Since you’re reading this article then it’s a safe assumption that you are interested in playing with the big leagues. Such as those of the PBA (Professional Bowling Association). And with time, patience, determination and hardcore practice; you too can become a professional bowler. Due to its costly price, many great bowlers don’t participate in big league games. This often requires a good deal of physical energy and money as well.
An Introduction To The PBA
Those of the bowling world have some knowledge regarding the Professional Bowling Association. Before you become a professional bowler you must first gain some insight into the PBA. It is basically the main institution for professional 10 pin bowling in the United States of America and has over 4000 personal members.
Its 4 major tours include:
- PBA Tour
- PBA Women’s Series
- PBA Regional Tour
Of course, the PBA50 is available for those over the age of 50 and the PBA Women’s Series is only for female bowlers.
Requirements For Becoming A PBA Player
If you score an average of 130 or lower, then you’re not quite ready to play in the Professional Bowling Association. With a score like this, you still have a ways to go.
In order to qualify for playing in bowling leagues sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), you must at least score a total of 190 pins. So, if you haven’t scored more than two-hundred within your past 40 games, professional bowling might not be for you!
But, if you have your heart set on being a professional bowler, it’s going to take a lot of effort on your part. And in no time at all, you too will meet PBA’s requirements.
The Professional Bowling Association Regional Tournament
The PBA’s main responsibility is to organize different bowling tournaments throughout America; which includes the Regional Tournament held in 7 U.S. states. These include the Midwest, Central, West, East Coast, Northwest, Southwest, and Western Regions.
Many star bowlers occasionally sharpen their bowling skills prior to playing in a big league. Often taking the weekends to practice, practice, practice! Keeping this in mind, never forget that the better you are at bowling; the more likely you’ll be rewarded with prize money. But, until you’re an official member of the PBA you won’t be entitled to this reward.
There are a lot of bowling tournaments which offer special incentives like double formatting, discounted entrance fees, and personal one day tours.
Now that you have mastered the art of bowling; it’s time to enter a PBA tournament! Depending on the one you choose to participate in the PBA requires you to earn at least one exemption per year. That is unless you’ve already earned a bowling exemption. Then the rule doesn’t apply to you until 2 or 3 years later. It all depends on the particular tournament you participated in.
Though becoming a professional bowler is not achieved overnight, be patient and before you know it you will be hitting the Big League too!