World Ninepin Bowling Association
The Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) is the World Bowling Federation. The FIQ is subdivided into two disciplines, the World Ninepin Bowling Association (WNBA) and the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA). Both organizations were founded by the FIQ in 1973 in London. The WNBA counts approximately 250.000 members in 26 countries on three continents (Europe, America and Asia).
|Type||Federation of national associations|
|26 national associations|
Because of different types of skittle alleys, the WNBA has three sections:
- Breitensport/Bohle (NBBK)
- Classic (NBC)
- Schere (NBS)
The Classic section is the most popular of all sections.
The section of the WNBA organises World and Continental Championships for all age groups as well as for World and Continental Single and Team Competitions. Furthermore International Matches and International Competition Events regularly take place.
Over the course of the centuries ninepin bowling has become recognized as a high-performance sport, requiring a high level of both technical skills and physical conditioning. Purely playful elements still attract recreational partucipants on skittle alleys.
Until approximately 50 years ago, the pins were set by hand. Today, microprocessors have allowed for an automated process using machines that set the pins and feed electronic displays with results. Instead of wood pins and balls, plastic ones are more common today. Bohle and Schere lanes require a wood or plastic running surface, while Classic lanes only use plastic running surfaces. These are implemented by either plastic-coating or segmented plates of plastic building material.
Skittle alleys suited for ninepin bowling have to be built according to WNBA technical standards, and are subject to scrutiny from national associations. This allows for consistent playing conditions worldwide.
Position within the FIQEdit
The WNBA holds the position of a disciplinary association and is thus an independent organ within the FIQ. For all responsible in the WNBA one of the most important goals is to disseminate ninepin bowling all over the world and to win further nations as WNBA’s members.
Objectives and tasksEdit
It is the objective and the task of the WNBA to
- oversee all national bowling sport associations that practise the bowling sport ninepin or, in some other form, as a competitive sport in its widest sense.
- establish contact with national associations that practise bowling sport in its widest sense in order to win them as new regular members of the FIQ and WNBA or as non-regular members of the WNBA.
- promote the bowling sport ninepin throughout the world by fostering international championships, competitions between teams as well as individuals and international matches between member associations as well as other sport encounters on all levels.
- organize international competitions and oblige the sections of the WNBA to conduct international competitions.
- ensure common standards in the practice of the sport and the regulations concerning the referees within the WNBA by publishing sets of regulations of the WNBA and its sections and make a standardized game system possible in sports events of the WNBA and its sections as well as in member associations. The sport itself will be regulated by the sections.
- guarantee common standards in the technical specifications for devices used in bowling and for bowling alleys as required by the practice of this sport as well as in licensing regulations within the WNBA and in all member associations of the WNBA and its sections by publishing technical specifications. This is to ensure equal conditions whenever sport events are organized within the WNBA and its sections as well as within member associations.
- guarantee the observance of regulations and provisions of the WNBA and its sections as well as the observance of decisions of the FIQ by all sections of the WNBA.
- give advice and information to all members of the FIQ in matters concerning the ninepin bowling sport.
|Argentina||Fédéracion Argentina de Bolos|
|Austria||Österreichischer Sportkegel- und Bowlingverband|
|Belgium||Königlicher Belgischer Keglerverband|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Kuglački savez Bosne i Hercegovine|
|Brazil||Confederação Brasileira de Bocha e Bolão|
|Croatia||Hrvatski kuglački savez|
|Catalonia||Fédéració Catalana de Bitlles i Bowling|
|Czech Republic||Česká kuželkářská asociace|
|Denmark||Dansk Kegle Forbund|
|Estonia||Eesti Veeremängude Liit (Estonian Bowling Association)|
|France||Fédération Francaise de Bowling et de Sport de Quilles|
|Germany||Deutscher Kegler- und Bowlingbund|
|Hungary||Magyar Bowling es Teke Szövetseg|
|Luxembourg||Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Joueurs de Quilles|
|North Macedonia||Kuglarska federacija na Makedonija|
|Montenegro||Kuglaški savez Crne Gore|
|Netherlands||Nederlandse Kegel Federatie|
|Poland||Polski Związek Kręglarski|
|Romania||Federatia Romana de Popice Bowling|
|Slovenia||Kegljaška zveza Slovenije|
|Serbia||Kuglaški savez Srbije|
|Slovakia||Slovenský Kolkársky Zväz|
|Sweden||Asfalkägelsektionen SV Bowlingförbundet|
|Chinese Taipei||Ninepin Bowling Sports Association|
|Petr Vaňura||Czech Republic|