Rule change to allow active collegiate players the ability to compete and cash in PBA events
New York, NY – Effective immediately, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) has modified the amateur cash rule to allow active collegiate players the ability to compete and cash in PBA events. The rule change meets the requirements set forth by USBC Collegiate Bowling.
The modifications to 13.2.4 Amateur Cash Rule will allow the non-member maximum two-cash rule to be waived for current collegiate bowlers who are able to provide proof of status as a current member of a USBC Collegiate bowling team. Approved collegiate players may cash and compete as often as they’d like.
“The talent on the collegiate level is at an all-time high,” said PBA Tour Commissioner Tom Clark. “While current collegiate rules prohibit active players from joining the PBA, this new rule offers more opportunities for them to compete at the highest level of the game. PBA fans, players and tournament hosts will benefit, and it will help collegiate players make a smoother transition to PBA membership once their college careers are over.”
Collegiate players may compete in PBA-member-only events if entries are available after PBA member registration. Players must still pay non-member entry fees for all events and will not earn Official titles, Champions banners, competition points or seasonal awards while competing as a non-PBA member.
It is the collegiate players’ responsibility to determine whether or not participation in a PBA event as a non-member violates his college or athletic association rules, or if participation will affect his or her amateur status.
For more information on the PBA’s official rules and regulations, please visit PBA.com/player-resources/pba-rulebook
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com.
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