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THE 2021 CA PEPSI YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE SET, BUT WILL THEY TAKE PLACE?

by Lynn Matsubara, Tournament Director

The 2020 CA Pepsi Youth Championships were cancelled on March 11, 2020. The District Finals was originally scheduled for March 14-15 and March 21-22 at eight different centers. All of the qualifiers were set and we were ready to go. It was a heart breaking decision to cancel, but it was the right decision. The youth most affected were the 18 year olds that were going to ‘age out’ this year due to the lowering of the maximum age restriction going into affect for the 2020-21 season. We emailed Chad Murphy at USBC asking for a postponement on that change due to this unforeseen shutdown of the world. It was denied. Those youth that were looking for college recruitments would have to be creative in figuring out how to get noticed. Our Pepsi Championships that pays out $50,000 in scholarship annually would not be an accomplishment for their resumes, unfortunately. Continue reading THE 2021 CA PEPSI YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE SET, BUT WILL THEY TAKE PLACE?

CUSBC ANNOUNCEMENT

The California USBC Association Board of Directors met on 9/29/20 and have made the following decisions:
  • The 2021 Adult State Championships to be held at Forest Lanes has been cancelled due to the unknown future of the centers re-opening and the unknown capacity that the centers can hold once they do re-open.
  • The 2021 Pepsi Youth Championships will be District (March) and State Finals (May) only.  League level qualifying is removed. Only current California youth that are entered in a 2020-21 USBC certified league can participate. Youth Directors will be emailed a tournament packet by November 1st and hard copy packets by December.  If centers are still closed by February 1, this event will unfortunately have to cancel.
  • All other CUSBC events will be addressed next year.

We thank you for your commitment to our organization, value your membership, and look forward to seeing everyone out on the lanes very soon.

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

 

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

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

CUSBC ANNOUNCEMENT

The California USBC Association Board of Directors met on 4/23/20 and have made the following decisions:

  • The CUSBC Annual Meeting and Convention to be held in Fresno, CA for June 13-14, 2020 is cancelled
  • The Youth State Championships to be held at Forest Lanes in July has been cancelled
  • The Diddy Watts Youth State Singles Tournament (June 27-28 & Aug 8-9) is cancelled
  • The Senior Singles Tournament to be held Aug 20-23 in San Diego is cancelled
  • The CA State Singles Tournament to be held Oct 17-18 in Yuba City is cancelled
  • The current plan is to re-schedule all of our 2020 events with the same centers in 2021 if possible.

We thank you for your commitment to our organization, value your membership, and look forward to seeing everyone out on the lanes very soon.

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP AGE CHANGE – EFFECTIVE 8/1/20

USBC will lower the maximum age for USBC Youth membership to 18 starting with the 2020-21 season. The decision to lower the maximum age from 20 to 18, with agreement from the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and the IBC Youth Committee, will align bowling with other youth sports.