FAQs: 2013 USBC Women's Championships

Read the press release about the new registration system for the USBC Women's Championships

What can we expect from the online registration system as we move forward?
The initial transition to online registration was well-received, and the new system will only make things better. For the 2011 championship events, about half of all entries were submitted online. And with the introduction of the upgraded system, team captains will be able to adjust rosters and make other changes without picking up the phone or mailing a letter. They also will be able to make payments and select squad days and times immediately based on what's available.

Many online purchases like sporting event and concert tickets include transaction fees. Are there fees associated with registering online? Or by mail?
There has always been a fee for using credit cards, and that will continue with the new system having a two-percent transaction fee. Captains who choose to enter by paper, email or phone will pay a five-percent processing fee to cover the additional cost involved in processing entries manually.

I've bowled on the same weekend every year, and I heard there are no longer guaranteed times, is this true?
The new registration system does not allow for any kind of grace period, so no times are guaranteed. Once the system is open, all interested team captains will be able to sign in, and dates and times will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Team captains will be able to choose from the dates and times that are available at that moment, as everything is in real time.

Do we have to pay all of the money right away?
In order to lock-in a team date and time, the deposit must be paid. While this does guarantee you will have a spot for doubles and singles the next day, you will not be able to pick your D/S squad time until the entire balance has been paid. Since everything is real time, the sooner you make your payment, the better chance you'll have of getting the time you prefer.

Why is the Women's Championships being held in Reno four years in a row?
Based on the every-third-year schedule in place, the 2012 and 2015 Women's Championships already were scheduled to be held at the National Bowling Stadium. Then, USBC saw a special opportunity to hold the tournament across town at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in 2013 and 2014, while the USBC Open Championships visits the Stadium.

It will be the first time both tournaments will be held in the same host city in the same year. We saw this as an opportunity for couples and families to bowl together, while also providing increased levels of service with the use of a combined staff to cover both events.

Why did USBC choose Reno for 2013 and 2014?
We were already committed to Reno for the 2013 Open Championships. But based on the outstanding offer that Reno made and the track record of strong turnouts at the National Bowling Stadium, the decision was made to bring both events to Reno in 2013 and 2014.

Who made these decisions?
The decisions were made by USBC staff, with the full support of the USBC Board of Directors.

How can I provide feedback to USBC on these events?
We are open to your ideas. Please send comments and suggestions to usbcwomenschampionships@bowl.com.