NCAUSBCA office closed

March 31, 2020 — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the association office will be closed until further notice, NCAUSBCA Manager Ronald McGregor announced this morning.

Members still will be able to reach the office via:

Additional information will appear on this site and delivered via Facebook.

Virginia State USBC tournaments cancelled

March 30, 2020 — Fellow Virginia State USBC Bowlers:

With the latest developments and the governor’s new order, the Virginia State USBC Tournament as well as the Virginia State USBC Youth Tournament are now CANCELLED. We will try to reschedule at a later date. (The Women's Championship Tournament was cancelled earlier.)

I will reach out to the team captains already entered to arrange refund checks. Please show patience, as this will take awhile to process all the entries already submitted.

I thank you in advance. Please stay safe and well until we get all this behind us.

— Johnny Harris, Virginia State USBC Association Manager

Coronavirus center closings (March 25 update)

The following area bowling centers have announced they are closed or will close for a period due to the current coronavirus pandemic:

Va. State Women's Tournament cancelled

March 15, 2020 — The 2020 Virginia State USBC Women's 63rd Championship Tournament has been officially cancelled. The decision was made today by the Virginia State Board of Directors. This tournament was scheduled to run from March 28 to April 26 at Bowl America Bull Run and Bowl America Chantilly. Anne Ray, Tournament Manager, will reach out to bowlers.

The state annual meeting scheduled for May 9 also is cancelled.

The 2020 Virginia State USBC 68th Annual Open Handicap Tournament (May 16 to June 14) is still scheduled (closing date April 20) at this time, pending any new developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women's and Open Championship tournaments postponed

March 13, 2020 — The NCAUSBCA 75th Annual Women's Championship Tournament, which was scheduled to conclude this weekend, and the NCAUSBCA 75th Annual Open Championship Tournament, a three-weekend event that was scheduled to begin March 21-22, have been postponed.

"Due to a growing concern regarding the coronavirus, and guidance from county, state, and national officials, we believe this is the appropriate decision," said Ronald McGregor, Open Tournament manager.

"Our foremost concern is the health and safety of our bowlers," said Michael Tinsley, association president. "We will work with Bowl America regarding the rescheduling of our Women's and Open tournaments and will inform our squad sponsors and team captains when new dates are determined."

The revised schedules are expected to be released after May 1.


ARLINGTON, Texas — The United States Bowling Congress will lower the maximum age for USBC Youth membership to 18 starting with the 2020-2021 season.

The decision to lower to the maximum age from 20 to 18, with agreement from the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America and the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, will align bowling with other youth sports.

"Over the last decade, we have made changes to USBC Youth programs and tournaments to provide a model comparable with other youth sports," IBC Youth Managing Director of Youth Development Gary Brown said. "We moved to age-based divisions, as opposed to average, for events, to provide peer-to-peer competition. Setting the maximum age for youth bowlers to 18 aligns us with the standard of other national youth sports organizations."

A U18 division will become the top division for the Pepsi Youth and Youth Open Championships for the 2020-2021 season. During the next season, USBC will address how the age change will impact the 2021 Junior Gold Championships, which will have a separate U20 division. Please visit for additional information.

Starting with the 2020-2021 season, USBC Youth membership policy will state youth membership is available to individuals who have not reached the age of 18 prior to Aug. 1 of the current bowling season. The decision to lower the maximum age will directly impact 3.3 percent of the total youth membership. The change also better aligns USBC Youth membership with new regulations from the U.S. Center for SafeSport requiring training for those over 18 who participate in a sport with minors.

Any USBC Youth member who reaches the age of 18 during the bowling season is required to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport online education program, which is free, to continue to compete in leagues that have participants under age 18. This requirement was announced with the release of the revised Registered Volunteer Program (RVP) handbook.

The new age limit marks the second time the USBC Youth maximum age has been lowered. In 2009, USBC lowered the maximum age for youth bowlers from 22 to 20.

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