WHO WE ARE
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USBC is the national governing body for bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.
USBC officially launched Jan. 1, 2005, as the organization to serve amateur adult and youth bowlers in the United States. It resulted from the merger of the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling.
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- 69 million people bowled at least once a year
- The #1 participation sport in the United States
- 1.79 million USBC members in the 2012-13 season
- 62,118 USBC-certified leagues in the 2012-13 season
- 4,880 USBC-certified centers in the 2012-13 season
- 103,066 USBC-certified lanes in the 2012-13 season
- Highest certified three-game series: 900 (accomplished 24 times)
- Oldest to bowl a 300 game: 90 years, 9 months, 13 days, Name Withheld by Request, Fullerton, Calif.
- Youngest to bowl a 300 game: 9 years, 6 months, 19 days, Hannah Diem, Seminole, Fla.
- Oldest league bowler ever: 107 Gene Scala of Jericho, N.Y.
HIGH SCHOOL BOWLING
- Bowling is one of the fastest growing high school sports
- More than 5,000 schools offer boys and girls high school programs with more than 50,000 participating students.
- 47 states have high school bowling
- School membership in USBC Collegiate is growing more than 10 percent a year
- Collegiate bowling is a recognized sport by NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA
USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- The world's largest annual participatory sporting event, attracting 60,000-80,000 participants.
- Takes place during a stretch of about 130 consecutive days,from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m., daily.
- Bowlers compete for an estimated prize fund between $4.5 - $7.5million.
- Bowlers come from all 50 states and foreign countries such as Bermuda, Canada, England, France, Germany, Bahamas, Italy, Mexico and Switzerland.
- A hosting community can expect to realize about $100 million in economic impact during the course of the tournament.