ELITE YOUTH TOUR BOWLERS ARE:
LEADERS. ICONIC. FOCUSED. FORWARD THINKING.
Igniting Excellence, Empowering Leaders, and Inspiring Lasting Change: The Elite Youth Tour Transforms Lives through Bowling, Scholarships, and Collective Action.
At the Elite Youth Tour, we passionately believe in the transformative power of bowling as a catalyst for personal growth and societal impact. Our mission is twofold: to empower young bowlers to excel both on and off the lanes, and to foster a culture of collective action where every individual can contribute to positive change. We achieve this by providing exceptional bowling experiences, offering substantial scholarship opportunities, and partnering with nonprofits to amplify our impact.
With our tagline, "Leave Your Mark," we inspire our participants to leave an indelible legacy through their actions both on and off the lanes.
Our tournaments not only showcase the finest young bowlers in the nation but also serve as a pathway to a brighter future. By participating in Elite Youth Tour events, bowlers have the chance to earn significant scholarship money for their college education. To date, we are proud to have awarded over $300,000 in scholarships, opening doors of opportunity for countless deserving individuals.
Beyond the pursuit of individual success, we recognize that true greatness lies in our ability to make a meaningful difference in the world. Each month, we collaborate with a nonprofit organization, demonstrating the power of collective action. By engaging in purposeful activities, raising awareness, and fundraising for various causes, our young bowlers learn firsthand the profound impact that their contributions, no matter how small, can have on communities and society as a whole.
Through our holistic approach, we empower young bowlers to become leaders who drive positive change. We provide a nurturing environment where they develop essential life skills such as resilience, teamwork, and professionalism. By instilling in them a deep sense of social responsibility, we cultivate a generation of compassionate leaders who understand the power of their actions to create lasting impact.
Join us on this extraordinary journey of igniting excellence, empowering leaders, and inspiring lasting change. Together, we will transform lives through the dynamic combination of bowling, scholarships, and collective action. Our vision extends beyond the lanes as we empower the next generation of leaders to embrace their potential and become catalysts for lasting change. The Elite Youth Tour is not just a platform for athletic achievement; it is a movement that empowers young individuals to fulfill their potential, pursue their dreams, and leave their mark on the world.
At the Elite Youth Tour, we believe in the power of bowling to shape the futures of talented young individuals. We are not just your ordinary bowling tour; we are a movement, a force for positive change, and a catalyst for developing the leaders of tomorrow.
For years, we have been at the forefront of competitive youth bowling, nurturing and showcasing exceptional talent nationwide. Our tournaments bring together the best young bowlers, pushing them to new heights of skill, strategy, and sportsmanship. We take immense pride in witnessing our participants evolve from aspiring athletes into national champions.
Our mission goes beyond the confines of the lanes. We understand that true excellence is not measured solely by trophies and titles, but by the impact we have on society. That's why, each month, we join forces with a fellow nonprofit organization for "Social Change on the Lanes." This initiative embodies our belief that even the smallest acts of kindness and collaboration can create a significant ripple effect.
Through "Social Change on the Lanes," we provide our young bowlers with a unique opportunity to become agents of change. Together, they engage in meaningful activities, raising awareness and funds for various causes, all while honing their leadership skills. By teaching them that their actions, no matter how small, can make a substantial difference, we empower them to become compassionate leaders who strive for positive transformation in their communities.
We are immensely proud of the success stories that have unfolded within our ranks. Some of the world's best youth bowlers, like back to back Junior Gold Champion, Landin Jordan who have gone on to claim national titles and achieve greatness in their age groups, started their journey with us as young as 9 years old. Many of our bowlers have gone on to make Junior Team USA, Team USA, as well as our past EYT Bowler of the Year, Kevin McCune winning a PBA Major. These success stories are a testament to the nurturing environment, exceptional competition, and unwavering support that the Elite Youth Tour provides.
If you're looking to be part of something greater, where competition meets character-building, the Elite Youth Tour is the place for you. Join us in our pursuit of excellence, camaraderie, and social change. Let's inspire a generation of leaders who know that by doing a little, they can make a tremendous impact on the world.
Founded in 2012 by Professional Bowlers and Bowling Activists
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ELIGIBILITYUSBC Youth or Junior Gold membership required. If you are not currently a USBC member, you may purchase your membership the day of the event. If a bowler wishes to be eligible to qualify for Junior Gold that participant must be a current Junior Gold member or purchase a Junior Gold membership prior to bowling in the tournament.
FORMATThere will be no handicap for this tournament; all bowlers will compete with actual pin fall totals(scratch). Traditional Format: Each bowler will bowl a 5 game qualifying block moving to a different lane after each game. The field will then be cut to the top 50% (plus ties). Advancing bowlers will bowl 2 games. Scores from the qualifying round WILL carry over into the advancers round. After 7 games, the field will be cut to the top 5, based on 7-game total pinfall, who will compete in a stepladder finals to determine the tournament champion. Stepladder matches will be one game total pins.
EYT DIVISIONSWe follow USBC Rules regarding age divisions. (Except for U23) U12 Boys & Girls - 08/01/2010 or after U15 Boys & Girls - 08/01/2007 - 07/31/2010 U18 Boys & Girls - 08/01/2004 - 07/31/2007 U23 Elite (Men/Women Combined) - 8/1/1999 - 7/31/2004 Each division must have a minimum of 4 participants to complete the division. If there are not 4 players in a division, the players who would qualify to participate in that division will be combined with the next appropriate age division (U12 to U15, U15 to U18) of their gender. Bowlers may opt to “bowl up” an age division of their gender. U23 Elite is considered an "Adult Division." Those in college may still receive scholarships or can opt for Cash Payment. The U23 Division will be separated from the rest of the youth. In the case of bowlers "bowling up" to the U23 division in a team, or doubles event- the whole U23 division will be paid in scholarship. (so that the youth bowler is protected regarding Rule 400)
TIESIf there is a tie in any division to determine the advancing player into the championship round (stepladder round), the bowlers who are tied will compete in a 9th and 10th frame roll of until the advancing player is determined. If there is a tie during a stepladder round match, a 9th and 10th frame roll off will be used until the advancing player is determined.
JUNIOR GOLD QUALIFIERJunior Gold Qualifier Each Junior Gold champion will earn a paid entry to the 2023 Junior Gold Championship. This event will advance 1:4 eligible individuals within their age and gender division. The winners will be determined based on the highest qualifying score during the qualifying event. If the winner(s) have already earned a spot at Junior Gold or is not a Junior Gold member, the paid entry will be awarded to the next high qualifier in the division and meets requirements. The Junior Gold qualifier is a separate event within the EYT Tournaments. Only 4 Junior Gold members in each division, regardless of gender, need to be competing to complete a Junior Gold qualifying event for the division. In the event of a tie, there will be a 9th and 10th frame roll-off. If there continues to be a tie, another 9th and 10th frame will continue to occur until a winner is decided. Birthday Requirement: Birthday Division 08/01/2002 - 07/31/2004 U20 08/01/2004 - 07/31/2007 U18 08/01/2007 - 07/31/2010 U15 08/01/2010 - Later U12 Each division must have a minimum of 4 participants to complete the division. If there is not 4 players in the division, the players who would qualify to participate in that division will be combined with the next appropriate age division (U12 to U15, U15 to U18, U20 only) of their gender. Bowlers may opt to “bowl up” an age division of their gender. U18 cannot opt to bowl up to U20. Events can be conducted May 1, 2022 - May 15, 2023. Qualifiers must consist of: At least four (4) male Junior Gold members Or, at least four (4) female Junior Gold members Or, any combination of four (4) Junior Gold members regardless of gender Format must consist of at least three (3) games of scratch competition Bowlers must be Junior Gold members PRIOR to the start of qualifying. This cannot be completed at Tournament check in.
PRIZE FUND100% of all prize money ($30 per entry) will be awarded in the form of scholarship funds to be deposited into the participant’s SMART account. Payout ratios in all divisions will be 1:4 and will be published after event. Additional prize funds may be awarded.
DRESS CODEMALES: must wear long pants free of holes, no denim or shorts. Collared or mock neck shirts of at least ¾” collar required, no t-shirts or sleeveless shirts allowed. No hats may be worn during competition. FEMALES: must wear long pants or reasonable length shorts or skirt free of holes. Reasonable length means bottom of shorts or skirt must be no higher than 4″ above the knee. Capri’s or denim are not permitted. Collared or Mock neck shirts of at least ¾” collar required, no t-shirts or sleeveless shirts allowed. No hats may be worn during competition. No listening devices may be worn during competition. Shirts with bowlers name on back strongly encouraged. *No advertising on clothing may consist of alcohol, tobacco or offensive language or symbols. Violations may result in disqualification. Violations: First offense dress code violations will result in $5 fine. Second offense will result in $10 fine. Third offense will result in disqualification. Dress Code violations carry over to future events.
COACHINGParents/spectators will be permitted to coach their child in the spectator’s area. NO coaching will be permitted on the lanes or in the settee area. If a bowler is receiving coaching in the spectator’s area, they must be ready to bowl when it is their turn. Violation of this may result in receiving a zero for each frame that the bowler is not ready to bowl when it is their turn.
PRIZESPrizes won from the Elite Youth Tour cannot be sold. (ie bowling balls, turbo certificate, H5G jersey, etc.) Those who are on staff with another shirt company and cannot wear the EYT H5G jersey should not accept the champions jersey.
CONDUCTConduct that is deemed unsportsmanlike, offensive, crude or detrimental to the sport will not be tolerated. First offense will result in a verbal warning. Second offense will result in a $20 fine. Third offense will result in disqualification. *Any conduct that is destructive to bowling center facilities or equipment will result in a $100 fine and immediate disqualification. *No alcohol or tobacco may be used by any participant during the event and no alcohol may be consumed on the premises by any spectator during the event.
SCORESHEETSPlayers are responsible for filling out, adding, and turning in their own score recap. All recap scores must be initialed by an opponent on your pair of lanes each game. FINES: Failure to add scores correctly will result in a $5 fine. Failure to keep track of your +/- will result in a $5 fine. Writing incorrect scores on score recap will result in a fine of $5. Failure to sign your recap will result in a $5 fine. Defacing or crumpling of score card will result in a $5 fine. Failure to turn in score sheet may result in disqualification. Failure to have score sheets initialed by opponent may result in disqualification and/or assessment of a $5 fine. *Fines will be added to prize funds to be used at any EYT event chosen by tournament officials. All other playing rules are covered by USBC rulebook.
REGISTRATIONOnline Registration will close at 5pm the day before the event. Walk-Ins will be accepted as first come first serve and will be available provided there is room in the event.
BONUSWin a National Event such as the Storm Youth Championship while wearing an EYT jersey the entire event and earn yourself a FREE EYT entry! Just notify Diandra by emailing email@example.com and send her the results with a photo of yourself each day displaying the EYT logo to get your entry! * Final Results Only, not squad leader * Limited to 3 free entries *Regional Events Don't Apply * Free Entry Cannot Be Used for Major