How do I join a league?

We are always thrilled to hear of newcomers to the sport. To find out details of the leagues in your area, we recommend contacting your Regional Officer in the first instance and they will be able to put you in touch with your local area association.

Michael Brown ( – Northern Region
Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, Cheshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire.

Craig Ellis  ( – Central Region
Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire.

Matt Smith ( – Southern Region
Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Essex, London, Surrey, Middlesex, Berkshire, Somerset.

What are the benefits of being a BTBA member?

The BTBA provides official rules, recognises bowling achievements in sanctioned play, provides tournament competition, and provides services to sanctioned leagues. BTBA playing rules are the official written document for sanctioned leagues, providing you and all BTBA members with both equality and protection.

Further benefits include achievement awards for high games.

How do I join the BTBA?

Please visit the BTBA membership website and select your level of membership, or join through a sanctioned league.

Can I join the BTBA just for a year?

Yes. You can either join via a sanctioned league for the playing year, or via the BTBA membership website. Please be aware that the membership website works on automatic renewals, but this can be removed once payment has been made.

How can I renew my BTBA membership?

We have recently changed to a new membership system. To renew your membership, you will need to login to Go Membership using your BTBA number as your username and click the forgot password link to be sent an email. If you do not receive an email it will mean that we do not have your email address registered to your account. If this is the case, please send an email to

Do I have to be a BTBA member to bowl in sanctioned leagues?

Yes. Please speak with your league secretary.

Do I have to be a BTBA member to bowl in tournaments?

Bowlers do not have to be BTBA members to bowl in sanctioned tournaments. However, bowlers wishing to play in sanctioned events, who are not members of the BTBA or an alternative governing body, will be subject to a fine, the amount of which will be set by the Tournament Director.

What is the benefit of a league being sanctioned?

In the event of a league or tournament dispute, the BTBA provides the resources and personnel to enforce the playing rules. The BTBA also offers protection of league prize funds.

How do I use the new BTBA membership website?

Please click here to download our navigation guide.

What is legal / illegal pinfall on string pinsetters?

Please refer to the BTBA General Playing  rules here,  specifically 6b and 6d.