The top young bowlers from across the country are making their way to Indianapolis for the 2021 Junior Gold Championships.

The 2021 event started Monday with the official practice session in the 20-and-under division, and this year’s edition will run until July 17. More than 3,500 bowlers have qualified for the event, which is being held in six centers in the Indy area. There is no official opening ceremony this year.

Bowlers in four age-based divisions for boys and girls (U12, U15, U18 and U20) will be competing for part of the largest scholarship fund in tournament history ­— $500,000 — with additional money added from unassigned funds in the International Bowling Campus Youth Development SMART account.

Spots on Junior Team USA and Junior Team USA’s Developmental Team also will be up grabs in Indianapolis.

BowlTV is providing livestream coverage, including the stepladder finals in each division.

The centers being used for the 2021 Junior Gold Championships are All Star Bowl, Championship Lanes, Expo Bowl, Strike Force Lanes, Western Bowl and Woodland Bowl. The stepladder finals for each division will take place at Expo Bowl.

With the maximum age for USBC Youth membership changing to 18 with the start of the 2020-21 season, the U20 division was moved to the first week of the event to break away the adult competitors from the youth divisions (U12, U15 and U18).

The Junior Gold Trade Show and registration for U12, U15 and U18 athletes will take place July 10 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The trade show will feature more than 90 vendors, including 60 colleges and universities.

I Am Bowling, powered by Logo Infusion, is serving as the official jersey provider.

In addition to the Junior Gold Championships, the Bowling.com Youth Open Championships will be taking place in Indianapolis at All Star Bowl. Open to all USBC Youth bowlers, it offers competition in singles, doubles and four-person team events. Squads will be held July 7-9, 16-18 and 24-25, and is the oldest division.

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