Junior World Team Challenge goes international; gets WTBA and PABCON Certification


    United States

    2013JuniorWorldTeamChallengeLogo.jpg The Junior World Team Challenge tournament has announced the recent certification by both World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) and Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON).

    The 18th annual event will be held June 20-23, 2013 at Suncoast Hotel & Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., just before the start of the International Bowl Expo (June 23-27).

    The Junior World Team Challenge, always a "must bowl" for many top youth and collegiate bowlers in the United States, is now one of only a few international events for youth bowlers.

    "The WTBA certification process requires a lot of work, but it's worth the effort," said JWTC Tournament Director, Ty Treddenbarger.

    "Having international youth competing in our field of teams will only add to an already exciting format. We stand ready and willing to assist any international teams with entries and travel plans.

    "There will be members of Team USA, Junior Team USA, national teams for other countries as well as top collegiate teams spread among the entering teams. JWTC has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships since the event's inception." The Junior World Team Challenge is open to all bowlers under age 22 (as of August 1, 2012) that belong to a WTBA member federation. The field is capped at 64 teams between two divisions: Unlimited (950 & Up) and Limited (949 & under). All competition is scratch.

    The first two days of the tournament schedule (Thursday & Friday) are very popular side events starting with JWTC Sweepers (Singles) followed by our very popular Survivor Doubles event.

    The primary event is the five-person teams which starts early Saturday with registration, team pictures and a mandatory bowler briefing of all participants and coaches. It is followed by a large, multimedia opening ceremony with bowlers marching in as teams are announced lane-by-lane.

    Bleachers are added to the concourse to expand seating as the number of spectators is in the hundreds. After qualifying (five games regular bowling plus six games Baker format), there will be a cut to the semifinals (Round Robin Baker Match Play) and stepladder finals based on the number of entries. Following the competition is an awards ceremony in a ballroom at the venue.

    For more information about JWTC visit www.bowljwtc.com or contact Ty Treddenbarger at 1-206-579-6464 or email at tytreddenbarger@aol.com.