The New Youth Sports Model
USA Bowling is a mainstream youth sports model that shares a similar team-based structure to other youth sports. Children of the same age and skill level interact with a coach through instruction and regular practice and then compete with other teams in a short 8-to-12-week time frame. Kids benefit from instruction by qualified coaches, learn important life skills including sportsmanship and competitive play, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!
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USA Bowling is an exciting new youth sports program that takes a fresh and improved approach to introducing kids to bowling.
Join a Team
Anyone can play: Signing up is easy! Interest and enthusiasm are the only pre-requisites to joining a team in the USA Bowling program. Team-based structure: The program is developed around the concept of teamwork which will help children develop valuable life skills such as leadership and sportsmanship.
Learn to Bowl
Smaller player to coach ratio: Kids will receive more personalized one on one instruction from their coach. Learn faster: The benefits of skill instruction with adult mentoring and coaching are immediate. Within the first hour of practice, kids are interacting with their teammates and gaining useful instruction that will have them learning about the game and knocking down more pins!
Compete With Friends
Fun: Most importantly, it's the camaraderie that kids enjoy most about the USA Bowling program. Kids will develop friendships and receive constant encouragement from their instructors and peers.Read More
Youth Resource Center
We have created an easy-to-use online hub for all your youth development needs! In the Youth Resource Center you'll find information about the USA Bowling program including marketing assets (posters, mailers, signup sheets, counter cards, banners), How To's and Tips on growing a USA Bowling program in your center.Youth Resource Center
Marketing materials found on the Youth Resource Center are downloadable and available for you to print at your convenience. Or a starter kit is available for purchase which includes the following assets at cost plus shipping:
Contact Brand Manager, Emily Maier, for details.
USA Bowling Brand Manager
What is USA Bowling?
USA Bowling is a mainstream youth sports model that shares a similar team-based structure to other youth sports. Kids are put on a team; each team has a coach and practices regularly along with weekly competitions.
How long are the seasons?
Every USA Bowling Program is different and can vary between 8-12 weeks in length.
Are all the teams co-ed?
Yes. USA Bowling is currently a co-ed program within each age division.
What are the age divisions?
Team membership is open in three divisions (U10, U12, U14) to males and females. The first division is "Under 10" or athletes entering the program 10 years of age or less by August 1 of the prior year. The second division is "Under 12" or athletes entering the program 12 years of age or less by August 1 of the prior year. The third division is "Under 14" or athletes entering the program 14 years of age or less by August 1 of the prior year. Athletes who are more advanced are eligible to play up one age division.
Who are the coaches?
USA Bowling Coaches are volunteer coaches. The USA Bowling program offers instruction and curriculum to all volunteer coaches through the USA Bowling Coaching Seminars being over throughout the country. To find a coaching seminar in your area, visit www.bowl.com/usabowling/coaching. All Volunteer Instructors are members of the USBC Registered Volunteer Program.
How much does it cost?
Each session has a one-time program fee that is determined by the bowling center running the program. Please contact your local center for information on costs to participate.
What is provided with the program fee?
Provided in your program fee is: lineage, instructor's RVP fee, membership fee, jersey, end-of-season party.
What is the time commitment for players and parents?
Practices are once per week for one hour. Matches are once per week and take between 1-1.5 hours.
How many kids are on each team?
There is a suggested amount of four children per team. However, centers have been successful by running the program with anywhere from 3 to 5 kids per team.
Can my kids bowl together?
This is something you will need to coordinate with your bowling center's USA Bowling Program Commissioner. More than likely, as long as they are told in advance, they should be able to arrange siblings on the same team with no problem.
Are there tryouts?
No child is required to try out to join a team in the USA Bowling Program. However, there are separate divisions they are placed in based on age.
Does my child need a physical examination prior to participating?
You are not required to receive a physical examination nor is there any physical requirements necessary to compete in a USA Bowling Program.
What will my child learn?
Along with practicing the fundamentals of bowling each child will learn several valuable life skills including teamwork and sportsmanship.
How can I become a coach?
Simply communicate your interest in becoming a USA Bowling Program Volunteer Instructor to your local bowling center or email email@example.com or call (817) 385-8544.
The International Bowling Campus Youth department is providing free seminars all over the country and curriculum for anyone interested in becoming a youth volunteer instructor.
Can I coach my child?
As long as the Program Commissioner is notified in advance, he/she will most likely be willing to allow you to coach your son or daughter's bowling team.
What should my child wear to the competitions?
Kids may wear any type of bottoms comfortable for them to bowl in with their provided jersey or polo shirt (jeans, slacks, shorts, etc.) on competition days. Practices are casual and kids may wear any type of apparel comfortable for them to bowl in.
Do I need to provide my own equipment?
Every bowling center has house balls and rental shoes available to use if you do not feel comfortable purchasing your child their own equipment right away. If you choose to purchase your child their own ball or shoes, pro shop employees at the bowling center will be glad to help you select the proper equipment.
Is there any type of fundraising that I have to participate in?
There is no fundraising required to participate in USA Bowling. However, some kids have been successful at fundraising individually to help offset their program fees.Read More
USA Bowling Brand Manager
The grassroots of the USA Bowling program is volunteer instruction. Each team will be assigned a Volunteer Instructor and practice regularly in addition to weekly competition.
Anyone can be a Volunteer Instructor. Free seminars taught by high-level certified coaches are being offered throughout the country to teach volunteers the basic skills needed to coach the sport of bowling to our youth.
A list of regional seminars being offered can be found here
For more information or how to sign up for a regional seminar, please contact:
USA Bowling Brand Manager
Program fees for each child are at the discretion of the bowling center running the program. The program fee covers the following expenses: lineage, instructor's RVP fee, membership fee, jersey, end of season party.
There is no fundraising required to participate in USA Bowling. However, some kids have been successful at fundraising individually to help off-set their program fees.
While kids are growing it might be difficult for some to invest in their own equipment. Not to worry, every bowling center is equipped with house balls and rental shoes available that kids may use to participate in the USA Bowling program.
If you do wish to invest in your child's own equipment, research a local pro shop located within a nearby bowling center. Staff in the pro shop can help guide you to selecting the proper bowling ball and/or shoes and fit them accordingly.