ICBA YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
The I.C.B.A Youth Candlepin Championship is held annually in November, prior to Thanksgiving.
The championship has been conducted annually since 1978, formerly called the Northeast Candlepin Bowling Classic.
Bowlers may not have participated in an adult state or provincial tournament, the Candlepin Pro Series or similar professional candlepin bowling event or received any type of financial compensation or similar prize for participating in a candlepin bowling tournament, league or roll-off.
The Youth Candlepin Championship is a scratch event with bowlers competing in one of 4 age classifications:
Division I Age 10 and Under
Division II Ages 11-13
Division III Ages 14-15
Division IV Ages 16 and Up & Not Graduated from High School.
Events include 5 Game Singles, 5 Game Doubles & 3 Game Teams.
Trophies are awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group in each event for both boys and girls.
Bowlers who compete in all 3 events are eligible to enter the 13 Game All Events Championship for an additional entry fee. Winners in each age group with the highest 13 game total are awarded trophies and recognized as I.C.B.A. Candlepin Bowling Champions.
The boy and girl with the highest overall All Events total are recognized as the I.C.B.A. Youth Candlepin Champions for that year, are awarded a $1000 college scholarship and are included on the annual poster produced by the I.C.B.A. for display in each member center. The college scholarships have been awarded annually beginning in 1992. Bowlers must be from an I.C.B.A. member center to be eligible for scholarship.
Scholarship money is held in escrow by the I.C.B.A. until it is requested by a college, university or technical school. If the bowler will not be advancing their education beyond high school, they may obtain the money on or after their 22nd birthday.