About Minnesota High School Bowling


Minnesota High School Bowling (MHSB) has been in existence since 1982.


There are two seasons of Minnesota High School Bowling – a co-ed fall season and a girls-only winter season. Girls are eligible to participate in both leagues if they so choose.


Students in grades 7 - 12 are eligible to participate in competition. Many teams allow younger students (6th, 5th, and 4th graders) to practice (only).


In the fall of 2017, 115 varsity teams and 124 junior varsity teams participated in the league (approximately 1500 bowlers).


Minnesota High School Bowling competition features the baker-system. Five bowlers each bowl two frames to complete a single game. (Bowler #1 bowls in frames 1 and 6. Bowler #2 bowls in frames 2 and 7, and so on.)  It is a very exciting competition format for both players and spectators.


MHSB is a club sport administered by the Bowling Proprietors Association of Minnesota (BPAM). Many of the league’s rules are modeled after those set forth by the Minnesota State High School League. The league is well structured. There are clearly defined starting and ending dates. MHSB does not allow alcohol near the lanes during practices or competition.


More than 85 schools in Minnesota now offer bowling as a school club/activity/organization (with many awarding varsity club letters).


The league is free for schools to participate in. 99% of coaches are volunteers. All teams are sponsored by local bowling centers.


Minnesota High School Bowling is inexpensive to participate in. Bowlers may be charged a nominal annual participation fee of no more than $125.00. High school bowlers receive dozens of hours of practice; competition; and coaching.


More About Bowling

More than $6 million in annual scholarships are awarded to youth bowlers each season based on academic, leadership and on-lane performances.


Twenty states have varsity bowling. Twenty-seven states have club bowling. In just the 20 states that offer varsity bowling, there are 52,000 bowlers.


Bowling is an official NCAA sport for women (many tournaments can be seen on ESPN). Both girls and boys are being awarded scholarships to bowl at the collegiate level. Nearly 100 schools are now offering scholarships at the collegiate level. 


Bowling is a lifetime sport. People ages 3 to 103 can bowl.


Bowling is good exercise. Rolling an 8 to 16 pound bowling ball at 17 to 25 miles per hour down 60 feet of lane uses 134 muscles. Bowling 3 games at 2 balls per frame will produce the equivalent of a one mile walk and burn 198 calories per hour.