Military Bowling Championships

The 2019 Military Bowling Championships were recently completed at Gold Coast & South Point Bowling Centers in Las Vegas
It was the largest event in it's 62 year long history registering 312 6-person teams.   1,872 players bowled team, singles & doubles events in divisions: Active Duty/Vets, Retired or Senior Retired.

We are very excited to have all 3 divisions bowling together under the same roof at South Point in 2020! We can accomplish that at South Point because they have 2 bowling venues, the 60-lane Plaza and the 64-lane Bowling Center. Several years ago we added an additional day for both Retired Divisions. Since many players were scheduled to bowl on the last day, it made their trip too long to come in early for the Sunday Sweeper. Again this year we added another day to both Retired divisions which makes the week even longer for many. But by moving the Sunday Sweeper to Wednesday, now all players can bowl the Sweeper if they choose without having to add days to their trip.

Summary of changes for 2020

Welcome Roto Grip - the new Presenting Sponsor Active Duty/Vets division will bowl in the Bowling Center Both Retired divisions will bowl in the Plaza
$170 entry fee is the 1st entry fee raise in 30 years Sunday Retired & Senior Retired Sweeper moved to Wednesday New Military Bowling Championships logo

Tournament Details


Active Duty/Vets Retired & Senior Retired
South Point Casino
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89183
South Point Casino
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89183


  • Active Duty/Vets
    South Point Bowling Center: January 19 - 23, 2020
  • Retired and Senior Retired
    South Point Plaza: January 19 - 25, 2020


  • Tournament only - $170
  • Tournament Side Pots for 3 events - $15
  • Active/Vets Sunday Sweeper (South Point Bowling Center, Sunday 12pm or 4 pm) - $25 (includes sidepots)
  • Retired Sweeper (South Point Plaza, Wednesday 12pm or 4pm) - $25 (includes sidepots)
  • Senior Retired Sweeper (South Point Plaza, Wednesday 12pm or 4pm) - $25 (includes sidepots)
  • Optional Brackets available at check-in for tournament & sweepers
  • 3 Game Scratch Sweeper (South Point Bowling Center, 7:30pm Tuesday or Thursday) - $40
  • Handicap Mixed Doubles (South Point Bowling Center, Monday or Friday 7:30pm) - $40/team, $60/team after 12/31

Active Duty/Vets Division bowled at
South Point
Bowling Center

Squad A, Active/Vets
  • Monday 8:00 am - Doubles
  • Tuesday 12:00 pm - Team
  • Wednesday 4:00 pm - Singles

Squad B, Active/Vets
  • Monday 12:00 pm - Doubles
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - Team
  • Thursday 4:00 pm - Singles

Squad C, Active/Vets
  • Monday 4:00 pm - Doubles
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - Team
  • Thursday 12:00 pm - Singles

Squad D, Active/Vets
  • Tuesday 4:00 pm - Doubles
  • Wednesday 12:00 pm - Team
  • Thursday 8:00 am - Singles

Retired Division bowled at
South Point

Ret A, Retired
  • Sunday 11:00 am - Singles
  • Monday 6:00 pm - Doubles
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - Team

Ret B, Retired
  • Sunday 2:00 pm - Doubles
  • Monday 8:00 am - Singles
  • Tuesday 7:00 pm - Team

Ret C, Retired
  • Thursday 7:00 pm - Singles
  • Friday 11:00 am - Doubles
  • Saturday 3:00 pm - Team

Ret D, Retired
  • Thursday 11:00 am - Doubles
  • Friday 3:00 pm - Team
  • Saturday 8:00 am - Singles

Senior Retired Division bowled at
South Point

Sen 1, Senior Retired
  • Sunday 6:00 pm - Team
  • Monday 3:00 pm - Singles
  • Tuesday 11:00 am - Doubles

Sen 2, Senior Retired
  • Monday 11:00 am - Doubles
  • Tuesday 3:00 pm - Team
  • Thursday 8:00 am - Singles

Sen 3, Senior Retired
  • Thursday 3:00 pm - Team
  • Friday 8:00 am - Singles
  • Saturday 11:00 am - Doubles
Without a doubt, requests for an official dress code have increased over the years.

The tournament committee agrees that a “casual but respectable” appearance should be expected from each contestant while bowling. The Dress Code will not be implemented with the mission of making any contestant uncomfortable but all players must, in the view of the tournament committee appear presentable to their peers, the many guests and sponsors.

The tournament committee and event sponsors recommend long pants and customary bowling shirts, however shorts, hats and t-shirts will still be acceptable attire but must be in good condition and not considered offensive to other players or their guests.
Eligibility for the Military Bowling Championships:

Active/Vets Division

Based on the following rules, the 6-player teams may be comprised of any combination of:
  • NEW - Any 2 teammates can double together
  • Active Duty, Veterans, Retired, Guard, Reserve or DOD retired or active. Any 2 teammates can bowl doubles together.
  • PBA National Tour Champs and Exempt players are not eligible. Only 1 PBA member and 1 High Roller champ per team – or 2 High Roller champs per team.
  • All players must present their USBC sanction card
  • Players must present proof of military status. The following is accepted and other forms of ID can be requested:
    • Active Duty ID
    • Honorable Discharge Certificate
    • Active Duty Reserve ID card
    • VA Disability ID card
    • DD-214

To obtain ID:

Retired & Senior Retired Divisions

  • Retired, from any U.S. branch of Armed Forces including the Guard or Reserve, or a Retired Department Of Defense (DOD) civilian
  • Players from any of the above categories may bowl in any Team Division that they fit by their personal status. Example: Retired DOD may bowl in Retired Division or Senior Divison if eligible by age
  • Before competition begins, each player must produce their Military ID or DOD ID and their USBC sanction card
  • Players without a sanction card may purchase an “Unattached” sanction card on site
  • Retired players that presented their Military or DOD ID cards since 2005 do not need to present them again as they are already on file

  • PLAYING RULES - Rules of the Military Bowling Championships. (MBC) stated herein, and those of the USBC will govern all participants. The High Roller (HR) manager will have the right to resolve all questions and disputes. All decisions shall be final unless an appeal is made in accordance with Rule 329.
  • GENERAL - The MBC is primarily a team event with teams comprised of 6 players. Individuals can only be on one team. Team, Doubles and Singles are 4-game events.
  • COMPETITION - All events are scratch. Competition is in 3 Divisions: Active/Vets, Retired or Senior Retired. If a team has at least 1 Active Duty or Vet who is not retired, that team will bowl in the Active Duty division. If a team is comprised of Retired and Senior Retired members, that team will bowl in the Retired division. To bowl in the Senior Retired division, all team members must be at least 60 years old by January 19, 2015, and be retired. HR manager must approve any roster changes prior to bowling. In Team, Singles & Doubles, each participant may enter only once
  • SUBSTITUTIONS - Once competition has begun, subs are allowed providing the sub is not on another team. A player who is replaced may not bowl in any other events except the Mixed Doubles. Players can only compete in one division.
  • ALL-EVENTS - Purses are determined by adding scores from Team, Singles & Doubles separately by each division.
  • PRIZES - Any unclaimed prizes will be mailed within 10 days of tournament end. Prizes earned will be paid with High Roller check. Of the $160 entry fee, $30 is lineage, $10 is for tournament expense, approximately $18 is for operational expense and approximately $102 is prize money returned 100%. Prizes include trophies, plaques, pennants and other awards and displays.
  • TOURNAMENT CONDUCT - The HR manager shall have the right to reassign participants, if for any reason, the MBC cannot be completed on all or some of the lanes, or on the dates drawn in any round. If by fire, war, weather conditions, gas shortage, water damage, labor unrest, terrorism acts or threats, mechanical malfunctions, acts of God, etc., it becomes impossible to conduct the MBC and/or companion events, all unused portions of entry fees shall be returned.
  • IRS REPORTING - It is the tournament's legal obligation to report an individual's earnings (not profit) of $600 and over, including Brackets and Sidepots. 1099 forms will be issued to those players along with an accounting of their tournament expenses.
  • USBC CERTIFIED - Players not a member of USBC must purchase a USBC Associate Membership card on site prior to bowling.
  • REFUNDS - All entry fees can be refunded 100% with notice to the HR manager of at least 24 hours before bowling starts. Hotel fees can be refunded with 48 hours notice of scheduled check-in date. Once competition begins, refunds are at the discretion of the HR manager. Once a player has competed in any event, including Sweepers, they may not receive a refund for Team, Singles or Doubles unless replaced.
  • EVENT STATUS - Regardless of personal status or age, each player bowls singles and doubles in the same division that they bowled the team event. Players may bowl in the Sunday Sweeper by personal status instead of their team's division but only in the same center that they bowl their Team event.
  • CLOSING DATE - Closing date to enter is January 18, 2016, or upon full field.

More Tournament Information

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Team Count

Active Duty/Veterans - 128
Retired - 111
Senior Retired - 85

Retired/Senior Retired Oil Pattern (Plaza)

Active Duty/Vets Oil Pattern (Bowling Center)
Sweeper Format & Cost:
  • 3 games Scratch
  • Entry Fee $25/squad or $30 on site (includes sidepots)
  • Sweepers have a 1 in 8 ratio for prizes

Active Duty/Vets Division bowled at
South Point

  • Sunday 12 pm and 4pm, 1 prize list
  • Fresh oil for both squads

  • Retired & Senior Division bowled at
    South Point

    • Wednesday 12 pm and 4 pm, 1 prize list
    • Eligible players may bowl in Retired or Senior Retired Sweeper but not both
    • Separate purses for each division
    • Scores are combined for the 2 squads
    • Players can re-enter, but can only cash once
    • Fresh oil for both squads

Handicap Mixed Doubles bowled at
South Point
Bowling Center

For MBC players and their guests

Monday - 7:30pm
Friday - 7:30 pm

  • Each team must contain at least 1 MBC contestant
  • Entry Fee - $40 per team or $60 onsite
  • Unlimited re-entries, 1 in 8 cash
  • Cash once with each partner
  • Must provide most recent USBC card # or bowl scratch
  • Highest winter average of at least 21 games for 2017-18 or 2018-19 will be used
  • Handicap is based on 90% of 230 for each player, added together for a team handicap
  • Minimum average, Women - 130, Men - 140
  • Handicap is used in optional Brackets and Sidepots

3 Game Scratch Sweepers bowled at
South Point
Bowling Center

Times and Info

2 Separate 3-Game Scratch Sweepers

  • Tuesday & Thursday 7:30pm
  • 3 games - $40 entry fee includes Sidepots
  • 2 squads in each sweeper - 1 prize list
  • Open Age or Age 60 & over divisions
  • For all MBC players

South Point
Hotel & Casino

Book by 1/3/2020
(Add tax and $14 Resort Fee daily)

  • Friday to Saturday - $115
  • Sunday to Thursday - $65

Call 1-866-791-7626 and
mention Military Bowling Championships or

book online at and use code:
Military Bowling