpin-spare") is extremely difficult to achieve.
  • "Punch": Hitting only one pin when two or more pins are remaining (commonly known as a "cherry" on the 2nd or 3rd ball)
  • "Split" (S): Taking out the headpin and one of the three-pins, scoring 8 on the first ball. Difficult to obtain a spare on the second ball but if accomplished, this is known as a "split-spare". Many bowling associations will offer a special pin for this achievement.
  • "Strike out": Finishing the game with Three or more strikes.
  • "Turkey": Three consecutive strikes
  • "Wood" or "deadwood": The pins left on the lane, usually after throwing the first two balls of a frame. This originates from when bowling pins were typically made of wood and not acrylic.

Mechanics of the game (pin-setting)[edit]

All modern bowling centres use automated pin-setting machines (first used in 1957) to reset the pins after each ball is thrown. In five-pin, two types of pinsetters are used—"string" and "free fall".

The "string" pinsetter is known for each pin having a string attached to the head. These pinsetters were first invented in 1963 and are characterized by a string being attached to the head of each pin. This type of pinsetter has a low operating cost, so it is the most commonly used type of pinsetter. There are three families of string pinsetters.

  • The PBS family of pinsetters are the most frequently used, and many consider the PBS as the workhorse of the industry. The PBS family includes models made by Schmid & Company (sometimes branded as BowlOMatic) as well as the CA-1. These machines are straight electrical and do not require air compressors unlike pneumatic machines. The Schmid machines ran using relays while the CA-1 used circuit boards. The PBS brand was bought out by Brunswick, who introduced a second generation Schmid pinsetter dubbed the 81-5 as well as a 10-pin string pinsetter and a convertible five-ten pin machine marketed as the Chamelion.[7]
  • The Mendes family of string pinsetters is not as common as the PBS family. Mendes machines are easily spotted for its shield that descends on a hinge like a closing door. The machine may immediately start up if all the pins are knocked down. The early Mendes string pinsetters were pneumatic. They released an electrical version of the machine known as the ME90. Mendes was bought out by Qubica—now QubicaAMF Worldwide. The machine is now marketed by QubicaAMF under the TMS name [8] These machines are available for five and ten pin, but there is no convertible version.
  • A third family of pinsetter was recently released into the market by Paule Systems. The machine—marketed as the Merlin—is a convertible five/ten pin string pinsetter that uses 15 strings. The changeover time of this machine is quick. The PBS version uses 12 strings—a changeover requires the headpin and the two corners to be restrung.

The most common stop on string pinsetters is a string tangle.

The "free fall" pinsetter works like ten-pin. A reset is completed by sweeping the old pins off the pindeck and setting a fresh set of pins in its place. The swept pins are elevated back to the top to create the next setup. Free fall pinsetters for 5-pin are no longer made due to high operation and maintenance costs.

There were three common types of free fall pinsetters:

  • The Double Diamond was the first pinsetter invented for five-pin. This pneumatic machine was characterized by a sweep that did not stay descended while the pin table was moving. The pin table is similar to a candlepin tube board with a protective front plate that was often used for advertising. This machine was known for many peculiar sounds; including a hiss on the descent of the pin table and a "clang" when the pin table is hit by a pin. The elevator and pit floor is similar to the Brunswick GSX. The pins and balls are elevated to an upper carousel, where the balls are separated from the pins. When five pins are aligned in the carousel, they are lowered into five chutes leading to each pin position. The machine is loaded with 21 to 22 pins.
  • Brunswick offered free-fall machines for five-pin before buying out PBS. To the average bowler, the machine has a look and behavior similar to tenpin's A-2 pinsetter. There were two models, each having a different type of elevator. The A-50 used two different belts to grip pins and balls. The A-51 used an oval shaped elevator. Most lanes equipped with these machines have been upgraded to string pinsetters.
  • A less commonly found machine was the Strickland pinsetter—a pneumatic machine characterized by separate pinsetting and pin pickup tables. Its behavior is similar to the A-2. On a reset, it can be difficult to see the actual pinsetting table. The pins rest on forks on the pin table. When the pins reach the deck, the pinsetting table shifts back several inches before rising back to its back up lifted raised position. When the pins are cycled back to the top, they actually hang from supporting forks positioned such that the next rack of pins is in position. The pinsetting table then rises to pick up the hanging pins. The elevator for this machine is oval in shape. When balls reach the top of the elevator, gravity takes the ball to the ball track.

Bowlers must initiate all free-fall pinsetter cycles. The five-pin free-fall pinsetter does not automatically react to a ball rolled or pin knocked down. When bowling on free fall pinsetters, the bowler would have to press a button to initiate a pick-up cycle to clear downed pins lying on the pin deck. If automatic scoring is in use, all automatic resets are actually initiated by the scoring computers.

The lower operating and maintenance costs of the string pinsetter eventually led to the demise of free-fall pinsetters. When a bowling centre retires free-fall pinsetters, the old machines are usually bought by other free-fall equipped bowling centres and are disassembled for parts.

Free fall pinsetters are still in service in some bowling centres in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. There is one bowling center in St. Catharines, Ontario that runs Strickland pinsetters while most of the remaining free fall pinsetters are Double Diamond.

Major tournaments[edit]

There are four groups overseeing the major tournaments in five pin bowling.

  • Canadian Five Pin Bowler's Association (C5PBA):[9] The C5PBA is the body that governs the rules and regulations of the game. The C5PBA operates three major national tournaments. The showcase tournament is the "Open", a scratch tournament that involves both teams and singles. The national finals of the Open span three to four days and culminate with a stepladder format to determine national champions in men's singles, women's singles, men's teams, women's teams, and mixed teams. There is a second tournament known as The Youth Challenge, which is shorter than the Open in length, but involves a similar format to the Open, this tournament is for youth bowlers between the ages of 13 and 19. The Inter-Provincial, which replaced the High Low Doubles, became a national event in 2008 and is a pins over average (POA) format.
  • Bowl Canada:[10] Bowl Canada is the body that represents the bowling centre owners. The organization previously operated under Bowling Proprietors Association of Canada (BPAC). Bowl Canada oversees Youth Bowling Canada (YBC) and Club 55+ (formerly the Golden Age Bowler's Club). Both organizations feature national championships. The YBC national championship is known as the "Four Steps to Stardom" while the Club 55+ national championship is known as the "Team Triples". Bowl Canada also runs the National Classified Championships, a scratch tournament where bowlers are qualify through their bowling centre within average categories. In 2016, the National Classified was replaced with a handicap-format tournament known as the Bowl Canada Cup while the Team Triples was updated to a four-person handicap-format team known as the "Club 55+ Cup". Bowl Canada runs the Canadian qualifying for the AMF World Cup and the various five-pin TV shows such as CBC's Championship Five Pin Bowling and the TSN Pins Game. In 2006, the CBC series and the TSN series were consolidated into one tournament, the Canadian Bowling Championships. As of 2009, TSN dropped the Canadian Bowling Championships from its televised schedule.
  • The Master Bowlers Association of Canada:[11] The MBAC is a unique organization that serves as the technical branch of the sport and provides a single national championship with both total pinfall (Tournament division) and pins over average (Teaching Division) divisions. A third branch of this organization involves the Seniors Division (over 55yrs). Typically the Teaching and Senior Division bowlers hold mid- to lower-range bowling averages. Bowlers in the Teaching Division are required to serve as coaches in the YBC (Youth Bowling Canada). The Master Bowlers operate under a strict dress code including a standard shirt in the provincial colours with the bowler's name embroidered on the back.
  • The Western Canadian Bowling Tour has grown in size and now has 4 major cash tournaments. The 'Autumn Open is held in Calgary, Alberta at Paradise Lanes. The TPC at Sherwood is at Sherwood Bowl in Sherwood Park, Alberta. The Regina Classic is played at the Golden Mile Bowling Center in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Traditional Open is played in Red Deer, Alberta at Heritage Lanes. These cash tournaments regularly have 100+ competitors and as many as 195 entries making them extremely hard to win and the competition to be some of the very best 5 Pin Bowling has to offer.

Qualifying for a national championship usually requires three qualifying rounds.

  • League, House or Centre round: for most provinces, this is usually not required for the C5PBA Open or C5PBA Youth Challenge.
  • Zone round: the number of centres in each zone varies, but the zones are set up geographically. In some provinces and tournaments, the zone round may be bypassed.
  • Provincial championships: the winners of the zone round qualify for the provincial finals. For most tournaments, Ontario runs two provincial finals—a north provincial (Northern Ontario) and a south provincial (Ontario).

Each province also offers a number of tournaments that conclude with the provincial finals. The tournaments, formats and prize offerings vary by province. These tournaments are operated through the Provincial Bowling Proprietors Association, local and provincial five pin associations, and individual bowling centres.

Past Results - C5PBA National Championships[edit]

C5PBA Canadian Open Championships[9][edit]

  • The national finals of the Open span three to four days and culminate with a stepladder format to determine national champions in men's singles, women's singles, men's teams, women's teams, and mixed teams.
  • The singles event consists of a scratch qualifying round and then a stepladder final. Both the men and women bowl 21 games, with the top 5 individuals advancing to the stepladder final.
  • The team event consists of a match play double or triple round-robin (this is dependent on the number of teams in each division) and then a stepladder final. The top 4 teams in each division advance to their respective stepladder final.
  • The singles stepladder final consists of four matches to determine the winner. The 4th and 5th ranked bowler will face off with the winner going up against the 3rd place qualifier. The winner of that match will go on to face the 2nd place qualifier, and the winner of this match will go on to face the 1st place qualifier for a best of 2 match to determine the national champion.
  • The team stepladder final consists of 3 matches to determine the winner, with the top 4 teams in qualifying advancing to this stage of the event. The team stepladder final follows the same format as the singles stepladder event.

2016 Edition of the C5PBA Canadian open Championship (Regina, SK)[9][edit]

The 2016 Edition of the C5PBA Canadian Open Championship took place in Regina, SK from June 1–4, 2016 at Golden Mile Lanes and Nortown Lanes.

Men's Singles Division Champions[12]
Position Team Bowler
1st Place (Gold) Ontario Matt Innis
2nd Place (Silver) Manitoba Ian Sylvester
3rd Place (Bronze) British Columbia Chito Tecson
Ladies' Singles Division Champions[12]
Position Team Bowler
1st Place (Gold) Saskatchewan Alysa Rak
2nd Place (Silver) British Columbia Coralee Szilagy
3rd Place (Bronze) Ontario Michelle Pike
Men's Team Division Champions[13]
Position Team Team Members[14]
1st Place (Gold) Alberta Gary Baird

Victor Fobert

Karie Kreutz

Shelby Chrest

Erik Kjos

Gene Ziebarth

Coach: Greg Gigliuk

2nd Place (Silver) British Columbia Marco Tsang

Will Sutherland

Mike Warren

Aaron Pennington

Ryan Edwards

Greg Olsen

Coach: Barrie Wright

3rd Place (Bronze) Northern Ontario Matt Houston

Dave Birkby

Mitch Davies

Dave Bentley

Matt Wieland

John Conti

Coach: Jeff Forester

Ladies' Team Division Champions[15]
Position Team Team Members[14]
1st Place (Gold) Ontario Karole McDonnell

Kayla Anderson

Elizabeth Nicol

Chantel Mokrzycki

Lindsay Laporte

Kristi Lampman

Coach: Andrew Lampman

2nd Place (Silver) Alberta Jennifer Baker

Heidi Mapstone

Caity Shearer

Katie Harasymchuk

Halea DeSutter

Shae-Lyn Lanovaz

Coach: Lori Thomas

3rd Place (Bronze) Northern Ontario Katie Bonnie

Amanda Nichols

Alyssa Bonnie

Sam Sitar

Angela Begin

Yvette MacLellan

Coach: Brian Bonnie

Mixed Team Division Champions[16]
Position Team Team Members[14]
1st Place (Gold) Alberta Rose Gigliuk

Melissa Werrell

Michelle Hoyle

Chris Hyslop

Mike Lacoursiere

Matt Schultz

Coach: Cassey Campbell

2nd Place (Silver) Newfoundland and Labrador Sarah Campbell

Kao Ogilvie

Marie Bidgood

Bob Osborne

Chris Mallard

Brad Glynn

Coach: Petria Rossiter

3rd Place (Bronze) Saskatchewan Lindsay Berg

Kaitlyn Reddick

Coral Nichols

Adam Martin

Regan Sproule

Garry Fehr

Coach: Dani Smith

Previous Editions of the C5PBA Canadian Open Championships and Results[9][edit]

Year Location Men's Singles Champion Women's Singles Champion Men's

Team Champions


Team Champions


Team Champions

2015 Oshawa, ON Greg Degrazia (NO) Katie Bonnie (NO) British Columbia Quebec Saskatchewan
2014 Calgary, AB Garry Hamm (MB) Sara Kennedy (NL) Newfoundland and Labrador Alberta Manitoba
2013 St. John's, NL Victor Fobert (AB) Sandi Dickson (ON) Newfoundland and Labrador British Columbia Ontario
2012 Gatineau, QC Shawn Haley (QC) Natalie Parent (QC) Ontario Alberta Ontario

C5PBA Youth Challenge Championships[9][edit]

  • Teams compete in a single match play round robin tournament, with the top 4 teams advancing to the final round and the bottom 7 teams going to the consolation round. Previously, the top 6 teams advanced to the final, with the bottom 5 teams going to the consolation round. This format was changed in 2014 to allow all games bowled to count towards the players tournament average, as an equivalent amount of games are bowled by all players under the new format.
  • The final round is played as a double round robin, while the consolation round is played as a single round robin, both equating to 6 games.
  • Teams are awarded one point for each individual match won and two points are awarded to the team with the highest team total for each match. In the event of a tie in an individual match, 0.5 is awarded to each team. In the event of a tie in the overall team score, one point is awarded to each team.
  • The maximum number of points a team can score during a single game is eight.
  • The top five averages on both the men's and women's side are appointed to the ten person all star team with the top averages in each division being awarded a 1,000$ scholarship for their achievement.

2016 Edition of the C5PBA Youth Challenge Nationals (Winnipeg, MB)[9][edit]

The 2016 Edition of the C5PBA Youth Challenge Nationals took place in Winnipeg, MB from March 17–19, 2016 at Academy Lanes.

All Star Team: [17]


  • Dakota Heth (British Columbia) - Average: 261.87 (1,000$ Scholarship winner)
  • Julie Orobko (Alberta) - Average: 253.05
  • Abby Sdao Compardo (Northern Ontario) - Average: 242.72
  • Courtney Lucas (Newfoundland and Labrador) - Average: 241.19
  • Maude Durand-Rondeau (Quebec) - Average: 236.12


  • Maxime Beauchamp-Vien (Quebec) - Average: 278.91 (1,000$ Scholarship winner)
  • Nathan Dominic (Northern Ontario) - Average: 269.06
  • Cody Jubinville (Alberta) - Average: 267.53
  • Derek Orne (Northwest Territories) - Average: 260.13
  • Frederic Martin (Quebec) - Average: 253.40
Qualifying round scores (2016 C5PBA Youth Challenge)[18]



Team Qualifying

Round Score


Round Points

1 Northern Ontario 12257 56
2 Ontario 11317 54
3 Alberta 11757 52.5
4 British Columbia 11746 51
5 Quebec 11849 50
6 Saskatchewan 11557 40
7 Manitoba 10275 36
8 Newfoundland and Labrador 11653 35.5
9 Prince Edward Island 10079 26
10 Nova Scotia 9928 20
11 Northwest Territories 9796 19
Final round scores (2016 C5PBA Youth Challenge)[19]
Final Round Position Team Team Members[20] Final Round


Final Round


1st Place (Gold) Northern Ontario Ashley Tremblay

Janet-Leigh Dominic

Abby Sdao Compardo

Cody Edmunds

Parker Sdao Compardo

Nathan Dominic

Coaches: Phil Smith and Doris Kirkey

7208 31
2nd Place (Silver) Ontario Reilly Cameron

Crystal Smith

Hailey MacIntyre

Joshua Filion

Kile Robins

Simon Burke

Coaches: Marilyn Gordon and Phil Winter

6683 25
3rd Place (Bronze) Alberta Julie Orobko

Brooklynn French

Kayla Lamoureux

Trevor Tomm

Marcel Levecque

Cody Jubinville

Coaches: Len Madarash and Patricza Rempel

7027 23
4th Place British Columbia Dakota Heth

Morgan Rodgerson

Mikayla Eby

Daniel Foster

Jacob Plett

Adrian Kiss

Coaches: Lee-Ann Wilson and John Cassidy

6728 17
Consolation round scores (2016 C5PBA Youth Challenge)[21]



Team Consolation Round


Consolation Round


1 Quebec 7319 39.5
2 Saskatchewan 6455 25.5
3 Newfoundland and Labrador 6632 25
4 Manitoba 6124 24
5 Nova Scotia 6180 21
6 Prince Edward Island 5810 17
7 Northwest Territories 5804 16

2015 Edition of the C5PBA Youth Challenge Nationals (Edmonton, AB)[9][edit]

The 2015 Edition of the C5PBA Youth Challenge Nationals took place in Edmonton, AB from March 26–28, 2015 at Bonnie Doon Lanes.

All Star Team: [22]


  • Jennifer Devenney (Manitoba) - Average: 259.01 (1,000$ Scholarship winner)
  • Courtney Lucas (Newfoundland and Labrador) - Average: 254.81
  • Julie Orobko (Alberta) - Average: 242.72
  • Kélyanne Beauchamp (Quebec) - Average: 241.87
  • Jessica Kennedy (Newfoundland and Labrador) - Average: 241.28


  • Austin Blais (Saskatchewan) - Average: 281.74 (1,000$ Scholarship winner)
  • Aman Ubhi (Alberta) - Average: 280.20
  • Frderic Martin (Quebec) - Average: 275.00
  • Tyler Tytgat (Alberta) - Average: 269.93
  • Brian Siedleski, Jr. (Manitoba) - Average: 261.66
Qualifying round scores (2015 C5PBA Youth Challenge)[23]



Team Qualifying

Round Score


Round Points

1 Alberta 12722 58
2 Newfoundland and Labrador 11742 56
3 Quebec 12085 55
4 Manitoba 12267 54
5 British Columbia 11751 50
6 Northern Ontario 11386 47
7 Ontario 11045 38
8 Saskatchewan 11734 35
9 Nova Scotia 9651 24
10 Prince Edward Island 9761 20
11 Northwest Territories 7662 3
Final round scores (2015 C5PBA Youth Challenge)[24]
Final Round Position Team Team Members[25] Final Round


Final Round


1st Place (Gold) Manitoba Lisa Fetch

Andrea Alblas

Jennifer Devenney

Randy Holodryga

Brian Siedleski, Jr.

Ryan Born

Coaches: Bob Wilson, Sandi Anderson

6832 26*
2nd Place (Silver) Quebec Kélyanne Beauchamp

Éryka Duhamel-Laurin

Sabrina Jean

Mathieu Madore

Frédéric Martin

Kevin Campbell

Coaches: Michel Simard and Marthe Hachey

7025 26*
3rd Place (Bronze) Alberta Damara Halvorson

Courtney Miller

Julie Orobko

Aman Ubhi

Tyler Tytgat

Jayden Lawson

Coaches: Desiree Tytgat and Jerry Kind

7238 22.5
4th Place Newfoundland and Labrador Katelyn Hogan

Jessica Kennedy

Courtney Lucas

Avery Heath

Noah Sullivan

Ryan Butt

Coaches: Jim Bulger and Karen Morry

7191 21.5

*The medals were awarded based on point differential. Manitoba took 9 points from Quebec, while Quebec only managed to take 7 points from Manitoba during the championship round.

Consolation round scores (2015 C5PBA Youth Challenge)[26]



Team Consolation Round


Consolation Round


1 Saskatchewan 6990 38
2 Northern Ontario 6475 32.5
3 Ontario 6719 31
4 British Columbia 6815 26
5 Nova Scotia 5746 20
6 Prince Edward Island 5358 15
7 Northwest Territories 4882 5.5

Previous Editions of the C5PBA Youth Challenge Nationals and Results[9][edit]

Year Location Winner
2014 Hamilton, ON
2013 Gatineau, QC Newfoundland and Labrador
2012 Winnipeg, MB Ontario
2011 Regina, SK Manitoba
2010 Edmonton, AB Manitoba
2009 Hamilton, ON Alberta
2008 Ottawa, ON British Columbia
2007 Calgary, AB Ontario
2006 Thunder Bay, ON Nova Scotia
2005 Hamilton, ON Ontario
2004 Winnipeg, MB Ontario
2003 British Columbia
2002 Prince Edward Island
2001 Saskatchewan
2000 Prince Edward Island

C5PBA Youth Challenge Nationals Record Scores[edit]

  • High Single:
    • Ladies: Brittany Dacosta (BC) - 401 (2012)
    • Men: Kevin Boyko (ON) - 403 (2002
  • High Triple:
    • Ladies: Crystal Orenchuk (SK) - 987 (1999)
    • Men: Curtis Dunis (AB) - 1001 (2012)
  • High Four:
    • Ladies: Heather Owchar (SK) - 1183 (2003)
    • Men: Curtis Dunis (AB) - 1184 (2012)
  • High Five:
    • Ladies: Heather Owchar (SK) - 1461 (2003)
    • Men: Shaun Schedler (ON) -1440 (2000)
  • High Ten:
    • Ladies: Pamela Paugh (PEI) - 2731 (2007)
    • Men: Kasey Fowler (SK) - 2686 (2001)
  • High Single (Team): Ontario - 1488 (1998/2000)
  • High Triple (Team): Alberta - 3981 (2001)
  • High Four (Team): Prince Edward Island - 5184 (2000)
  • High Five (Team): Prince Edward Island - 6349 (2000)
  • High Ten (Team): Alberta - 12465 (2000)

Facts and figures[edit]

  • At first, bowling pins used in five-pin were made of plastic-coated maple. Today's pins are made of a hard plastic and often feature UV-glow capability for black light glow bowling operations. The pin makes a "clack" sound when hit by the ball. The base of the plastic pin can be separated from the rest of the pin. The neck stripes on plastic pins are actually a red plastic tape that wears off with use and can be replaced. In 2011, the C5PBA approved a new pin base. The new base adds 1/8 inch of height to the pin, raises the pin's center of gravity, and lowers the contact area with the lane. This new base has a dark color, so pins with the new base may appear to the bowler as floating above the lane.
  • In 1990, the Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association sanctioned the use of personalized bowling balls.[27] Before then, only bowling balls supplied by the bowling centre were allowed to be used.
  • Many five pin tournaments scored by handicap usually use a scoring basis of "pins over average", which is the difference between the outcome of a game and the bowler's established average. It accumulates over the number of games bowled. This statistic can be negative.
  • Several popular automatic scoring systems have five pin versions. On most string type pinsetters, automatic scoring equipment is connected directly to the pinsetter circuitry. Scoring cameras can be used on both types of pinsetting installations. Most systems mount the camera mounted between lanes as in tenpin; however the ProScore system—when installed on free-fall—reads scores using a set of five electronic eyes mounted above the pindeck.
  • Bowling centres with convertible pinsetters usually will set specific hours as to when their convertible lanes will support five-pin or ten-pin. Convertible machines may support duckpin bowling instead of ten-pin when in ten-pin mode. String pinsetters are not sanctioned by the USBC for ten-pin play, partially because a "stringsetter" cannot handle an "off-spot" pin situation.
  • Some five-pin centres[examples needed] have installed lane protection devices. The device is a sheet of plexiglas mounted vertically about six inches (15 cm) above the lane and is located just past the target arrows on the lane.[27] This device discourages bowlers from lofting the ball and damaging the lane—which is more prevalent in small ball bowling. A ball that knocks the plexiglas loose or flies over the plexiglas guard is worth zero points under C5PBA rules.
  • A foul line violation in five-pin results in a 15-point penalty. Pins knocked over during a violating delivery count. The penalty is assessed at the end of the game. [27] This compares to a zero score for the ball in other bowling disciplines.
  • Some believe[who?] that the hockey term "five-hole" (the space between the goaltender's legs) is taken from five-pin bowling.[citation needed] Knocking out the headpin (worth 5 points) by itself leaves a large hole through which it is easy to put the next one or two balls without hitting anything.
  • Five-pin bowling is played in all Canadian provinces and territories. However, in Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, unlike in the rest of the country, five-pin is not the dominant form of bowling. In Quebec, five-pin is known as "cinq quilles" (five pins) in French, while "Petite Quilles" refers to the duckpin game. There is only one five-pin bowling alley in all of New Brunswick, whereas in Nova Scotia, the Worcester, Massachusetts–originated sport of candlepin bowling is more popular given that five-pin bowling alleys are located primarily on army bases. Nunavut has only one five-pin bowling alley. It is a two-lane facility located at CFS Alert and also happens to be the world's most northerly bowling lanes.[28] As a result, this alley is only accessible to military personnel and visitors to the base.
  • Five-pin bowling was one of four sports featured on the Canadian Inventions: Sports series issued by Canada Post stamps on August 10, 2009.[29]
  • In 2007, five-pin bowling was ranked #4 during the CBC miniseries The Greatest Canadian Invention.[30]

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  2. ^ "5 Pin Bowling Standards & Specifications Manual". Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers' Association. May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Garside, Bert: Official Rules and Regulations Governing the Sport of 5 Pin Bowling, 5th edition, page 24, Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers' Association, 1999
  4. ^ a b "Chronological History of Fivepin Bowling". Archived from the original on 16 October 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Milton, Doug (9 January 1954). "New Bowling Scoring System Will be Helpful for Some". Ottawa Citizen. p. 35. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Glossary". Bowling Depot. 
  7. ^ "Products - Lanes". Brunswick Bowling. 
  8. ^ "Qubica AMF - Products". 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association". Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  10. ^ "Bowl Canada | An association of member bowling centres supporting the bowling community across Canada.". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  11. ^ "2016 Masters Bowling Association National Championships". 
  12. ^ a b "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2016 CANADIAN OPEN 5 PIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (SINGLES STEPLADDER)" (PDF). 
  13. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2016 CANADIAN OPEN 5 PIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (MENS TEAM PLAYOFF)" (PDF). 
  14. ^ a b c "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2016 PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS" (PDF). 
  15. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2016 CANADIAN OPEN 5 PIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (LADIES' TEAM PLAYOFF)" (PDF). 
  16. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2016 CANADIAN OPEN 5 PIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (MIXED TEAM PLAYOFFS)" (PDF). 
  18. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2016 YOUTH CHALLENGE 5 PIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (MIXED DIVISION)" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  19. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2016 YOUTH CHALLENGE 5 PIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND)" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  20. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2016 PROVINCIAL CONTINGENTS" (PDF). 
  21. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2016 YOUTH CHALLENGE 5 PIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (CONSOLATION ROUND)" (PDF). 
  23. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2015 YOUTH CHALLENGE 5 PIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (MIXED DIVISION)" (PDF). 
  24. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2015 YOUTH CHALLENGE 5 PIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND)" (PDF). 
  25. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association - 2015 PROVINCIAL CONTIGENTS" (PDF). 
  26. ^ "Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association -2015 YOUTH CHALLENGE 5 PIN BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (CONSOLATION ROUND)" (PDF). 
  27. ^ a b c Official Rules and Regulations Governing the Sport of 5 Pin Bowling. Halifax, NS: Canadian 5 Pin Bowler's Association. 2009. pp. 15,17,20,21,48. 
  28. ^ Proc, Jerry. "CFS Alert". Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  29. ^ Canada Post Stamp Details, July to September 2009, Volume XVIII, No. 3, p. 10
  30. ^ "The Greatest Canadian Invention". CBC News. Archived from the original on October 18, 2007. 

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