PDTBA president Loh Seng Kok said the league, offering a total cash purse of RM3,000, is expected to roll off in May.
“Since our registration, we had initiated several development programmes. Now we are keen to initiate a league for the social players. The organising committee will finalise the rules and regulations.
“We have decided to bar bowlers in the national senior and junior squads from the league. This is to provide other promising juniors more opportunities,'' said Loh.
The 12-team league will run for 22 weeks. Each team will have eight players but only three will play each week. After the round robin league, the top five teams will receive cash prizes while the next three teams will get prizes in kind.
Besides the league, the PDTBA has also lined up other activities. They are the Unity Bowl junior championships, Maggi Hot Bowl family carnival and a junior development programme for beginners.
The Unity Bowl will be held in conjunction with the Merdeka Day celebrations, in either August or September. The event is for juniors and each team should have a combination of mixed races to promote unity and friendship.
The Maggi Hot Bowl carnival is open to families. Each team will have three members.
The junior development programme is a follow-up to the coaching course organised by the Pdtba last year.
About 20 participants attended the course conducted by National Sports Council (NSC) bowling director of coaching Joseph Slowinski.
“The participants have been invited to coach the young kids. The secretary (Wan Shaibul Bariah) has been given the task to draw up the training programme. Our vision is to groom the young kids to be accomplished bowlers and later represent the association in age group competitions,'' said Loh.
Another programme to be initiated by the PDTBA is a bowling competition under the Education Ministry's Pupils Integration Plan (RIMUP) programme.
Loh said they would invite primary schools in the district to be part of the RIMUP programme.