Frequently Asked Questions

When does the PWBA Tour season begin?

The 2019 season will begin with the PWBA Cleveland Open at Yorktown Lanes from April 25-27.

Do I have to be a PWBA member to compete in an event?
No. Guests will be allowed to compete in all PWBA events they are eligible but will pay the full entry fee. PWBA members are entitled to a $100 discount for all PWBA standard events. The PWBA Players Championship and PWBA Tour Championship are only open to 2019 PWBA members.  

Is there a limit on the number of players for an event?
Yes, but the limit is based on the number of lanes in the host center and varies by event. PWBA members also have a 21-day priority over guests for all PWBA standard events.

How do entries work at PWBA Elite events?
The top 24 players in the points standings after the U.S. Open will have a direct entry into the PWBA Elite events after paying the $300 entry fee. If a player who has earned a direct entry does not enter the event by the 21-day deadline, their entry will go to the pre-tournament qualifier (PTQ).

How many entries are available at the PTQ at PWBA Elite events?
The PWBA will reserve eight (8) spots into the field at each PWBA Elite event. The field will be set to accommodate the maximum number of competitors based on the number of lanes available. No more than five (5) competitors will be assigned to any pair of lanes. Entries will close 48 hours prior to the start of the PTQ. The tournament director has the right to accept entries after the 48-hour deadline.

How much does it cost to enter each event?
The entry fee for PWBA standard events is $300 for members and $400 for non-members. Entries for the USBC Queens are $350 until April 25 and $400 beginning April 26. The entry fee for players earning a spot at the U.S. Women’s Open is $400. The entry for a PTQ at a PWBA Elite event is $100, and a player who qualifies for the tournament proper does not have to pay any additional fee.

How much does a PWBA membership cost and what are the benefits?

A PWBA membership costs $300 for the 2018 season. PWBA members will receive the following benefits:

  • A $100 entry-fee discount on PWBA standard events
  • Entry priority for PWBA standard events
  • Discounted practice rates at official PWBA Practice Centers
  • A free PWBA award ring for a player’s first 300 bowled during PWBA event
  • The right to receive a PWBA champion banner for winning a PWBA national tour event
  • The right to transport equipment on the PWBA Player Services truck (transport fees apply)
  • A personalized membership card
  • Five PWBA bag tags
  • The right to wear the logo of a pro shop or business they own or operate (subject to PWBA Product Registration rules)
  • The right to enter the PWBA Players Championship
  • An opportunity to qualify for the PWBA Tour Championship
  • A name listing on the PWBA website

Go to or click here to learn more and to submit a PWBA application.

What equipment can I use during PWBA competition?                                                                                     

Only registered products may be used during PWBA competition. A full list can be found by clicking here or visiting the Format and Product Registration page.

What rule changes were made for the 2018 PWBA season?

A complete copy of the Official PWBA Rules and Regulations can be found here. Some key rules changes that will start in 2018 include:

  • Competition membership in the PWBA is open to any woman who has achieved a bowling average of 190 or higher in any USBC certified league. Athletes living outside the United States may join the PWBA if they average 190 or higher with proof from their country’s federation.
  • If there is a tie for any higher-seeding position in the stepladder finals, a one-game roll-off will break the tie. The roll-off will take place on a pair to be determined by the tournament director, where neither competitor bowled for the previous two (2) games. The competitor with the higher actual pinfall total for the tournament will receive choice of starting lane. If total actual pins are equal, the competitor with the higher qualifying total will receive choice of starting lane.
  • If there is a tie for the final two spots in the stepladder finals, the highest qualifier will receive the higher-seeded position.
  • The official dress code has been updated.

I see there will be an event near me. How much does it cost to attend a PWBA tournament?

Ticket prices are determined by the PWBA event host. The PWBA Tour schedule can be found here and more information can be found by clicking the “Details” link on the event.

Will there be any “Bowl with the Pros” events or appearances by players at each stop?

Yes, each event will have a pro-am for fans to meet the stars of the PWBA Tour. Check with the host bowling center for additional information.

Can I watch the PWBA Tour on TV?

A total of seven PWBA Tour events will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network in 2018. For a full schedule, click here. Events not nationally televised will have the stepladder finals broadcast live on BowlTV.

I think my center would be a great place for a PWBA tournament. How are venues determined?

If you or someone you know would like to host a PWBA tournament, please contact Tennelle Milligan at

Our local association would really like to help. Do you need any volunteers?

PWBA host centers provide volunteers to help at PWBA tournaments. If you would like to volunteer, please contact one of the host centers by clicking here and let them know you would like to help.

If I have other questions, who can I contact?

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