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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Youth Bowling


CLICK HERE for U.S. High School Bowling Foundation


Maximum Age to 18
Starting in 2020-21

JULY 25, 2019 -- The United States Bowling Congress will lower the maximum age for USBC Youth membership to 18 starting with the 2020-2021 season.

The decision to lower to the maximum age from 20 to 18, with agreement from the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, will align bowling with other youth sports.

“Over the last decade, we have made changes to USBC Youth programs and tournaments to provide a model comparable with other youth sports,” IBC Youth Managing Director of Youth Development Gary Brown said. “We moved to age-based divisions, as opposed to average, for events, to provide peer-to-peer competition. Setting the maximum age for youth bowlers to 18 aligns us with the standard of other national youth sports organizations.”

A U18 division will become the top division for the Pepsi Youth and Bowling.com Youth Open Championships for the 2020-2021 season. During the next season, USBC will address how the age change will impact the 2021 Junior Gold Championships, which will have a separate U20 division.

Please visit BOWL.com/YouthAgeChange for additional information.

Starting with the 2020-2021 season, USBC Youth membership policy will state youth membership is available to individuals who have not reached the age of 18 prior to Aug. 1 of the current bowling season. The decision to lower the maximum age will directly impact 3.3 percent of the total youth membership. The change also better aligns USBC Youth membership with new regulations from the U.S. Center for SafeSport requiring training for those over 18 who participate in a sport with minors.

Any USBC Youth member who reaches the age of 18 during the bowling season is required to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport online education program, which is free, to continue to compete in leagues that have participants under age 18. This requirement was announced with the release of the revised Registered Volunteer Program (RVP) handbook.

The new age limit marks the second time the USBC Youth maximum age has been lowered. In 2009, USBC lowered the maximum age for youth bowlers from 22 to 20.


Youth Leader Award Forms -- 2019-20

CLICK HERE for Youth Leader of the Year Award.

CLICK HERE for Coach of the Year Award.

CLICK HERE for Bridging of the Gap Award (Youth).

CLICK HERE for Bridging of the Gap Award (Adult).


Union-Endicott Teen Rolls
Record-Setting 854 Series

Reprinted from PressConnects.com

FEBRUARY 14, 2019 -- Union-Endicott junior Ashley Cicciarelli has earned prominent space in the national high school bowling record book.

Cicciarelli’s 258-296-300 — 854 series, bowled Saturday at Midway Lanes in Vestal, is recognized by the U.S. High School Bowling Foundation as the highest three-game total ever by a scholastic female bowler.

The record-setting effort led Union-Endicott to the Section 4 Class A tournament championship with a 2,958 total.

The 300 game and 854 series qualify Cicciarelli, who will be 17 later this month, for the USHSBF’s 300/800 Honor Roll (www.ushsbf.org).

The feat also makes her eligible for singles competition in the fourth annual U.S. High School Bowling National Championships, June 23-24 in Indianapolis. Any state or national record set in the current season qualifies a team or individual for the national event.

The USHSBF’s records acknowledge only games and series bowled as part of high school competition.

The three-game boys’ record, 867, was established by John Delp III of Berks County, Pennsylvania, in 1990.


11-Year-Old Boy Youngest
to Roll Perfect Game
in USBC's NYS History

Rockville Centre Lanes Places
Stephen Winley Jr. on "Wall of Fame"

AUGUST 4, 2016 — Eleven-year-old Stephen Winley Jr. of Laurelton has had the perfect summer — literally — as he bowled a perfect game on July 26 at Rockville Centre Lanes.

A member of RVC Lanes' Adult/Junior League, which is USBC certified, Stephen set the crowd roaring when he rolled a 300 game — making him the youngest bowler to ever score a USBC-certified perfect game in New York State.

Stephen turned 11 on April 27, making him 11 years and 3 months old -- a month younger younger than Long Island's Alex Cavagnaro, who was 11 years, 4 months and 28 days old when he reached perfection on Nov. 17, 1995. Cavagnaro posted another 300 game 10 days later on Nov. 27, 1995.

Sam Arnone of Rochester was 11 1/2 years old when he rolled a 300 game on Dec. 19, 1993 in a Youth Bowling Tour event in Ithaca.

"Perfect games are always exciting — even during elite competition when adults bowl them," said John LaSpina, President of Maple Family Centers, which operates RVC Lanes and four additional bowling centers in New York and Florida. "Having a junior bowler do it was even more exciting. The center erupted when Stephen rolled his final strike."

LaSpina was present for the momentous occasion and documented it on video, which appears on Rockville Centre Lanes' Facebook page.

"We posted the video on all our centers' Facebook pages and the reach has been really strong with an estimated combined viewing of about 10,000 people," he noted.


Color Brochure Highlights
Youth Benefits Provided
by New York State USBC

NOVEMBER 13, 2015 -- The New York State USBC has created a high-quality, color tri-fold brochure outlining the benefits and services it provides to youth bowlers.

The brochure touches upon state championship tournaments for youth, Youth Education Services scholarships and grants, the NYS Youth Leaders program and NYS USBC-sponsored coaching clinics and seminars. It also has a page listing the benefits of USBC membership -- valuable information to local associations as they work to retain their members and recruit new members.

The brochures are available to local associations for distribution to youth league directors, parents and bowling centers. Please contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at bowlny300@yahoo.com to request a supply of these brochures. The NYS USBC will mail them to local associations free of charge.

By working together we can ensure a Future for the Sport!

CLICK HERE to view the outside panel of the brochure.

CLICK HERE to view the inside panel of the brochure.


Bowler's Ed Header

The In-School Bowling program is a vital step to developing a new generation of bowlers, creating awareness about the lifetime sport of bowling and showcasing bowling as an activity without participation barriers. Operating as an extension of the bowling center, it provides the scholastic community "A Lane of New Opportunities" as budgets are cut and educators seek valuable programs at the academic level.

If you are new to the In-School Bowling program, we are here to help your bowling center or association understand how it can help deliver new youth league bowlers, increase open play traffic, introduce membership and scholarship opportunities, and enhance the future of youth bowling. 

A variety of resources are available to convey the Bowler's Ed message and connect with educators. Doing so has never been easier through our updated marketing materials, customizable resources, supporting partners and dedicated initiative - Bowler's Ed.

1. Customizable Bowler's Ed Marketing and Communication Materials (Click HERE)
The Youth Resource Center is available 24/7, 365 days a year. These resources are fully customizable to promote your Bowler's Ed program. Reduce the time spent composing the communication and use our branded Bowler's Ed materials to help solidify your program!  

2. Bowler's Ed Educator How-To Guide (Click HERE)
Updated with new content promoting Bowler's Ed through program values, social, emotional and physical health benefits, and how the program aligns with national standards. Apply the Educator How-To Guide to highlight the academic and athletic impact of Bowler's Ed.

3. Bowler's Ed Introduction Letters (Click HERE > Letters & Fliers > General) 
Deliver a consistent and comprehensive message surrounding the Bowler's Ed program in an educators language. The different letters (general and detailed) reduce the time spent composing the communication and use our branded Bowler's Ed materials to solidify your program!

4. Bowler's Ed Customizable Flier (Click HERE > Letters & Fliers > Bowler's Ed Flier) 
A customizable advertisement designed to bring awareness to an upcoming community event. Utilizing the marketing material will help create awareness to any event through an artistically designed flier allowing for individual customization. 

5. Bowler's Ed Program Recognition (Click HERE > Certificates & Recognition) 
These items create a recognition opportunity for the bowling center and school. Utilize the achievement certificate to better award the students and a coupon for continued participation opportunities within the bowling center. 

Contact 
BowlersEd@ibcyouth.com for additional program support and information!


USBC Junior Gold Competition
Doesn’t Violate NYSPHSAA Rules

FEBRUARY 17, 2012 – Reacting to questions about amateur status and participation in USBC youth tournaments, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has issued an interpretation that during the 2011-12 school year, participation in a USBC North Point Junior Gold Qualifier and/or qualifying for and participating in the USBC North Pointe Junior Gold Championship will not violate the NYSPHSAA Amateur Rule.

The NYSPHSAA rule states, in part, that a student athlete forfeits his or her amateur status in a sport by “competing for money or other compensation (allowable travel, meals, and lodging expenses may be accepted)”. With this interpretation, the NYSPHSAA is saying that USBC Junior Gold competition is permissible under its rules.

Representatives from NYSPHSAA and USBC will be working together to ensure participation in these types of events will not violate high school eligibility rules and regulations.


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