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Collegiate Bowling

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Collegiate Bowling 


Bowling can be truly defined as a pure intercollegiate sport. Regardless of division, region, or athletic association, bowling has become fiercely competitive. Non-sholarship, Div III teams are often able to compete side-by-side with some of the top NCAA bowling teams in the country.


Although collegiate bowling is rarely mentioned in the media, many conferences offer team competition and championship tournaments. National championships have been conducted since 1959 by the Association of College Unions (ACU) and since 1962 by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)


NCAA Scholarships for Women

  • Women's bowling, a recent NCAA emerging sport, has now reached the necessary level of sponsorship to support a NCAA championship. NCAA legislation allows for a championship for an emerging sport to be established within a year after the minimum sponsorship number is achieved.
  • The NCAA is the largest athletic association in the U.S. If you are good enough to bowl for a Division I or Division II school you may be able to squeeze some scholarship dollars out of the programs. There are 43 member schools that offer Div I or Div II Womens bowling and only two schools that offer scholarship bowling for men, but there are plenty of men's college bowling teams.
  • The NCAA allows each Divison I womens bowling program 5 scholarships and in Division II, 5 are also available.


Top Bowling Schools

The race for championship hardware is anyone's bet in any given year, but a few of the really solid bowling programs include: 

  • Whichita State University
  • University of Nebraska
  • New Jersey City University
  • Vanderbilt Univeristy


Best Resources for Bowling Scholarships, other than Colleges and Universities

  • Community bowling leagues
  • Regional and state bowling associations


2009 Collegiate Bowling Championship

            The 2009 Intercollegiate bowling championships were held in Rockford, Illinois. Only the top 16 men’s teams and the top 16 women’s teams from across the nation were able to compete in the championship. The championship consisted of three days of bowling, with 32 qualifying games being played on the first day, five rounds of double-elimination best 4 of 7 matches on the second day and the semi-finals and the finals on the last day.

Three games were played in each of the finals. For the men, the Wichita State University Shockers conquered the Saginaw Valley State Univeristy Cardinals 2-1 and for the women, the Wichita State University Shockers beat the Lindenwood Lions 2-0.


Arkansas Bowling

            The University of Arkansas does not currently have a bowling team. The only two schools in Arkansas that have bowling teams are the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Arkansas State University. However, the University of Arkansas does have bowling as a club sport. The difference is that club sports are regulated by program and university policy, but they are self-administrated by the members of the club. Participation in club sports is completely voluntary. Members of the the bowling club must be currently enrolled in at least one credit hour per semester in order to be eligible for participation. Faculty and staff that hold a current HPER membership are also eligible to participate in the bowling club. Members must not be on academic or disciplinary probation in order to participate.







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