5 Pin Bowling

Updated August 13, 2021

Club Guidelines:   

  • Athletes who are unable to follow verbal instructions regarding physical distancing or who require “physical manipulation / hand over hand” instruction to complete drills are recommended to continue with virtual training or general fitness training. 
  • Where in person training is not an option, consider virtual training or general fitness training sessions.  Both are great alternatives and will allow coaches the opportunity to maintain contact with their athletes. 
  • It is recommended that program spectators refrain from entering the facility. This will provide more space for the athletes and coaches/volunteers to maintain 2m 6ft physical distancing.


Before and After Practice: 

  • All participants to wash hand before and after the training session. 
  • Coaches are to create and share training plans ahead of training session. 
  • Stagger activity times between different groups to create a 15 minute buffer between sessions and avoid an overlap of participants in any one area. 
  • Do not loiter in the parking lot.  Get in, Train, Get out. 
  • Physical Distancing (2m or 6ft). 
  • In conjunction with facility management, develop strategies about how to best maintain 2m/6ft physical distancing within the facility.
  • Bowling equipment bags should be placed 2m apart (or as far apart as possible) in a designated location within the facility. Cones/pylons will be used to mark where each bowler should store their items. 
  • Bowlers should walk a continuous path to their bowling lane, no stopping or congregating along the way. 
  • Athletes will wear their face masks when they enter the facility and will continue to wear their face masks throughout the training session. If necessary, athletes may remove their mask when they are on the approach for their turn to bowl.  Coaches/volunteers will wear face masks throughout the training session.

During Practice 

  1. Maximum Gathering Size: Please follow facility specific COVID guidelines.  
  2. Physical distancing of two (2) metres (6 feet) must be maintained by ALL participants. 
  3. Use hand sanitizer after each frame. 
  4. In conjunction with facility management, determine the maximum number of athletes per lane that will ensure physical distancing (2m / 6ft) is maintained between frames.
  5. Bowlers will remain on the same lane for the entire training session and will not alternate lane or change lanes. 
  6. When not bowling, team members should sit behind the lane and maintain physical distancing  of 6 feet.  Exception: Bowlers from the same home/cohort may sit together in a group.
  7. All “non-essential” contacts should be avoided (handshakes, high 5’s, etc.). 
  8. All skill instructions must be verbal.  There will be no “hand over hand” skill instruction. 
  9. If an athlete requires an assistant to train (ie use of wheelchair, use of bowling ramp, etc), it is recommended that the assistant be someone from the same household. If the athlete unable to bring someone from their household, the assistant must be the same person each week. The assistant will wear a mask while working with the athlete, all assistants will go through the same daily screening check. 
  10. Bring your own water bottles clearly labelled with your name – do not use public water fountains. 
  11. Athletes may use only their own personal training equipment, or facility equipment that has been sanitized. 
  12. Coaches should not share handheld equipment such clipboards, white board markers, etc.  Recommend coaches each have their own personal whiteboard kit to use as a visual aid for coaching. 

Training Tips: 

  • Be creative with the structure of your practice times by using a combination of on lane training, virtual training and general fitness training. 
  • Train the same hours but this will be a mix of on lane and virtual/fitness.
  • Make it clear that there is no penalty for missing a training session and that if an athlete, or any member of their family does not feel well, they should stay at home. 



  1. Competition will follow Return to Competition protocols. 


Each sport venue may have their own COVID-19 restrictions.  Please follow the instructions of the staff.