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#9345 - 11/06/02 07:43 PM college bowling question
mac2118 Offline
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I have a quick question about college bowling. At my college there is no bowling team (Slippery Rock University). If one were to get started, I was wondering if I would be eligible. Last summer I bowled in the men's division of a pro-am tournament. I placed 12th over all, and 4th in the scratch division. I did accept the cash prize. Would that hinder me from joining the college bowling team if one were to be started? And if there was a problem, I am sure that I would have to go through some type of process to get reinstated in some manner to be able to bowl. If that was the case, would it just be easier for me to find a local league and join in the adult division?


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#9346 - 11/09/02 10:13 PM Re: college bowling question
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You would be eligible still if the rules are still the same as when I bowled collegiately. As far as I remember, collegiate bowling does not allow pros or those who claim to be pros or those who make their living by bowling competitively, though that's hazy. There are plenty of collegiate bowlers who have won cash prizes in tournaments and are eligible to bowl for their schools. I've bowled against some of them in the World Team Challenge tournaments over the past five years. I've also seen them at the ABC Tournament. Believe me, they don't turn down the money. To see what the eligibility rules are, you should get in touch with the office at Bowling HQ that runs bowling. If you go to you should find who you can e-mail.(Probably Chris Stoehr or her boss) Chris has been involved for decades, so she probably has the best info.

Slippery Rock? I know where that is. I just agreed to help coach the Penn State Women's team after a 13-15 year hiatus. Last night was my first night talking to them. It should be nice. I used to be with the program from 1981-1987 or so, depending when I really stopped coaching/advising. Now it seems like a fun thing to do again. I hope I have the success that I had back then. Good luck with your quest to get involved in collegiate bowling. It was probably the most fun I had in bowling.

Clark Green

#9347 - 11/28/02 02:30 AM Re: college bowling question
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Hi Mac-
don't know if this will help you out at all...but...when I bowled in college, which was about ten years ago, we were allowed to bowl for money, BUT, that's because we were a "club sport" and NOT NCAA sanctioned. We did bowl in sectionals and did compete against other schools. I don't think that has changed too much because one of the kids that works at the center I bowl out of bowls for WNEC and he IS allowed to bowl for money, I'm not sure if his school is NCAA sanctioned. But, a girl that bowls on my nationals team bowls for St. Pete's and they are NCAA sanctioned and she has to turn down money if she cashes. So, I think if you start out as a "club sport" and NOT NCAA you can still bowl for money. Munsonball is right though, go to and check out the collegiate rules there. Good luck with getting a team together, it takes time, keep it up!!!! DelutzFan


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