New York State Volunteer Firefighter’s Bowling Association, Inc.

 Established in 1957 the Association’s mission is to promote volunteer firefighter camaraderie through the sport of bowling by sponsoring an annual tournament for them to participate in.

Moving into the twenty-first century the mission statement has been redefined to include bowling enthusiasts in other organizations thereby creating a mix of participants who have a common thread, the love of the sport.

As the sport of bowling grows the association will take a careful look and if needed will adjust its mission statement accordingly so all those who love the sport will participate in the annual tournament and enjoy the camaraderie that the volunteer firefighters have enjoyed for many years.

The New York State Volunteer Firefighter’s

Bowling Association, Inc.

Is proud to announce its sponsorship of the

2017 – 60th Diamond Celebration Tournament

Hosted by

The Rapids Benevolent Association

Make plans to attend, all information and downloadable applications can be found by clicking on the

Upcoming Tournament Tab
top of page

Dates are filling fast, get your applications in early, get the date, time and squad that is right for you

A Message from the President

Welcome to all our returning bowlers and to those who are joining us for the first time, a very special welcome to the 60th Diamond Celebration of the New York State Volunteer Firefighters Bowling Association tournament. It is certainly an amazing accomplishment for anyone to have hosted sixty such tournaments and this is an accomplishment we are all very proud of and could only have done this with the help of all of you who have bowled with us over the years. It is certainly my privilege and honor to be the President of the Association and I am looking forward to working with the Directors of the Association and you our bowlers to continue to make our tournament one, if not, the premiere tournament of the season. In that regards, I need all long term and new bowlers to pass the word to other bowling enthusiasts that our tournament is one of the least expensive and has a 100% prize return, most importantly the camaraderie among the participants is priceless.

So if you are reading this message you are already on the site click on the registration tab and download an application today. The tournament schedule for this year is filling up, but there are still times and squads available to meet your needs. Allie Brandt Lanes and your host, Rapids Exempts Benevolent Association promise a great time will be had by all.

Good Luck and Great Bowling,

John Roberts


A Message from the Tournament Manager

What do George Master, Richard Haley, Robert O’Leary, Paul Young and Chet Yauchzy (along with Chet’s wife Elsie) have in common? Besides being Volunteer Firemen they were also avid bowlers. So what do you do to combine the two? 60 years ago they came up with the answer and the New York Firemen’s Bowling Association was formed. Its mission was simple provide an annual tournament for all the volunteer firemen of New York who enjoy the sport of bowling to participate in. The thought was that the camaraderie enjoyed on the lanes would spill over to other events that the firemen attend over the course of a year. So in 1957 at the Sheridan Lanes in Williamsville, NY hosted by the Main Transit FD the first tournament was held.

 Fast forward 60 years later and now the New York State Volunteer Firefighter’s Bowing Association Inc., whose mission statement now opens it tournaments to array of bowling enthusiasts throughout New York State, is sponsoring its Diamond Celebration Tournament. As stated by the President, I am also honored to be the Tournament Manager for such a special occasion. So not only do I thank you the bowlers for your continued support in attending our tournaments over the years, I also thank those men who had an amazing idea 60 years ago to create such a wonderful organization and the tournaments that followed. Once again, Thank You All

May your score sheets be filled with nothing but X’s

Joseph Carucci

Tournament Manager




On this the Diamond Anniversary of the New York State Volunteer Firefighter’s Bowling Association, Inc. we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all those who have participated in past and present tournaments. In memory of Chet Yauchzy and the other charter members who had the foresight 60 years ago to organize the first NYS Volunteer Firemen’s Bowling Tournament held in Williamsville, NY; to the  fire companies and bowling lanes that have hosted past and present tournaments and  members who unselfishly gave of their time to support not only our tournament but their fire company; to the past Executive Board and Board of Directors of the New York State Volunteer Firefighter’s Bowling Association and finally, to those participating in this our Diamond Anniversary Tournament, we Thank You and look forward to our 61st Tournament.

On behalf of the (current) Executive Board and Board of Directors of the

New York State Volunteer Firefighter’s Bowling Association, Inc.

May All Your Scores Be High!!!