American Blind Bowling Association


Bowling ball striking pins


Phoenix, Arizona
May 25-29, 2017

For reservations contact:
Katrina Cross sales & Catering Coordinator
T: (602) 286-1138
F: (602) 286-1109

Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport
4300 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034    

The cut-off date is Wednesday, May 3, 2017. You must identify yourself as a member of ABBA to receive the group rate of $99 + 12.57% tax for single/double rooms. Reservations need to be guaranteed with a credit card for the first night of the reservation. If you need to cancel a reservation, notify the hotel by 3pm the day prior to arrival to avoid being billed for the first night’s stay. Check in is 3pm, and check out is 12pm (noon). The hotel is located near the airport and has a shuttle service. DO NOT CATCH A CAB!

We are selling tickets for a 400Stimulus Raffle for $50.
This is a fundraiser to help cover our operational expenses, while helping the American Blind Bowling Association grow. What's in it for you? Well of course, the prizes; which include monitary prizes of:

The odds are pretty good because there are only 400 tickets and five (5) prizes. Your chances are better with this raffle then the lottery. Many people play the lottery and have played for years with little return. You can also win all five (5) prizes if you buy five (5) tickets; what luck that would be.

If you need tickets, please contact:

Wilbert turner
P.O. Box 99504
Cleveland, Ohio 44199
Tanya Wilson

Skip to content

National tournament Information


70th ANNUAL ABBA TOURNAMENT Phoenix, Arizona May 25-29, 2017

Come & have fun in Phoenix, nicknamed Valley of the Sun – with 300 days of sunshine each year! This year is the 70th Annual National Tournament. It is being held in Phoenix, Arizona. We are staying at the Crowne PlazaPhoenix Airport. The rate per night is $99 plus tax. We are bowling at the Brunswick Desert Sky Lanes. Phoenix is called the Valley of the Sun and it is going to feel so great to be bowling in the Valley of the Sun and knocking those pinsdown. The National Tournament Committee has been working very hard to make this one of the greatest tournaments inABBA history. Please remember that every member of ourorganization that is blind or visually impaired can apply toChallenged Athletes Foundation. The website is

Also, for members who have never been to a national tournament they can apply to the past presidents committee for funding through the Wayne Keeney fund.

So, everyone has been asking me what is in Phoenix, wellthere is the Grand Canyon, for which we are looking at tour pricing. There are also a lot of Native American museums and art. Phoenix also has casinos, and I know a lot of members love going to cities that have casinos. I have also discovered a company called Arizona Brew Tour. They havepublic and private tours of breweries in Phoenix. I am expecting additional information from the owner so we can hopefully arrange a tour for our group. Lastly, those members wholove music might be interested in going to the music instrument museum. This museum has instruments from all across the world. In a nutshell, those are a few things to do inPhoenix. I cannot wait to see everyone in Phoenix.

Prize lists in excel and text formats

Instructional Manual for bowling as a blind person.

This manual will be helpful for new bowlers and has tips that even many of your veterans may find useful.

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.

Standard guiderails used by blind bowlers

Channel 4 news highlights Milwaukee Beer Barrels

Throughout the year, tournaments are held in many locations in the USA. During 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 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. A copy of last year's issues are listed on this site; you can view them on the Publications Page.

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.

Feel free to browse this site and learn about The American Blind Bowling Association.

ABBA chat group

If you would like to chat about bowling, give bowling tips or have tips for maintaining the guiderails you can subscribe to ABBA's chat list by sending a blank email to

You are visitor #

myspace visitor tracker