|Southland Bowling League|
The Southland Bowling League (SBL) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) bowling-only conference. The SBL was founded in 2015 for schools that sponsor women's bowling teams, but do not have bowling sponsored by their primary conferences. The SBL champion has received an automatic bid to the NCAA Bowling Championship since the NCAA first awarded such bids in 2018. While the conference operates independently, administrative services are provided by the Southland Conference.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organization which regulates athletes of 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Ten-pin bowling is a type of bowling in which a bowler rolls a bowling ball down a wood or synthetic lane toward ten pins positioned in a tetractys at the far end of the lane. The objective is to knock down all ten pins on the first roll of the ball.
The NCAA Bowling Championship is a sanctioned women's championship in college athletics. Unlike many NCAA sports, only one championship is held each season with teams from Division I, Division II, and Division III competing together. Ten teams, six automatic qualifiers and four at-large selections, are chosen by the NCAA Bowling Committee to compete in the championships. The championship was first held in April 2004.
The SBL has received at least three bids to the NCAA Championship in each season since it began play in 2015. Following the inaugural SBL Championship, four league teams (Arkansas State, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, and Vanderbilt) received at-large bids to the 2015 NCAA Championships, filling half of the eight available spots.The same four teams would receive at-large bids to the 2016 NCAA Bowling Championships and 2017 NCAA Bowling Championships. In 2018, the first year for automatic bids to the NCAA Championship and also the first year for a 10-team championship event, Vanderbilt earned the automatic bid and Arkansas State and Sam Houston State received at-large bids.
|Arkansas State University||Jonesboro, AR||1909||Public||13,600||2015||Red Wolves||Sun Belt Conference|
|Louisiana Tech University||Ruston, LA||1894||Public||11,300||2015||Lady Techsters||Conference USA|
|Sam Houston State University||Huntsville, TX||1879||Public||19,600||2015||Bearkats||Southland Conference|
|Stephen F. Austin State University||Nacogdoches, TX||1921||Public||13,000||2015||Ladyjacks||Southland Conference|
|Tulane University||New Orleans, LA||1834||Private||13,500||2015||Green Wave||American Athletic Conference|
|Valparaiso University||Valparaiso, IN||1859||Private|
|4,500||2015||Crusaders||Missouri Valley Conference|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, TN||1873||Private||12,700||2015||Commodores||Southeastern Conference|
|Youngstown State University||Youngstown, OH||1908||Public||11,400||2018||Penguins||Horizon League|
On August 7, 2018, Southland Bowling League and Youngstown State University announced that Youngstown State's bowling program was joining the league for competition beginning in the 2018-2019 season. Youngstown State replaces Monmouth, who accepted an invitation to join the MEAC.
|Nickname||Joined||Left||Primary conference||Current bowling conference|
|Monmouth University||West Long Branch, NJ||1933||Private||6,200||Hawks||2015||2018||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference|
|Vanderbilt||Arkansas State||Valparaiso||Sam Houston State||Monmouth|
Stephen F. Austin
|2016||AMF All Star Lanes|
|Arkansas State||Sam Houston State||Vanderbilt||Stephen F. Austin||Monmouth|
|Vanderbilt||Arkansas State||Stephen F. Austin||Tulane||Monmouth|
Sam Houston State
|2018||USA Bowl Dallas|
|Arkansas State||Stephen F. Austin||Vanderbilt||Monmouth||Louisiana Tech|
Sam Houston State
|Year||Most Valuable Bowler||Team|
|Sarah Lokker (Arkansas State) • Sadie Jasinski (Valparaiso) • Stephanie Schwartz (Stephen F. Austin) • Torrie Decker (Valparaiso) • Giselle Poss (Vanderbilt)|
|Stephanie Zavala (Sam Houston State) • Brooke Wood (Arkansas State) • Jadee Scott-Jones (Arkansas State) • Carrie Hopkinson (Sam Houston State) • Katelyn Reth (Monmouth)|
|Maria Bulanova (Vanderbilt) • Jordan Richard (Arkansas State) • Stephanie Schwartz (Stephen F. Austin) • Janine Kuwahara (Sam Houston State) • Tiera Gulum (Tulane)|
|Leah Glazer (Arkansas State) • Stephanie Schwartz (Stephen F. Austin) • Dakota Faichnie (Stephen F. Austin) • Kristin Quah (Vanderbilt) • Jackie Evans (Monmouth)|
Arkansas State – 2008 Runner-up, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Sam Houston State – 2011, 2013, 2014 Champion, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Stephen F. Austin – 2015 Runner-up, 2016 Champion, 2017
Valparaiso – 2012
Vanderbilt – 2006, 2007 Champion, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Runner-up, 2012, 2013 Runner-up, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Champion
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