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NYS USBC Entry Forms
Mailed to Bowling Centers

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 -- Entry forms for New York State USBC adult and youth tournaments along with posters promoting same were mailed to 290 bowling centers throughout the state today.

NYS USBC members are encouraged to pick up an entry form at their bowling center. Entry forms also can be downloaded from this website. If you do not see entry forms at your bowling center, please contact the NYS USBC office at bowlny300@yahoo.com.

The NYS USBC thanks all of our bowling center proprietors and managers in advance for making these entry forms available to our members and for displaying the posters.

CLICK HERE to view the tournament posters.


John M. LaSpina of Long Island, Maple Family Centers president and long-time supporter of veterans’ causes, has been elected Chairman of the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) Board of Directors.  LaSpina's selection marks the first time a representative of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America will serve as Chair.

LaSpina's appointment comes at a time when the nation's bowling centers are assuming a substantially larger role in support of the sport's oldest and most successful charity.  BVL "Bowl for Freedom" campaigns are now being conducted in hundreds of bowling centers across the U.S.  LaSpina's own centers have contributed more than $100,000 to BVL.

To date, BVL has raised almost $42 million to provide recreational and therapeutic programs and services -- not covered by government funding -- for active duty military and hospitalized veterans. The NYS USBC sends an annual donation on behalf of its membership to the BVL 


Rab’s Country Lanes in Staten Island is hosting one of eight USA Bowling regional events this fall. USA Bowling is a team-based youth program offered through the International Bowling Campus.

The tournament at Rab’s is scheduled for Nov. 8-9.

To register or for more information, go to www.bowl.com and click on the USA Bowling tab.

USBC Institutes New Rule
Governing Ball Gripping Holes

ARLINGTON, Texas - In a move to add greater clarity and fairness to ball specifications related to bowlers not using their thumb while delivering the ball, the United States Bowling Congress has modified the specifications on bowling ball gripping holes.

Under the new rule, which took effect on August 1, any thumb hole that is not used for gripping purposes during the delivery would be classified as a balance hole. Bowling balls are only permitted one balance hole.

For more, including frequently asked questions, go to the Associations page of this website.

Roll over the Youth Tab
& Click on Youth Tournaments Tab

for 2015 NYS Youth Pepsi, Team, Adult-Jr Info

Adult Tournament Roundup

Masters is March 5, Queens April 18;
Open in Buffalo, Women in Syracuse

SEPT. 2, 2014 – Starting with next month’s 36th NYS Open Senior Championships, the New York State USBC has put together another great tournament package for its adult members.

To download entry forms, please click on the Tournaments tab.

Following is a capsule look at the championship tournaments on the 2014-15 schedule:

36th NYS Open Senior, Oct. 11-12, 18-19 -- Cort Lanes, 391 Tompkins St. Ext., Cortland will be the site of the Doubles and/or Singles tournament, which is open to NYS USBC men and women who are at least 50 years of age.

Call the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736 to check on squad availability. Update: Due to cancellations, six lanes are open on the 2:15 and 4 p.m. squads on Sat., Oct. 18.

25th NYS Masters, March 7 – The Masters is heading to the Albany area – Spare Time in Latham, to be exact – and is offering an entry fee discount to bowlers who enter both the Masters and the Joe Donato scratch singles tournament that weekend in Schenectady.

Bowlers who compete in both events will receive $10 off both entry fees – dropping the fee from $100 to $90 for the Masters and from $70 to $60 for the Donato. According to Tom Donato, squads for his tournament will be set up for Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday.

Once again, the NYS Masters is offering a $2,500 first prize plus a paid entry to the 2016 USBC Masters. It is being sponsored by Gardner Excavating of Troy, and is SMART approved.

79th NYS Women, April 10-May 17 – The NYS USBC office already has received several paid entries and numerous reservation forms (see the Tournament section for a list of those who have reserved dates) for the tournament, which is set for AMF Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in the Syracuse suburb of Mattydale. Dates are April 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, May 15-17.

Reservations will be accepted until Nov. 1, with entry forms and fees for those reservations due by Dec. 1. The final closing date for entries is March 17.

Competition will take place in Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events in three separate divisions (two handicap and one scratch), based on team and individual averages.

91st NYS Open, April 11-May 3 – AMF Thruway Lanes in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga will be the setting for the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events competition which is open to men and women. Dates are April 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 and May 1-3.

This year, Team and Doubles/Singles events are being flip-flopped each weekend to accommodate bowlers who may work on the weekends. For example, the Team event is on two Saturdays (April 11, 25) and two Sundays (April 19 and May 3). Both Team and Doubles/Singles are available on Friday, May 1.

44th NYS Queens, April 18 – Running in conjunction with the NYS Women's Championships, the 2015 Queens will take place at the 24-lane Thunderbird Lanes in Syracuse, with qualifying squads at 9 a.m. and noon. Semifinals and stepladder finals will follow.

Both squads will be limited to 77 bowlers – seven bowlers per pair using 22 lanes. Entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; when one squad fills up, bowlers will be placed on the open squad.

Competition is broken into two divisions – Open and Classified (194-and-Under) – with one in four bowlers cashing in each division. This tournament is SMART approved.

Are You Interested in Serving
on the NYS USBC Board of Directors?
3 Adult and 2 Youth Director Positions
Will be up for Election at the 2015 Annual Meeting

Go to Officers Page to Download a Resume Form

NYS Women's Senior Singles
Official Prize List Released;
Congratulations to Champions!

UPDATE: SEPT. 5 -- Prize checks went out in today's mail

SEPT. 2, 2014 – The New York State USBC has crowned champions from seven different local associations, according to official results of the 34th NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships which were released today.

CLICK HERE for the prize list.

The tournament took place on Aug. 15-17, 22-24 at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls.

Age classifications winners (six-game totals with handicap) are as follows:

Class AA (75-and-over) – Sandy Stoffle, Syracuse USBC WBA, 1,344.

Class A (70-74) – Joanne Bergh, Johnstown USBC WBA, 1,406.

Class B (65-69) – Karen Sleeter, Schenectady-Scotia USBC WBA, 1,390.

Class C (60-64) – Susan Helfman, Westchester County USBC, 1,358; Dorice Bradley, New York City USBC, 1,358.

Class D (55-59) – Melissa Bunn, Long Island USBC, 1,293.

Class E (50-54) – Kathleen Willy, Greater Buffalo USBC, 1,415.

Helfman and Bradley tied for first in Class C and are co-champions. However, per tournament rules, Helfman will be given the first chance to represent New York State at the 2015 USBC Senior Championships next August in Green Bay, Wisconsin, since she had a higher three-game series with handicap than Bradley, 713 to 692.

Special thanks to directors of the Niagara Falls USBC WBA and Tonawandas USBC for their great assistance and to the management and staff of Rapids Bowling Center for hosting a successful tournament. The 2015 event is scheduled for Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

CLICK HERE for final standings.

Attention League Secretaries:
USBC Introduces Non-Registered
Sport League Designation

AUGUST 16, 2014 -- USBC now has a new classification on its league application so leagues that compete on Sport Bowling or more challenging patterns, but choose not to certify as a Sport league, still can designate the league's tougher lane conditions.

The Non-Registered Sport league classification is located under the lane conditions section on the league application form; simply check the corresponding box under lane conditions for the league in WinLABS. You can do the same for any league that is using patterns that meet Blue or White requirements.

The leagues that designate as a Non-Registered Sport league will receive a special icon on the Find A Member section of BOWL.com, and the icon which will appear on members' averages in those leagues. The icon will be under lane conditions to denote averages bowled on what is believed to be a Sport condition.

USBC has received feedback stating there are a number of leagues that compete on Sport or more challenging patterns but are not certifying as Sport leagues. The purpose of this icon is to give tournament managers the most information possible, so they can make sure bowlers are using averages that accurately reflect their skill level.

New USBC Youth Membership
Starts August 1; Cost is $4

JULY 30, 2014 -- Starting Aug. 1, 2014, the new USBC Youth membership will be offered by International Bowling Campus (IBC) Youth Development at a price of $4. The new membership includes a membership card, a certified average and the eligibility to participate in USBC-certified events.

Many associations are ready to kick off the new season after working with their centers and Youth Directors on a product that is desired locally. Is your association ready? Has your association worked toward the creation of Youth membership services to offer your centers and Youth leagues this coming fall? If not, the new season will be here in no time and your association needs to prepare. The financial flexibility is there for your association to focus on the wants and needs of your youth bowlers.

To assist associations with the USBC Youth membership, a how-to guide has been created. The guide includes the benefits of membership, what the membership means for local associations, how to achieve success with the new membership and some templates for association use. The guide can be found by clicking here.

For further information about the program, including the original news release and FAQ, click here.

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