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PEPSI-COLA Tournament Information
The 2003-2004 Illinois State
Pepsi Cola Tournament Director is
About The Tournament
An initial mailing of the league kit went out to many YABA associations in June 2003. As it was in the 2002-03 PEPSI tournaments, there are still four divisions for 12 & above (Boys’ and Girls’ - Handicap and Scratch). Athletes will again advance after the state/provincial/ zone finals. The Handicap Division winners will still advance to the 2004 Pepsi Cola Youth Bowling Championships International Finals July 19-21, 2004 and the Scratch Division winners will now advance to the 2004 Junior Gold National Championships July 12-16, 2004 Both will be held in Dallas, TX.
The Pepsi Cola
Youth Bowling Championships,
sponsored by PepsiCo. Inc.
USA® and conducted by the Young American Bowling
Alliance, is an opportunity for your area's athletes to become involved in the
premier international tournament for youth bowlers. To date, the
Youth Bowling Championships (previously Coca Cola YBC)
has awarded over $2,500,000 in scholarships, through
the Scholarship Funds Program and the International Finals. It is
estimated that at least $250,000 in scholarships will be awarded this season
through the State/Provincial/Zone competitions. By conducting the league
level competition you are giving your bowlers an opportunity to help finance
The Pepsi Cola Youth Bowling Championships begins at the league level. The tournament is a benefit of membership to all YABA Youth Division sanctioned bowlers (no longer an upper age limit of 21). For just being a member of YABA, athletes receive the opportunity to:
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The Pepsi Cola Youth Bowling Championships begins with league level qualifying. Bowling centers with YABA sanctioned Youth Division leagues are automatic qualifying sites. Since the tournament is a benefit of a membership, there is no entry fee at this level.
League level qualifying has been completed and many of the 11 & Under zone tournaments have been completed. Most zone tournaments for the 12 & over group will be held in late February.
Qualifying competition was held in divisions based on the bowler's age as of August 1, 2003. The divisions are:
Participants in the 11-and-under age divisions advance as far as the state/provincial/zone championships with some earning scholarships. They do not compete in the international finals.
Winners in the 12 and above age divisions
will advance to state/provincial/zone competitions.
Advancers from the state/provincial/zone competitions receive scholarships and an opportunity to advance to one of YABA’s international finals. The Handicap Division winners from the state/provincial/zone finals will receive an expense-paid trip to the international finals of the Pepsi Cola Youth Bowling Championships July 2004 (Dallas, TX). Youth representing U.S. military bases abroad are responsible for their traveling expenses to reach a U.S. border. Each state/province/zone will send at least one winner for each of the two 12 and above age divisions. Some states/provinces/zones will receive additional berths based on YABA membership figures. These athletes will still be competing for $20,000 in scholarships at the international finals.
The Scratch Division winners from the state/provincial/zone finals will receive a berth into the 2004 USA Junior Gold National Championships in Dallas, TX. These athletes will have their $125 entry fee paid for by YABA. In addition, the advancers out of the Pepsi Cola Youth Bowling Championships will also still be in competition for $15,000 in scholarships earmarked especially for Pepsi Cola advancers, plus the opportunity for $50,000 in scholarships available to all athletes at the championships. The advancers must be Gold program members, or be eligible and purchase a membership prior to the championships. There is no requirement to be a Gold program member to enter the Scratch Division at the local or state level.
Finalists advancing to the Pepsi Cola international finals out of the handicap divisions from their state/ provincial/zone level are eligible for either Division I or II. These finalists will be ranked by their rerated average in their respective gender category. Divisions I and II are created by the split at the middle rerated average point. Finalists will then only compete against those in their respective division.
Athletes in each division at the Pepsi Cola international finals begin competing by rolling two four-game blocks. Total pinfall for the eight qualifying games (plus handicap where applicable) will decide the top 16 semifinalists in Division I and in Division II. The semifinalists will then bowl double-elimination single match play games. Predetermined pairings for the first round of match play are based on order of finish after qualifying. Total pinfall from the qualifying competition will be dropped for the semifinal competition. Division I and II scholarship awards will be: 1st place, $2,000; 2nd place, $1,500; 3rd place, $1,000; and 4th place, $500.
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