NYSPHSAA annually conducts two (2) State Championship events, in which Section 3 is represented. A description of each event, and the qualifying criteria is provided below.
School Team Championships: (Boys and Girls)
To qualify for and represent Section 3 at the School division State Championship tournament, teams must qualify for, and win the overall Section 3 tournament team championship event. At present, only the overall winning team from Section 3 will advance to the state finals. Individual Class winners do not advance.
Composite Team Championships: (Boys and Girls)
The composite team is comprised of six (6) qualifying bowlers from Section 3. Section 3 has established a method to select players to the composite team which rewards players who have achieved “superior” performance relative to their peers, and based on a full seasons body of work.
Each league in Section 3, which has at least six (6) competing teams, will automatically qualify their top average player, who has competed in at least 2/3 of his/hers teams games. Currently, there are four (4) leagues in Section 3 that meet this criteria, so four (4) positions are filled :
- Center State Conference (CSC)
- Central New York Counties (CNYCL)
- Onondaga High School League (OHSL)
- Tri-Valley League (TVL)
The remaining open positions on the composite team (currently 2) are filled by the top two (2) bowlers from the Individual Shootout.