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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, 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.
"A no-thumb bowler using a balance hole along with an unused thumb hole could effectively create two balance holes and change ball dynamics through layout choices in ways that are not available to a bowler who does use their thumb," USBC Interim Executive Director Chad Murphy said. "This rule change aims to create greater fairness by removing the potential advantage of two balance holes. If the bowler doesn't use the thumb hole for gripping, it's not really a gripping hole."
The rule change strictly addresses the use of the thumb hole and only affects bowlers who do not use their thumb for gripping the ball during a delivery. The change went into effect at the beginning of the winter bowling season, Aug. 1.
"The change is intended to simplify the specification, make it easier to enforce and reduce confusion," USBC Managing Director of National Governing Body Neil Stremmel said. "It is not necessary to have a thumb hole if the bowler isn't going to use it for gripping purposes and the ball has to be within our static balance requirements to be used during USBC certified competition."
Here is how the new specification will read in the USBC Playing Rules starting Aug. 1:
Holes or indentations for gripping purposes shall not exceed five and shall be limited to one for each finger and one for the thumb, all for the same hand. The player is not required to use all finger holes in any specific delivery, but they must be able to demonstrate, with the same hand, that each gripping hole can be simultaneously used for gripping purposes. Any thumb hole that is not used for gripping purposes during the delivery would be classified as a balance hole.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does this mean every bowling ball thrown by a no-thumb or two-handed bowler who uses no thumb is now going to be illegal and have to be re-drilled?
No. If a bowler doesn't use their thumb during a delivery, they can either have a thumb hole or a balance hole but not both. If the ball has a thumb hole but the bowler doesn't use it, then as long as it meets static balance requirements, the ball is allowed. If the ball has both a thumb hole and a balance hole, the bowler needs to plug at least one of them.
What about bowlers who sometimes use their thumb and sometimes do not use their thumb? For example, what if a bowler does not use their thumb for a strike ball but does use their thumb for a spare shot?
The bowler would need to make sure the ball is within specifications from both centers of grip (middle of the grip for thumb in, and center of the bridge for thumb out). If the bowler is going to switch back and forth between using their thumb and not using their thumb, they would need to use a ball without an additional balance hole.
How is this rule enforceable and what is the penalty for those who don't comply?
Once it is discovered that a bowler is using equipment which is not within specifications, the ball must be removed from competition and corrected before it can be used during certified competition. If the bowler uses a ball that's non-conforming with knowledge that it's out of specification, then the scores are subject to forfeiture.
Who is impacted by this rule?
This is strictly for bowlers who do not use their thumb regardless if they use a one-handed or two-handed approach.
If the bowler covers the thumb hole with their palm, would that count as gripping?
No, the bowler is not gripping the ball if they are just covering the hole with their palm.
Why was this rule changed?
This rule change aims to create greater fairness by removing the potential advantage of two balance holes. If the bowler doesn't use the thumb hole for gripping, it's not really a gripping hole. A bowler who uses their thumb for gripping is allowed one balance hole.
Did some people have an unfair advantage under the previous rule?
A bowler who doesn't use their thumb had the opportunity to move their thumb hole and balance hole to create additional drilling options that were not available to those who put their thumb in the ball.
Southern Tier USBC Hall of Fame
SOUTHERN TIER USBC INDUCTEES: The Southern Tier USBC honored five with Hall of Fame status at its induction ceremony earlier this month. From left are Steven Miller, Special Merit; Russell Krager, Meritorious Service; Frank Hunsinger, Senior Star; Linda Fetterman, Meritorious Service; and Frank Sladish, who accepted on behalf of his son, Jason Sladish, Superior Performance.
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Walczyk Award, Elections,
USBC Presentation Highlight
NYS USBC 3rd Annual Meeting
JUNE 2, 2014 – A special award presentation to a longtime New York State bowling official, the election of a popular Long Island youth leader to the state association board of directors and a spirited presentation by a United States Bowling Congress regional manager highlighted the 3rd Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC on Saturday in Binghamton.
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About 160 local association delegates and guests attended the four-hour session at the DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton. Later that evening, Benny Appleby of Auburn, Traci Spanitz of Rochester and Margaret Lancaster of Marion were inducted into the New York State Hall of Fame at a dinner attended by 150 (see photos by clicking on the Hall of Fame tab).
Shortly after the Annual Meeting was called to order by NYS USBC President Priscilla “Pat” Zonneville, USBC Vice President Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island and USBC East Regional Manager Robin Marshall of Arlington, Texas, presented the USBC Helen Baker Award for meritorious service to Nancy Walczyk of Buffalo (see photo at right). The award originally was announced at the USBC Convention in Reno in April, but Walczyk was unable to attend.
“Actually, I’d rather by here … in front of my peers,” said Walczyk, who served as secretary and then manager of the NYS USBC Women’s Bowling Association for 26 years. “I’m very proud to have been nominated and selected for this award.” Walczyk also was instrumental in the mergers of the USBC, ABC and WIBC at the national level and the NYS Women, Empire State Men and NYS Youth Associations at the state level, and played a key role in the inception and development of the Empire State Games bowling event.
Youth delegates at the meeting elected A.S. “Doc” Doctorow of Long Island to the NYS USBC board as a Youth Director, joining Tom Solimine Sr. of White Plains, who was re-elected. Mark Ames of Cortland, a current Youth Director, was third in the election for two spots, but will continue on the Youth Committee as a Regional Tournament Manager from Region 4.
Roger Buckman of Rochester, NYS USBC Vice President, and three Adult Directors – Karen Krauss of Albany, Dennis O’Donnell of Auburn and Corinthia Ward of Bronx – were re-elected by acclimation since there were no nominees from the floor.
Delegates voted to have the NYS USBC President and Association Manager represent the NYS USBC at the 2015 USBC Convention in Indianapolis, and to amend the number of delegates that could represent local associations at the Annual Meeting to the following:
-- Up to 1,000 members, 2 delegates;
-- 1,001 to 2,000 members, 4 delegates;
-- 2,001 to 4,000 members, 6 delegates;
-- 4,001 and Up, 8 delegates.
SEE 2015 ANNUAL MEETING DELEGATE LIST AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
Marshall, mixing song, dance and video in her presentation, outlined changes mandated by the USBC for coming for the 2014-15 season, including an Adult Basic membership for leagues of 16 weeks or less and a reduction (to $4) in the national dues for Youth membership. She also spoke about the USBC’s evaluation criteria for local associations, which focuses on timely membership processing, participation numbers, coaching clinics and board education.
Wilkinson mentioned that a new Adult-Youth membership product is being developed, and said that the USBC membership task force is “looking at everything that the USBC sells.”
Delegates and guests made contributions of more than $2,500 at the Annual Meeting to the NYS USBC Pathways Committee, which supports cancer research in New York State and youth scholarships. Included in this total was a contribution in the amount of $795.69 by Claudia “C.C.” Cinelli of Long Island, otherwise known as “The Quarter Lady.”
The NYS USBC awarded close to $70,000 in youth scholarships through its tournaments and fundraisers this season.
Please go to the About Us page to view the Program and Report Book of the 3rd Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC.
Attendees heard reports from NYS USBC committee chairs and from officers of the NYS 500, 600 and 700 Clubs, NYS Bowling Writers and NYS Youth Leader President Daniel Passonno of Watervliet.
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Forms available for new USBC
Adult Basic memberships
FEBRUARY 20, 2014 -- The new USBC Adult Basic membership will be available for short-season leagues starting March 1. The membership is available to bowlers who compete in leagues that have 16 or fewer sessions and the league must designate as a short-season league.
The membership is designed to target non-certified short season leagues and the USBC urges local association leaders to speak with their center managers and proprietors about presenting this new membership to those existing non-certified leagues.
The cost of the Adult Basic membership in New York State will be $11, with $7 going to USBC, $3 for the local association and $1 for the New York State USBC. Local association managers are advised to check two products before transmitting via WinLABS to the USBC -- the Adult Basic membership and the State Dues-only membership.
The USBC Adult Membership Application form has been updated to add the USBC Basic membership and is available here.
The USBC League Application with the Basic league option is located here. Updated league and membership applications will be sent out in summer supply orders. Any leagues using this membership prior to those orders shipping should be downloaded from BOWL.com.
Who Wants to Help?
A call for leaders across the state to voluntarily assist the NYS USBC in its effort to promote bowling through fair, competitive tournaments and worthwhile, effective programs and services.
REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES (“REPS”)
The NYS USBC is recruiting one or two people in each of the state’s 10 regions – see Regional Map on the Officers page of this website -- to provide valuable assistance to the state’s bowling operation in the capacities listed below. These ambassadors not only will enhance the NYS USBC’s level of service, but also will become familiar with the administration of bowling on the state level, potentially paving the way for them to become NYS USBC officers and directors in future years.
a. Help distribute state tournament entry forms, flyers and other materials generated through the NYS USBC office.
b. Represent the NYS USBC (when requested) at local association meetings, local Hall of Fame and Awards gatherings and at other events as warranted.
c. Help communicate NYS USBC directives and “news” – such as new programs, coaching clinics, workshops – and help get the word out about the value of regularly visiting our website – www.bowlny.com.
d. Help promote NYS youth scholarships and other youth initiatives and activities.
e. Help identify potential Hall of Fame or Special Award nominees and assist in the nomination process when necessary.
f. Be our “eyes and ears” at the regional and local level, provide information and insight as we strive to improve communication with and service to our membership.
g. Assist at NYS Open, Women, Senior and Youth Tournaments as requested by the state’s association manager.
YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES (“REPS”)
Similar in scope and function to the Regional Ambassadors, Youth Ambassadors would primarily focus on the following:
a. promoting youth bowling;
b. helping to recruit new youth bowlers;
c. assisting at youth tournaments;
d. spreading the word about the NYS USBC scholarship program;
e. gaining experience necessary to move into leadership roles on the state level.
If you are interested in becoming a Regional or Youth Representative, please contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at email@example.com or 585-343-3736.
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||Robert Boughton Sr.
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||Everette Haggerty Jr
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||Anthony Quaranto Sr
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||Lloyd Howe II
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|Rochester USBC Youth
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|Rome USBC Youth
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|Saranac Lake USBC BA
|Sara-Placid USBC WBA
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|Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA
|Schenectady USBC BA
||Lloyd Denny Jr
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|Syracuse USBC BA
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|Westchester County USBC