About WMJGT - Director Jeff Wirtz, and wife Sonia.
West Michigan JR Gold Tour is a USBC Youth scratch Tournament qualifier for the prestigious USBC National Youth Championship JR Gold. Winners of each event will earn a paid entry to this major Nation Youth event. Top qualifying bowlers also earn College Scholarships held in SMART FUNDS, in compliance with H.S. rule of amateur award status. Winners of events will also receive award plaque.
We are one of few Tour programs running all 3 age divisions: U12, U15, U20. Boys & Girls in separate groups per minimum bowlers required ratio - U12 is 1:5, U15 is 1:6, U20 is 1:8 for Jr Gold Spots. In event less than minimum bowers are in a group, tournament Director has right to to merge same age groups to create one field of bowlers. See tournament rules for more details on this.
Why bowl in Jr Gold events? Jr Gold Championship is USBC only National Youth Tournament. I like to equivalent it to Super Bowl in Youth Bowling. Held one per year in various cities across the U.S. Hundreds of college coaches will be on hand to scout out future prospects for their programs. A great way to to make college contacts at the College Coaches Show exhibit room prior to the competition. You will see 40-60 College Coaches tables set up, along with many Pro bowlers representing their bowling brands. A great way to see and be seen by potential colleges that you may have interest in. USBC will be awarding thousands of dollars in college scholarships to the top performers in each group. Also up for grabs spots on the elite, Junior Team U.S.A. , along with training from today’s top coaches in the world, and practice at International Bowling Training facility.
High School is great. It teaches team spirit, lane play, and mental toughness. But that is not enough when it comes to being prepared for college bowling. Most H.S. programs bowl on 1 or few patterns. In our tournaments, each event will feature a different sport pattern. Usually found on the popular Kegel, or WTBA websites. We will try follow with what JR Gold competes on. These patterns are just what your bowler will experience when they compete at college level. Exactly what today’s college bound bowlers need. Sport bowing takes time and experience to master the different lane play, ball changes, reading ball/lane reaction, mental focus. I can’t stress the how important the mental game is. Ask any Pro athlete, they spend a great deal of time on their mental game. With experience in sport bowling, many of our youths will progress to the level of what H.S. bowling alone will do. These youths will be better prepared for the challenge of college bowling, and take their game to the next level on these conditions. This is not for everyone, but if your bowler has a desire to compete in college bowling, this experience is necessary. Waiting till bowler is ready is of the past.
Divisions of U12. I had bowlers ages of 4-12 in this field. Yes a 4 year old. He was an amazing kid. He was having a blast, and wanted to be there. You start your youths young, they will quickly excel.
Divisions of U15. Most of kids are in Late Elementary/ Jr High. We go by USBC age divisions.
Division of U20. Most is kids in H.S. or early College. At this point, many younger bowlers 15/16 bowling skill are quite honed up to keeping pace with the older bowlers. Now comes the mental game.
Jr Gold Championship July 15-21, 2017 Cleveland OH
USBC JR Gold Qualifier divisions
Under 12 yrs --- 12 - 15 yrs --- 15 - 20 yrs
*** Boys and Girls U12 --- D.O.B. --- Aug 1, 2004 to Current ***
*** Boys and Girls U15 --- D.O.B. --- Aug 1, 2001 --- July 31, 2004 ***
*** Boys and Girls U20 --- D.O.B. --- Aug 1, 1996 --- July 31, 2001 ***