California has an outstanding history at the Pepsi International finals. From 1983-2008, California has had over 20 top four finishers totaling over $60,000 in scholarships. This proves that many of the top youth bowlers in this country are right here from California! California has awarded over $859,250 in scholarships since 1998.
Welcome to the California Pepsi USBC Youth Championships. To date, the Pepsi Youth Championships nationwide has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships — it is estimated that at least $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded nationwide this season alone. By conducting the league level competition you are giving your bowlers an opportunity to help finance their college education.
Since 2000, www.BowlersParadise.com will be sponsoring this event along with www.EliteBowling.com. Also each pro shop in the eight hosting Pepsi District Finals will be donating a bowling ball for our fundraising raffle at each site to help us raise more scholarship dollars. Please visit these businesses and THANK them for their generous contributions by shopping at their establishments!
There are ten total divisions by age: U8, U10, U12, U15 and U18 (Boys and Girls). California offers a separate Handicap division for everyone at the District Finals in March. This will allow newer bowlers a chance to earn scholarships at the District Finals and also optionally at the State Finals. After 3 possible rounds of qualifying, we want to see both beginner bowlers and scratch bowlers have a chance to earn awards.
CALIFORNIA PEPSI CHAMPIONSHIPS FORMAT
LEAGUE LEVEL QUALIFYING:
The Pepsi USBC Youth Championships begins with league level qualifying. Bowling centers with certified USBC Youth leagues are automatic free qualifying sites. Qualifying is held for two-week periods in November and January. A minimum of ONE (1) in every TWO (2) entries per division will advance from League competition to the District Finals. All qualifying throughout the Championships are based on scratch scores.
DIVISIONS ARE BASED ON THE PARTICIPANT’S AGE:
– BOYS U8, U10, U12, U15 & U18 DIVISIONS
– GIRLS U8, U10, U12, U15 & U18 DIVISIONS
Bowlers can opt to move up in division, but must sign a waiver to do so at the league level qualifying level.
DISTRICT FINALS (March):
California is divided into eight (8) Districts based on location and local USBC associations. Each district runs their own District Finals. One-time fee based on division. FORMAT: 3 games bowled on the same pair of lanes. Scratch and Handicap scholarships are awarded to the U10 divisions – these divisions do not advance to the State Finals. First place scratch finishers in the U12, U15 and U18 divisions will earn a $50 scholarship and are also competing to qualify (scratch) to the Pepsi State Finals. See tournament packet for District site locations, format, fees and District Director contact information.
- Champions from the U10 divisions can earn a FREE entry into the Youth State Championships in July (4 Champions x 8 Districts = 32 entries).
- California offers a separate handicap scholarship division per the same age divisions – automatic entry for everyone (100% of 210)
STATE FINALS – U12, U15 & U18 DIVISIONS (May):
Bowlers will advance from the District Finals to the State Finals based on a ratio (see rules). BOWLERS MUST REGISTER THEIR SQUAD TIME IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE. FORMAT: 6 games scratch moving pairs after each game. Scratch and Optional Handicap (100% of 210) Scholarships will be awarded to each division.
USBC JUNIOR GOLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – U12, U15 & U18 DIVISIONS ONLY (July):
California is allotted six FREE berths into the Junior Gold Championships (one per division). The top finishers in the U12, U15 & U18 divisions may receive the berth if they have not previously qualified. If they already qualified, then the next available alternate will be taken in order of finish per division. All advancers must be Junior Gold program members. USBC will waive the $200 (U18), $150 (U15) and $100 (U12) entry fee for the U12, U15 and U18 division champions. All U.S. citizens are vying for a spot on USBC Junior Team USA to represent the United States in national and international competition. The California USBC Association will provide the U12, U15 & U18 Champions a travel stipend valued up to $400. Arrangements will be made by each athlete within stated guidelines and parameters from the California USBC Association.
STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS – U8 & U10 DIVISIONS ONLY (July):
The District Finals U10 division Champions (16 total) will earn a single entry ($80 value) into all four (4) events of the California Youth State Championships to be held in July. This berth is applicable only to the first and second place finishers and will be voided if they cannot attend or do not enter with a full team entry ($320). Event format: Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events (scratch) based on 5 average divisions. Ancillary scholarship events also held in conjunction with the State Tournament: Queens & Masters, Prince & Princess & Coaches Relief events are held every Saturday evening. Visit the Youth Championships page for more information.