With the improvement in equipment and increased interest in the game, more and more youth bowlers are finding themselves averaging the same as adults.
With a limited number of youth programs nationwide and very few true youth tournaments, which would allow the youth to showcase their talent, the youth bowlers of today have turned to adult leagues and tournaments as a way to be more competitive.
In doing so, for some time now, that youth bowler has given up their youth eligibility and even their eligibility to compete in NCAA competition. These youth bowlers were so anxious to compete and move up to adult leagues that they failed to think into the future and see what it would limit them to collegiately.
Because of this, the USBC, NCAA, and Intercollegiate Associations came together to attack these concerns. The NCAA considers any athlete that accepts money for the sport to no longer be an amateur. This goes for football, baseball, basketball, and yes, bowling.
When you think about the main sports like football and others, you think of people accepting money for playing for the school and endorsement money as being a violation. When it comes to bowling, competing in tournaments and adult leagues are no exception, where these pay out prize money for placing in the competition.
To eliminate this problem, but still allow youth bowlers to compete with better bowlers, the USBC created Rule 400. This allows for options to let youth bowlers compete in adult leagues and tournaments with payouts, but keep their youth eligibility.
The first option is a form that can be filled out by the youth bowler and his or her parent that forfeits any money that may be won by the bowler in a tournament or league. This provides legal paperwork that shows the youth bowler did not accept money for their play.
A second option is the SMART program, which is a scholarship program that winnings are deposited into. Most reputable tournaments and leagues nowadays offer this method of prize money, where winnings are put into an account and given to the bowler in the form of a scholarship when they reach college age.
If you know for a fact you may want to bowl in college, it is always good to contact your college of choice to verify what is acceptable.
Monday Night Mixed
This past week, Boris Beatty topped all scores with a nice 228/635, followed by the 213/612 of Joey Winslow. Roy Smith added a 204 on the night as well.
On the ladies side of the coin, Stephanie Winslow led with her 210 game, followed by a 181 from Sharon Hoffler and a 176 from Becky Brindle.
Fellowship Memorial League
Joey Winslow picked up where he left off last season, tossing a 253/6698 to lead all bowlers. Following behind was Yours Truly with a 238/653, Mark Tarkington with a 630 set, and 235 games from Stephen Marshall and Joel Sutton.
Bobbi Jo Tarkington bested the women with her 196 game this week, followed by a 168 from Stephanie Winslow and a 159 from Dottie Pelis and Beth Marshall.
Thursday Morning Ladies League
Ocie Manos fired a 183 to top the league this past week, followed by a 179 from Stella Miller and a 177 from Alice Griffith.
Martin Luther King League
Joey Winslow rolled one of the season’s first 700 series’, a 258/701, to lead the league this past week, followed by games of 263 from Danny Williams and 222 from Bobby Winslow.
Debbie Winslow led the ladies with her 210 game, followed by a 174 from Mildred Williams and a 162 from Leonora Vactor.
Elizabeth City Youth Bumpers League
This past week, Colby Judge led all bumpers with his 206 handicap game, followed by Shane Owen and his 197 handicap game, and Kaylee Winslow’s 180.
Elizabeth City Youth League
On the boys side this past week, Robbie Vinson caught fire, tossing a 222 scratch game, followed by a 193 from brother Christopher and a 172 from Ben Hawkins.
The girls were led by a big 176 from Emily Brewer, while Tori Owen rolled a 103 and Sammi Stanwick a 96.