Bowling: Let’s get as many rings as possible from USBC
By Steve T. Gorches 314-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org September 24, 2013 9:41PM
Remember those patches and the evolution of rings we've received from the United States Bowling Congress? This is the last season anyone — men, women or youth — will receive them without caveat. | Steve T. Gorches/Post-Tribune
Updated: October 26, 2013 6:37AM
Finally, a little clarification from the United States Bowling Congress. It won’t be very satisfying to most bowlers, but at least a live person at USBC headquarters confirmed some of the questions local bowlers have brought up to me.
A few weeks back I wrote about the USBC’s decision to take our awards away — patches, plaques and almost all of the rings — starting on Aug. 1, 2014. There’s been a little confusion with the lifetime status of 300 and 800 rings — which are the only ones left after this season.
After talking to a nice man named Mike at USBC — no, USBC president Andrew Cain didn’t call me back after my previous column, so I stand by my assessment that his quotes make him sound like every other uncaring, unsympathetic CEO of every other company that cuts costs — I found out that the new implementation that anyone who has already shot a 300 or 800 in their life, whether it was yesterday or 25 years ago, cannot receive a free ring from USBC anymore. Your last chance is to get one this season.
So here’s the thought of myself and a few other bowlers. Every center in Northwest Indiana should put out the easiest possible oil pattern imaginable every night of the week for the rest of this season. Let’s fleece the USBC for every last siladium ring we can get out of it.
It goes against everything I believe in as a guy who competes in sport shot events whenever possible, but the USBC going against everything I’ve enjoyed and believed in when it comes to bowling, and that supersedes wanting tougher conditions. For those center mechanics that might need help, call Plaza Lanes in Highland. That 60-lane center knows how to do it when putting out cake on the lanes, and more power to them. Plaza has the most series above 840 in the last decade of any region house, so let’s all get that easy and stick it to the USBC establishment.
This week’s local scores only have five 300 games. That’s not enough. Rings, rings and more rings — let’s take them all!
Another aspect of the USBC that’s disturbing is that all youth awards are disappearing as of now. I sat in on the Northlake Youth Association meeting earlier this week and the board members were pooling together to see how many youth patches they still had since the USBC has said it isn’t making anymore. When its stockpile runs out for the whole country, that’s it.
The good news for youth bowlers and parents, though, is that sanction fees for the kids will go down starting next year. My only question is, why can’t that happen for adults since they’ve eliminated services?
The quote of the week came from that Northlake meeting when newly elected Association Manager Larry Zaideman explained “USBC is not in the awards business anymore.” One of the board members replied, “So what is USBC in the business of?”
That’s a darn good question. Feel free to make up your own answer.
Friends for Life singles tourney: Want to meet a fellow bowler who isn’t married? Try the Friends for Life No Tap Singles tournament the first weekend of every other month at Ray’s Lanes in Lake Station. The next one will be on Oct. 5 and 6 with squads at 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $25, with first place paying $1,000 (based on 150 entries). There will also be optional $10 strike shots during the three games of competition. For more details, call Ray’s at 962-1297.
Blackhawks bowling league: Want to earn tickets to see the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, while having fun in a bowling league? Stardust Bowl III in Dyer will hold its annual Sunday Blackhawks League starting Sept. 29. It will run through March 16 with each bowler getting a ticket to the Hawks home game against the Nashville Predators on March 23. There will also be prize money, with first place receiving $600 (for a three-person team). For more details, call 322-3666 or visit bowlstardust.com/Blackhawks3.htm.
Score correction: Last week the 804 series and 300 game Jerry James II was incorrectly listed on the sheet from the Saturday Amateurs adult league. He’s still a youth bowler and shot the award scores in the Saturday morning Seniors youth division.
Post-Tribune/IGrind Sport Shot Classic: Like last year, part of that fall King of the Hill series at Stardust III is the Post-Tribune Fall Sport Shot Classic presented by IGrind Bowling, the new bowling apparel/accessory/ball company owned by three local bowlers. It will take place at 10 a.m. (sign-ups at 9 a.m.) on Sunday, Oct. 27 with an entry fee of $35 if registered before the day of the tourney ($45 for walk-ins).
The format has changed a little with five games of qualifying now (yes, that means you’re getting your money’s worth) in three different divisions. That part hasn’t changed since this is the only sport shot tourney in the region with separate divisions and separate prize funds for men, women and youth. There will also be optional sidepots for adults and youth separately, and new IGrind accessories and equipment will be raffled with proceeds going toward Autism Awareness. In addition to promoting the sport of bowling, IGrind and its owners want to make a difference by raising money for worthy causes. For more details on the tourney, call Shaun at 322-3666 or myself at 314-3797.
Lakeshore Association Masters/Queens: The weekend before the P-T Sport Shot Classic will be the Lakeshore Bowling Association Masters and Queens tournament at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 at Ray’s Lanes in Lake Station. The event is open to men and women who are Lakeshore Association members only at an entry fee of $60. Deadline for pre-registration is Oct. 6 — only cash entries are accepted after that date. Since it is a Masters/Queens event, like the state and national Masters/Queens, there is a dress code: Collared or mock style shirts (per USBC approval); only skirts, slacks, pants will be allowed. No crew neck T-shirts, shorts, spandex or denim apparel of any color be worn. No hats will be allowed except for medical reason. For more details or to sign up, contact tournament manager Ken Laviolette at 763-2034 or email@example.com.
NWIJTPA is back: The Northwest Indiana Junior Touring Players Association (NWIJTPA) scholarship tour will begin its third season at 10 a.m., on Oct. 6 at Hobart Lanes with the first event sponsored by Holzenballz Pro Shop. The entry fee is $35 for NWIJTPA members, $40 for non-members. Membership options and entry forms can be found at www.ihsbsuburban.com. The tour distributed $8,000 in scholarship money last season, and the goal is to award even more this year.