USBC Collegiate to extend eligibility for student-athletes

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ARLINGTON, Texas - The United States Bowling Congress will grant an additional year of eligibility to student-athletes competing during the 2020-2021 USBC Collegiate season.

The decision is consistent with announcements from other collegiate athletic organizations and was made in conjunction with the USBC Collegiate Advisory Committee, comprised of representatives from the NCAA, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association and National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association.

The 2020-2021 season originally was postponed in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is scheduled to begin in January 2021 as a second-semester sport.

"After reviewing the decisions made by other organizations and discussing options with the USBC Collegiate Advisory Committee, we agreed to grant an additional year of eligibility to student-athletes participating in the upcoming season," International Bowling Campus Youth Development Managing Director Gary Brown said. "With things changing daily across the country, we feel this decision provides the flexibility for the best possible student-athlete experience."

The 2020-2021 season will begin Jan. 1, with the regular season concluding March 28. The sectional assignments for the 2021 Intercollegiate Team Championships will be announced March 31.

The sectional qualifiers will take place April 16-18 at four locations - Stratford, New Jersey; Smyrna, Tennessee; Addison, Illinois; and Dallas.

The 2021 Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships will be held May 2-8. The host city and venue for the ITC and ISC have not been finalized.