The United States Bowling Congress plans to introduce a new national tournament, the USBC Mixed, in 2015. The new tournament will debut next to the 2015 USBC Women’s Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. This is in an attempt to attract bowlers of all ages and abilities.
The Mix will feature four-player mixed teams, mixed doubles and singles open competition. Bowlers will be divided into four team and six doubles and singles divisions to match up with bowlers of similar skill sets.
The Mix will also give novice bowlers the experience of being able to travel and get a taste of competition on a national stage, while still having easy squad times, low cost entry fees, and a friendly environment. Since packing up and traveling across the country to compete can be somewhat intimidating, the understanding of this event is that even amateur bowlers can compete on a national stage against thousands of other bowlers and it can still be fun.
Brian Lewis, USBC Managing Director of Tournaments spoke about this new endeavor,
“We’ve created The Mixed as a way to reach a different segment of our membership and get more bowlers interested in tournament competition,”
“They’ll be able to visit exciting cities, enjoy our great venues, and, of course, win a little prize money. It has been a long time since we’ve had a true mixed event, and we’re looking forward to adding to our diverse menu of events.”
Hopefully, the Mixed event will entice couples to travel together and enjoy the festivities, as well as allow them to participate and earn some prize money. The event will run from April 10 through June 30, 2015 and will cost $44 per event. Bowlers who participate in the The Mixed will be able to bowl in three games during each event (single, doubles, and team). There will also be an option to join in all events.
Team events during The Mixed will have the opportunity to share the lanes during the Women’s Championship 7pm time slot. This will give them the chance to enjoy the same squad room and march-out experience as the pros. The double and singles competitions will be held on separate lanes. Re-entry will be allowed in the open singles and mixed doubles, bowlers will also be allowed to bowl in the team event twice.
Beginning June 3, advance entries will be accepted for the team event and captains will be contacted to schedule doubles and singles. Onsite entries will also be accepted, depending on availability. For more information, visit: http://bowl.com/openchamp/