WHO WE ARE
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.
- 69 million people bowled at least once a year
- The No. 1 participation sport in the United States
- 1.21 million USBC members in the 2019-2020 season
- 33,467 USBC-certified leagues in the 2019-2020 season
- 3,864 USBC-certified centers in the 2019-2020 season
- 84,070 USBC-certified lanes in the 2019-2020 season
- Highest certified three-game series: 900 (accomplished 40 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.
- 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 55,000 participating students
- 48 states have high school bowling
- School membership in USBC Collegiate is growing more than 10% a year
- Collegiate bowling is a recognized sport by NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA
- The world's largest annual participatory sporting event, attracting 45,000-75,000 participants
- Takes place during a stretch of about 125 consecutive days, from 7 a.m. until 2 a.m., daily
- Bowlers compete for an estimated prize fund between $4.5 - $7.5 million
- 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 up to $100 million in economic impact during the course of the tournament