Youth Bowling

2014 NYS Youth Leader Honorees

NYS YOUTH LEADER AWARDS: Taking part in the NYS Youth Leader award presentation at the 2014 NYS USBC Annual Meeting on Saturday (May 31) in Binghamton are, from left, Daniel Passonno of Watervliet, NYS Youth Leaders president; Anthony Pellegrino of Staten Island, Coach of the Year; Tony Cioffoletti of Staten Island, Bridging of the Gap Award winner; and Jessica Cunningham of Troy, who assisted Daniel with the Advancement and Retirement of Colors. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

Youth Processing Changes to Begin on Aug. 1, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) and United States Bowling Congress (USBC) are making an unprecedented investment in the growth of youth bowling by committing $5 million in support of a new youth membership and activation program. The new program significantly lowers cost for families and establishes a bowling industry field staff dedicated to youth initiatives.

Beginning August 1, 2014, the new USBC Youth membership will be offered by International Bowling Campus (IBC) Youth Development at a price of $4. The new membership includes a membership card, a certified average and the eligibility to participate in USBC certified events. All current base USBC Youth membership products will be discontinued. Simple upgrade options for Bowlopolis and Junior Gold programs will remain.

Bowling centers, rather than USBC local associations, will have processing responsibility under the new program. If a center operator and USBC local association have a good customer service system and prefer to continue association processing, the center and association are encouraged to collaborate on details of a mutually beneficial partnership.

CLICK HERE to read more about the coming changes.

CLICK HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the changes.

NYS Youth Leaders
Officers for 2013-14

President — Daniel Passonno, Watervliet,

1st Vice President — Courtney Gervais, Staten Island,

2nd Vice President — Ashley Martinez, Staten Island,

Secretary-Treasurer — Mariah Williams, Bloomington,

Sergeant-at-Arms — Autumn Rivet, Cohoes,

Advisor — Judith Phillips, Kingston,

Advisor — Nancy Howell, Kingston,

USBC Junior Gold Competition
Doesn’t Violate NYSPHSAA Rules

FEBRUARY 17, 2012 – Reacting to questions about amateur status and participation in USBC youth tournaments, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has issued an interpretation that during the 2011-12 school year, participation in a USBC North Point Junior Gold Qualifier and/or qualifying for and participating in the USBC North Pointe Junior Gold Championship will not violate the NYSPHSAA Amateur Rule.

The NYSPHSAA rule states, in part, that a student athlete forfeits his or her amateur status in a sport by “competing for money or other compensation (allowable travel, meals, and lodging expenses may be accepted)”. With this interpretation, the NYSPHSAA is saying that USBC Junior Gold competition is permissible under its rules.

Representatives from NYSPHSAA and USBC will be working together to ensure participation in these types of events will not violate high school eligibility rules and regulations.

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