Let’s award our bowlers in California!


The California USBC Association office will be closed until further notice. You can leave messages on the main line at (415) 492-8880 or email us at larry.peppers@calusbc.com. If you have questions regarding our tournaments, you can contact each tournament director directly. Refunds for the Adult Championships are currently in process.


The California USBC Association Board of Directors met on 3/11/20 to discuss the mounting concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top concern is the health and safety of our members and families, and we appreciate your support in the following decisions:
  • The Pepsi Youth Championships, both local and state, scheduled to begin March 14, 2020 through May 2, 2020 is cancelled. Refunds have been processed
  • The Helen Duval Veteran’s Tournament (BVL) to be held on March 28, 2020 is cancelled
  • The Adult (Open & Women’s) State Championships to be held at Forest Lanes, scheduled to begin April 4, 2020 through June 28, 2020 is also cancelled. Refunds are available to all bowlers. Please contact Jennie Simpson, Tournament Director.

The California USBC Association Board of Directors met on 4/23/20 and have made the following decisions:

  • The CUSBC Annual Meeting and Convention to be held in Fresno, CA for June 13-14, 2020 is cancelled
  • The Youth State Championships to be held at Forest Lanes in July has been cancelled
  • The Diddy Watts Youth State Singles Tournament (June 27-28 & Aug 8-9) is cancelled
  • The Senior Singles Tournament to be held Aug 20-23 in San Diego is cancelled
  • The CA State Singles Tournament to be held Oct 17-18 in Yuba City is cancelled
  • The current plan is to re-schedule all of our 2020 events with the same centers in 2021 if possible.

The California USBC Association Board of Directors met on 9/29/20 and have made the following decisions:
  • The 2021 Adult State Championships to be held at Forest Lanes has been cancelled due to the unknown future of the centers re-opening and the unknown capacity that the centers can hold once they do re-open.
  • The 2021 Pepsi Youth Championships will be District (March) and State Finals (May) only.  League level qualifying is removed. Only current California youth that are entered in a 2020-21 USBC certified league can participate. Youth Directors will be emailed a tournament packet by November 1st and hard copy packets by December.  If centers are still closed by February 1, this event will unfortunately have to cancel.
  • All other CUSBC events will be addressed next year.

We thank you for your commitment to our organization, value your membership, and look forward to seeing everyone out on the lanes very soon.


USBC modifies rules to help allow a return to competitive bowling
The USBC Board of Directors approved waivers and modifications to USBC Playing Rules to allow certified leagues and tournaments more flexibility to return to bowling while adhering to guidelines related to COVID-19.
  • Click HERE to read the news release on the modified USBC rules.
  • Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the reopening of leagues and tournaments.


  • Click HERE for the May edition of Rules Extra that discusses adjusting the prize list and the financial responsibilities of league officers.
  • Click HERE for the special Rules Extra and Tournament Flyer discussing leagues and tournaments amid concerns about COVID-19
  • Click HERE for the Tournament Flyer that discusses a tournament’s decision to postpone or cancel operations.
  • Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions to assist leagues, tournaments and state and local associations
  • Click HERE for complete USBC news and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bid on Future California USBC Tournaments! 

Centers that are interested in hosting the following events should contact us at larry.peppers@calusbc.com.
– 2022 CA State Singles (October) – Southern CA
– 2022 CA State Senior Singles (August) – Northern CA
– 2022 CA Helen Duval Veteran’s Tournament (March) – Northern CA
– 2024 CA State Championships (Adult: April-June; Youth: July) – Southern CA

Effective immediately, USBC has temporarily waived USBC Playing Rules 106a, 106b, 320a and 320b, which state two lanes must be used for competition and bowlers must alternate lanes – bowling five frames on each lane of the pair. It also waived the requirement that both lanes must be used for a bowler to be eligible for awards and average recognition. The temporary waiver allows competitions to use one lane for the entirety of a game and allows recognition of scores bowled on a single lane for USBC High Score Awards and for a bowler’s official average. Additionally, bowlers will be allowed to use isopropyl alcohol, more commonly known as rubbing alcohol, to clean their bowling ball during competition. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists isopropyl alcohol as an approved disinfectant for use against COVID-19.

Bowling ball specifications – Effective August 1, 2020
• A bowling ball’s oil absorption rate must be more than 2 minutes, 15 seconds for the ball to be approved
• Elimination of balance holes; bowlers may have up to five holes for gripping purposes and all must be used on every delivery
• No-thumb bowlers would need to mark by scribe, engraver or tool near the intended center of palm with a plus (+) mark

USBC Youth membership changeEffective August 1, 2020
USBC will lower the maximum age for USBC Youth membership to 18 starting with the 2020-21 season. The decision to lower the maximum age from 20 to 18, with agreement from the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and the IBC Youth Committee, will align bowling with other youth sports.

Top 3 BVL Donations for 2019-20

Total California donation: $82,342.67
Click here to see full donations

Citrus Belt USBC – $16,259.94
San Diego USBC – $15,003
Central Coast USBC – $6,500


Alvin Lou – Superior Performance
Steve Mathews – Superior Performance
Frank Weiler – Meritorious Service
Jennifer Loredo – $2,500 Star of Tomorrow Award
Leoj Chin – $2,500 Star of Tomorrow Award
David Waybright – $1,000 Braheme Memorial Award
Leoj Chin – $1,000 State Scholarship Award
John Mehlum, Jr – $1,000 State Scholarship Award

Growing the sport of bowling for youth and adults in CA!