In the US, the first organization for Bowling that was formed was the ABC (American Bowling Congress) on Sept. 9, 1895 , which was a mens only organization. They created the rules for the sport in the US.
In 1916, the WIBC (Women's International Bowling Congress) was formed to cater to women's bowling. While basing the rules from the ABC, the WIBC also had rules specific to their organization.
In 1958, the American Junior Bowling Congress was formed to organize youth bowlers from preschool through college. They too based their rules from the ABC, yet had additional rules specific to their organization. In 1982, the name of the organization was changed to the YABA(Young American Bowling Alliance).
On January 1, 2005, the three organizations merged to create USBC (United States Bowling Congress) in order to unify resources and be able to have an opportunity for bowling to become an Olympic sport.
The United States Bowling Congress (USBC).
The league rules committee.
In the US, the lanes must be inspected and approved by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). The USBC sets the standards for bowling in the US.
The American Bowling Congress was the first organization to establish rules for the game and equipment. Since then, the United States Bowling Congress maintains the rules of the sport in the US and other countries have their own organizations that maintain the rules in their perspective countries.
You can view the rules for sanctioned league play in the US at USBC's website at bowl.com.
The rules of tenpin bowling were established on September 9, 1895 when the American Bowling Congress (ABC) was created. The ABC has since been merged under the umbrella of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and that is who manages the rules and sanctions bowling today.
It depends on if you are speaking of the American Tenpin Bowling, Canadian Tenpin Bowling, Duckpin bowling, Candlepin bowling, etc.
ask your local bowling ally, they have diffrent rules.
There is a very high number of bowling rules, for a list of these rules one can visit the Unites States Bowling Congress website and locate the rules there. Bowl.com is the name of the website.