2018 PBA League


The Professional Bowlers Association’s PBA League will return to Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, in April where the most fun-loving, raucous fans in bowling will help celebrate PBAL season six, closing out the ESPN portion of the inaugural Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule with four consecutive Sunday telecasts, including the PBA League Elias Cup finals on Sunday, May 13, at 1 p.m. EDT.


Leading the eight-team pack into the fast-paced sixth season of PBA League competition will be player-manager Norm Duke’s Dallas Strikers, in search of their third consecutive Elias Cup. Chasing the Strikers again will be the hometown Portland Lumberjacks, managed by Tim Mack; the Silver Lake Atom Splitters, managed by Mark Baker; the Philadelphia Hitmen, managed by Jason Couch; L.A. X, managed by Andrew Cain; the New York City WTT KingPins, managed by Carolyn Dorin-Ballard; the Motown Muscle, managed by Del Ballard, and the Brooklyn Styles, managed by Johnny Petraglia.


There will be a change in eligibility rules for players wanting to enter the 2018 draft pool. Players who will be eligible for the draft must finish in the top 75 on the 2017-18 PBA Tour-World Bowling Tour earnings money list for 2017 through the 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions which ends February 11. Players from 2017 teams who are not protected by their team managers will not be automatically eligible for the draft. The eligibility list will be published on Feb. 11; eligible players must then declare their intention to participate in the draft by Feb. 15.


The 2018 PBA League draft is taking place Saturday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Woodland Bowl. The draft, which will fill vacancies on all eight PBA League teams, will be live streamed on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.


Each team manager will protect up-to three players from their 2017 roster according to the following deadlines. Protected players for each team will be announced on the following Monday: the Dallas Strikers (manager Norm Duke) and Portland Lumberjacks (Tim Mack) will select their protected players by Sunday; Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mark Baker) and Philadelphia Hitmen (Jason Couch) by Jan. 14; LA X (Andrew Cain) and NYC Kingpins (Carolyn Dorin-Ballard) by Jan. 21 and the Motown Muscle (Del Ballard Jr.) and Brooklyn Styles (Johnny Petraglia) by Jan. 28.


The draft order will be in reverse order of finishing positions in 2017 for both rounds (No. 8 Brooklyn will select first followed by Motown, NYC, L.A., Philadelphia, Silver Lake, Portland and Dallas. There will not be a “serpentine” reverse order this year.


A current 2017-18 PBA Tour-World Bowling Tour earnings money list can be found HERE


Dallas Strikers

Dallas Strikers Manager: Norm Duke

Norm  Duke

Norm Duke

Clermont, Fla.

Bowls: R

Tommy Jones

Tommy Jones

Simpsonville, S.C.

Bowls: R

Bill O'Neill

Bill O'Neill

Langhorne, Pa.

Bowls: R


GEICO NYC WTT KingPins

GEICO NYC WTT KingPins Manager: w-Carolyn Dorin-Ballard

Marshall Kent

Marshall Kent

Yakima, Wash.

Bowls: R

John Szczerbinski

John Szczerbinski

North Tonawanda, N.Y.

Bowls: R

Pete  Weber

Pete Weber

St. Ann, Mo.

Bowls: R

Sam Cooley

Sam Cooley

Australia

Bowls: R

w-Danielle McEwan

w-Danielle McEwan

Stony Point, N.Y.

Bowls: R


Philadelphia Hitmen

Philadelphia Hitmen Manager: Jason Couch

Dom Barrett

Dom Barrett

England

Bowls: R

Tom Smallwood

Tom Smallwood

Saginaw, Mich.

Bowls: R

Ronnie Russell

Ronnie Russell

Marion, Ind.

Bowls: R


L.A. X

L.A. X Manager: Andrew Cain

Jason Belmonte

Jason Belmonte

Orange, NSW, Australia

Bowls: R

Martin Larsen

Martin Larsen

Sweden

Bowls: R

Stuart Williams

Stuart Williams

England

Bowls: R

Jakob Butturff

Jakob Butturff

Chandler, Ariz.

Bowls: L

Osku Palermaa

Osku Palermaa

Finland

Bowls: R


Barbasol Motown Muscle

Barbasol Motown Muscle Manager: Del Ballard Jr.

Josh Blanchard

Josh Blanchard

Gilbert, Ariz.

Bowls: R

Anthony Simonsen

Anthony Simonsen

Austin, Texas

Bowls: R

Dick Allen

Dick Allen

Columbia, S.C.

Bowls: R

EJ Tackett

EJ Tackett

Huntington, Ind.

Bowls: R

Francois Lavoie

Francois Lavoie

Quebec City, Quebec

Bowls: R


BROOKLYN STyLES

BROOKLYN STyLES Manager: John Petraglia

Parker Bohn III

Parker Bohn III

Jackson, N.J.

Bowls: L

Sean Rash

Sean Rash

Montgomery, Ill.

Bowls: R

Walter Ray Williams Jr.

Walter Ray Williams Jr.

Oxford, Fla.

Bowls: R

Jason Sterner

Jason Sterner

Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Bowls: R

Jon Van Hees

Jon Van Hees

Charlestown, R.I.

Bowls: R


Silver Lake Atom Splitters

Silver Lake Atom Splitters Manager: Mark Baker

Chris  Barnes

Chris Barnes

Double Oak, Texas

Bowls: R

Tom Daugherty

Tom Daugherty

Tampa, Fla.

Bowls: R

Jesper Svensson

Jesper Svensson

Gothenburg, Sweden

Bowls: L


Portland Lumberjacks

Portland Lumberjacks Manager: Tim Mack

Ryan Ciminelli

Ryan Ciminelli

Clarence, N.Y.

Bowls: L

Wes Malott

Wes Malott

Pflugerville, Texas

Bowls: R

Kyle Troup

Kyle Troup

Taylorsville, N.C.

Bowls: R