ITBA COVID-19 Return To Sport Protocol

The ITBA in conjunction with Sport Ireland and Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport (DTTS) have finalised a protocol for the Return to Bowling.

ITBA COVID-19 Return To Sport Protocol

This document should be reviewed by all ITBA Members and adhered to with regard to all ITBA official sessions whether be Practice, Training or Competition as and when they are organised.

Other documents you will become familiar with when attending ITBA official sessions are as follows. These documents will by provided by your Sub-Committee COVID-19 Officer:

ITBA COVID-19 Registration Form

ITBA COVID-19 Officer Advice

Sport Ireland COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course

Please note that the linked COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course has now been updated to include COVID-19 Officer training. This will be completed by Officers appointed by each Sub-Committee to manage their bowling activities.

With bowling centers reopening over the coming weeks, we are continuing to work with Sport Ireland, the Federation Of Irish Sport and the Centers in planning for a safe return for all our bowlers.

As further details become available we will be providing information here so that all Bowlers, Coaches and Officials are aware of the protocols that must be adhered to. To prepare you for what is coming, please follow this link to a COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course provided by Sport Ireland.

If you want further information it can be found on the Sport Ireland COVID-19 site.

We look forward to seeing you all back on the lanes in the near future.

ITBA 2020 AGM Postponed

In the best interests of our Members, the ITBA has made the decision to postpone our upcoming AGM. The event was due to be held in the Irish Sports HQ (NGB Building), on Tuesday, 28th April.

This is to ensure the safety of our Members and your families at this difficult time, which is our primary consideration.

Alternative arrangements for this event will be shared in due course.

Senior Triple Crown 2020 Postponed

Due to the ongoing health issue and with current travel restrictions in place, in the best interest of bowlers, coaches, managers etc. we have made the decision to postpone the Senior Triple Crown scheduled for 24th to 26th April 2020.

This has not been an easy decision but as things are changing daily and the uncertainty of how long this will go on, we thought it best to make the decision now rather than wait any longer.

We wish you all well in this very difficult and unprecedented time. 

Stay Safe Everyone!

Historic Day as Irish Bowler Wins First Ever Medal at World Championships

Irish tenpin bowler Christopher Sloan today finished in 3rd place at the World Men’s Bowling Championships in Hong Kong, securing Ireland’s first ever medal at an Adult World Championships.

After qualifying for the finals in 6th place, Christopher then defeated defending World Champion, Francois Lavoie of Canada, two-games-to-one in a tight last-16 contest, before again winning his quarter-final match two-games-to-one against Seonghoi Koo of Korea.

With Ireland’s first ever World Championships medal secured, the focus turned to becoming the first Irish bowler to make the final. But standing in Christopher’s way was American PBA Tour superstar Kyle Troup.

The semi-final was tight all the way through, with the momentum swinging one way and then another, but unfortunately for the Irish fans it was Troup who came out on top, two-games-to-zero.

Both games were close all the way to the end, but the American managed to get over the line in both games, bringing Christopher’s inspiring run to an end.

The World Bowling Men’s Championships, which takes place every four years, saw 265 competitors take part this year, representing 46 different nations.

Christopher, who is from Swords in Co. Dublin, will be in action back home after Christmas, with a busy January schedule including the ALSAA Open and the EBT Irish Open, two of the biggest tournaments of the year in Ireland.

For further information, please contact ITBA Social Media Manager Jason Byrnes at

Irish Bowler Fighting for World Championships Title

Irish tenpin bowler Christopher Sloan has qualified in 6th place for the finals of the World Men’s Bowling Championships in Hong Kong.

The team event, in which 6 bowlers represent each nation, saw 46 countries travel to Hong Kong to compete over 10 days in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team of five events.

Each player played 24 games in total in the tournament, and after these games the top 24 individual bowlers qualified for the Master finals.

Christopher (24), from Swords in Co. Dublin, put on a stellar performance to qualify for the Master in 6th place, and in the process earned a bye to the Round of 16, which takes place on Wednesday Dec 5th at 4 am Irish time.

Christopher will take on defending World Champion Francois Lavoie of Canada in the Round of 16, with the match following a best-of-three games format (first player to win 2 games advances).

Should he advance into the Round of 8, Christopher would be just one match away from the medal rounds, and two matches away from the Masters Final.

The finals will be streamed live on the Olympic Channel, with a link to the stream, as well as full tournament information and results, provided on the official tournament website,

For further information, please contact ITBA Social Media Manager Jason Byrnes at