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#16006 - 07/17/06 02:46 PM Re: my cart is in front of my horse...
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Don't you also have to carry 200+ for at least 2 consecutive years as well as get an endorsement from 2 touring pros?

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#16007 - 07/17/06 10:09 PM Re: my cart is in front of my horse...
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Actually Cowboy - the requirements have been loosened up. Here are the current requirements:
There are three ways to become a member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA):

A 200 average or better for the most recent league season with at least 36 games in that league.

A 190 average or better in a sanctioned USBC Sport Bowling League. This is a league run by the USBC using the PBA patterns. You can find out if there are sports leagues near you by contacting the USBC at (414) 421-6400.

Cashing in a PBA Regional tournament as a non-member.

This is straight from

#16008 - 07/23/06 12:45 AM Re: my cart is in front of my horse...
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Interesting thread with a lot of good info. I was asked a few times if I'd get my procard and honestly I never gave it much thought. I always wondered what pros and cons there would be if I did decide to go for it. I still need to get more tournament experience and sport conditions under my belt before I'd consider it even with a 224 average. It sounds like it can be more of a restriction if you can not travel. I wouldn't mind $1 practice though, I spend way too much per week to keep my game sharp.
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#16009 - 07/24/06 01:42 PM Re: my cart is in front of my horse...
lorok Offline
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Well, after all is said and done, the posting of this topic was fairly irrelevant. Not that the information given wasn't good, but my game fell apart. After getting a lesson a while back I lost everything, scoring more 400s than I did in my entire 1st season. I believe I've got it back now, for the most part at least. I still haven't managed a 600 since, though I'm making most spares again. Last week I missed one easy spare, and missed 5 hard ones (washout, few splits and a 3-9). It was a 560, and I felt really good about it. Felt like I had good timing and release and was fairly accurate. At any rate, I'll need to shoot a few 800s in the last few weeks to get a 200 average! Next season though, in my second full season, I WILL average at least 210 I've decided.
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#16010 - 07/24/06 06:23 PM Re: my cart is in front of my horse...
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Wow, They really have loosened things up. Is this actually a marketing ploy to draw new memeber to the PBA in order to empty their wallets?

My input was from about 20 years ago. I know that that was yesterday and not today but if anything I would have thought the requiring criteria would have become stricter. I guess this what I deserve for "retiring" a few times. LOL.

Cal Russell

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