Rules Skee-Ball


1. A match will consist of two teams rolling 12 regular frames. Each frame is one full game with 9 rolled balls. Every team member present and able to play must roll at least one full frame (9 balls).

2. Each team must have a minimum of 2 rollers per game. No player may roll more than 3 frames in any given game. If only two or three players show they may play, but their score will be capped at their best 6 or 9 frames respectively.

3. Teams will roll on the same lane throughout the match. If teams wish to choose their lane prior to the start of a match Captains or a designated player will play Rock Paper Scissors for the choice of lane.

4. Every ball must be rolled while standing with both feet on the ground and located behind 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.

5. Any shot thrown while observing the previous rules and counted by the machine (including Bank shots) are permitted.

6. Balls that fail to enter the scoring zone and roll or otherwise return to the thrower are able to be re-thrown.

7. Ties at the end of a frame –If a match is tied at the end of a frame game, a single ball toss off will determine the winner of the game. The player or team rolling the higher number will be declared the winner. If the players roll the same number in the tie breaker, then a new player for each team will face off.


1. Score sheets will be provided each night of play. 

2. Skeeball scores presented on the machines screen will be divided by 10 (the zero dropped) to simplify scoring.

3. Each Roller will roll one full frame (9 balls) as their contribution to their team’s score.

A. If Players are unhappy with their first score they may choose to roll the 2nd frame, however if a second game is rolled the score from that game will count even if it is lower than the original roll.

B. If a player chooses to roll the 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.

C. Players choosing to roll the second frame must choose to do so BEFORE the 3rd ball is rolled by their opponent if they too opted for a 2nd frame. Rollers may NOT wait for their opponent to finish their 2nd game before attempting to roll their own 2nd game.

4. Frame scores will be divided by 10 for addition purposes, and the team with the highest combination of their 12 frames will be the winner.

Scoring or Machine Malfunctions:

1. Players are advised that the league plays on a variety ages, models, and styles, of machines and that 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 judgment 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 rerolls or voids of frames.


1. Teams & Rollers are encouraged to introduce themselves to their opponents prior to the start of each frame.

2. Teams are encouraged to “line up” after their match and shake hands, give high fives, or otherwise congratulate their rivals.

3. Skeeball is considered a game for the civilized and friendly. While healthy competition is encouraged, any player deemed to be acting in an unsportsmanlike manner will be warned on their first instance, removed from the game on their second (and their score fore-fitted) and finally removed from the league on their 3rd infraction. Examples of unacceptable conduct include excessive badgering of players (to include cussing, shouting or heckling) and or excessively rude conduct to other bar patrons or bar staff. League Coordinators will have the final decision on any issues regarding enforcement of this rule.