The National Championships began in 1957 and is a premier bowls event of Bowls USA, crowning both men's and women's champions in singles and pairs.
While Bowls USA sponsors the event, it is hosted by one of the seven divisions and one or more of its member clubs.
Competitors in the Championships must be a United States citizen and a member of an affiliated Bowls USA club, who won their divisional qualifier called the playdowns. This requirement ensures that all divisions of the United States are represented.
Beginning in 2022, the Division whose representatives accumulate the highest finished in the six events, earns the title of Championship Team for the Year.
Rules for the National Championships are governed by the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.
For Policies & Procedures and Domestic Regulations for the National Championships, click/tap here.
All play at the National Championships is in a round-robin format.
Singles games are played to 21 shots.
Pairs games play 18 ends and a tie game plays a one end roll-off.
If teams are tied for first place at the end of round robin play, an additional playoff games determines the champion(s).