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BACK-TO-LEAGUE RESOURCES

The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) has been creating assets since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March to help support leagues, bowling centers, associations and members in order to return to bowling in a safe and responsible way. With the 2020-21 league season underway, we wanted to highlight these resources to help everyone get back to bowling and feel safe on the lanes.

Starting leagues in a COVID-19 world
This PPT is filled with thoughts and ideas for associations and league officials to consider in partnering with their centers to assist flooring leagues.

Checklist for league kickoff during COVID-19
A one-sheet checklist for your association with ideas of how your association can assist your leagues and centers to start leagues.

FAQ to assist leagues, tournaments and state and local associations
This FAQ from the USBC Rules department provides guidance to the most pressing issues for leagues, tournaments and association annual meeting information.

2020-21 USBC Rulebook

Rules changes for the 2020-21 season
A quick summary of the rule changes for the new season, likely the most pressing for league officers.

Best practices for tournament competition:
USBC Open and Women’s Championships
USBC Short-Duration
USBC Association Tournaments

USBC RULE CHANGES FOR 2020-21 SEASON

The following rules have had modifications made for the 2020-21 season. We have indicated what has changed in each rule and where practical, we have stated the new rule in its entirety. (continued on back)

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RULE CHANGES Rule 400 – Youth Membership Eligibility
Reduces the age limit for youth membership to 18 from 20.

New Rule
USBC Youth membership is available to an individual who has not reached their 18th birthday prior to August 1 of the current bowling season. Individuals who purchase Youth membership in a summer league and turn 18 prior to August 1 will be allowed to complete the summer league. Continue reading USBC RULE CHANGES FOR 2020-21 SEASON

BALL SPECIFICATIONS – EFFECTIVE 8/1/20

  • A bowling ball’s oil absorption rate must be more than 2 minutes, 15 seconds for the ball to be approved
  • Elimination of balance holes; bowlers may have up to five holes for gripping purposes and all must be used on every delivery
  • No-thumb bowlers would need to mark by scribe, engraver or tool near the intended center of palm with a plus (+) mark

 

2020 HOF MERITORIOUS SERVICE RECIPIENT – WEILER

2020 Hall of Fame Inductee
FRANK WEILER

Frank Weiler lives in San Bernardino and has been involved in bowling for over 65 years and is still very involved in reporting on the many  bowling events he attends. Frank has promoted the sport of bowling as a writer and photographer for over 20 years.  He has done so in an outstanding manner winning 7 writing awards – 5 National and 2 California State awards.  His awards were for outstanding editorials, feature stories, and news stories about bowling. His winning awards in all three categories make him the winner of the “Triple Crown” of writing!

Congratulations Frank for your induction into the CUSBC Hall Of Fame for Meritorious Service! He will be honored next year at our annual meeting in Fresno.

2020 HOF SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE RECIPIENTS

2020 Hall of Fame Inductee
ALVIN LOU

Alvin Lou who lives in El Cajon, operates a Pro Shop locally and is still very active in bowling. He has 35-300 games, 9-800 series and has 1st place finishes in the Cal State Masters, Cal State Scratch All-events, Cal State Scratch Singles, and Cal State Scratch Doubles. Alvin also has 2 PBA National titles, 4 PBA Western Regionals titles, 6 PCB titles, and 6 WCST titles. Congratulations on your induction into the CUSBC Hall Of Fames for Superior Performance!


2020 Hall of Fame Inductee
STEVE MATHEWS

Steve Mathews who is also from El Cajon, has been bowling since he was 4 years old and still loves the game. He worked his way up through the Youth Organizations and went adult when he turned 17. His bowling accomplishments are many!  He has 38-300 games and 33-800 series. He has a first place in the Cal State Open Championships in Team event (2014) and was inducted into the San Diego USBC Hall Of Fame in 2018 for Superior Performance.  Side note: Steve’s father Lou was also inducted into the CUSBC Hall of Fame for Superior Performance in 2017. Congratulations Steve for your induction into the CUSBC Hall Of Fame for Superior Performance.

These gentlemen will be honored next year at our annual meeting in Fresno.

USBC RULES UPDATES – COVID 19

USBC RULES UPDATES

USBC modifies rules to help allow a return to competitive bowling
The USBC Board of Directors approved waivers and modifications to USBC Playing Rules to allow certified leagues and tournaments more flexibility to return to bowling while adhering to guidelines related to COVID-19.
  • Click HERE to read the news release on the modified USBC rules.
  • Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the reopening of leagues and tournaments.

ADDITIONAL RULES INFORMATION ON COVID-19

  • Click HERE for the May edition of Rules Extra that discusses adjusting the prize list and the financial responsibilities of league officers.
  • Click HERE for the special Rules Extra and Tournament Flyer discussing leagues and tournaments amid concerns about COVID-19
  • Click HERE for the Tournament Flyer that discusses a tournament’s decision to postpone or cancel operations.
  • Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions to assist leagues, tournaments and state and local associations
  • Click HERE for complete USBC news and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FORMER TEAM USA MEMBER WESLEY LOW JR. ROLLS 900 SERIES

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Matt Cannizzaro

ARLINGTON, Texas – Former Team USA member Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, California, is familiar with being a record holder, and he claimed another special place in bowling history Sunday when he rolled three consecutive perfect games during tournament competition.

This record never can be beaten, however, and Low’s name permanently will be etched into the United States Bowling Congress record book as the 36th bowler to roll a 900 series.

Continue reading FORMER TEAM USA MEMBER WESLEY LOW JR. ROLLS 900 SERIES

2020 BBCF CA WINNERS

The CYC picks winners each year based on their finish in our youth state events such as the Pepsi Youth Bowling Championships, State Youth Championships and the Diddy Watts Youth State Singles Challenge.  The winner will receive a FREE entry into the California Adult Championships. The purpose of this award is help the youth bowlers transition smoothly into the adult ranks of bowling competition. Continue reading 2020 BBCF CA WINNERS

SMART EXPANDS POLICY RELATING TO USE OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

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Terry Bigham
May 19, 2020

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Scholarship Management and Account Reporting for Tenpins (SMART) policy recently was updated to expand the use of SMART scholarships for student-related expenses.

Under the new guidelines, a student can use their SMART scholarships to be reimbursed for expenses related to tuition and certain related student expenses, or to have a payment made for such expenses as off-campus housing and/or student-loan debt.While there are now more ways for students to use their SMART scholarships, student-athletes must remain aware of the restrictions. Continue reading SMART EXPANDS POLICY RELATING TO USE OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS