The Professional Bowlers Association.
Professional Bowlers Association was established in 1958 by
founder Eddie Elias. When the PBA was founded, there were only
33 members. Today, that number has grown to almost 3500.
Additionally, there are 700 members on the PBAs senior tour.
PBA was formed to promote the status of the qualified bowler
to the rank of professional and to promote bowling to the
status of a major sport. Additionally, it was formed to
promote the sport of bowling and to allow the bowler to gain
employment through bowling. Additionally the PBA provides its
members a retirement plan, life insurance, a benevolent fund
for the relief of deserving members to institute welfare and
retirement and pension programs.
gain membership into the PBA, a prospective applicant must
meet the following minimum requirements:
Be a male
(females have similiar guidelines for the LPBA) who has
received their high school diploma or are over the age of
eighteen residing any place in the world who can qualify
under the terms outlined by the PBA.
Obtain a PBA
membership application form which must be filled out by
the applicant and endorsed by the Regional PBA
Representative OR obtain the endorsements of three PBA
members in good standing AND the Regional Director. In
lieu of the Regional Representative or three members, the
applicant may have the Regional Director sign the
application. If it is geographically impossible to obtain
any of the above, or in cases of extreme emergencies, the
Commissioner has the right to endorse the application.
applications must be accompanied by letters of character
reference from three reputable individuals in the
A 8" x
10" black and white photo.
of a birth certificate or other proof of age deemed
acceptable by the Commissioner.
Must have 190
average or higher in a league of reasonable repute for the
last two consecutive complete seasons (a minimum of 66
games per season), which must be verified by the local ABC
secretary (NOT league secretary).
documentation is mailed to the Regional Director,
accompanied by the initiation fee of $150.
application is accepted for membership, the new member
MUST attend PBA members school within one year ($150 non
refundable registration fee required).
the application is received, the Regional Director will review
the application for completeness and accuracy and forward the
applicaton and initiation fee to the Commissioner who in turn
will mail a synopsis of the applicant to all Executive Board
members and the Regional representatives.
Executive Board members will vote "YES",
"NO" or "Don't Know" on the applications
and mail the response to the Commissioner. If the tabulated
votes show three or more negative votes, the applicant will be
rejected and the commissioner will notify the applicant.