New York State USBC Bowling Association News
USBC Postpones Tiered Center Certification Until 2023

ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) is postponing implementation of a new tiered center certification model until January 2023.
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Piotrowski, Soedarmasto Receive Collegiate Honors

APRIL 16, 2020 – Lauren Piotrowski of Schenectady has been selected to the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-America women’s first team, and as a runner-up for Bowler of the Year honors by the International Bowling Media Association or the 2019-20 season.
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BPAA Cancels Bowl Expo Due to Coronavirus

APRIL 3, 2020 -- Bowl Expo has been canceled entirely due to coronavirus concerns, the Bowling Proprietors Association of America announced Friday afternoon.
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Coaching / Instruction

USBC Sets New Requirements
for Coaching Certification

DECEMBER 2, 2019 -- USBC Coaching Certification and Development would like to make you aware of changes regarding the status of USBC coaching certifications. As many of you know, a Federal law was passed requiring National Governing Bodies to implement SafeSport Training, and SafeSport Training now is a mandatory part of the Registered Volunteer Program (RVP).

Volunteers always have been, and always will be, the backbone of the United States Bowling Congress. They are dedicated, hardworking, unselfish people who have the sport's best interests at heart. The specific roles or positions within USBC that require RVP compliance are:

USBC Headquarters employees
USBC National Board and Youth Committee members
USBC Team USA and Junior Team USA Members
State and Local Youth Committee members and directors
State and Local Association Board members
State and Local Association Managers
USBC Youth league officers
USBC Youth tournament managers
USBC Certified Coaches
Requirements to be an “active” USBC certified coach

It is mandatory for anyone 18 years of age or older who has regular contact or authority over USBC Youth members, and those individuals within USBC governance structure, to be a Registered Volunteer.

RVP is a requirement for certified coaches, and they must comply with the following:

-- Be a USBC member in good standing - membership is required for all Registered Volunteers as we only have jurisdiction amongst our members. In order to enforce the policies within the RVP Handbook and the U.S. Center for SafeSport, all our Registered Volunteers must be members. We cannot tell anyone who is not a USBC member what they can and cannot do, nor would we be able to enforce any sort of disciplinary action for individuals who are not USBC members, should a policy be broken.
-- Complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport training
-- Pass a background screen through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI)
-- Report any child abuse, including sexual abuse, to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and USBC. (USBC RVP Handbook page 11)
-- Adhere to the USBC Registered Volunteer Prevention Policies (USBC RVP Handbook page 6)
-- Adhere to the USBC Registered Volunteer Code of Conduct (USBC RVP Handbook page 12)

In January of 2020, certified coaches who are not in compliance with any of the above requirements will become inactive and be removed from Find-A-Coach on

New certification test requirements

After attending a conference, tests must be completed one year from the test enrollment date. If you do not complete the test in that time frame, you may contact to request re-enrollment; this may be done in one-year increments as long as you are eligible (includes current USBC membership and RVP compliant). If at any time significant updates have been instituted to the program (as determined by USBC Coaching), you will be required to re-attend a conference (at a reduced rate) and must pass the test.

USBC Coaching thanks you for all you do. We appreciate all the hard work you put into coaching bowlers and helping them to improve.


USBC Coaching Certification and Development

IBC Launches New Learn-To-Bowl Youth Program

JANUARY 27, 2017 – The International Bowling Campus has launched the USA Bowling Learn the Sport program designed to help develop the next generation of bowlers.

USA Bowling Learn the Sport is a new four-week program that will provide bowling centers, pro shops, and United States Bowling Congress associations the tools to provide basic instruction to new youth bowlers. By teaching the sport, these newcomers not only will learn basic skills while having fun but quickly will see more success on the lanes and will want to continue to bowl.

For more about this new program, go to the Coaching page of this website.

The learn-to-bowl program is a partnership between the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), USBC, International Bowling Campus Youth Development (IBC Youth), Strike Ten Entertainment and the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructions Association (IBPSIA).

The program was introduced to bowling centers at the BPAA Summit in Charleston, South Carolina.

"This program is unique in that it provides video lessons which allows proprietors to execute the program, even if the center isn't fortunate enough to have a certified coach," said Bart Burger, BPAA Managing Director of Membership and Education Services. "We have developed a comprehensive kit so bowling centers can easily start forming classes for new bowlers through in-center marketing and online with our digital resources."

Bowling is the largest participatory sport for youth in the United Sates with more than 17 million youth taking to the lanes each year, according to Simmons Research.

The USA Bowling Learn the Sport program is designed to have four one-hour sessions each week. Each session will start with a short classroom meeting before the youth bowlers take to the lanes to put what they have learned into practice. Sessions cover lane safety, equipment, how to swing the ball, footwork, shooting spares and so much more.

"Many youth bowlers first experience bowling through birthday parties and in-school bowling through P.E. classes, then become excited about the sport and want to learn more," said IBC Youth Managing Director Gary Brown. "This program will get them started and hopefully ignite a passion to continue to pursue the sport."

A special USA Bowling Learn the Sport kit has been developed for centers to promote the program and contains everything a center needs to teach the classes, including a coach's guide, proprietor's guide, DVD with weekly lessons and much more.

To learn more, please visit

List of New York State Certified Coaches

Brenda J. Allen  East Freetown, NY

Roger R. Allen  East Freetown, NY -- Bronze Level certified coach --

Gerry Angel Ithaca NY

Karen Beam, Bronze Level certified coach (Silver pending)
Past-Director Mid-Hudson USBC
MHUSBC Hall of Fame, Ability

Steven A. Beam, Silver Level certified coach
Past-Director Mid-Hudson USBC

Anna Bell  Hicksville NY

Rick Bowman  Peru NY  12972

Kathy Broady  Bronx  NY 10467-1163

Warren Bush, North Tonawanda NY 14120

Alfred Cao  Woodhaven  NY 11421

Louis Cappellini West Islip  NY 11795

Gary  L Cioch  Frankfort  NY 13340-3513

Bill  M Delawski  Bellerose  NY 11426

Ronald  P Diers  Kingston   NY 12401-6032

Kevin Farner Springville NY, 14141

Stephen Fawcett Schenectady, NY,

Tom Fluker  Batavia NY 14020 -- Silver Level certified coach --

Steven M. Friedman   South Merrick NY  11556

Pete Garrison -- Silver Level certified coach
Past-President Mid-Hudson USBC, 25+ years
MHUSBC Hall of Fame, Ability

David A. Gayton Sr.   Jamestown NY 14701   -- Silver Level certified coach --

Tommy Genova  Elmont NY  11003

Vito A Genova  Franklin Sq  NY 11010-1020

Cindy Hogan Rochester, NY

Richard  G Jacobson  Yonkers   NY 10705

Jack Jurek  Buffalo NY -- Silver Level certified coach --

Bobby Kimball  Long Island NY

George Klein  Lindenhurst  NY 11757-1239

Jayu  S Kulkarni Lake Ronkonkoma  NY 11779

Paul S Kupelian  Constantia  NY 13044

Chris Lamb, Rochester, NY,

Gary Landsdowne  Homer NY

Louis Loprinzo Putnam Valley NY 10579

Rich Manzer Jr. Albany, NY  12205-2219

Stephen W. Marsh, Silver Level certified coach
Past-President Mid-Hudson USBC, 25+ years
MHUSBC Hall of Fame, Ability and Service

Sal Mattera, Smithtown, L.I.,

Ken Misnik, Cheektowaga, NY

Kathy Morreale  Whitesboro NY 13492

Arthur O'Connor  West Hempstead, NY 11552

Paul Olivadoti Cicero NY

Michael A Pettinella  Batavia NY 14020

Martin W Piraino East Syracuse, NY 13057

Anthony C Phillips  Elmont NY 11003

Robert J Phillips  Allegany  NY 14706-9416

Malcolm A Press Rock Hill   NY 12775

Edward Quinones Endicott NY 13760

Tim Regan  East Northport, N.Y. 11731

Frank Rutigliano Poughkeepsie NY

Christopher S Searchfield Webster  NY 14580

Kenneth S Sheen  Flushing  NY 11358

Marshall Smith Wappingers Falls NY 12590

Choon H Tan  Elmhurst NY 11373

Bryan Takacs, Endicott, N.Y.,

Paul Voelker, Sayre, Pa. 18840 -- Silver Level certified coach --

Sam Ventura,Syracuse, N.Y. -- Bronze Level certified coach --

Raymond Watkins, Jackson Heights, NY -- Silver Level certified coach --

Kathie Webster S. Hempstead NY 11550

Bruce Wood  Cortland, NY

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