Youth Bowling
USBC Youth bowling is a unique opportunity to get involved with a sport that you can stay with forever and offers more than $6 million in annual scholarships that reward academic, leadership and on-lanes performance skills. USBC Youth also provides opportunities for coaching and instruction, fun and friendly competition, fair play, teamwork, and leadership development. USBC Youth bowling has membership options designed to meet the needs of all youth bowlers.

Anyone can bowl. It doesn’t matter your height or size. Bowling technique is all about leverage and timing. Bowling has a lot to offer young people including making new lifelong friends. If you or your child wants to get involved with a cool sport that anyone can play, and one that helps build their future, join USBC Youth bowling today!

USBC Youth features one membership with three upgrade options: U12 Junior Gold ($10), U15/U20 Junior Gold ($30) and Bowlopolis ($3.50).


USBC Youth Bowlers must:
Turn the age of 20 on or AFTER August 2 of the current bowling season. As long as the individual is age 19 on August 1, he or she will be eligible for USBC Youth membership for that bowling season. Eligibility (Rule 400).

Youth bowlers may not bowl in any activity (substitute or pace included) which offers any of the following as prizes such as: 
* cash or bonds
* merchandise exceeding $500 in value

Youth may bowl in adult SINGLES competition (including side pots/brackets) offering such prizes as mentioned above PROVIDED PRIOR TO BOWLING that:
* the competition agrees to award the youth’s prize in the form of a scholarship; or
* the youth signs the USBC Singles Competition Prize Waiver waiving his/her rights to any prize in violation of this rule.

Buying or selling of earned prizes is prohibited. The prizes authorized by a state high school athletic association or collegiate athletic association recognized by USBC and USBC Collegiate are not subject to the limitations of this rule.


Majority of Youth Leagues bowl on Saturday mornings. Some centers have additional youth leagues that are on different days and times during the week. Each bowling center is different. Many youth leagues are family, team efforts where the group may host fundraisers or fun tournaments to help raise money for different events. Some centers run fundraisers so that the youth can participate in the annual state championships that is held each summer in a different location in the state. It is a weekend event and some centers and families make it part of a vacation event as well depending on what the location is for that year. Inquire with the center you are interested in to see if they participate in these types of fun events!  Visit the Center page to find a bowling center near you.


Almost every youth bowling tournament awards scholarships. Youth leagues sometimes offer them too at the end of the season as awards. However you earn them, make sure that you keep diligent records of what you have. Many youth bowlers start earning scholarships at age 5! That’s a long time before starting college. So, make sure you keep your records straight! All USBC certified event must submit the scholarship to USBC SMART to manage. They will hold and manage the funds for you.

Your scholarship funds are available for eight years from the date of your high school graduation, or if you have already graduated from high school, eight years from the date you won the scholarship (exception to enlisted military). SMART does not allow expiration date extensions and unused scholarship funds are forfeited upon expiration. Please read the SMART scholarship policy to review what items are approved for your scholarship award. Enclosed are FAQs on the SMART program. If you have any trouble accessing your account online, please contact SMART directly at (800) 514-2695 or email:

Click here to manage your personal SMART account.