We are the Asian American Bowling Association, We were formed with the purpose of hosting no-nonsense and efficiently-run tournament for our bowling friends. We cater particularly to the Chinese and Japanese bowling community of Northern California. The idea for this started with a conversation so many years ago with, at first, Barry Huey and then with Tosh Hamamoto. Both of these fine gentlemen, since deceased, were very influential in Chinese and Japanese league/tournament bowling. At that time, the current leadership of the group was associated with the Oakland Chinese Bowling Club and was experienced in the running of large tournaments around the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays. The discussions revolved around a group that would run tournaments without interference from any of the existing governing bodies of Chinese and Japanese bowling. It was also decided that the group would monitor the entry of bowlers into the tournaments and that average manipulation masters would not be tolerated. The tournaments would fill the gaps in the annual calendar between the existing Chinese and Nisei bowling tournaments as another competition for the bowlers to enjoy, essentially creating an amateur Asian-American bowling tour.

The AABA's first tournament was the Spring J/C Invitational in 2002. Held the weekend before Memorial Day at Cloverleaf Family Bowl in Fremont, bowlers competed in Doubles and 4-Person Team events. The next tournament to start was the Chinese New Year Invitational in 2004. This was an All-Doubles tournament and was held the last weekend in Feburary initially at AMF Southshore Lanes in Alameda. This tournament has since moved to 4th Street Bowl in San Jose. The last tournament to start was the Labor Day C/J Invitational which debuted in 2006. As the tournament name implies, it is held over Labor Day Weekend at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV. Initially bowlers competed in Doubles and 4-Person Team events but the tournament has since added a No-Tap Doubles event. In 2009, we added the Fall J/C Invitational to the schedule. This tournament featured Doubles and Team events and was held at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose in mid-November.

At this time, the Fall J/C and the Spring J/C are on hiatus as we explore possible format changes.

This website is dedicated to the memory of Barry Huey and Tosh Hamamoto.


Home | About Us | Chinese New Years | Spring J/C | Labor Day J/C | Archives | Contact Us

Last Updated: June 3, 2017 12:20 PM
©2017 Asian American Bowling Association
Hit Counter by Digits