TEAM USA QUALIFYING
All United States Bowling Congress members have an opportunity to earn a spot on Team USA by competing in the USBC Team USA Trials/U.S. National Amateur Bowling Championships.
To be eligible for the U.S. Amateur portion of the event, a bowler must not currently hold or have held a professional membership (PBA or PWBA) in the preceding year. Also, anyone who has ever won a professional title (regional, national, or senior) as a professional is not eligible to compete as an amateur.
USBC Team USA 2022 will consist of a minimum 12 men and 12 women:
- The National Selection Committee can select male athletes based on submitted resumes from Team USA and/or Junior Team USA members within the last 10 years, players in the top 25 on the money list from the 2021 Professional Bowlers Association Tour and from the 2022 Team USA Trials/U.S. Amateur Championships. *Team USA coaching staff has the authority to add members to the team at their discretion.
- The National Selection Committee can select female athletes based on submitted resumes from Team USA and/or Junior Team USA members within the last 10 years, players in the top 25 on the points list from the 2021 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour and from the 2022 Team USA Trials/U.S. Amateur Championships. *Team USA coaching staff has the authority to add members to the team at their discretion.
- The top four men and top four women finishers in the 2022 USBC Team USA Trials/U.S. Amateur Championship, based on ranking points, will earn automatic spots on Team USA 2022 while two additional men and two additional women will be selected by the National Selection Committee from the pool of players who compete at the 2022 Team USA Trials/U.S. Amateur Championships. The National Amateur champions also will earn a spot. If the champion already has earned a spot, that spot will be awarded to the next highest qualifier based on ranking points.
The process for determining Team USA allows for the selection of the country's top professional bowlers while also granting the opportunity to any USBC member a chance to earn a spot.
STANDARDS FOR SELECTION OF AT-LARGE TEAM MEMBERS
The National Selection Committee is charged with selecting those athletes who are most likely to create the strongest USBC Team USA. It has the latitude to consider any qualifications and criteria that it believes would be helpful in creating the strongest team, such as the following:
Performance, which includes all international competitions, as well as any USBC tournament or certified collegiate bowling tournament within the previous three years;
Physical Game, which includes, but is not limited to, the many physical elements that comprise an athlete's game, such as approach, arm swing, timing, release versatility (changing rotation and lay-down point) and speed control. It also includes, but is not limited to, the ability to play different angles, shoot spares, change equipment and adjust to different lane conditions;
Mental Game, which includes a variety of subjective factors such as coachability, adaptability, practice regimen, ability to stay focused, attitude, commitment, ability to perform under pressure and sportsmanship.
Team Play, which includes, but is not limited to, the intangible, but crucial ability to be a positive factor in building rapport, confidence, and a winning attitude among the team members and coaches.
REPLACEMENT TEAM USA MEMBERS
If, during the calendar year, an athlete is unable to continue as a member of USBC Team USA by voluntary choice (resignation), because of injury or ineligibility as defined by international federations rule(s), a replacement shall be named if there are USBC Team USA competitions left in the year as follows: The National Selection Committee shall confer at the time of replacement and name a new at-large member from the pool of athletes who were eligible for such selection at the most recent USBC Team USA Trials/U.S. Amateur Championships.
DUE PROCESS FOR PROTECTED COMPETITIONS ONLY
As stipulated in the NGB Application, the following is to be published in rules for each protected competition and forward to each participant in the USBC Team USA Team USA Trials/U.S. Amateur Championships in advance.
A. Grievance and Due Process Procedures - Protected Competitions. Board authority is outlined in the USBC Bylaws Article X.
B. Grievances Related to Opportunities to Participate.
- A grievance may be filed by any athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator and official regarding his/her opportunity to participate in or attempt to qualify for selection to participate in any protected competition.
- A grievance must be made in writing over the signatures of the person or persons presenting the same and must state the full name(s) and address(es) against whom the grievance is made and must with specificity make a complete statement of the acts which constitute such grievance, including the requested relief sought. The individual(s) must be prepared to substantiate the grievance at a hearing if requested.
- Grievances should be addressed to the USBC CEO as soon as possible following the events that are the subject of the grievance.
- Upon receipt of a grievance, the elements of due process outlined in the USBC Bylaws and National Policy Manual will be followed.
- These grievance procedures are given to athletes, coaches, trainers, manager, administrator, or other officials seeking to participate in any national or international bowling competition.
C. Due Process. Due process will be provided any athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator or official filing a grievance regarding his/her opportunity to participate in or attempt to qualify for selection to participate in a protected competition.
- Deny Opportunity to Compete. Any athlete who alleges that he/she has been denied an opportunity to compete in any national or international bowling competition shall notify the USBC CEO in writing. Upon notification, procedures will be followed according to this chapter. The rights granted under this section shall equally apply to any coach, trainer, manager, administrator, or other official seeking to participate in any national or international bowling competition.
- Athlete. For use in this chapter an athlete will be defined as individuals who are participating in a protected competition.
- Protected Competition. "Protected competition" means any amateur athletic competition between any athlete or athletes officially designated by the appropriate Olympic, Pan American or Paralympic Sports Organization member as representing the United States, either individually or as part of a team, and any athlete or athletes representing any foreign country where:
a. The terms of such competition require that the entrants therein be teams or individuals representing the respective nations; and
b. The athlete or group of athletes representing the United States are organized and sponsored by the appropriate Olympic, Pan American or Paralympic Sports Organization member in accordance with a defined selection or try out procedure that is open to all and publicly announced in advance, except for domestic amateur athletic competition, which, by its terms, requires that entrants therein be expressly restricted to members of a specific class of amateur athletes such as those referred to in Article VII, Section4 of the USOPC Constitution.
The term "protected competition" shall also include any domestic amateur athletic competition or event organized and conducted by an Olympic, Pan American or Paralympic Sports Organization member in its selection procedure and publicly announced in advance as a competition or event directly qualifying each successful competitor therein as an athlete representing the United States in a protected competition as defined in the immediately preceding sentence of this Section.
D. Due Process - Procedure. When an athlete, coach, trainer, manager, or administrator is charged with a violation, which does not require an immediate decision or a decision in less than twenty (20) days, the following elements of due process will be provided:
- The competition will provide written notice identifying the action taken and inform the individual they have the right to appeal the decision within ten (10) days of the postmarked date. The notice will be served personally to the individual or sent certified mail, return receipt requested. If an appeal is not postmarked within the time limit outlined above, the decision stands.
- If an appeal is filed a hearing must be conducted within thirty (30) days of the request and the following procedures must be followed:
a. USBC will provide written notice to the athlete(s) at their last known address of:
1) The date, time, and place of the hearing
2) Their right to attend
3. Their right to have counsel and to produce witnesses in their behalf
b. The notice must be sent not less than ten (10) days prior to the date of the hearing, by certified mail (return receipt requested).
- The hearing will be conducted by a review committee appointed by the USBC CEO, consisting of at least three (3) people with at least 20% athlete representation.
- A written decision will be sent to all concerned parties, including the complainant, within ten (10) days.
E. Due Process - Expedited Procedure. When an athlete, coach, trainer, manager, or administrator is charged with a violation, which requires an immediate decision or a decision in less than twenty (20) days, the following elements of due process will be provided:
- The competition will provide written notice identifying the action taken and inform the individual they have the right to appeal.
- If an appeal is filed in writing a hearing must be conducted.
- USBC will provide written notification to the athlete of the date, time, and place of the hearing. Notice may be verbal if time constraints prohibit written notification.
- A hearing will be conducted by a review committee appointed by the USBC CEO consisting of at least three (3) people, with at least 20% athlete representation. The hearing will be scheduled immediately if necessary, or with as much notice, as may be reasonable given the actual circumstances.
- An immediate decision will be rendered, if necessary, or within time constraints required by the actual circumstances. At a minimum, the decision will be explained verbally to all concerned parties. A written decision will be sent to all concerned parties within ten (10) days.
F. Appeal. Written notice of the appeal procedures will be included with the written decision. Appeals must be filed within ten (10) days of the written-decision date. Appeals will be heard and decided by a USBC Appeals Committee, which has at least 20% athlete representation within thirty (30) days. An athlete has further appeal rights as outlined in the USOPC Constitution.
G. Published Procedures. Due process procedures are published for athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators, and officials in the following way:
- Posted on official Web site, bowl.com
- Distributed in advance to the athletes at the national championships
- Included in the Code of Conduct