Tournament Time & Hosting Opportunities
USBC sanctions more than a dozen tournaments annually for youth, adults and seniors of all skill levels. The sports organization has strong youth, high school and collegiate programs, senior competitions and Special Olympics, and is responsible for the USBC Team USA and Junior Team USA, which represent the nation in elite international competition.
“We are pleased to see consistent growthin many segments of competitive bowling,”said Murphy. “More than 3,200 youth bowlers traveled to Indianapolis last summer to take part in our national youth events, and we saw USBC Collegiate break the 200-member barrier for schools for the 2016-17 season.
USBC has two national tournaments for adult members and the USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas typically draws more than 50,000 bowlers during its 149-day run, according to Murphy. Yes, you read that right: a 149-day championship event! It begins in mid-February and ends in mid-July.
The Women’s Championships are 77-day events and this year’s is underway at the Baton Rouge River Center in Louisiana. It’s set to run until July 9.
USBC’s Youth program hosts regional tournaments, a Pepsi USBC Youth Championships, Bowling.com Youth Open Championships and the Junior Gold Championships. Other major tournaments include Intercollegiate Team and Single Championships and the NCAA Championship with competitions typically breaking down into U10, U12, U15 and U20 categories.
The 2017 USA Bowling National Championships will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, this summer. The July event will head to Dallas next year, Detroit in 2019 and Indianapolis in 2020.
Sports event planners should be thinking well ahead for the opportunity to host one of the USBC-affiliated national tournaments.
USBC holds its annual convention in late April, this year at a Las Vegas venue.
DMOs and venue owner/operators interested in hosting USBC-sanctioned bowling tournaments should note that a bowling center must be properly certified.
“For a center to be certified,” Murphy said, “they need to have their lanes inspected each year. Each local association performs an inspection of the lanes of each center in their association. This is part of our role as the national governing body to ensure the field of play meets specifications for competition.”
USBC is certainly open to new hosting locales.
“We conduct events for 50,000 bowlers with durations of several months and short-duration events over a few days,” said Murphy. “We are always looking for new hosts and encourage any city or facility manager to contact our staff and start a dialogue. The best bids have a strong partnership between host centers and local leaders.”