Five-pin bowling

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A boy five-pin bowling

Five-pin bowling is a bowling variant which is played 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]


Five-pin bowling balls

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.

Comparative sizes of bowling balls, portrayed on boards of a bowling lane.

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]

A five-pin bowling alley in Coquitlam, British Columbia in 1955

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", "goal posts" or "channel 11".
  • "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]

Five-pin bowling pins

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".

"String" 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[when?] released into the market by Paule Computer Systems. The machine—marketed as the Merlin—is a convertible five/ten pin string pinsetter that uses 15 strings.[9] 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. The last Strickland installation was upgraded to CA-1 machines in the summer of 2018.

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. As of early 2018 free fall is still located in the following locations. These centers use Double Diamond machines.

  • 16 lanes in a downtown Toronto bowling center
  • 8 lanes in a bowling center in Espaniola, Ontario
  • Two of 8 lanes at a bowling center in Carman, Manitoba use Double Diamond pinsetters.
  • Two centers in the Greater Vancouver Area – each with 16 lanes.

The last national tournaments that were conducted using free fall pinsetters were parts of the 2014 YBC and Masters Nationals – held in Winnipeg. The Double Diamond machines were upgraded to strings shortly after these tournaments.

Major tournaments[edit]

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

  • Canadian Five Pin Bowler's Association (C5PBA):[10] 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 12 and 19. The Inter-Provincial, which replaced the High Low Doubles, became a national event in 2008 and is a pins over average (POA) team format.
  • Bowl Canada:[11] 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:[12] 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 YBC. 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 four 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. The season is now capped off by the WCBTour Championship in August, where the Top 12 players with membership for the season go and compete in a filmed tournament to determine the Tour Champion.

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[10][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 to determine the National Champion. (Note: The 1st place qualifier must be beaten twice).
  • 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.

2018 Edition of the C5PBA Canadian open Championship (Gatineau, QC)[10][edit]

The 2018 Edition of the C5PBA Canadian Open Championship took place in Gatineau, QC from May 30-June 2, 2018 at Salle de Quilles Anik and Salle de Quilles Greber.

Men's Singles Division Champions[13]
Position Team Bowler
1st Place (Gold) Alberta Adam Weber
2nd Place (Silver) Nova Scotia Freddie Tofflemire
3rd Place (Bronze) Saskatchewan Danny Baer
Ladies' Singles Division Champions[13]
Position Team Bowler
1st Place (Gold) Newfoundland and Labrador Jennifer Baker
2nd Place (Silver) Nova Scotia Danielle Leffler
3rd Place (Bronze) Quebec Kelyanne Beauchamp
Men's Team Division Champions[14]
Position Team Team Members[15]
1st Place (Gold) British Columbia Matthew Harms

Adrian Kiss

Gary Kosciuk

Brandon Kirk

Kevin Heisler

Brandon Kosciuk

Coach: Don Pratt

2nd Place (Silver) Ontario David Biscardi

Bobby Torraville

DJ Villeneuve

Ian Gawel

Jim Head

Wade Thompson

Coach: Brinley Hole

3rd Place (Bronze) Northern Ontario Taylor Michel

Wesley Swoluk

Dan Taylor

Greg DeGrazia

John Willcott

Tyson Nelson

Coach: Bob Taylor

Ladies' Team Division Champions[16]
Position Team Team Members[15]
1st Place (Gold) Newfoundland and Labrador Jennifer Baker

Melissa Manor

Erica Murphy

Meghan Davis

Meagan Gallicano

Courtney Lucas

Coach: Doug Giena

2nd Place (Silver) Ontario Connie Ward

Cynthia Wieland

Krista Derkach

Chantal Papineau

Melanie Moser

Marin Middleton

Coach: Bob Walters

3rd Place (Bronze) Quebec Kelyanne Beauchamp

Isabelle Sogne

Natalie Trudel

Francesca Picard

Marjo Bouchard-Thiboutot

Helene Godmaire

Coach: Brigitte Duguay

Mixed Team Division Champions[17]
Position Team Team Members[15]
1st Place (Gold) Saskatchewan Brooklyn Barre

Lindsay Berge

Leesa Cunningham

Todd Vogan

Jesse Wiens

Jacob Genaille-Dustyhorn

Coach: Bob Wilson

2nd Place (Silver) Quebec Chantale Cyr

Karine Masson

Eryka Duhamel

Michel Sauve

Patrick Leduc

Jean-Francois Danis

Coach: Vanessa Gauvreau

3rd Place (Bronze) Alberta Maria Dalton

Judy Stratton

Beverley Magnus

Mark Polivchuk

Parker Anderson

Rick Heinrich

Coach: Brenda McCannel

Previous Editions of the C5PBA Canadian Open Championships and Results[10][edit]

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

Team Champions


Team Champions


Team Champions

2017 Sudbury, ON Guillaume Charbonneau (QC) Isabelle Sogne (QC) Alberta Northern Ontario Manitoba
2016 Regina, SK Matt Innis (ON) Alysa Rak (SK) Alberta Ontario Alberta
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[10][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 number 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.

2018 Edition of the C5PBA Youth Challenge Nationals (Ottawa, ON)[10][edit]

The 2018 Edition of the C5PBA Youth Challenge Nationals took place in Ottawa, ON from March 21–25, 2018 at Walkley Lanes.

All Star Team: [18]


  • Elodie Chamberlain (Quebec) – Average: 242.83 ($1,000 Scholarship winner)
  • Katie Wells (Newfoundland and Labrador) – Average: 240.77
  • Teagan Makar (Alberta) – Average: 239.13
  • Maude Durand-Rondeau (Quebec) – Average: 237.29
  • Brooklyn French (Alberta) – Average: 232.23


  • Tyler Tytgat (Alberta) – Average: 268.92 ($1,000 Scholarship winner)
  • Corbin Taylor (British Columbia) – Average: 247.81
  • Maxime Beauchamp-Vien (Quebec) – Average: 243.59
  • Corey Drowning (Saskatchewan) – Average: 236.20
  • Trevor Tomm (Alberta) – Average: 235.86
Qualifying round scores (2018 C5PBA Youth Challenge)[19]



Team Qualifying

Round Score


Round Points

1 Quebec 11840 64
2 Alberta 11474 61
3 British Columbia 11230 59.5
4 Newfoundland and Labrador 10970 49
5 Ontario 10575 44.5
6 Prince Edward Island 10325 40
7 Saskatchewan 10383 39.5
8 Northern Ontario 10030 29.5
9 Nova Scotia 9424 25.5
10 Manitoba 9073 17
11 Northwest Territories 8461 10.5
Final round scores (2018 C5PBA Youth Challenge)[20]
Final Round Position Team Team Members[21] Final Round


Final Round


1st Place (Gold) Alberta Brooklyn French

Teagan Makar

Kamryn Collins

Tyler Tytgat

Trevor Tomm

Dylan Hagen

Coaches: Desiree Tytgat/Scott Wiseman

7199 39
2nd Place (Silver) Quebec Maude Durand Rondeau

Sophie-Anne Charron

Elodie Chamberland

Brayden Stephens

Maxime Beauchamp-Vien

Jeremie Dupuis-Quesnel

Coaches: Vanessa Gauvreau/Eric Villeneuve

6907 24.5
3rd Place (Bronze) British Columbia Kassidy Johnson

Lezzyl Aquino

Jesslyn Arnett

Corbin Taylor

Benjamin Hendrickson

Jayden Allgaier-Hassan

Coaches: Kelly Gorsek/Jason Kennedy

6563 19
4th Place Newfoundland and Labrador Katie Wells

Kendra Noftall

Brooke King

Matthew Coady

Tyler Peddle

Noah Kelly

Coaches: Chris Fowler/Stephanie Kelly

6237 13.5
Consolation round scores (2018 C5PBA Youth Challenge)[22]



Team Consolation Round


Consolation Round


1 Saskatchewan 6603 41
2 Ontario 6148 35
3 Northern Ontario 6670 30
4 Prince Edward Island 6135 22
5 Nova Scotia 5848 20
6 Manitoba 5499 13
7 Northwest Territories 4581 7

Previous Editions of the C5PBA Youth Challenge Nationals and Results[10][edit]

Year Location Winner
2017 Ottawa, ON Alberta
2016 Winnipeg, MB Northern Ontario
2015 Edmonton, AB Manitoba
2014 Hamilton, ON Quebec
2013 Gatineau, QC Newfoundland and Labrador
2012 Winnipeg, MB Ontario
2011 Regina, SK Manitoba
2010 Sherwood Park, 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 Winnipeg, MB Prince Edward Island

C5PBA Youth Challenge Nationals Record Scores[23][edit]

  • High Single:
    • Ladies: Brittany Dacosta (BC) - 401 (2012)
    • Men: Dylan Manderscheid (SK) - 406 (2017)
  • High Triple:
    • Ladies: Crystal Orenchuk (SK) - 987 (1999)
    • Men: Curtis Dunis (AB) - 1001 (2012)
  • High Four:
    • Ladies: Heather Owchar (SK) - 1183 (2003)
    • Men: Frederic Martin (QC) - 1220 (2015)
  • High Five:
    • Ladies: Heather Owchar (SK) - 1461 (2003)
    • Men: Shaun Schedler (ON) -1440 (2000)
  • High Ten:
    • Ladies: Pamela Paugh (PEI) - 2731 (2007)
    • Men: Frederic Martin (QC) - 2806 (2015)
  • High Single (Team): Ontario - 1488 (1998/2000)
  • High Triple (Team): Alberta - 3981 (2001)
  • High Four (Team): Alberta - 5258 (2015)
  • High Five (Team): Prince Edward Island - 6349 (2000)
  • High Ten (Team): Alberta - 12722 (2015)

C5PBA Inter Provincial Championships [10][edit]

  • The Interprovincial (IP) is a pins over average (POA) tournament contested every year in the month of April.
  • The tournament is run in a match-play format with points being awarded based on POA total compared to scratch. One point is awarded for each individual match, as well as three points being awarded for the team total. o
  • Teams are separated into two pools and compete in a single round robin. The top two teams in each pool advance to the championship round, with bracket style play determining the winner.
  • The maximum number of points a team can score during a single game is seven.

2018 Edition of the C5PBA IP Championships (Charlottetown/Summerside, PE)[edit]

The 2018 Edition of the C5PBA IP National Championships took place in Charlottetown and Summerside, PE from April 26–29, 2018 at The Alley and Credit Union Place (The Lanes).

Final Round Scores (2018 C5PBA Interprovincial) [10]
Final Position Province Team Members
1st (Gold) Northern Ontario - B Kailee Emewein

Jessica Scott

Kyle Hamilton

Cody Brown

Coach: Theresa DeLaronde

2nd (Silver) Manitoba - B Des Murray

Roger Grosselin

Betty Lou Wilson

Sharon Prost

Coach: Bob Komosky

3rd (Bronze) Alberta - A Tamara Borley

Ben Borley

Jasmine Holinaty

Sheryl Ashley

Coach: Bonnie Malmas

4th Place Manitoba - A Alan Tam

Marty Moyer

Debbie Tam

Sharon Zimmer

Coach: James Boxshall

Previous Editions of the C5PBA Interprovincial and Results[edit]

Year Location Winner
2017 Calgary, AB Nova Scotia - B
2016 Hamilton, ON British Columbia - A
2015 Gatineau, QC Northern Ontario, B
2013 Charlottetown/Summerside, PE Quebec - A
2012 Thunder Bay, ON British Columbia - A
2011 Edmonton, AB Ontario - A
2010 Hamilton, ON Northern Ontario - B

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.[24] 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[example 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.[24] 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.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26]
  • In 2007, five-pin bowling was ranked #4 during the CBC miniseries The Greatest Canadian Invention.[27]


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