Notes: All new or amended rules are boxed.
These rules were taken out of the FAMILY RULEBOOK 2000 / 2001
Which include rules for YABA, ABC & WIBC
YABA YOUTH DIVISION
YABA Youth Division Membership Eligibility Rule
Rule 400. For membership in the YABA Youth Division, individuals shall not have reached their 22nd birthday
on or before August 1 of the current bowling season. The age limitation is waived for those authorized as mentally challenged.
If a YABA member participates in any bowling activity recognized by their State High School Athletic Association, the more restrictive eligibility rule (YABA or State High School Athletic Association) will apply.
To maintain eligibility, youth bowlers must not bowl, substitute or pace in any bowling activity where:
a. They are involved in any form of gambling.
b. Cash or bonds are awarded.
c. Any award exceeds $50 in value, not including cost for engraving, lettering, postage and/or tax. (For further clarification, see Special Eligibility Rules below.)
Buying or selling of earned awards is prohibited.
BOWLING EQUIPMENT. The awarding of personalized bowling equipment is acceptable with no limitation on the dollar amount. Personalization means engraving the bowler’s name or initials on a bowling ball, or attachment of plate(s), containing such information, on equipment.
SCHOLARSHIPS. There are no limits on scholarship amounts. The scholarship must be held by the organization offering or administering the award, and must be paid directly to the accredited institution of higher learning.
CHARITY BOWL-A-THONS. YABA members may use their scores to determine the amount of contributions in bowl-a-thons. For national/international charities, or national scholarship program approved by YABA, the $50 limit in value of awards is waved. All other bowl-a-thons must adhere to the $50 limit. Cash or bonds cannot be awarded and awards cannot be transferred or sold.
ENTRY FEES/TRAVEL. Entry fees and travel expenses are permissible into the next higher level of YABA competition or any YABA tournament or event. The $50 limit in value of awards will be waived. Bowlers may not transfer their entry. The entry fee must be paid directly to the tournament director/manage, not to the YABA member.
TEAM USA/TEAM CANDA COMPETITION. YABA members may participate in Team USA/Team Canada competition along with adults competitors provided they do not receive cash or bonds. They may participate in side competitions only for YABA members during Team USA/Team Canada events as long as any winnings are given as scholarship deposited in the SMART program.
Rules 800 – 804 cover procedures to follow when violations of these rules occur. All periods of ineligibility for YABA membership and other eligibility matters not covered shall be determined by the executive director
Rule 13. Unmarried grade and high school students under the age of 18 must have written consent of a parent or guardian before participation in any WIBC/ABC league or tournament where merchandise valued over $50, or cash and/or bonds are offered.
Such consent must be on file with the league or tournament secretary at least one week before participation, unless the student is accompanied by a parent or guardian. In that case, the consent form may be filed prior to the start of bowling. Failure to file the consent form will cause the player to be ineligible and subject games bowled to forfeiture or disqualification.
The consent shall be given in the following form: