Association eNews: May 17, 2012

In this week's eNews:

Association Facebook group
Summer supplies
Tournament dates and Convention
Youth update

Association Leaders Facebook group
The Association Development team has created a Facebook group designed for association officials to discuss operations and best practices for bowling associations. We urge all leaders to join this group and check in as often as possible. It is a great avenue to share what has and hasn’t worked for associations across the country and a way to discuss ideas with more than just your local or state board.

To join this Facebook group, please click here. Once on the group page, each person will have to go to the top right and select “Join Group”. Please note that you must be signed into Facebook prior to requesting access to the group. Feel free to pass along the group page address to your board:

Summer supply orders
Associations soon can start ordering supplies for fall season. Starting June 4, all orders placed online will contain supplies for the 2012-13 season. Any orders needed for the 2011-12 season should be placed online no later than June 3. Should the need arise for 2011-12 supplies after June 3, associations will need to call the Bowling Information Center at 1-800-514-2695.

Once an order is placed for the 2012-13 season, the association will receive an estimated ship date (when the order will ship from USBC Headquarters, not a shipment arrival date).

For those associations that did not attend the 2012 USBC Convention, Executive Director Stu Upson announced we will no longer be award magnets after this season. Associations with a surplus of magnets may be able to contact associations nearby and see if they have a need for any additional magnets.

Championship tournament dates and 2013 USBC Convention
For delegates and guests planning to attend the 2013 USBC Convention, USBC has reserved a number of squad times for both the days leading up to and after Convention for those that wish to bowl the USBC Open Championships, Women’s Championships or both. The number of slots available is limited, so association officials are encouraged to login to our new online registration system and reserve their squads today.

Anyone having trouble with tournament reservations can contact Tournament Support at 1-800-514-2695.

Upcoming webinars

Hosted by USBC Regional Manager George Lambert, the Association Development team will conduct another series of webinars aimed at helping local associations increase their awareness of programs and tools provided to them by USBC Headquarters. The schedule and titles of the webinars (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, May 23

3 p.m. – Electronic Funds Transfer report tool on
8 p.m. – Welcome to Bowling Coaching clinic
Thursday, May 24
Noon – Electronic Funds Transfer report tool on
3 p.m. – Welcome to Bowling Coaching clinic
Tuesday, May 29
3 p.m. – Association roles and responsibilities
8 p.m. – QR Codes: What they are and their functions
Wednesday, May 30
Noon – QR Codes: What they are and their functions
8 p.m. – Association roles and responsibilities

To register for any webinar, please send an email with your name, association name and number, email address, phone number and the webinar in which you would like to participate to Classes are limited to 25 participants, so please register early. Registration ends 48 hours before the webinar is conducted. After registering, we will send you sign-on instructions.

IBC Youth update
USA Bowling
This fall, USA Bowling Coaching seminars are being offered all over the country to teach volunteers the basic skills necessary to teach the fundamentals of bowling our youth. Each seminar is approximately three hours in length and each attendee is provided free tools and curriculum to take home with them. Register your coaches today by clicking here. Question can be directed to (817) 385-8455 or

CBS Sports Network will air the 2012 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships at 10 p.m. Eastern on Friday, May 18 (women) and Friday, May 25 (men).

Click here to find the CBS Sports Network in your area and be sure to support college bowling by tuning in!

Youth Tournaments

The Detroit area will play host to bowling’s biggest youth tournaments in 2013, the North Pointe Junior Gold Championships and the USBC Youth Open Championships.

The North Pointe Junior Gold Championships will take place at Sunnybrook Lanes and Sterling Lanes, both in Sterling Heights, Mich., and AMF Rose Bowl in Roseville, Mich., from July 13-19, 2013. All three sites will host qualifying rounds with the match-play rounds of the tournament taking place at Sunnybrook Lanes, which will serve as the host center.

Sterling Lanes will be the site for the USBC Youth Open Championships, scheduled for July 11-28, 2013, and the Survivor tournament will be held at AMF Rose Bowl.