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Handicapping allows competitors of different skill levels to compete equitably in a bowling league or a tournament. The United States Bowling Congress, the sports sanctioning body, recommends that league or tournament officials set a standard score higher than the average posted by the best player or team. Handicaps are then based on the difference between each player or team's average and the league standard.

## Individual Handicapping

#### Step 1

Establish a standard score that's higher than any individual's average within the league or tournament.

#### Step 2

Choose a handicap percentage, typically 70 to 100 percent.

#### Step 3

Establish each individual's average. Averages are typically based on the previous season's scores.

#### Step 4

Subtract each individual's average from the league or tournament standard selected in Step 1.

#### Step 5

Multiply the difference between each individual's average and the standard score by the percentage figure selected in Step 2. The result is the individual's handicap. For example, if the standard score is 195 and a bowler's average is 175, the difference is 20. In an 80 percent handicap league, multiply 20 times 0.8, giving the bowler a handicap of 16 pins. In a 100 percent league, the multiplication step is not necessary, because the difference between a bowler's average and the standard score becomes the bowler's handicap.

## Standard Team Handicapping

#### Step 1

Establish a standard score that's higher than any team's average within the league or tournament.

#### Step 2

Choose a handicap percentage, typically 70 to 100 percent.

#### Step 3

Establish each individual's average. Averages are typically based on the previous season's scores.

#### Step 4

Add each team's individual averages to determine the team average.

#### Step 5

Subtract each team's average from the league or tournament standard selected in Step 1.

#### Step 6

Multiply the difference between a team's average and the standard score by the percentage figure selected in Step 2. The result is the team's handicap. For example, if the standard score is 790 and a team's average is 760, the difference is 30. In a 70 percent handicap league, multiply 30 by 0.7, giving the team a handicap of 21 pins, rounded to the nearest whole number. In a 100 percent league, the multiplication step is not necessary, because the difference between a team's average and the standard score becomes the team's handicap.

## Team Difference Handicapping

#### Step 1

Choose a handicap percentage, typically 70 to 100 percent.

#### Step 2

Establish each individual's average. Averages are typically based on the previous season's scores.

#### Step 3

Add each team's individual averages to determine the team average.

#### Step 4

Subtract the lower team's average from its opponent's team average.

#### Step 5

Multiply the difference between the teams' averages by the percentage selected in Step 1. For example, if one team's average is 800 and its opponent's average is 750, the difference is 50 pins. In a 90 percent league, multiply 50 by 0.9, giving the lesser team a handicap of 45 pins. In a 100 percent league, the multiplication step is not necessary, because the difference between the teams' averages becomes the lesser team's handicap.