Bowling is a sport that has been enjoyed by many
people both nationally and internationally. Since the 1940's the
ABBA has enabled blind and visually impaired youths and adults to
bowl alongside sighted friends and family. The development of
special guide rails has made this possible.
Throughout the year tournaments are held in many locations in North
America. On or around the Memorial Day weekend a National Tournament
is held in a predetermined city; this event is open to all leagues
and individuals who have chosen to sanction with the ABBA. At
designated times during the year, there are Area Associations that
sponsor tournaments in their geographic regions; they are the
Eastern Blind Bowling Association (EBBA), Midwest Blind Bowling
Association (MWBBA), Southeastern Blind Bowling Association (SBBA)
and the Upstate New York Blind Bowling Association (UNYBBA). There
are also non-sanctioned tournaments that ABBA does lend some
assistance to as well.
A publication called "The Blind Bowler" is distributed three times
during the bowling season (October, January and April). Articles are
submitted from leagues, secretaries and individuals involved in the
ABBA. The content of these articles is to inform the membership of
such things as ABBA business, tournament events and standings, etc.
The American Blind Bowling Association has also been involved in
developing its sport in other countries. Together with the United
States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) bowlers from North
America have participated in events hosted by other countries.
Efforts are being made to establish bowling as a recognized sport in
the Para-Olympic Games.