U12, U15 champions crowned at USA Bowling Regional Tournaments


    USBC Youth

    2013USABowlingLogo.jpg Eight team champions were crowned this fall as the USA Bowling program held its first regional tournaments.

    USA Bowling, a team-based youth program offered through the International Bowling Campus, held four USA Bowling Regional Tournaments and crowned team champions in Under 15 and Under 12 divisions at each tournament.

    Under 12 champions were Nexgen All Stars of Staten Island, N.Y., 300 Club of Wichita, Kan., Smyrna Elite of Smyrna, Tenn., and Irvine Strikers of Irvine, Calif.

    Hot Shots of Staten Island, N.Y., Red Apple of Bartlesville, Okla., Smyrna Elite of Smyrna, Tenn., and ACTS of Yuma, Ariz., earned U15 titles.

    A total of 227 athletes from more than 11 states participated in the Regional Tournaments, held at four sites: Rab's Country Lanes in Staten Island, N.Y. (East); Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan. (Midwest); Vestavia Bowl, Birmingham, Ala. (South); and Irvine Lanes, Irvine, Calif. (West).

    This year's USA Bowling Regional Tournaments were the first step in the development of a premier event for youth team competition.

    In 2014, USA Bowling will host eight Regional Tournaments and plans to host 16 events in 2015. Advancers from each of the 16 Regional Tournaments in 2015 will be invited to compete in the first USA Bowling National Championships in 2016.

    "We are excited to develop this new avenue of competition for youth teams," said Chad Murphy, International Bowling Campus Managing Director of Youth Development. "Most sports are positioned as an individual or team sport, where bowling provides both. This unique advantage can give bowling a leg up when competing for youth participation with other sports."

    This year, each two-day regional event offered two divisions - for Under 12 (12 or younger as of July 31, 2013) and Under 15 (15 or younger as of July 31, 2013) teams - and each team was comprised of four to six bowlers. The format included both regular team games and match play utilizing the Baker format.

    "We traveled six hours to compete in the event," said Pamela Deveau, a USA Bowling parent. "My daughter and her team had a wonderful time. We'll definitely be back next year."

    USA Bowling is a mainstream competition model that was initiated to introduce youngsters to bowling. It follows the same structure as other youth sports by placing children on a team, providing each team with a coach and then having regular practices along with weekly competitions.

    USA Bowling is a product of the YES Fund, a joint initiative of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America and United States Bowling Congress supported by founding partners Bowling.com, Brunswick, Columbia 300, Ebonite, 900 Global, Hammer, QubicaAMF, Roto Grip, Storm and Track.

    To learn more about the program and for complete results of the Regional Tournaments click here.