SJU Bowling FAQs
The SJU Bowling Team is a club offered by the St. John's University (Queens Campus) Club Sports Program. The Club Sports Program is administered by Campus Recreation, under the Division of Student Affairs.
The team and it's members are sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress.
Q. Who is eligible to try out and be a part of the team?
A. The club is open to all men and women who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree on a full-time basis. All students must maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA, although most students must maintain at least a 3.0 to earn their scholarships.
Q. Who do you compete against?
A. The Bowling Club competes against some of the top schools all across the country such as Wichita State, Robert Morris of Illinois, Webber International, William Paterson, McKendree University (Last years National Champion) and Lindenwood University. The team has both local and travel matches ranging from Farmingdale, NY to Las Vegas, NV.
Q. How many people are on the Bowling Team?
A. The team will have at least 12 members with a maximum of 18. The size of the roster will depend on the quality of the tryout field.
Q. How do I make the Bowling Team?
A. There will be a 12-18 game tryout held across two or three dates during the month of September. There is a $40.00 non-refundable charge for lineage. This will entitle you to bowl each of the tryout dates. ATTENDANCE AT ALL DATES IS MANDATORY!!!
Q. What do the coaches look for at tryouts?
A. The criteria the coaches use for selecting the team is as follows: the coaches will not only be looking for score but the coaches will also observe how the player adjusts to a changing lane condition (tryouts will be conducted on Sport Compliant Lane Conditions to be determined by the Coaching Staff), spare making, how the individual athlete reacts when they are struggling, attitude on and off the lanes, sportsmanship and general playing ability. Just because you have the highest score doesn’t mean you’re a “lock” to make the team. Team play is extremely important and the coaching staff will observe this. Attitude also plays heavily into the picking of the team and your place on the team.
Q. What are my chances of making the Bowling Club?
A. You will most likely have a chance to make the team if you are able to average at least 180 on a sport shot for at least 60 games, not just two or three. This was the range of last year’s team. The averages bowled were bowled on a variety of conditions (100% were bowled on Sport Compliant Lane Conditions), some easy but mostly challenging and difficult. Currently there will be 8 returnees, meaning there will be between 4 and 10 openings.
Q. If I make the team, how much playing time will I get?
A. There will be one travel team consisting of between six to eight players. They will travel to all the major tournaments such as Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, Sectionals and hopefully Nationals. A second team will compete in all the local area tournaments.
Q. How can I make the Travel Team?
A. You must put up the numbers and be able to adjust to any lane condition that you encounter. As an example, Our "A" team from 2017-18 had a high average of 210 for 56 games and a low of 185 for 30 games. Attitude will also play a part in your selection to the travel team.
Q. Is the program fully funded?
A. No. The recreation department provides the team with enough money to go to the local events and to cover practice expenses. Should you make the team, you will be required to pay or fundraise a club fee of $500.00 in order to attend some of the other tournaments. Players are also responsible for purchasing their own equipment, which is available at a discount to collegiate athletes. Additionally, players who travel to tournaments are responsible for their airfare costs.
Q. Can I receive scholarship for bowling?
A. No. Being that we are a club team, we cannot offer scholarship money for participating. You are eligible for numerous academic scholarships through the school and through external sources. More information on scholarships at St. John's can be found here.
Q. If I have bowled as an adult in a money league or in a money tournament, am I still eligible to bowl for St. John's?
A. Yes, as long as you are not a registered member of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). Being that we are not governed by the NJCAA or NCAA, players can forego their "junior" status and still compete during intercollegiate bowling competition.