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2010 State Tournaments
The results of the Women and Open State
Tournaments can be found on the Arizona
State USBC Association website. Congratulations to all of the Metro
Phoenix bowlers that cashed in the tournaments.
2008 Awards Banquet
Guest speaker David Leverage
MPUSBC All-Star Team and Bowler of the
DEADLINE TO REGISTER EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY
The Metro Phoenix USBC Association is rolling out
a new program this season to select an All-Star team and Bowler of the Year.
There will be three divisions, Ladies, Men and Senior. Within each
division, there will be one bowler from each of the following average groups:
200+; 180-199; 160-179; 159 and below. Selection will be based on
performance using a point system. To be eligible, bowlers in the top two
average groups must use scores from 2 leagues in separate bowling centers.
The two lower average groups must bowl in two leagues but they can be from the
same center. Bowlers must also participate in: Ladies - Ladies
Championships; Men - Open Championships; Seniors - Senior Championships and then
one following other tournaments; Senior Masters, Masters, Queens, Princess,
Valley of the Sun or Maricopa County Senior Women.
The Bowler of the Year will be the participant
with the most points accumulated.
Clarifying rules about in-competition
surface adjustments to bowling balls
GREENDALE, Wis. - Due to recent confusion, the United
States Bowling Congress is clarifying its rules regarding the use of
bowling ball cleaners, polishes and surface-altering abrasives before,
during and after USBC certified league and tournament competition.
During competition, bowlers may apply bowling ball cleaners and polishes
by hand in the bowling area only; they cannot be applied outside of the
bowling area (i.e. in the pro shop, locker room or equipment paddock) or
with the use of a ball spinner. Cleaners and polishes used during
competition must contain no solids or abrasives and be found on the list
of acceptable Commercial Ball Cleaners/Polishes found
During competition, bowlers also may use bowling ball cleaning and
polishing machines, such as the Lustre King or Storm Surface Factory,
provided they do not use any of the surface-altering abrasive options
those machines may offer.
Abrasive pads, such as sandpaper, Abralon or Scotch Brite, only may be
used before or after competition, and any alterations made using these
materials must be made to the entire surface of a bowling ball. Bowlers
are not allowed to alter specific areas of a bowling ball's surface (i.e.
the track area, flare lines, etc) without altering the rest of the ball's
surface in the same fashion.
Cleaners and polishes containing solids or abrasives may be used before or
after competition provided the substances are included on the list of
acceptable Products Containing Solids or Abrasives found
Individual leagues and tournaments reserve the right to place additional
restrictions on when and how bowling ball surface adjustments can be made.
For instance, during the televised finals of U.S. Women's Open and Lumber
Liquidators PBA Tour events, ball representatives can sometimes be seen
altering the surfaces of players' bowling balls between matches. During
those events, each television game is considered a separate round of
competition, so bowlers are allowed to alter the surfaces of their bowling
balls between each of those one-game rounds. This is not the case during
league play where all games in a series are considered part of the same
USBC encourages bowlers to consult league officers or tournament officials
before making surface adjustments to their bowling balls.
RENO TO HOST 2011 OPEN NATIONALS
United States Bowling Congress has reached an agreement to bring the 2011
USBC Open Championships to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.
The 2011 Open Championships was originally scheduled to be held in Osceola
County, Fla., at a new 100-lane bowling facility in the ESPN Wide World of
Sports complex on land made available by Walt Disney World. The current credit
market delayed funding for a key third party involved with the construction
project, jeopardizing the timeline for completion.
With the Open Championships now set to be held at the National Bowling Stadium
in 2010 and 2011, USBC and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority are
teaming up to provide unprecedented exciting incentives for bowlers who attend
both tournaments. At the 2011 Open Championships:
Every day, one bowler will win a
high performance bowling ball.
Every five weeks, one team captain
will win a new car or truck.
Team captains bringing four or more
teams will receive a VIP stay complete with limo service and luxury hotel
To be eligible for the incentive program, participation in both the 2010 and
2011 Open Championships is required.
"This agreement ensures the Open Championships has a first rate venue for 2011
and our partners in Reno stepped up to make it happen," said USBC Vice President
of Tournaments and Events Jack Mordini. "The numbers show that the bowlers enjoy
going to Reno and our relationship has been a great one over the years. With
these new incentives, USBC bowlers will have a better chance at winning big in
Reno than ever before."
The RSCVA, along with partner hotels, plan to develop additional unique benefit
packages for USBC bowlers in the months ahead.
"We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the host city for the 2011
USBC Open Championships," said RSCVA President and Chief Executive Officer Ellen
Oppenheim. "We are looking forward to opening our doors and providing an
unparalleled experience for championship participants."
USBC remains optimistic that the Osceola County facility will open by 2012,
which means the 2013 USBC Women's Championship would be the first USBC event
"The impact of the credit crisis continues to be felt across the country," said
USBC Chief Operating Officer Kevin Dornberger. "We recognize our members on the
East Coast would like to see the Open Championships closer to home. The project
in the Orlando area may not be ready in 2011, but we are committed to seeing an
arena for bowling in this ideal location."
As the Open Championships continues to grow, fewer cities have large enough
venues available to host the event. The Open Championships requires 100,000
square feet of convention center floor space for seven consecutive months.
"USBC has talked with nearly every potential host city in the eastern portion of
the country," Mordini said. "City leaders are increasingly cautious about
booking one event for seven months straight, even one with a proven track record
of success like the Open Championships."
The USBC Open Championships is the largest participatory sporting event in the
world with nearly 85,000 athletes competing during a 140-day stretch from late
February through early July. The Open Championships creates an estimated
$100-million impact for the local economy of the host city.
Orlando Bowling Center delayed
The United States Bowling Congress has been informed
that a proposed privately-funded bowling center which is intended to
host 13 USBC national championship tournaments in Osceola County,
Fla., has been delayed because of the current economic climate.
The unnamed developer has not been able to secure financing to build
the 100-lane facility at this time.
It is expected that the facility will open sometime in 2012, which
means the 2013 USBC Women's Championships would be the first USBC
event held there.
Since the facility in Osceola County will not be open in time for the
2011 Open Championships, USBC will immediately begin a search to
secure a site for 2011 that best suits the needs of the organization
and the Open Championships, according to USBC Vice President of
Tournaments and Events Jack Mordini.
In June, USBC, Osceola County, the Central Florida Sports Commission
and Disney World officials announced an agreement that stipulated USBC
would conduct seven Open Championships and six Women's Championship
tournaments in the new facility beginning in 2011 and running through
Walt Disney World has made land available at its ESPN Wide World of
Sports complex to accommodate the facility.
Open to USBC members, the Open and Women's
Championships are two of the world's largest participatory sporting
events, attracting more than 100,000 participants annually