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 Seven Valley USBC Hall of Fame

SEVEN VALLEY USBC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: The Seven Valley USBC conducted its Hall of Fame induction ceremony and awards banquet Satrurday night (Oct. 18) at the Homer Elks Club. Inductees were, seated rom left, Donald Loudon (Golden Longevity) and Paul Lang (Veteran); standing, Harry Jebbett (Golden Longevity), Kenneth Smith (guest speaker), Nancy Corbin (Service) and Brian Fuller (Accomplishment). Photo by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, who was in Cortland running the NYS Open Senior Championships.


 (Chen Del O) Tri-County Hall of Fame

TRI-COUNTY BOWLING HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:The Chen Del O USBC conducted its 18th Tri-County Bowling Hall of Fame induction ceremony and awards banquet Satrurday night (Sept. 27) at the Sidney American Legion. Inductees were, front from left, Sharon Gifford (accepting for her late husband, Tom); Connie Leizear and Jody Bullis; back, David Deer, Janice and Roy Emrich, and Bill Tallmadge. Charles Husted also was inducted. Photo by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, who served as guest speaker and presenter at the event, which drew 90 people.


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written by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager


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New York State USBC regional map as of 7/31/12.


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.


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 in August. 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.


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.

NYS YOUTH LEADERS' HONOREES -- CLICK ON YOUTH TAB

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 bowlny300@yahoo.com or 585-343-3736.


NEW YORK STATE USBC LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS

Association Name Assn. Manager Association Email Address
Adams USBC Michael Lapp AdamsUSBC300@hotmail.com
Adirondack USBC Craig Morrell adkusbc11@gmail.com
Albany USBC Karen Krauss albanynyba@albany.twcbc.com
Amsterdam USBC Celinda Holik cmh11101954@hotmail.com
Au Sable Forks USBC BA John McDonald JMcDonald2400@Charter.Net
Au Sable Valley USBC Youth John McDonald JMcDonald2400@Charter.Net
Auburn USBC BA Michael Ryan auburnusbc@roadrunner.com
Auburn USBC WBA Ann Fenton afenton1@rochester.rr.com
Auburn USBC Youth Tom Ostrander
tomo7948@roadrunner.com
Bath USBC John Coumbe bathusbc@yahoo.com
Boonville USBC BA Brian Simpson Phantazm88@aol.com
Boonville USBC WBA Carol Taft mamataft1951@yahoo.com
Canandaigua USBC Jon Barkley j.barkley@frontiernet.net
Catskill Mountain USBC BA Louis Klinegardner elks@frontiernet.net
Catskill Mountain USBC Youth Robert Waldele rwaldele@hvc.rr.com
Chen Del O USBC Jolene Scott
jellybena79@yahoo.com
Columbia Greene USBC Paul Drahushuk dvader57@gmail.com
Corning USBC BA Greg Millhollen corningusbcba@stny.rr.com
Corning USBC WBA Linda Cevette fcevette@aol.com
Corning USBC Youth

Donald Millhollen

dmillhol@stny.rr.com
Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC Michele Bouquin
chellybo69@yahoo.com
Earlville USBC hiskorlanes@frontiernet.net
Elmira USBC Michele D'Angelo
mitchyd298@aol.com
Finger Lakes USBC BA David Bellis dbellis1@rochester.rr.com
Finger Lakes USBC WBA Sandy Covert scovert@rochester.rr.com
Finger Lakes USBC Youth William O'Neil woneil@rochester.rr.com
Fulton City USBC Youth Paula Distin
pjdbowl@aol.com
Fulton County USBC BA Gregory Simonson gsimonso@nycap.rr.com
Fulton USBC BA Paul Kupelian fultonusbcba@gmail.com
Fulton USBC WBA Paula Distin
pjdbowl@aol.com
Genesee Region USBC Laurie Cole
bowlingsssm@gmail.com
Gouverneur USBC Marion Bowhall gouverneurbowl@yahoo.com
Gr Buffalo USBC Bill Palumbo contact@gbusbc.com
Gr Otsego USBC Janice Harrison jharriso@nycm.com
Grape Belt USBC Youth Priscilla Seybold cilla@netsync.net
Greene USBC Wendell McGrath mcgrathwm@hotmail.com
Harrisville USBC Diane Thomas dndithom@aol.com
Hornell USBC Jeff Fetzner jeff.fetzner@gmail.com
Hudson Valley USBC Robert Tyler office@hvusbc.org
Hudson Valley USBC Youth Tina Vredenburg omash@us.ibm.com
Ithaca USBC Patricia Stage pstage1055@aol.com
Jamestown Area USBC William Thompson Jr crankinbill@gmail.com
Johnstown USBC WBA Ramona Cole
meconoma@gmail.com
Johnstown USBC Youth Kati-lyn Meher
kmeher1182@gmail.com
Katskill Foothills USBC WBA Cheryl Green greenc@stny.rr.com
Kingston NY USBC BA Robert Boughton Sr. Kgnbowlingassoc@AOL.com
Kingston USBC WBA Lynne Seyfarth lseyfarth@hvc.rr.com
Lake Ontario USBC BA Robert Tierson RTierson@Rochester.RR.Com
Lockport USBC Timothy Kirsch LockportUSBC@aol.com
Long Island USBC James Maguire liusbca@verizon.net
Lowville USBC BA Everette Haggerty Jr golfer700@twcny.rr.com
Lowville USBC WBA Rhonda Vary bowling-honda@hotmail.com
Lowville USBC Youth Derek Crouse lewislanes@frontiernet.net
Malone USBC Robert Black patcat52@yahoo.com
Malone USBC Youth George McLaughlin lslmalone@aol.com
Massena-Waddington USBC Tammy LaPoint tomkayshad@yahoo.com
Mid-Hudson USBC Janet Sullinger
jsullinger@mhbaonline.com
Mohawk Valley Towns USBC
Don Null nucker@verizon.net
Mohawk Valley USBC Youth Teresa Wolcott youthbowling@roadrunner.com
Moira USBC Terry Grant tkg@slic.com
New York City USBC Corinthia Ward nycusbc@gmail.com
New York State USBC A@L Penny Clinton NYSYABASECY@aol.com
Niagara Falls USBC BA Anthony Quaranto Sr info@nfmba.com
Niagara Falls USBC WBA Bobbi-Lynn Marshall bouttime02@wmconnect.com
Niagara Frontier USBC Youth Bobbi-Lynn Marshall
bouttime02@wmconnect.com
Northern Adirondack USBC Theresa Bosley tbosley@twcny.rr.com
Norwich USBC Edward Lawton ejlawton@ejlconsulting.com
Ogdensburg USBC Youth Chris Smith ogdbowl@twcny.rr.com
Penn Yan-Dundee USBC WBA Laurie Rogers lauralye914@rochester.rr.com
Potsdam USBC BA Lloyd Howe II lhoweii@twcny.rr.com
Potsdam USBC WBA Norma Cyrus ncyrus@twcny.rr.com
Rochester USBC BA Kayla Burnett bowl@rochesternyusbc.org
Rochester USBC WBA Nancy Starken
rochwba@frontier.com
Rochester USBC Youth Mimi Lucey
mimilucey@gmail.com
Rockland Co USBC Youth Robert Larkin rgl113@aol.com
Rockland County USBC Robert Larkin rgl113@aol.com
Rome USBC Howard York romenyusbcba@gmail.com
Rome USBC Youth Pamella Spencer bubbajean11@verizon.net
Salamanca USBC BA Alan Milks kalam2@verizon.net
Salamanca USBC WBA Mary Forness
mary_f412@hotmail.com
Saranac Lake USBC BA George Cole sidsandy2@aol.com
Sara-Placid USBC WBA Nancy Hurteau nancyhu@roadrunner.com
Saugerties USBC Matthew Kordich Mattkordich@yahoo.com
Sayre Athens Waverly Valley USBC Tom Schanbacher sawvalley@hotmail.com
Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA Anne Torak piano@nycap.rr.com
Schenectady USBC BA Lloyd Denny Jr lloyd.denny2@verizon.net
Schenectady USBC Youth Kristen Zadrozny
ktzad@aol.com
Schoharie County USBC
Sara Masterson
sarabowls@midtel.net
Seven Valley USBC Brenda Allen sevenvalleyusbc@verizon.net
Sherrill USBC Michael Keenan
mkeenan3@twcny.rr.com
Southern Tier USBC Benjamin Armberge bowling@stnyusbc.com
Staten Island USBC Joanne Soto JoanneSIUSBC@aol.com
Syracuse USBC BA Sandy Argus syracuseba@gmail.com
Syracuse USBC WBA Debora Deuel syracusewba@gmail.com
Syracuse USBC Youth Theresa Lightaul
syracuseyouthbowling@gmail.com
Theresa USBC William Lamere wklamere@hotmail.com
Tonawandas USBC Kenneth Kreger TONUSBC@roadrunner.com
Triboro USBC Youth Corinthia Ward cww49@aol.com
Tri-County NY USBC Michele Bensley tcnyusbc80949@gmail.com
Troy USBC Kathy Klar secretary@troynyba.org
Troy USBC Youth Stephanie Mallette
dmcgeary@gmail.com
Twin Tiers USBC Ronald VanDerLinden rvdlinden@verizon.net
Utica Central NY USBC BA Tony Felitto afelitto@roadrunner.com
Utica USBC WBA Linda Hunter aph2869@frontiernet.net
Watertown USBC Diane Sykes WatertownUSBC@aol.com
Waterville USBC Elsie Towne etowne30@frontiernet.net
Wayco USBC Youth Lori-Lynn Lancaster lori.lancaster@waynecap.org
Wayne Co USBC WBA Anne Church WaynecountyWBA@rochester.rr.com
Wellsville USBC BA Michael Woodworth michael_wdwrth@yahoo.com
Wellsville USBC WBA Vicki Hilfinger victo248@yahoo.com
Westchester County USBC Barbara Campisi bcampisi1@optonline.net
Willsboro USBC Kristy Leerkes
krissygay1@yahoo.com
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