8 rollers is the max number of players able to compete during a single match. It is encouraged that teams have 4-6 rollers on their roster for times when individuals are unable to attend.
Each team will have a captain. That person will be the official representative to the league and will be responsible for communicating messages from the league. A co-captain is also highly encouraged.
While phone numbers are optional for regular players all captains must ensure that their profiles have an accurate phone number listed. This is used during urgent communication between the league and captains and will never be shared with third parties.
Players must be registered (and paid in full) to play and to be counted towards a group’s Team status.
Both teams will roll on the same lane throughout the match. You will alternate 9 ball rounds.
Every ball must be rolled while standing with both feet on the ground in front of the machines (i.e., no rolling from the side of the lane) Violating this rule will result in a score of zero for balls rolled during the infraction.
Any shot thrown while observing the previous rules and counted by the machine (including Bank shots) are permitted.
Balls that fail to enter the scoring zone and roll or otherwise return to the thrower are able to be re-thrown.
A match will consist of two teams rolling 7 regular frames each for a “game”. Games are best of 3.
Every team member present and able to play must roll at least one full frame (9 balls).
Each team must have a minimum of 2 rollers per game.
Each player will roll all 9 balls per frame.
Teams have three mulligans or “re-skees” they can use throughout the match if a player is unhappy with his/her first score. If a player chooses to roll a second frame they must first wait for their opponent to finish their first frame. At this point they may announce “I’m rolling again” and may proceed to begin their 2nd game. If they use a re-skee, the second score will be counted even if it is lower than the original score.
A match will consist of two teams playing a best of three (3) games.
Games will consist of seven (7) frames.
A frame consists of 9 balls.
Each team must have a minimum of 2 rollers per game. Each player will roll at least 4 consecutive balls, and no player may roll more than 5 balls in any given frame.
Scoring or Machine Malfunctions
Listen, these machines have seen better days, things happen. Scoring errors are an inescapable aspect of the game. When a scoring error is made it is the responsibility of the witnessing party to IMMEDIATELY bring the scoring error to the attention of the other team and host.
If both captains are able to agree upon the alternation of the score to fix the machine error the game may continue. If captains are unable to agree then the host will make a judgement ruling given the testimony of the captains and their personal knowledge of the machines. The ruling will be in the form of a score alteration and will be considered FINAL. Scoring errors do NOT result in re-rolls or voids of frames.
Code of Conduct
Penn Social Sports is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and enjoyable experience for all players. The league expects all players to enjoy the social sports experience while participating responsibly. Any player who cannot refrain from the following behaviors will be subject to ejection from the game, field, or league without refund and may possibly be banned from the league indefinitely.
Foul or abusive language or obscene gestures. Behavior that is unruly, disruptive, or illegal in nature.
Throwing objects and verbal or physical abuse/harassment towards umpires, field leaders, opposing players, or spectators.
Refusal to follow instructions from field leaders.
Any irresponsible behavior that results from intoxication or other signs of impairment.
Acts that could be considered unsportsmanlike conduct. Please act like a responsible, respectful adult.
Fighting is strictly prohibited. Any player that is observed fighting during a game will be ejected from the league indefinitely.
A player may be ejected from a game by the field leader.
Ejected players must leave the immediate area and have no contact with the field leader or participants in the game. If the ejected player refuses to leave, the game will be forfeited.
Any player ejected from a regular season game will not be permitted to play in the next scheduled game.
Any player ejected from more than one game in a season, the player will be ejected from the league for the remainder of the season.
Any player ejected from three games during their Penn Social Sports career, the player will be ejected from the league indefinitely.
Any player ejected from a playoff game will be suspended for the remainder of the play-offs.
Anyone may report a player for offensive conduct, language, or physical abuse at any time. The reported player will have to meet with the league’s president and host.