USBC eConnection: April 2012

Register now for the 2013 Women’s Championships
The USBC Women’s Championships is about to embark on an exciting run in Reno, Nev., and there are some changes when registering for the event, which is entering its 93rd year.

Registration for the 2013 tournament opened March 29, and team captains will be able to enter using an enhanced online registration system. The new system, which has been used by the USBC Open Championships teams, allows captains to enter and change their team information at any time as well as select and lock in their preferred squads in real time as soon as payments are made.

Squad reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To read further information on the changes and to register for the USBC Women’s Championships now, please click here.

CBS Sports Network to air USBC collegiate singles and team championships
The USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships and the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships will be part of a four-week series that will air nationally this May on CBS Sports Network.

It is the first time in the history of the event that the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships will be televised. All four shows will air on CBS Sports Network. Dave LaMont will handle play-by-play, while USBC spokesman and Team USA member Chris Barnes will provide color commentary for the shows.

CBS Sports Network will air the one-hour shows, which will be shown in high definition for the first time, over a four-week period each Friday at 10 p.m. Eastern starting May 4.

Leading up to the taped television shows, bowling fans will be able to watch all rounds of qualifying and match play at both events on BowlTV. The Intercollegiate Singles Championships will be shown April 17, while the Intercollegiate Team Championships will be shown April 19-20. Click here to read more.

Sport bowlers get star treatment

Six USBC Sport Bowling members from across the country traveled to the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, to train like Team USA members last month.

The Team USA Fantasy Camp was the final portion of a year-long contest on for USBC Sport Bowling members and culminated with a six-game competition alongside Team USA members. The six players received advice from Team USA coaches Rod Ross, Kim Terrell-Kearney and Bryan O’Keefe. After spending a couple days training on the lanes, they put their skills to the test in a six-game competition.

To see the final results of the competition, please click here.

Las Vegas to host Senior Masters in June
The 2012 USBC Senior Masters, one of the sport’s premier events for senior bowlers, will take place June 10-15 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The tournament is part of the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour and will showcase about 300 of the top senior bowlers competing for an estimated overall prize fund of $125,000.

The 2012 event will be broadcast live on BowlTV. The first-place prize has been increased to $16,000 and the winner also will receive a paid entry into the 2013 USBC Masters. For bowlers age 60 and over competing in the event, there are special prize opportunities. The top 10 Super Seniors outside of the event's prize fund each will earn a special prize of $500.

For more information on the 2012 USBC Senior Masters, visit

Bowling Combine set for Aug. 7-11

After selling out in its inaugural year, the Bowling Combine for College Prospects will return in August with expanded capacity to help bring youth bowlers together with college coaches.

The 2012 Bowling Combine will be held Aug. 7-11 at the International Training and Research Center. Young bowlers to be evaluated using today’s most objective standards and college coaches will have the opportunity to analyze the potential fit of the student-athletes for their programs.

Athletes will be tested on specific skills and provided an overall score using the Performance Evaluation Test (P.E.T. score). These scores are an objective measurement of the bowler's abilities and can be used to compare the bowlers against each other.

To read further details about the Bowling Combine, please click here.

LaVerne Carter, USBC Hall of Famer, dies
LaVerne Carter, a USBC Hall of Fame member, died last month of heart failure. She was 86.

During her competitive career, Carter might have been identified more for being the wife of bowling legend Don Carter, who at the time was a dominant force in the sport. But LaVerne Carter also had a successful career on the lanes. She was elected to the USBC Hall of Fame in 1977 for Superior Performance and later was inducted into the Professional Women's Bowling Hall of Fame in the Pioneer category.

To read more about her historic career, please click here.

Jersey offer for new Roll ‘N Grow members

New USBC Roll ‘N Grow members in Roll ‘N Grow leagues that started March 15 or later have the opportunity to purchase the 2011-12 USBC Youth jersey for just $5.

The Roll ‘N Grow membership is a relatively new membership created by the International Bowling Campus Youth Development Team specifically for children age 7 and under. Many children associate bowling with birthday parties, and Roll ‘N Grow leagues were designed to continue the fun experience while also teaching them about the sport.

Roll ‘N Grow membership provides many benefits for bowlers in regular or bumper leagues. Benefits include a USBC Youth membership card, the Bowlopolis Series 1 DVD, a Bowlopolis progress card with award stickers, and much, much more for the $8 membership cost.

The opportunity for new Roll ‘N Grow league members to purchase the USBC Youth jersey is a limited-time offer that ends July 31, 2012. League coordinators will receive a form to order the jerseys or they will be able to go online to access the form to order jersey for those members who want to purchase one.

Wisconsin bowler has first 800 at 2012 Open Championships
Henry Teetz III of West Allis, Wis., calmly threw three of the best shots of his USBC Open Championships career to cap off the first 800 series of the 2012 event and claim the Regular Singles lead at the Baton Rouge River Center on April 1.

The 40-year-old right-hander struck 21 times in his final 24 shots to grab the top spot with games of 232, 279 and 289 for 800 on the nose.
Go to to read about Teetz and for the latest news on the Open Championships in Baton Rouge, La.