Youth Bowling Canada

Youth Bowling Canada was launched in 1963 by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of Canada and since then it has been the breeding ground for the talented individuals who, now as adults, can be seen on televised bowling events earning thousands in prize money. A program rich in history, the YBC strives to provide a friendly, social and exciting environment for some 30,000 youngsters weekly across Canada. An environment free of harassment and the many negative influences which can be found all too easily just about everywhere these days.

From an early age YBC members learn the joys of socializing with their peers in a positive atmosphere, and the satisfaction of self-improvement. Thanks to the efforts and dedication of thousands of adult volunteers, YBC members learn to improve their physical coordination, learn to appreciate the values of fair play and learn to take part in a team environment. In YBC, EVERYONE PLAYS! Unlike some sports where quite often only the more talented individuals are ever offered an opportunity to shine, in YBC everyone plays regardless of ability. Nobody warms the bench and everyone gets to have fun!

Throughout the bowling season, YBC leagues run several In-House tournaments which help acquaint the YBC member with the excitement and experience of tournament competition. Because the majority of YBC play (both league and tournament) is conducted on a handicap basis, a novice can win an event just as easily as a more experienced player. For those who are more skilled at the sport YBC offers the 4 Steps To Stardom, a championship event which begins at the house level, proceeds to a Zone Championship, a Provincial Championship and culminates at the YBC National Championships.

YBC Frequently Asked Questions

What do youngsters get out of YBC?

Bowling in a YBC league offers the member many benefits. Youngsters get ACTIVE with regular, moderate exercise and improve their coordination, balance and motor skills. The team dynamics of bowling also helps to improve social skills through positive interaction with peers. The concepts and importance of Sportsmanship and Fair Play are reinforced by coaches and volunteers. Bowlers also learn about setting personal goals for themselves and receive achievement awards throughout the season in recognition of personal and team accomplishments.

What does YBC offer its members?

YBC offers Qualified coaching in a fun and safe environment, complete with a Rewards Program to recognize Personal and Team Achievements. Equal participation and contribution by all members, regardless of ability, is a key feature of the program and of a youngsters developing self-confidence. YBC is also a perfect opportunity to learn the ideals of sport in a non-aggressive and friendly environment, whatever the age. Three (3) age divisions ensure youngsters are teamed up with children their own age and lead to the creation of many NEW FRIENDS and lots of FUN.

How do I find a bowling centre near me that has a YBC program?

CLICK HERE to find a bowling centre near you, or you can e-mail us at info@bowlcanada.ca, or simply call us TOLL FREE at 1-888-BOWL-YBC and we’d be happy to help you find a nearby location.

How do I sign up for YBC?

Simply contact your local bowling centre (as above). Signing up is easy and they can get you going in no time at all.

How long does the season last?

The bowling season typically goes from early September to March, but may vary by region.

How often will I bowl?

Leagues play once a week, typically on Saturday mornings. Many centres have alternate “shifts” for teens who work weekends. Leagues also allow for weeks when you’ll be away (on family trips, etc.) by having bowlers “bowl ahead” so that your team is not hurt by your absence.

I have never bowled before. Do I have to compete with people better than me?

All bowlers are given a handicap based on their ability, which ensures that everyone is on a level playing field. Everyone plays and contributes equally and the handicap system ensures that everyone is an important member of their team…..in bowling NO ONE WARMS THE BENCH.

What can I win?

Leagues differ, but almost all of them provide a banquet at the end of the year and award various prizes and trophies. Also, throughout the year there are crests that can be earned for achievement, participation, etc.

Am I bowling with people my own age?

The YBC is broken down into three age divisions. Depending on the number of bowlers in the program, you would bowl in a shift with those in your age category and meet many new friends.

The age disvisions are as follows;

  • FIVEPIN: Bantams are up to 10, Juniors are 11 to 14, and Seniors are 15 to 19
  • TENPIN: Bantams are up to 11, Juniors are 12 to 14, and Seniors are 15 to 21

Additionally, there are usually special programs for those children under 7 specially tailored to the very young.

Can I bowl in tournaments even if I’m not a good bowler?

Most tournaments are played using a handicap system (or on a pins over average basis) so everyone has a chance to win, regardless of their ability. The philosophy behind these events is the promotion of sportsmanship and the development of experience in an organized event.

Do I need special equipment?

You need to wear bowling shoes, which can be rented for little or no cost at the bowling centre. Bowling balls are also provided at the centre. You can also purchase your own equipment through the bowling centre, or a bowling supplier.

Do I have to buy any equipment?

Everything you need is available at the bowling centre at no charge, or for a small rental fee.

What do I wear to go bowling?

Some YBC programs provide special bowling shirts to wear. Otherwise, loose fitting, comfortable clothing is fine.

How long does it take?

Bowling typically takes about 2 hours per week, depending on the size of the program.

How many games do I play?

Typically, most divisions play 3 games, however sometimes the younger divisions will play 2 games.

Do I get any free bowling?

When you register with YBC, you will receive 12 free games of bowling with your membership card.

How old do I have to be?

Depending on the league, you can start as young as 3, and bowl until you are 21 (Tenpin) or 19 (Fivepin). Bowling is a LIFE SKILL and becomes a recreation and sport that you can enjoy well beyond your youth. Many people in their eighties and nineties continue to enjoy bowling as a means of maintaining a healthy and social lifestyle.

Is it team or individual competition?

Both – bowlers are placed on teams, and compete against other teams and there is also individual competition with the other players in your league.

Where can I learn about the rules of bowling?

Your coaches and program director will teach you the basics. Sometimes the manager will have some information on bowling as well.

My child is physically challenged. Is there special equipment he/she can use? Is the centre wheelchair accessible?

Some centres are equipped with wheelchair devices to aid in bowling. You can check our website www.bowlcanada.ca for a list of wheelchair accessible bowling centres.

My child is mentally challenged. Can he/she participate in YBC?

All bowlers can participate in YBC bowling. However, please check with the centre’s manager if your child requires some extra attention or assistance to be sure there are volunteers available.

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Thinking of joining YBC? It’s easy as can be!

Leagues typically form in early September but members can join throughout the year. It’s never too late to sign up for the fun of bowling in an organized youth league.

If you’re having trouble finding a league in your area call us TOLL FREE at: 1-888-BOWL-YBC

We’ll be happy to help you find a league nearby and answer any questions you may have. You may also want to read our FAQ’s section to learn more about YBC and bowling in an organized league.

So, YBC is only a click or toll free call away. Get rolling and strike up some fun with Youth Bowling Canada.

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