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Association eNews: Jan. 26, 2012


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Published: January 26, 2012 | Bowl.com

In this week's e-News

Expiring awards in WinLABs
Convention updates
Legislative Update meetings
2013 USBC championship tournament brochures
Bowlers to Veterans Link bowling tournament
Dexter/USBC High School All-American team
Prior season awards in WinLABs


Expiring awards in WinLABs

With the new Grand rings being available via National Data Changes in WinLABs version 10.0.6, USBC will be expiring all awards that are no longer currently available for the 2011-2012 season, including Imperial Rings. It is critical for any association to update their WinLABs to version 10.0.6 so they will be able to process 300 and 800 honor score awards.

USBC will expire the previous season awards on February 1, 2012 and the awards no longer will be available in WinLABs for the current season. Associations will want to process achievements bowled in the 2010-11 season as soon as possible.

USBC Convention registration now available
Registration is now available for workshops and activities for the 2012 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting. All delegates, alternates and guests are encouraged to register online for workshops and any activities they plan to attend.

While some events may not require a ticket for entrance, advanced registration assists us in properly setting up rooms. To register for 2012 Convention and Annual Meeting, please click here.

An updated Convention schedule can be found on BOWL.com/convention, or by clicking here. The schedule now includes days and times of workshops as well as added nightly activities for attendees.

For those looking into travel, please note that in order to receive the discount with the Sheraton, you will need to call the hotel directly at (817) 261-8200. The discount cannot be used when booking online. In addition, anyone booking airfare through American Airlines can save 5% by using promotion code 3142BK when checking out.

Any attendees that may have booked a room and not used the USBC discount can contact the Sheraton directly by phone and will be offered the USBC group rate. Please remember to use the discount code “USBC Convention”.

For updates on Convention events, stay tuned to the e-News or visit BOWL.com/convention.

Legislative Update meetings
USBC Board members and regional managers will host a series of meetings about upcoming legislative and policy items. The board and staff would like input about some important issues.

Please save the following dates and we encourage you to attend one of these discussion sessions:

Thursday, Feb. 9 from 7 - 9 p.m. - Arlington, Texas (International Bowling Campus)
Friday, Feb. 10 from 7 - 9 p.m. - Houston (Hilton at Hobby Airport)
Saturday, Feb. 11 from 1 -3 p.m. - San Antonio (Hilton San Antonio Airport)
Sunday, Feb. 12 from 1 - 3 p.m. - St. Louis (Holiday Inn at St. Louis Airport))
Thursday, Feb. 16 from 7 - 9 p.m. - SeaTac, Wash. Area (The Clarion - Federal Way)
Friday, Feb. 17 from 7 - 9 p.m. – Bay Area, Calif. (Courtyard Newark Silicon Valley)
Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1 - 3 p.m. - Anaheim, Calif. (Holiday Inn Anaheim)
Saturday, Feb. 18 from 6 - 8 p.m. - Chicago (Embassy Suites at Schaumburg)
Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. - Denver (Holiday Inn Lakewood)
Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. - Detroit (Clarion Hotel at Detroit Airport)
Sunday, Feb. 26 from 3 - 5 p.m. - Columbus, Ohio (Marriott Columbus Airport)
Thursday, March 1 from 7 - 9 p.m. - Orlando, Fla. (Boardwalk Entertainment Center)
Friday, March 2 from 7 - 9 p.m. - Atlanta (Best Western Plus at Atlanta Airport)
Saturday, March 3 from 1 - 3 p.m. – D.C./Baltimore (Holiday Inn Washington Dulles)
Sunday, March 4 from 1 - 3 p.m. - Scranton, Pa. (Hilton Scranton & Conference Center)
*Locations in bold have changes from what was previously published in the eNews.

Associations within 150 miles of the update sites as well as all association delegates will be receiving an invitation from the Regional Managers. We urge association officials to attend if possible as we are looking for feedback on these important items.

Association managers and presidents, please pass this information to your association's delegates and members, as the information will be important for the 2012 USBC Annual Meeting.

USBC Masters airs live on ESPN Sunday

The 2012 USBC Masters is currently underway at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev. Match play brackets and tournament updates can be found on BOWL.com.

Be sure to catch the live stepladder finals on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.

2013 USBC championship tournament brochures
For those associations who have state and local championship tournaments upcoming and are interested in handing out national championship tournament brochures to their bowlers, please send an email to marketing@bowl.com. Be sure to include a shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and the quantity of brochures desired. We appreciate your support in helping promote our national events.

Annual BVL tournament set for March
The 66th Annual Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) Veterans Bowling Tournament is March 5-30. Veterans receiving care at VA Hospitals, outpatient clinics and Vet Centers will head to on-site lanes or local bowling centers to participate.

Teams will bowl a total of 45 games during the 25-day period and submit scores to BVL for entrance into the tournament. Go to BowlforVeterans.org for more information.

Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team
The deadline to nominate a standout high school bowler for the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team is rapidly approaching. Selection to the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team is based on bowling accomplishments, academic achievement, letters of recommendation, extracurricular and community involvement, submitted essays and resumes.

Each year, five male and five female USBC High School members are selected for the Dexter/USBC High School All-American Team and each receives a $1,000 scholarship. The awards will be presented at the North Pointe Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis, July 14-20.

For more information and nomination forms, go to BOWL.com/highschool, or click here. Student-athletes and/or family members may not handle nominations. Coaches or team administrators must nominate eligible contenders, and nominations must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 23. 

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