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About Bowling

The sport of bowling is a time-honored sport in the American Deaf community; bowling alleys have long served as a social outlet for many deaf and hard of hearing folks. The first regional deaf bowling tournament was held in 1934, and the same regional tournament has been held almost every year ever since. Nowadays, there are more than a few regional Deaf bowling leagues, plus many deaf or hard of hearing bowlers play in all types of bowling leagues.

The US Deaf Bowling committee encourages friendly competition among all deaf and hard of hearing bowlers and assists in the hosting of regional and national bowling tournaments. The committee is responsible for the selection of the national teams to represent the USA in international competitions.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for the USA Deaf Bowling Athlete Criteria and USA Deaf Bowling Head Coach Selection Criteria.

Bowling News

August 7, 2018

Bowling Accepting Applications for Women Athletes

Due to low participation of women in the USA Deaf Bowling Tryouts in Texas on August 23 and 24th, USA Deaf Bowling is now advertising for […]
June 29, 2018

USA Deaf Bowling Welcomes Coach

Congratulations to Brad Hagen of Conroe, Texas, for being selected as the Head Coach for Team USA Deaf Bowling. He has been selected by USA Deaf […]
June 13, 2018

USA Deaf Bowling Team Trials – Updated

USA Deaf Bowling Team USA Trials – ***Updated Information August 24 & 25, 2018 Time to Spare Entertainment in Conroe, TX Represent Team USA at the […]
April 25, 2018

Applications for a Bowling Coach now open!

USA Deaf Bowling is now advertising for a coach to serve a three-year term recruiting and developing a National Team of women and men athletes to compete in the 4th World Championships in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, in September 2019, and the 24th Summer Deaflympics in 2021, as well as in national competitions and training camps.

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Contact Person: Robert Ellison

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USA Deaf Bowling Athlete Criteria

Bowlers selected to the USA Deaf Bowling National Team must satisfy the following requirements:

1. Be a Citizen of the United States of America.
2. Have a hearing loss of at least 55 db in the better ear. (3 tone frequency average at 500, 1000 & 2000 Hertz, ISO Standard).
• For Audiogram requirements: http://www.deaflympics.com/form /audiogram.pdf.
3. Be a member in good standing with USADSF.
4. Agree to, sign and abide by the USADSF honor code.
5. Submit himself/herself without any reservations to all Doping Control and procedures of the USADSF, International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), and the World Antidoping Agency (WADA).
6. Complete the USA Team application packet, which includes providing proof of a United States Passport.
• NOTE: The passport must be valid for at least 6 months before and after the specific event which you are selected.
7. Be a current member of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).
8. Specific Gender Criteria:

• Men- have a book average of 190 or better in two (2) of the last 3 years as evidenced by the USBC.
• Women- have a book average of 170 or better in two (2) of the last 3 years as evidenced by the USBC.

9. Current member of a bowling league with timely progress reports/statistics.
10. The USA Deaf Bowling NSO Representative reserves the right to appoint USA Deaf Bowlers to the USA Deaf Bowling National Team in special circumstances.

USA Deaf Bowling Head Coach Selection Criteria

Mandatory Eligibility Requirements for USA Deaf Bowling Head Coach:
1. Complete the USA Team application packet, which includes providing proof of having, or being in the process of obtaining, a United States Passport.
• NOTE: The passport must be valid for at least 6 months before and after the specific event which you are selected.
2. Be a current member of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).
3. Have valid national coaching certifications in Bowling.
4. Have valid basic first-aid, CPR, and SafeSport training certifications.
5. Be a current member of USADSF and USA Deaf Bowling.
6. Submit the USADSF USA Team application packet and a non-refundable USA Team processing fee of $100 within 30 days of selection.
7. Pass a criminal background check (http://www.ncsisafe.com) prior to appointment to the USA Deaf Bowling Head Coach position.

Procedures for Applying for the position of USA Deaf Bowling Head Coach

1. All applicants for the head coach positions shall submit a letter of interest, resume, and one (1) letter of reference to the USA Deaf Bowling Team Director. The committee may ask for additional letters of reference if necessary.
2. The announcement of the USA Deaf Bowling Head Coach shall be made by the USA Deaf Bowling NSO Representative based on recommendations from the Selection Committee.
3. The Head Coach then shall select his/her assistant coaches, subject to approval by the USA Deaf Bowling Selection Committee. This approval is contingent upon submission of materials as outlined in the next paragraph.

• All applicants for Assistant Coach Positions shall submit a letter of interest, resume, one letter of reference, and a letter of recommendation from the Head Coach.

Applications for the Head positions shall be reviewed by the Selection Committee based on the following qualifications:

1. Years of experience in the field of coaching her/his respective sport on both international and domestic levels.
2. Credentials in the area of coaching, training, teaching and sports medicine.
3. Years of experience of bowling on local, regional, national and international levels.
4. Years of experience in associating with deaf and hard of hearing athletes in bowling.
5. Willingness to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing bowlers.

Selection Process

Three (3) members of the Selection Committee, appointed by the USA Deaf Bowling NSO Representative, shall consist of the following:
1. Former Collegiate Team Head Coach with years of coaching experience on both domestic and/or international levels; or a former USA Deaflympics Bowling Team member with years of experience playing bowling on both international and domestic levels.
2. NSO Representative, USA Deaf Bowling under USA Deaf Sports Federation.
3. A representative appointed by the USA Deaf Sports Federation Board of Directors.

Approval Procedure

1. The Selection Committee shall recommend to the USA Deaf Bowling NSO Representative the name of the nominated Head Coach.
2. After approving the nominated Coach, the USA Deaf Bowling NSO. Representative then shall recommend the nominated Head Coach to the USA Deaf Sports Federation Board for final approval.
3. The Head Coach will in turn choose their own assistant coaches, according to the approved coach selection criteria and submit their names to the USA Deaf Bowling Selection Committee. After approving the selected assistant coaches, the USA Bowling chair will announce the final selections of the USA Deaf Bowling Head Coach and Assistant Coaches.

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