Youth Bowling Association

What is YBA?

YBA is the Youth Bowling Association operated by the Northern California Bowling Centers.  The YBA program a 
nationally recognized youth bowling membership program offering leagues, tournaments, awards and scholarships
to youth bowlers of all ages up to 21 years old as of August 1st of each year. YBA membership is required for all YBA
and Nor Cal Bowling Centers events including: Nor Cal Tournaments, All Star selection, and the Scholarship program.
Leagues qualifying bowlers for All Stars selection must be YBA certified.

How to join?

Joining YBA is easy. Bowl in a YBA certified league at your local bowling center and pay the membership fee which also includes membership with United States Bowling Congress (USBC). Your youth coordinator at the bowling center will help you to sign up. 

Youth Coordinator Corner

Your One-Stop Shop for Youth Coordinators. Certification information, forms and award applications. USBC League certification forms need to be requested from your local association. USBC league certification form must accompany League Certification Tally Sheet when submitting paperwork to Nor Cal office.


Youth league bowling is a unique opportunity to get involved with a lifetime sport. 

YBA league bowling has membership options designed to meet the needs of all youth bowlers. YBA leagues provide opportunities for coaching and instruction, fun and friendly competition, fair play, teamwork and leadership development. 

If you or your child wants to get involved with a cool sport that anyone can play, and one that helps build their future, join a YBA bowling league today at your local bowling center! 


Bowling tournaments is the ultimate experience of bowling competition. Bowling in a tournament give you an opportunity to bowl in another bowling center with bowlers from other cities and bowling centers. YBA tournaments offer scholarships to bowlers who place high in the standings. The higher you place the more scholarship money you win. You will be able to accumulate scholarship money throughout your YBA bowling career which will help you to pay for your education after you leave high school. 


All Stars

YBA All Star program offers special recognition to bowlers in four age-group divisions for boys and girls. To qualify for All Star recognition, you must bowl in a YBA certified league and participate in the tournaments offered by YBA. All Star selection takes place in June and those selected are invited to attend the All-Star Weekend which consists of tournaments and an awards banquet where each bowler is recognized individually for their achievements during the year.


The Nor Cal YBA Program would not be what it is without the major dedication of ADULTS and Youth Bowlers who have dedicated themselves and worked tirelessly to grow the program from its infancy to what it is today.  The Nor Cal YBA program is the best in the nation at providing youth the opportunity to experience bowling in many different ways.  From lessons given by local coaches to learn the game, to organized league bowling and tournaments where bowlers are given the opportunity to win awards and scholarships, youth bowlers are able to grow, learning teamwork, good sportsmanship, building great friendships that last a lifetime, and promoting opportunities to make a difference in their communities.

We honor those who have made a difference on and off the lanes with these Special Recognition Awards: Nor Cal YBA Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service and Performance; Pete Lusich Award – Unselfish dedication and contributions maintaining the highest standards of Youth Bowling in Northern California; Tony Reyes Award – Believing in the principles of giving back to the community and by paying forward for what they have received doing for the “Love of the Game and not the Fame”


Continuing your education after high school is getting very expensive. YBA bowlers can earn scholarships during their bowling career in leagues and tournaments. Earning a scholarship does not stop here. Scholarships are available to YBA members who do well in school, are active in their school and/or community. Special scholarships are offered so that bowling is not always the criteria. 

Smart scholarship program

SMART, which stands for Scholarship Management and Account Reporting for Tenpins, is a program that began operation in 1994 as a service offering the bowling community a centralized location to manage bowling scholarship funds as well as providing USBC members with a resource for inquiries about bowling scholarships.

SMART oversees bowling organizations’ scholarship funds for individuals who have earned scholarships. USBC’s SMART staff provides complimentary assistance for recipients and providers. 

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