USBC Youth


Record field on tap for Junior Gold Championships next week

2015JGCLogo_small.jpg A record-shattering field of more than 3,100 bowlers will descend upon DuPage County, Illinois, next week as the Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master takes hold on the suburban Chicago area. The top youth bowlers in the country will compete for national titles, spots on Junior Team USA and $275,000 in scholarship money. Junior Gold begins with the first round of qualifying Monday and concludes with the July 17 finals.

PBA News


New York's Brandon Soedarmasto, Illinois' Brigitte Jacobs win Teen Masters titles

Winners to bowl in grand championship match during PBA Challenge ESPN telecast in December

2015TeenMastersChampions_small.jpgBrandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, N.Y., and Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Ill., captured the boys' and girls' titles in the Teen Masters Championships at South Point Bowling Plaza Friday, each earning $7,500 scholarships. Soedarmasto and Jacobs (l-r) also earned berths in the Teen Masters Grand Championship match that will be contested as part of the PBA Challenge Finals during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

USBC Youth


USBC named National Council of Youth Sports Organization of the Year

The Award will be presented on Tuesday, July 14, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., during National Youth Sports Week

2015STRIVEAwardLogo_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has been selected to receive the National Council of Youth Sports S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year Award presented by AIG. The S.T.R.I.V.E (Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence) Award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids' first' approach based on implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect children by promoting responsible health, wellness and safety within their organization while showcasing the positive benefits of youth sports.

USBC Youth


Junior Gold program breaks the 6,000-members mark

More than 3,400 youth bowlers have qualified for the 2015 Junior Gold Championships

2015JGCLogo_small.jpg The Junior Gold program has shattered its all-time membership mark with more than 6,200 members having joined the program for the 2014-2015 season. The 2015 Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master also will eclipse last year's record for number of participants. More than 3,400 youth bowlers have qualified for the tournament, which will take place July 11-17 in DuPage County, Illinois, (Chicago area).

Junior Team USA News


Junior Team USA squad selected for 2015 PABCON Youth Championships in Panama

2012JuniorTeamUSALogo_small.jpg Eight Junior Team USA members will head to Panama later this month to take part in the 2015 PABCON Youth Championships . The tournament, which features countries from the American Zone competing in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and Masters, runs from June 27 through July 3 and will take place at Bolera Sede in Panama City. Junior Team USA also will compete in the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas in Sunrise, Florida, from July 26-Aug. 1

USBC Youth


USA Bowling announces sites for 16 youth regional events

2015USABowlingNCLogo_small.jpgStarting this fall, USA Bowling will hold 16 regional youth events to determine teams that will advance to the first USA Bowling national tournament in 2016. International Bowling Campus Youth Development started USA Bowling as a team-based youth program to introduce youngsters to bowling. The 16 USA Bowling Regional events that start this fall will determine teams that will compete in the first USA Bowling National event to be held in Indianapolis in the summer of 2016. Plans also include acquiring a TV partner for the new national event.

USBC Youth


New national television package features Junior Gold Championships

2015JGCLogo_small.jpg The Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master, is the pinnacle event for top youth bowlers and this summer the title matches of the annual tournament will be nationally televised on a major cable sports network. An agreement is in place to televise the boys and girls championships matches of the Under 12, Under 15 and Under 20 divisions. The 2015 Junior Gold Championships will be held in the Chicago area from July 13-17.

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Five youth bowlers receive Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship

2013USBCYouthLogo_small.jpgFive USBC Youth members have been selected to receive the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship in recognition of their community involvement and academic achievements. The International Bowling Campus Youth Committee selected the five recipients for the prestigious scholarship named in honor of the legendary professional bowler who was dedicated to helping youth bowlers. Each of the five winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

USBC Youth


Pennsylvania bowler Anthony Sidari selected as Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow

2015ChuckHallAwardAnthonySidari_small.jpg Anthony Sidari of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, a senior at Hazleton Area High School, has been selected to receive the 2015 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award. The annual award, named in honor of the former Young American Bowling Alliance Executive Director, recognizes star qualities, including distinguished bowling performance, academic achievement and civic involvement in a male USBC Youth member who competes in bowling and currently is in high school or college.

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Texas youth bowler Emma Kuhn named Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow

2013AlbertaECroweAwardEmmaKuhn_small.jpg Emma Kuhn of Texas City, Texas, a senior at Texas City High School, has been selected as the 2015 Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow. The annual award recognizes a female USBC Youth bowler for star qualities, including distinguished bowling performances, academic achievement and extracurricular activities. The award, named in honor of the seven-term president of the Women's International Bowling Congress, is determined by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.

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Nevada, Florida bowlers earn USBC Youth Ambassador of the Year honor

2015USBCYouthAmbassadorSeanWilcox_small.jpg 2015USBCYouthAmbassadorMollyGallagher_small.jpg Molly Gallagher (l.) of Reno, Nevada, and Sean Wilcox (r.) of Altamonte Springs, Florida, have been selected as the 2015 USBC Youth Ambassadors of the Year. Each year, the International Bowling Congress Youth Committee selects one male and one female USBC Youth bowler for their contributions to the sport, academic achievement and community involvement. Each will receive a $1,500 scholarship and could be selected to serve on the IBC Youth Committee.



Philadelphia youth coach Barbara Council-Armstead to receive David Dahms Award

2015DavidDahmsAwardBarbaraCouncilArmstead_small.jpg Barbara Council-Armstead of Philadelphia, a USBC Silver coach who has been involved with youth bowling for more than two decades, has been selected to receive the 2015 David Dahms Coach of the Year Award. The award is named in honor of the coach who was instrumental in the creation of the Junior Gold program. It recognizes a USBC-certified coach who has been actively involved in a USBC Youth program and has demonstrated outstanding commitment to coaching, sportsmanship and knowledge of USBC Youth rules for the last seven or more years.

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New York youth bowler Christopher Kenny is annual Zeb Scholarship recipient

2015USBCZebScholarshipChristopherKenny_small.jpg Christopher Kenny (pictured) of Garnerville, New York, has been selected to receive the 2015 USBC Annual Zeb Scholarship. The award recipient must be a USBC Youth member who is a junior or senior in high school, has strong academic success and has given back to their community through service. Kenny will receive a $2,500 scholarship and an expenses-paid trip to the awards ceremony that will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Junior Gold Championships, set for July 11-17 in Dupage County, Illinois.

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Bowling Industry unites to launch nationwide youth initiative

Governing Body, Ball Manufacturers and Pro Bowlers encourage kids to "Bowl Like a Boy" and "Bowl Like a Girl" with all-level youth league programs

2015BowlLikePromotion_small.jpgThe Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) have teamed with the International Bowling Campus Youth Development and Strike Ten Entertainment to launch a new league program that encourages kids nationwide to Bowl Like a Girl! or Bowl Like a Boy! The industrywide youth bowling initiative, which is open to youth bowlers up to age 20, kicks off April 6, 2015.

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North Dakota's Sheila McClenathan selected as USBC Youth Volunteer of the Year

2015USBCYouthVolunteerAwardSheilaMcClenathan_small.jpg Sheila McClenathan (pictured) of Bismarck, North Dakota, has been involved in youth bowling on the local, state and national levels for more than four decades and has been selected as the USBC Youth Volunteer of the Year. The winner of the prestigious award, which recognizes an adult volunteer who has displayed outstanding efforts to foster, organize and promote youth bowling, is selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee. McClenathan will be recognized at the 2015 USBC Convention in Omaha, Nebraska.

USBC Youth


Under 12 and Under 15 youth teams earn titles in USA BOWLING regional events

2014USABowlingRegionalTournamentLogo_small.jpg More than 550 youth bowlers took part in eight USA Bowling regional tournaments that were held throughout the country this fall with 16 teams – one Under 12 team and one Under 15 team at each regional – claiming titles. USA Bowling is a team-based youth program offered through the International Bowling Campus. The program launched the USA Bowling Regional tournaments last year as the first step in the development of a premier event for youth team competition.



All American Family Tournament adds $50,000 in scholarships

2014AllAmericanFamilyTournamentLogo_small.jpg The All American Family Tournament will have $50,000 in guaranteed scholarships added when the national championships are held in the Chicago area next summer. The premier national event to showcase the more recreational side of the game, the All American Family Tournament was developed through International Bowling Campus Youth Development and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) so families could compete together on the lanes.

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Junior Gold Championships sites swapped for 2016, 2017

2013USBCYouthLogo_small.jpgThe Junior Gold Championships will move to Indianapolis in 2016 and the 2017 tournament will be held in Cleveland. Sites for the Junior Gold Championships previously were announced but with Cleveland playing host to a major national convention in the summer of 2016, concerns were raised about the availability and cost of hotel rooms for Junior Gold competitors. Those concerns necessitated swapping the Junior Gold Championships host city sites for 2016 and 2017.

USBC Youth


Junior Team USA roster to grow in 2016


The Junior Team USA roster will grow to 12 boys and 12 girls in 2016, with nearly all of the spots on the team being earned based on performance. Junior Team USA, which represents the United States in international youth competition, will be determined at the Junior Gold Championships and the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials each year. To be eligible for Junior Team USA in 2016, bowlers must be U.S. citizens and be age 20 or younger as of Jan, 1 2016.

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Bowling.Com Youth Open has one perfect game, three multiple winners

BowlingcomYouthOpenChampionshipsLogo_small.jpg Eric Gauroniak of Palm City, Florida, had the only 300 game and three other youth bowlers each won multiple titles at the 2014 Youth Open Championships that recently concluded at AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga, N.Y. The Youth Open is a non-qualifying tournament open to all USBC Youth members. This year's event drew more than 1,200 participants and will award approximately $80,000 in scholarships.

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