In a game of Fowling, or football bowling, two teams compete to knock down all of their opponent’s bowling pins using an NFL football. The game is played in singles or doubles and begins with a coin-toss. The winner has the option to take the first throw or call which Fowling lane they want to defend.

Teams stand on the same side and alternate throwing the ball at the other team’s pins, set up 48 feet apart in the standard 10-pin configuration. Play continues until one team has knocked down all ten pins, securing a frame victory. Official Fowling matches are a best of three frame series.

If the first team to throw knocks down all of the pins, an equalizer throw is awarded to allow the opposing team the opportunity to try to force overtime. If they succeed in knocking over all the pins, the frame is considered a tie and overtime begins.

Men throw from behind the back edge of their lane, which is called the throwing area. The imaginary line that extends along the back edge of the fowling lane is the foul line. A throw is legal as long as the ball is released from behind the foul line. The throwing area for women and children is behind the front edge of the Fowling lane.

Pins knocked over during regular game play are removed from the platform after all pin movement has stopped. This includes any pins that are knocked down as a result of environmental factors or influences outside of the game, including wind, wayward balls from other games and actions of the fans. Once a thrown ball has crossed the foul line, players are free to catch or deflect the ball to defend their pins.

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