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Wednesday, September 28, 2022


The domain name was registered on October 18, 1997 by Michigan State coach Karl Nickolai. The first 194 web pages at went live online about two weeks later on November 1, 1997. At that time, the Internet was relatively new as an information tool for the general public. There were a few scattered college bowling team websites, but no website covering all of college bowling. Nickolai recognized the need for a comprehensive college bowling website while developing a web presence for the MSU men's and women's bowling teams.

The oldest existing archived copy of the original site is a snapshot taken on November 8, a week after the initial website launch. A copy has been included here. If you look around in it, please note that some of the navigation links, such as for team standings and individual results were poorly located on the bottom of the web pages. The location of those links were soon changed to the upper left side of pages, but this was how it started.

During the first three years, consisted entirely of static html web pages, created one page at a time. By the end of the 1999-2000 season, when a change to a database driven dynamic content site was necessary, the individual web pages numbered somewhere in excess of 7,000.

For the initial 1997-1998 season, the idea was to provide result highlights for all college bowling tournaments. The online results included complete team standings and the top 25 or 50 player averages for each event depending on the size of the tournament field. Other noteworthy content during the first year was online reporting of the collegiate bowling polls, a frequent column by then Arizona State senior Joe Ciccone, now a PBA touring player.

The summer of 1998 was pivotal in the development of two concepts widely used by in college bowling today: the power ranking and average differential.


The Team Power Ranking (TPR) is an objective point system for ranking all schools with college bowling teams based solely on regular season tournament and conference performance. It was originally developed in the summer of 1998 by Karl Nickolai for use in ranking teams at this site.

The Power Ranking includes some elements of a point system that was discussed at the Collegiate Bowling Coaches' Summit held in Kansas City, Missouri from May 28-May 31, 1998. That point system was intended as part of a new qualification process for the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, and not a team ranking. It was adapted by Nickolai with several changes into a system of online team ranking.

The Power Ranking also includes several very important suggestions made by Joe Ciccone. He added insight and ideas that helped make it a system that provided a meaningful team ranking throughout the course of a season.


The traditional player average does not accurately measure athlete performance when comparing bowler scores throughout an entire collegiate season. Most college bowling programs have vastly different tournament schedules from the majority of their competitors. A variance in lane conditions from one event to the next meant that some athlete averages could be inflated by an easy tournament schedule, while others were lower because of a tougher schedule. Nickolai devised the concept of an "average differential" to measure athlete performance against an event field rather than by just tracking traditional bowling averages.

The average differential requires a "field average" be calculated for comparison to an athlete's performance. The field average is simply the average of the scores for all athletes in a division (men or women) in a single event. The field average is then subtracted from the athlete's individual average to determine the average differential. A positive average differential means an athlete performed better than the average athlete in an event, while a negative average differential means an athlete underperformed when compared to the average.

Beginning with the 1998-1999 season, the number of site pages at expanded considerably when tournament reporting changed from result highlights to complete team and individual standings. This was necessary because of's new online Team Power Ranking and the Average Differential statistics.

Other notable events of 1998-1999, included winning the CDE software's contest for the overall "Best Bowling Site". It was industry wide search that included review of more than 75 bowling related websites.

To be continued ....



Our online database currently includes tournament results from the 2000-2001 season to the present. We are working on adding links to these results, including team standings and individual averages from the 2000-2001 season to the present.