Dec 2017/Jan 2018- www.bowlingworld.com 35 Juniors Mark Your Calendars Jan 7, 2018 - NCJET @ Black Oak Casino Jan. 20-21 – USA Bowling National Championships Qualifying, Cloverleaf Family Bowl, Fremont, January 27 : YBT Windsor Bowl, Windsor January 28: YBT Double Decker Lanes, Rohnert Park February 4 : NCJET Gold Country Lanes February:10-11 USA Bowling National Championships Qualifying, Southwest – Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas February 25: YBT Classic Bowling Center, Daly City March 23-25 : Storm Youth Championships, Reno, NV May 26-27 : Hillman Memorial Scholarship@ Cloverleaf Family Bowl, Fremont July 14-21: USBC Junior Gold Championships, Dallas, TX. July 27-29: Reno Jr/Adult Invitational, Reno National Bowling Stadium August 11-12: DW Challenge , Rancho Bowl, Santa Maria NCJET From page 33 NCJET @ West Valley Bowl Congratulations to our newest NCJET Champion in Tracy, Division 2 Girls Abbi Hickman and runner up/ soon to be Champion, Haylie Denney. Our Champion, Nicholas Postag a nd runner up, Daniel Chin in Tracy Congratulations to our Champions from today: Abbi Hickman, Jennifer Loredo, Cody Herzog and Nicholas Postag! I want to express how impressed I was with all the bowlers today on an incredibly difficult pattern. All the bowlers stepped up to the challenge and it was truly amazing for me to watch them persevere. I saw the frustration but I also saw the sheer desire to conquer the challenge they faced. Truly amazing. It's funny to think we are surrounded by the professionals of tomorrow, watching them grow and learn, and sharing their experiences as they develop their talents before our eyes. I am really thankful I can be a part of their lives and enjoy their journeys. Thank you parents for sharing your children with us. Thanks to Mal and his staff for hosting our event. Also a big thank you to all our helpers today and always. And to 900 Global, Dexter, Vise, bowlersdeals.com, and Logo Infusion for helping these kids achieve their goals! NCJET Champions from the Manteca event - with Alex Aguirre, Maranda Pattison, Cody Herzog and Vanessa Mar. JUNIOR GOLD TO HAVE STEPLADDER FINALS IN 2018, ADDS U17 DIVISION FOR 2019 ARLINGTON, Texas – The Junior Gold Championships will have a stepladder format for its nationally televised finals starting in 2018, and next season will add a 17-and-under division that will have its first finals at the 2019 event. Each division of the 2018 Junior Gold Championships presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, which will take place in the Dallas area, will conclude with a three-person stepladder final. The tournament will follow the schedule it has used for several years, with four days of qualifying followed by an advancers round and double-elimination match-play bracket. The two finalists in the match-play bracket will bowl to determine the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds for the three-person stepladder final, and the winner of the Contend- ers bracket will be the No. 3 seed for the televised finals. The stepladder finals will be one-game matches, with the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds facing off in the opening match and the winner of the match advancing to face the No. 1 seed for the title. The boys’ and girls’ stepladder finals in each age division – U12, U15 and U20 – will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network in 2018, as part of the United States Bowling Congress’ two-year agreement with the television network. “The enhancements will provide bowling fans with a format they are more famil- iar with and allow more youth bowlers the opportunity to compete on national tele- vision,” Gary Brown, Managing Director of International Bowling Campus Youth Development, said. The decision to add a U17 division starting with the 2018-2019 season, which starts May 1, 2018, was to ensure youth competitors are bowling against their peers. Over the last several years, research of the event has shown about half of the bowlers in the U20 division were eligible for a U17 division. During the 2017 event, for example, there were about 1,600 qualifiers in the U20 Boys division and nearly half of those bowlers (745) would have been eligible for a U17 division. The U20 Girls was equally split as 457 of the 937 girls qualifying for the 2017 event would have been eligible for a U17 division. The U15 division was added to the Junior Gold Championships in 2012 and the U12 division made its debut two years later. Since 2011, when the event had just over 1,600 participants, the field for the Junior Gold Championships has more than doubled. “We have found having peer-to-peer competition is important to youth bowlers,” Brown said. “The U17 division provides the next step in the development of those who compete in the Junior Gold program.” The Junior Gold program also is adjusting its timeframe to conduct qualifying events, requiring events or tournaments be completed by May 15 of the event’s year. Starting next season, qualifying events for the 2019 Junior Gold Champion- ships must be conducted between May 1, 2018 and May 15, 2019. The Junior Gold Championships is an annual national tournament for the top male and female youth bowlers in the United States. In addition to earning schol- arships, youth bowlers have the opportunity to earn a spot on Junior Team USA . Visit BOWL.com/JuniorGold to learn more.