USBC NEWS: Team USA will conduct additional team trials at ITRC

March 4, 2013

CONTACT: Lucas Wiseman
USBC Communications
On the Web: BOWL.com


ARLINGTON, Texas - In order to give players an additional way to earn spots onTeam USA in 2014, the United States Bowling Congress will conduct the inauguralSummer Team USA Trials this July.

The limited-entry event will award two men's and two women's spots on Team USAin 2014 and will be conducted at the International Training and ResearchCenter, which is the home of Team USA, from July 5-7.

"Holding Team USA Trials exclusively in January creates schedule conflictsfor some top bowlers, so we thought it was important and worthwhile to offeranother opportunity to compete for a place on the team," USBC ManagingDirector of National Governing Body Neil Stremmel said. "The spots awardedat the Summer Team USA Trials will be in addition to the ones given at the TeamUSA Trials in January 2014."

The field for the Summer Team USA Trials will be limited to 40 men and 40women. Invitations will first go out to current Team USA and Junior Team USAmembers, Team USA members from the past three years, and the top 25 men andwomen at the 2013 Team USA Trials.

An open application process will begin on April 3 for those not on the invitedlist. Any current USBC member with a 200 or higher average for men or 190average or higher for women based on the USBC Sport Bowling average adjustmentchart will be eligible to apply.

The event will feature three days of competition with three games on Friday,six games on Saturday and six games on Sunday. A long, medium and short patternfrom the World Tenpin Bowling Association bank of patterns will be used.

As a result of the addition of the additional Team USA spots, the Team USAroster will have 12 men and 12 women for 2014. The automatic spots andselections at the Team USA Trials in January remain unchanged. However, theselection committee will take into account performance at the Summer Team USATrials when selecting players to join the team.

For more information on the Team USA program, visit BOWL.com/TeamUSA.

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