About USBC


The United States Bowling Congress officially launched Jan. 1, 2005, as the organization to serve adult and youth bowlers in the United States. Today, USBC serves approximately 1 million members.

USBC is the national governing body of bowling as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). We’re a membership organization that provides standardized rules, regulations and benefits to make bowling fair and fun for everyone. USBC stands for values that include commitment, innovation, integrity, inclusiveness and fun.

USBC Mission: The USBC is the National Governing Body for Bowling. Our mission is to provide services, resources and the standards for the sport.

USBC Vision: Our vision is to continue to be the leading authority to the sport, servicing the needs of bowling.

USBC Promise: Our promise is to celebrate the past, be mindful of the present and ensure bowling’s future through thoughtful research, planning and delivery.

USBC National Bylaws

Strategic Plan

Programs and initiatives
In addition to numerous benefits, a USBC membership is an investment in bowling’s future, as it supports numerous programs and initiatives that ensure the sport’s continuous growth. These programs include:

USBC Youth: Making bowling cool for kids through tournaments, scholarships and leadership opportunities. 

USBC High School: The national resource for one of America's fastest-growing high school sports. 

USBC Collegiate: Creating bowling opportunities to enhance students’ academic, athletic and personal development. 

USBC Coaching: Providing quality training programs and instructional tools for the bowling community. 

USBC Team USA and Junior Team USA: Representing the United States in elite international competition. 

USBC Tournaments: More than a dozen national tournaments for youth, adults and seniors of all skill levels. 

USBC Playing Rules: Protecting the integrity of the sport through education and consistent, uniform decisions, interpretations and enforcement of the playing rules.

Equipment Specifications and Certification: Testing and research that enhance the sport’s credibility. 

SMART: The Scholarship Management & Account Reporting for Tenpins is designed to help organizations set up, manage and disburse youth bowling scholarships as well as help USBC Youth members locate and ensure scholarship dollars for their continuing education. 

Registered Volunteer Program: The program requires a background screen and training through the U.S. Center for SafeSport for those who work with USBC Youth bowlers.