Youth Bowling

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PIN NUMBERING FUN: Jackson Blazek, left; his brother, Jared, and friend Vinny Martelli ham it up while learning pin numbers during the Dare Devils youth league at Patel's Kingston Lanes. The colorful pins were created by Samantha Judge, who bowls in the Pro's League at Patel's and won a Spirit Award last year. Nancy Howell, a NYS Youth Leaders advisor, has been working with the kids in Kingston on bowling terminology, scorekeeping and other aspects of the sport.

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The In-School Bowling program is a vital step to developing a new generation of bowlers, creating awareness about the lifetime sport of bowling and showcasing bowling as an activity without participation barriers. Operating as an extension of the bowling center, it provides the scholastic community "A Lane of New Opportunities" as budgets are cut and educators seek valuable programs at the academic level.

If you are new to the In-School Bowling program, we are here to help your bowling center or association understand how it can help deliver new youth league bowlers, increase open play traffic, introduce membership and scholarship opportunities, and enhance the future of youth bowling. 

A variety of resources are available to convey the Bowler's Ed message and connect with educators. Doing so has never been easier through our updated marketing materials, customizable resources, supporting partners and dedicated initiative - Bowler's Ed.

1. Customizable Bowler's Ed Marketing and Communication Materials (Click HERE)
The Youth Resource Center is available 24/7, 365 days a year. These resources are fully customizable to promote your Bowler's Ed program. Reduce the time spent composing the communication and use our branded Bowler's Ed materials to help solidify your program!  

2. Bowler's Ed Educator How-To Guide (Click HERE)
Updated with new content promoting Bowler's Ed through program values, social, emotional and physical health benefits, and how the program aligns with national standards. Apply the Educator How-To Guide to highlight the academic and athletic impact of Bowler's Ed.

3. Bowler's Ed Introduction Letters (Click HERE > Letters & Fliers > General) 
Deliver a consistent and comprehensive message surrounding the Bowler's Ed program in an educators language. The different letters (general and detailed) reduce the time spent composing the communication and use our branded Bowler's Ed materials to solidify your program!

4. Bowler's Ed Customizable Flier (Click HERE > Letters & Fliers > Bowler's Ed Flier) 
A customizable advertisement designed to bring awareness to an upcoming community event. Utilizing the marketing material will help create awareness to any event through an artistically designed flier allowing for individual customization. 

5. Bowler's Ed Program Recognition (Click HERE > Certificates & Recognition) 
These items create a recognition opportunity for the bowling center and school. Utilize the achievement certificate to better award the students and a coupon for continued participation opportunities within the bowling center. 

Contact for additional program support and information!

2014-15 NYS Youth Leader
Award Applications

CLICK HERE for Youth Leader of the Year application.

CLICK HERE for Coach of the Year application.

CLICK HERE for Bridging of the Gap Award (Adult) application.

CLICK HERE for Bridging of the Gap Award (Youth) application.

New USBC Youth Membership
Starts August 1; Cost is $4

JULY 30, 2014 -- Starting Aug. 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.

Many associations are ready to kick off the new season after working with their centers and Youth Directors on a product that is desired locally. Is your association ready? Has your association worked toward the creation of Youth membership services to offer your centers and Youth leagues this coming fall? If not, the new season will be here in no time and your association needs to prepare. The financial flexibility is there for your association to focus on the wants and needs of your youth bowlers.

To assist associations with the USBC Youth membership, a how-to guide has been created. The guide includes the benefits of membership, what the membership means for local associations, how to achieve success with the new membership and some templates for association use. The guide can be found by clicking here.

For further information about the program, including the original news release and FAQ, click here.

Cheektowaga's Hannon
Receives Welu Scholarship

JULY 28, 2014 – The PBA announced today that Melanie Hannon, a sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University and $4,000 scholarship recipient from the NYS USBC in 2013, has been awarded the PBA’s Billy Welu Scholarship Award for 2014.

The Welu scholarship was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence.

Hannon, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has had a very productive year in 2014 earning NCAA and Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year honors as well as First Team All-America  honors bowling for the FDU Knights. The 18-year-old also earned a spot on Junior Team USA 2015 as top qualifier in the U20 division of the 2014 USBC Junior Gold Championships (see the article in the News section of this website).

She was selected to the Dexter High School All-America Team in 2010-11 and in 2011 and 2012 was a Teen Masters finalist. Locally, she was named the Greater Buffalo  USBC Female Bowler of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She has been involved with the Greater Buffalo USBC Youth Leaders since 2007, serving as president from 2010-2013. She received USBC’s Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award in 2013.

Among her other bowling accomplishments include three New York State Pepsi Tournament titles (2011, 2012 and 2013), 2011 North Pointe Singles Championship title, and a top finish of sixth in the Junior Gold Championships which came in 2013.

“I’m very honored to win a scholarship where you know there are so many other great candidates who are being considered for it,” Hannon said. “Bowling has been very important to me not only because of the lessons I’ve learned in the sport but what it has also taught me in life including the importance of qualities such as teamwork, persistence and determination.”

Hannon, who is studying nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson, holds a 3.76 GPA and is a member of the honor roll.

She will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent.

Welu, who passed away in 1974, was best known for his expert analysis alongside legendary ABC broadcaster and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Schenkel on the “Pro Bowlers Tour” series. Welu was a two-time PBA Tour champion and a member of the PBA Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction class in 1975.

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 2014-15

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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