The Junior Team USA roster will grow to 12 boys and 12 girls in 2016, with nearly all of the spots on the team being earned based on performance.
Junior Team USA, which represents the United States in international youth competition, will be determined at the Junior Gold Championships and the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials each year.
A total of six boys and six girls will earn automatic spots on Junior Team USA 2016 at the 2015 Junior Gold Championships presented by Storm, Roto Grip and Master that will take place in July in Chicago. Four boys and four girls will earn automatic spots at the Team USA Trials in January 2016. The final two boys and two girls spots will be selections announced at the conclusion of the Team USA Trials.
“We wanted to revamp the process to reward those players who have strong performances at Junior Gold and at Team USA Trials,” USBC Managing Director of National Governing Body Neil Stremmel said. “The quality of youth bowlers competing at these events continues to get stronger each year, which helps keep the Junior Team USA program strong.”
To be eligible for Junior Team USA in 2016, bowlers must be U.S. citizens and be age 20 or younger as of Jan, 1 2016. The date and age requirement is established by World Bowling, which governs international competition.