Gutterball Bowling | UBC Recreation

Welcome to Gutterball Bowling

November 21, 2019 | Register by November 18

Event Information

Event Description: It doesn't matter whether you roll a strike, spare, or split at this bowling tournament because you'll have a ball! Gutterball Bowling features exciting glow in the dark bowling and is the perfect way to spend a Thursday evening with friends. There are two different time slots to sign up for 5:30-7:00 or 7:00-8:30. Winners will be awarded in each time slot.

Who Can Participate: This Intramural event is open to UBC Students and UBC Staff & Faculty.

Participation Structure: Teams of 4-6 compete against each other. This event offers teams in the Competitive Open categories which means that teams of all genders (men, women, two-spirit, trans, gender non-conforming) are invited to participate together.

Divisional Team Imports: 1

Important Dates

  • Registration Deadline: Monday, November 18, 2019 at 5PM
  • Team Roster Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5PM
  • Event Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Have Questions?

At UBC Recreation we aspire to include everyone in our programs and facilities. But you may have questions or concerns about if this event is right for you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our event team at or call 604-822-9052.

When you are registering a team for UBC Recreation Intramurals Leagues or Events, there are a number of different participation options for your team based on the composition of your team in terms of skill level, gender identity and expression, and your campus community affiliations. If you are unsure of what to register for, follow these three steps prior to registering your team.

Competitive vs. Just For Fun

The first decision that you’ll have to make is whether your team wants to be a competitive team, recreational team or a just for fun team.

Competitive Teams

Competitive teams are eligible for advancements, finals, and ultimately the winning of a championship shirt! In Intramural Leagues, there are also multiple tiers within each team structure which are outlined below in the Leagues Tier Explanation step.

If your team wants to compete as a competitive team, continue down this page to decide on the different team structure options for you to compete in.

Recreational Teams

Recreational teams are similar in all aspects to Competitive teams, just at a lower intensity and skill level.  Teams in this category still compete for championships in playoffs, and all games are officiated.

Just For Fun Teams

If you’re here to try something new, or you just want to have fun outside of a competitive atmosphere, the Just For Fun category could be right for you! Please note that these teams do not qualify for advancements or championships, and in leagues they are not officiated.

If your team wants to participate as a Just For Fun Team then you can skip over the Team Structure and Tier Explanations, and jump to UBC Community Affiliations. In the Just For Fun category, team gender requirements are not applicable.

Competitive/Recreational Team Categories

UBC strives to build a respectful and welcoming environment for all participants to enhance well-being, participation and a sense of community on campus through opportunities in Athletics and Recreation. We, acknowledge gender identity and gender expression as a spectrum. If you have further questions about our competitive team categories, please visit our Building a Respectful and Welcoming Environment in Recreation page.

If your team wants to compete on a competitive team you have three different team categories to choose from: Open; Women’s, Two-Spirit, Trans, & Gender Non-Conforming; and CoRec. We encourage individuals to self-select where they feel they belong within the participation structure. UBC Recreation welcomes all our participants and we want to encourage participation for all.

Open Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender.

Women’s (W2STGN) Category

Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes participation by those who self-identify as women, two-spirit, trans and gender non-conforming.

Mixed (CoRec) Category

Men, Women, Two-Spirit, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming
This category welcomes all individuals to participate regardless of gender; however, teams must adhere to a maximum number of self-identified men. Please refer to specific programs under the “Event Overview” or “League Overview” tab for additional information.

Once you have selected your team category

If you are registering for an Intramural League, move on to Leagues Tier Explanations to choose the Tier that best suits your team’s skill level in the respective sport.
If you are registering for an Intramural Event, please skip Leagues Tier Explanations and jump to UBC Community Affiliations to decide if your team will compete for a specific UBC Community or in the Campus Wide Division.

UBC Community Affiliations

Regardless of whether you’re competing in a competitive or just for fun team you have the ability to compete as a Campus Wide team or a Divisional team and represent your affiliated UBC Community Unit.

Divisional Teams

What is a Divisional Team?

If your team is made up of individuals from a single UBC Community Unit – faculty or residence – you qualify to compete as a Divisional team. For a list of all Divisions and Units, visit the Unit Rankings by Division page.

For Divisional Teams, each team is allowed one “import”, an individual on your roster who is not from your declared unit.

Why compete as a Divisional Team?

Throughout the year we keep track of the participation and performance of teams that qualify in Divisional Units. Typically, teams are comprised of members entirely from a single faculty, department, or residence. At the end of the year at the Hall of Fame event, awards are handed out for each Division based on their unit’s participation.

In addition, Divisional competitive teams compete separately from Campus Wide teams in Day of the LongBoat and Storm The Wall, and in all Intramural Leagues. There are entirely separate championship awards for Divisional teams. For more information, visit the Earl Awards and Unit Points page.

Campus Wide Teams

The Campus Wide division does not have any restrictions on units.

Please register online or at the Student Recreation Centre. Registration is open until Monday November 18th, at 5pm.

Participation Structure Day(s) Times Location Register by Team Cost Registration Course Code UBC Students Register
Competitive Open Team Thurs, Nov 21 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Grandview Lanes Nov 18 $80.00 76353
Competitive Open Team Thurs, Nov 21 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Grandview Lanes Nov 18 $80.00 76354
Participation Structure Day(s) Times Location Register by Team Cost Registration Course Code UBC Students Register
Competitive Open Team Thurs, Nov 21 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Grandview Lanes Nov 18 $130.00 76356
Competitive Open Team Thurs, Nov 21 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Grandview Lanes Nov 18 $130.00 76357

How do I find or create a team?

The most traditional way to find a team for all Intramural Leagues, Tournaments, Races, and Events is to talk to people in your classes, faculties, clubs, residences, and among your friends to find people who are also interested in participating in one of our dozens of programs.

Once you’ve got at least the minimum # of players of players to sign up, you can register online at the Intramurals Online Registration Page , or in person at the Operations Desk of the Student Recreation Centre

Please be aware of the registration deadlines for the individual programs, and note that many of our programs do fill up, so it is better to register before the registration deadline.

What if I still can’t find a team?

1. Free Agent Facebook Group

UBC Recreation Intramurals hosts a Facebook Group where players who are looking for a team, and teams that are looking for more players can be connected.  Please use the program specific threads for the League or Event(s) you are interested in participating in. For a more detailed listing of possible play times for all League Sports, please check out the Intramural Leagues Days of Play Schedule

2. Free Agent Meetings

Your second option is to attend the Free Agent Meeting. At this meeting, we will try and match you up with other like-minded people and hopefully get you into position to register a team. Here are the currently scheduled Free Agent Meetings:

  • Free Agent Meeting for Winter Leagues – Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 – 5:00pm – Student Recreation Centre

I’ve never played before, or I haven’t played in a long time. What can I do?

This year, we’ve added a Learn to Play night for each league.  During this free, hour-long session, you will be taught the basic skills and rules of the sport or activity you are interested in so that you are confident going into the Intramural Season.  Learn to Play night is Wednesday, September 11th for all League sports.  Specific time and location can be found on each League Page under Important Dates.

I’m looking for something a little more casual

UBC Intramurals offers a lot of casual or informal programs for those who are looking to play their favourite sports, but without a long commitment or a competition structure to follow.

Drop-In Programs

Most facilities under UBC Recreation have drop-in opportunities to play various sports associated with that venue including ice hockey, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and futsal. There are also opportunities to try less traditional sports such as Wheelchair Basketball and Cricket. Check out the Drop-In Schedule

Staff and Faculty Volleyball League

Each Wednesday at 12:00pm at the Student Recreation Centre UBC Staff and Faculty come come drop in and play volleyball for free.  To sign up, please check out the Staff and Faculty Volleyball League sign up. All skill levels are present and welcome!

Latest Gutterball Bowling News

Gutterball Bowling 2019 Registration Now Open!

Is bowling right up your alley? Then register today with 4-6 of your friends and join us at the Grandview Lanes on November 21st for an evening of glow in the dark gutterball bowling.

It doesn’t matter whether you roll a strike, spare, or split, good times guaranteed!

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One of our great-spirited capsize victims at Day of the LongBoat 2018. An ocean dip didn’t stop them from finishing their race!

Term 1 has absolutely raced by- time to recap on a busy semester! Spot yourself in our event photo albums on Facebook! From UBC’s biggest Day of the Longboat EVER, to some of the most creative team names this campus has seen, thank you to all of our participants for keeping the semester fun- we can’t wait to catch you in January for Gladiator, Curling Bonspiel and you guessed it- Storm the Wall!


Gutterball Bowling

This year our teams hit up Grandview Lanes for the ultimate glow-in-the-dark, bowling extravaganza. Our space-themed event brought together martians and space alien hunters alike. Teams bowled their hearts out, winning with strikes and some good laughs with a gutterball (or two).

Team Name Highlight: I Can’t Believe it’s Not Gutter

Fall Softball Classic

Our teams braved the rain in their Hawaiian shirts and baseball hats at this year’s Fall Softball Classic! This year saw some 10/10 home runs and some great team spirit. Thank you to all our participants for coming out to this adeptly-themed Tropical softball tournament!

Champs: Honey Nut Ichiros

Team Name Highlight: We Like Big Bunts and We Cannot Lie

Pumpkin Run

Photo Cred: Hari Lavalle

Deep in the woods of Pacific Spirit Park, we gathered in fine Fall fashion. The sun shone down as individuals and relay teams waited at the start line. There were multiple races for multiple levels of running enthusiasts. The best part? Quite possibly the delicious treats at the finish line!

The Amazing Chase

UBC’s first ever Amazing Chase kicked off with a race against the clock, with each team scrambling to solve a list of riddles for the Tier 3 challenges. All our teams moved on to Tier 2 with record time, taking on the Aviary, the infamous ‘Shadow’ and other tests of fortitude and skill.


Congratulations to team Zoom Zoom for taking home champ shirts and beating the final challenge! (You’ll have to participate next year to find out what it was!)



Floorball Championship

Photo Cred: Bobby Dhaliwal



This brand-new event introduced popular European sport floorball- a combination of ball hockey and field hockey- to teams of 4+ students. Wearing matching tie-dye shirts and classic scrunchies, the teams rocked the retro theme and picked up the sport quickly. The epic round-robin tournament ended with fast-paced playoffs, and we can’t decide if it was more fun to play – or to watch the action! Thanks to all our participants for rockin’ some neon socks and being such good team players!





Photo Cred: Bobby Dhaliwal


Team Highlight: Our amazing all-women team- TwentyFloor Seven!








Tennis Smash

We kicked off this year’s Tennis Smash tournament with a Wimbledon theme. All of our participants were ready at the door to show off their best Serena Willams-esque serve! The participants circulated a variety of different stations to test their skills and prove that they were deserving of the ultimate prize, the bragging rights of being crowned the Tennis Smash Tournament champion! Thanks to all of our participants for coming out and showing us a smashing good time!


Day of the LongBoat


Photo Cred: Bobby Dhaliwal

This year marked the 31st Day of the LongBoat and our BIGGEST to date, with 380 teams hitting the water over the weekend, kicking off with a VIP- UBC’s very own President, Santa Ono! We loved seeing your Canada-themed gear- from flags to flannel- and the fantastic spirit of some of our capsize victims!



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In a magical winter wonderland, this year’s Lace Up for Kids raised a total of _____ for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Rare Disease Foundation! Attendees were treated to some laughs courtesy of UBC Improv and saw featured performances by the UBC Figure Skating Club, the UBC Thunderbirds Dance Club and the UBC Dance team. Our skaters took to the ice with along with our One-of-a-Kind-Kid, Alina Schofield, who is battles congenital asplenia and a rare condition called VACTERL. Thank you to all the Residence groups, families and Palooza fundraisers for teaming up to help transform the world of rare disease care.

Highest Raising Palooza Team: LaceUp Superheroes

Photo Credits: Sofia Shamsunahar

Water Wars

Who had a WHALE of a time at this year’s Water Wars? We sure did!

We watched our participants seas the day and it was fintastic seeing all the competitive spirit! A big shoutout to everyone who came to Water Wars 2018! We hope you got wet, sharky, and had a salty, but sweet time! Sea y’all next year!

Team Name Honourary Mention: Crazy Wet Asians


Thank you for joining us for all this First Semester Fun! Stay tuned by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram. See you in the New Year!

Registration is now open for 2018 Gutterball Bowling Tournament

It doesn’t matter whether you roll a strike, spare, or split at this bowling tournament because you’ll have a ball!

Sign-up today with 4-6 of your friends to compete against other teams in a 90 minute time slot.

Congratulations to our 2017 Gutterball Bowling Winners

Congratulations to Buttergitches, ECOD1, and Engaged for being Campus Wide champions, and to Phi Pi, Sigma Pi, and Sigma Gam for being our Divisional champions this year.

Thank-you to everyone who came out to make this year’s event a success.

We look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events!