Any bowler will tell you, bowling is more than a sport.

We certify. To ensure a future for the sport.

It’s family and friendship. Camaraderie and competition. Inspirational, intergenerational, accessible-to-everyone joy.

Not everyone has to get our sport. But those who do have to keep it going. We have to be there for bowling like bowling has been there for us. If you’re for bowling, bowl certified.

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We invited USBC bowlers of all ages from across the United States to tell us why they certify. For these bowlers and so many like them, bowling certified is about much more than paying dues so they can bowl in tournaments. It’s their way of saying I’m for bowling.

 

TOM AND DEBBI JO CZAJKOWSKI

EMILY SALLEE

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Everything we do at USBC we do to ensure a future for our sport—and certified bowlers make it possible. Take a moment to hear some of their inspiring stories—and if you’re for bowling, consider joining them by becoming a certified bowler today.

TIM WATSON

TREAVOR MASON

At USBC, we use the terms “member” and “certified bowler” interchangeably.

In the past, we also used the term “sanctioned.” Today, any dues-paying bowler becomes a member of USBC and can proudly call themselves a certified bowler. If you’ve noticed us using the word “certified” more lately, that’s because we believe it does a great job of communicating what USBC is all about.

BOWLING IS

“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FORM OF FELLOWSHIP.”

Casandra, certified since 1988

“MY GO TO TO STAY FIT. ”

Joe E., certified since 2017

“A FABULOUS SPORT TO PARTAKE IN.”

Barbie, certified since 2010

“SUPER FUN AND GREAT FOR MAKING FRIENDS AND HAVING FUN.”

Jonathan, certified since 2024

“FUN.”

Ronald, certified since 2023

“AN ABSOLUTE FAVORITE HOBBY TO DO AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH.”

Jose, certified since 2024

“A BIG PART OF WHO I AM AND I WANT TO KEEP IT A PART OF ME.”

Olivia, certified since 2012

“FELLOWSHIP. I CERTIFY BECAUSE OF THE YOUTH OF THE FUTURE.”

Robert, certified since 1998

“A FAMILY ACTIVITY THAT ALLOWS ME TO BE CLOSER WITH MY FAMILY.”

David, certified since 2012

“The BEST! GREAT COMPETITION, EXERCISE, AND MAKING FRIENDS.”

Carla, certified since 2003

“SOMETHING THAT KEEPS ME GOING AND I WON'T QUIT.”

Routha, certified since 1976

“A MAJOR PART OF MY LIFE. I ENJOY THE SPORT AND HAVE MADE MANY FRIENDS OVER THE YEARS THRU CERTIFIED LEAGUES, TOURNAMENTS, AND CONVENTIONS.”

Shirley, certified since 1966

“A ONE-OF-A-KIND OFFICIAL SPORT THAT THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN COMPETE IN AND IS ALWAYS FUN!”

Irene, certified since 2017

“FOR KEEPING YOU HEALTHY.”

Allen, certified since 1970

“FUN, EXERCISE, COMPETITIVE, CAMARADERIE WITH TEAM/LEAGUE MATES. HOW I GET TO TRAVEL TO STATES FOR TOURNAMENTS.”

Pam, certified since 1968

“A GREAT WAY TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND TO LEARN NEW SKILLS, AND ALSO FOR ME TO LEARN SKILLS I NEVER LEARNED BEFORE.”

Kaitlyn, certified since 2022
Our certified bowlers had many words for what bowling is to them—and we invite you to share yours.

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WHY I CERTIFY

“USBC sparked a dream for me.”

Tim Watson
Certified since 1999
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WHY I CERTIFY

“My college scholarship account is set thanks to USBC.”

Treavor Mason
Certified since 2018
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WHY I CERTIFY

“I certify because USBC has my back.”

Emily Sallee
USBC Certified Since 2005
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WHY I CERTIFY

“Travel, friendships, competition, scholarships. USBC has made a huge difference in my life.”

Madison Choi
Certified since 2022
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WHY I CERTIFY

“For the thrill of certified competition.”

Johnweyne Freitas
Certified since 2020
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WHY I CERTIFY

“Every sport needs to have a governing body.”

Tina Taylor
Certified since 1991

IF YOU’RE FOR BOWLING, BOWLING CERTIFIED IS FOR YOU.

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WHY I CERTIFY

“If you're not certified, it doesn't count.”

James Simmons
Certified since 1978
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WHY I CERTIFY

“The training and coaching you get is amazing.”

William Lenamond
Certified since 2022
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WHY I CERTIFY

“I certify because bowling needs a governing body that makes everything level and fair for everyone.”

Al Woolum
Certified since 1966

JOIN THE ONE MILLION STRONG AND GET CERTIFIED TODAY.

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WE’RE FOR BOWLING. FULL STOP.

Everything we do, we do to ensure a future for the sport.

We create and uphold the rules to maximize safety and fair play.

We inspect and certify the lanes, the balls, the pins, and the products that ensure an optimal experience for the greatest number of players.

We provide training, scholarships, and support so that anyone who wants to excel at bowling has the opportunity.

We cover the sport from every angle—on BowlTV, in print, and online—offering insight and visibility into how the game is played.

And we make the thrill of competition possible, to the tune of 14,000 tournaments each year, certifying scores and preserving every certified bowler’s place in history for generations to come.

What we do at USBC isn’t easy, but it’s very simple: Every day, in every way, we champion players and fair play to ensure a Future for the Sport.

And certified bowlers make it possible.