TEAM USA SELECTION PROCESS ANNOUNCED FOR 2010
By Lucas Wiseman
The process for determining Team USA will remain unchanged for 2010, allowing for the selection of the country's top professional bowlers while also granting the opportunity to any United States Bowling Congress member a chance to earn a spot.
Team USA 2010 will consist of 10 men and 10 women. Committees will select five men from the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour and five women from a pool of players that includes Team USA members since 1998 and former Professional Women's Bowling Association/Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour members.
In addition, amateur bowlers and those professionals not selected will have an opportunity to earn a spot by competing in the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials
, Dec. 14-18, 2009 at Sunset Station Hotel and Casino's Strike Zone Bowling Center in suburban Las Vegas .
The top three men and top three women finishers at the Team USA Trials, open to any USBC member, will each earn an automatic spot on Team USA while the National Selection Committee will pick two additional men and two additional women to join the team.
USBC Youth members may also participate in the Trials and in addition to competing for spots on Team USA, there will be spots on Junior Team USA 2010 up for grabs.
The top two boys and top two girls at the Team USA Trials who are 20 years old or younger before Jan. 1, 2010, regardless if they are USBC Youth or Adult members, will earn automatic spots on Junior Team USA 2010, while the National Selection Committee will select two additional boys and two additional girls to join the team. The National Selection Committee will select from players who competed in either the Team USA Trials or who advanced to the match play portion of the USBC Junior Gold Championships, which were held in July in Indianapolis .