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The 2013-2014 Illinois State Pepsi Cola Tournament Director is Steve Lawson

He can be reached at slawson@illinois.edu

Pepsi Zone Rules 2013-2014

Forms will soon be mailed to all bowling centers. League Qualifying Window will be October 7th-20th. Zone tournaments will be held in January or early February for the U8, U10 and U12 divisions and in February or early March for U15 and U20 divisions (working to not conflict with IHSA events and to allow IHSA bowlers to participate). Your zone director will be contacting your program with those specifics. The State Finals will be held the weekends of May 3rd or 4th, 2014 for the U8, U10 and U12 divisions at Pheasant Lanes in Bloomington, IL and May 16th-18th, 2014 for the U15 and U20 divisions at Landmark Lanes in Peoria, IL.

About The Tournament

USBC no longer provides league level kits to associations. The League Level Handbook can be found here. All bowling is done on a SCRATCH basis. The divisions are as follows:

  • U8 Boys/U8 Girls-Bowlers whose birthdate is 8/1/2005 or later
  • U10 Boys/U10 Girls-Bowlers whose birthdate is 8/1/2003 or 7/31/2005
  • U12 Boys/U12 Girls-Bowlers whose birthdate is 8/1/2001 thru 7/31/03
  • U15 Boys/U15 Girls-Bowlers whose birthdate is 8/1/1998 thru 7/31/01
  • U20 Boys/U20 Girls-Bowlers whose birthdate is 8/1/1993 thru 7/31/98

NOTE that this is no longer a handicap event, all bowlers will be bowling scratch within their divisions. Bowlers do have the opportunity to "bowl up" if they wish. Click here for the waiver. It must be filled out and turned in PRIOR to the qualifying window to your league coordinator.

There will once again be no National tournament for our bowlers to advance to. Our top boy and girl in the U12, U15 and U20 divisions will advance to the 2014 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships to be held in Buffalo, NY in July 2014. Because of this, we have worked very hard to identify fund raising opportunities and are proud to announce that last year we awarded over $80,000 in scholarship moneys between the zone and state tournaments.

The tournament is a benefit of membership to all USBC Youth Division certified bowlers. For just being a member of USBC Youth, athletes receive the opportunity to:

  • compete with other youth in an international tournament.
  • compete with no extra cost at the league level of competition.
  • compete with other youth of similar age for scholarships.

Tournament Overview

The Pepsi Cola Youth Bowling Championships begins with league level qualifying. Bowling centers with USBC Youth Division certified leagues are automatic qualifying sites. Since the tournament is a benefit of a membership, there is no entry fee at this level. If you happen to misplace your packet, or did not receive one, please click here to obtain all information that was sent to the centers.

League level qualifying will be October 7-20, 2013. Zone tournaments for the U8, U10 and U12 divisions will be held mostly in January 2013. Most zone tournaments for the U15 and U20 divisions will be held in late February.

Qualifying competition is held in divisions based on the bowler's birthdate. The divisions are:

  • U8 Boys/U8 Girls-Bowlers whose birthdate is 8/1/2005 or later
  • U10 Boys/U10 Girls-Bowlers whose birthdate is 8/1/2003 or 7/31/2005
  • U12 Boys/U12 Girls-Bowlers whose birthdate is 8/1/2001 thru 7/31/03
  • U15 Boys/U15 Girls-Bowlers whose birthdate is 8/1/1998 thru 7/31/01
  • U20 Boys/U20 Girls-Bowlers whose birthdate is 8/1/1993 thru 7/31/98

*ALL BOWLERS REGARDLESS OF DIVISION WILL BE BOWLING SCRATCH*

The U12, U15 and U20 division winners at the state finals will receive berths into the 2014 North Pointe Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo, NY. These athletes will have their entry fee paid for. They will also each receive a travel stipend of $500 to be used for the event. The advancers must be Gold program members, or be eligible and purchase a membership prior to the championships. There is no requirement to be a Gold program member to enter at the local or state level.

Should you have any further questions, please read through this FAQ sheet.

United States Bowling Congress
Illinois State Youth Leaders
International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
The Bowling Foundation
Bowling Proprietors Association of America