It’s not about putting up big numbers, the Survivor Summer League is about becoming a better bowler.
“And it definitely teaches bowlers humility,” Xenia High School senior Nicole Seibel said.
The 11-week youth league at Beaver-Vu Bowl is open to bowlers 22 years and younger. The singles league is basically like a tournament every week with three games of qualifying before the field is cut for head-to-head match play.
“It helps prepare me for big tournaments,” Centerville High School senior Kyle Cook said.
Cook and Seibel are just two of the more than 100 bowlers who will take to the lanes in this competitive summer league. But while the competition will be intense – with some of the best high school and collegiate bowlers from Springfield to Hamilton bowling each week – the other league bowlers aren’t the only challenge. Bowlers will compete on a different demanding lane condition every week.
“You get a lot of big, high averages on a house shot but if you can become good on a sport shot, you’ve really accomplished something,” Cook said.
House shots will be a thing of the past for Seibel and Cook who are using the Survivor league as a tune-up for collegiate bowling. Seibel will bowl for Ohio State in the fall while Cook will compete for Urbana.
“It’s such a competitive league and you learn so much, it taught me that if you can’t pick up spares, you’re not going to get very far,” Seibel said. “It can only help me as I prepare for college bowling.”
The league, which awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships last year, has seen steady growth since it began seven years ago. Last year, the league averaged between 80-110 bowlers a week.
“It is really designed for the better bowler but you can earn scholarship money based on participation as well as performance,” league director Greg Coulles said.
In addition to offering a highly competitive environment, this year the top bowlers will also have the opportunity to participate in a televised championship tournament.
And there is one other advantage of the Survivor Summer League.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Seibel said.
Survivor Summer League
What: 11-week youth singles tournament-format league
Where: Beaver-Vu Bowl
When: Tuesdays, 7 p.m., starting May 14
Who: Bowlers 22 years and younger as of Aug. 1, 2012
Format: All bowlers bowl a 3-game qualifying round. The top 16 males and top 8 females advance to the championship round.
Handicap: 80 percent of 200, maximum handicap per bowler per game is 28 pins