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A Tried & True Event Methodology



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We have learned if you promote it properly, have simple rules, run it on time, and award the winner a trophy -


For the $20 price you will receive the following:

  • Customized, promotional, event poster pdf file specific to your organization
  • Score sheet and competition rule posters
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  • Inclusion / page on our web site
  • A charter as an official Closed Gate Bowling League points event
  • A chance for your players to earn their way into the World Championship round
  • A video phone meeting to go over your event, answer questions, and teach you our methods
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We have the formula for success! Let us coach you, provide the tools, and the credibility to throw a World Class event.

Our Recipe for Success

potluck kitchen

  • Flat open area 30ft by 40ft where you can hurtle 30 pound bowling balls without destruction
  • Loud outgoing director of competition and all around party captain
  • Organized detailed director of scoring that happens to be a musician (our guy Big Shugg is a trumpet player although anything from a DJ to a guitar player can work)
  • Big bucket of World Closed Gate Bowling League support
  • Anchor food item provided by the house. We do Smoked Ribs at every event.
  • Mix together and Tell the World to live life large!

Schedule 2019

March 23 - March 30
April 27 - May 11
May 25 - June 8
July 13 - July 27
August 10 - August 24
September 14

October 11th & 12th

Friday night is the Last Chance Qualifier. Saturday night's championship round will only be open to the top 35 players of the 2019 season. Friday night the only people participating in the pill draw are players who have not bowled with us before. Season players will be allowed to fill the board. Both nights are potluck and bring your own beer

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Rules & Regs

Maximum 24 players - Minimum 15 players | Six standard regulation bowling pins | Standard regulation bowling ball or balls

To establish “line up” each player blind picks from 24 numbered balls (Pill Draw). Players will start in numerical order. Officials will announce prior to the event the pill draw open and close time. Everyone must be present to participate in the pill draw. Officials will start the game at their discretion no sooner that 15 minutes after pill draw closes to allow people to practice. As long as there is space available, participants can join the game up until the first bowler rolls the second round. The playing field is site specific although must contain four throwing locations. Marked as Alpha, Beta, X marks the spot and Infinity.

The lowest pill draw picks the round 1 throwing location. Round 2 thru 5 picks the worst bowler with lowest pill draw, gets to pick the next round bowling location. Players only get to pick the bowling location once and the score keeper is responsible for picking the picker. The location is marked with two safety cones, bowlers are to throw from behind the two cones at designated “picked” throwing location.

THE GAME IS WON BY: Five single throws and the highest number of pins dropped wins. Sudden death match, lowest pill draw gets to decide if lowest or highest pill draw rolls. "JohnTony-JohnTony PEEPEE CLAUSE": If a player does not come to line when called by officials to bowl, that player will have a three bowler grace period. When the 4th player rolls, the PEEPEE player will lose their roll in that round. The player is still in the game although that round will not be scored.

The Season Championship night maximum number of players will be extended to 34. The World Closed Gate Bowling League is an underachiever event and if a player wants to let someone else bowl in their place this is allowed. That bowler will forfeit their opportunity to a trophy.


The World Closed Gate Bowling concept came from a dear friend and neighbor down the street now known as Bobby2Throw. After years of enjoying league play at the local bowling alley, he thought bowling in the street at his house would be fun.

As Bob and I discussed bowling, another friend, Big Shuugg mentioned he had six regulation bowling balls. On March 23rd 2019, a group of friends started setting up pins and bowling.

After over a 30 year absence from living at the house I grew up in, I returned to a neighborhood that was in transition from older life long residences to younger families moving in. Our family home is located to the park entrance to the American River, Rossmoor Bar Park. It is the perfect spot to start a neighborhood bowling league.

I spent about ten years working professionally in Motorsport promoting and acting as director of competition. On March 23rd, I worked with my group and much to the displeasure of Bobby2Throw, I started writing up rules. After that I made a 13 event schedule, purchased whimsical trophies for each event night, and ordered T-shirts, and event team shirts.

Over this summer I have received overwhelmingly positive feed back from friends and neighbors. The best comment was from my new friend and web developer queen, Mary Margaret. She said “Bowling has brought us together as a neighborhood and I feel so much more connected to our community”.

Join me on our journey of building community, one potluck at a time, and using a silly fun game of bowling in the street to bring all of us out of our houses and down the street to enjoy the fellowship of the humans around us

Thank You,

TJ Milton
World Closed Gate Founder
Chief Operating Officer

T.J. Milton


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