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Planning For Success: A guide for local associations

JANUARY 30, 2015 -- To help local associations become more equipped for change and to expand the skill-sets of its board, the United States Bowling Congress has developed a program called "Planning For Success" designed to assess the current state of the association, identify what programs are successful as well as which ones need improvement, and how to bring in new volunteers.

The program uses a self-assessment of the association to allow USBC to design action plans around areas needing improvement. The associations involved will receive a visit from their Regional Manager and monthly conference calls to review the status of the action plan. 

We are offering this opportunity to two associations in each of the four regions of the country. Associations interested in applying should click here for the application form and email a completed application to associationservices@bowl.com by February 10, at which time the selection process will take place.

Seven Candidates on Slate
for Annual Meeting Elections
Workshop Set for May 31st

JANUARY 26, 2015 – The Nominating Committee of the New York State USBC has compiled a slate of Board of Director candidates for the 2015 NYS USBC Annual Meeting on May 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Syracuse.

Delegates will consider the following:

-- President, Roger Buckman (Rochester USBC BA), current Vice President.

-- Sergeant-at-Arms, Liz DeHart (Staten Island USBC), current Sergeant-at-Arms.

-- Adult Directors, Robert Kaverman (Jamestown Area USBC), current director; Betty K. Kingsley (Rochester USBC WBA), current director; Michael Pucino (Rochester USBC BA), new. Delegates will be voting for three Adult Directors.

-- Youth Directors, Mike Callan (Rochester USBC BA), current director; Thomas Clinton (Staten Island USBC), current youth committee member. Delegates will be voting for two Youth Directors.

Go to the Officers page to view the slated candidates resumes.

Anyone wishing to be nominated from the floor must have a signed resume to Betty K. Kingsley, Nominating Committee chair, at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Annual Meeting.

The Nominating Committee recommends the NYS USBC President and Association Manager be elected as Delegates to the 2016 USBC Convention with the NYS USBC Vice-President and Sergeant-at-Arms as Alternate Delegates.

CLICK HERE for a list of local associations that have returned their delegates forms to the NYS USBC office.  Note that 51 out of 110 NYS local associations returned their delegate forms and will have voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.


The NYS USBC has put together a workshop for its delegates on Sunday, May 31st from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Topics to be discussed include an overview of NYS championship tournaments, opportunities for youth bowlers, an inside look at the NYS Youth Leaders program, effective use of social media and recruitment of NYS USBC board members. The agenda will be included in the mid-April mailing to registered delegates.

NYS USBC to Award
$16,350 in Scholarships

Deadline is February 1st

JANUARY 20, 2015 – The deadline to apply for a New York State USBC scholarship is approaching fast.  Scholar-athletes have until Feb. 1 to apply for one of the 14 scholarships to be awarded by the state association.

All told, the New York State USBC will be awarding $16,350 in college scholarships this bowling season.

The $4,000 top scholarship award is a $1,000 grant, renewable for up to three additional years. Grants are also being award for underclassmen.

The NYS USBC has set up a user-friendly online application process on this website. To access it, scroll over the Youth tab and click on the Youth Scholarships tab

Graduating senior applicants also are required to download and print two forms – a School Official/Counselor’s Evaluation & Data Sheet and a Youth Official Evaluation Sheet – that are linked to the online application. These two forms, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or coach, should be mailed to the address indicated on the forms.

Adult Tournament Roundup

Open Championships at AMF Airport;
Masters is March 7, Queens April 18
Women's Championships Entries Close on March 17

UPDATE -- JAN. 26, 2015

The New York State USBC has put together another great tournament package for its adult members.

CLICK HERE to view the tournament posters.

To download entry forms, please click on the Tournaments tab.

Following is a capsule look at the championship tournaments on the 2014-15 schedule:

91st NYS Open, April 11-May 3AMF Thruway Lanes in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga, a longtime host of the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, closed its doors for good on Jan. 4, prompting the NYS USBC to move the 91st NYS Open Championships to the nearby 66-lane AMF Airport Lanes.

A revised entry form can be found by going to the Tournaments page of this website.  Bowlers can also use the previous entry forms, since the dates and squads are still the same (except that the 6 p.m. Doubles/Singles squad on Saturday, May 2 has been pushed back to 7 p.m.

The property where AMF Thruway Lanes sat was sold to the Basil Ford dealership next door on Walden Avenue.

Please go to Tournaments page to view a list of hotels and rates.

25th NYS Masters, March 7The Masters is heading to the Albany area – Spare Time in Latham, to be exact – and is being sponsored by Ron Gardner, owner of Gardner Excavating of Troy and a top bowler in the Albany area. Ron is expected to compete for the $2,500 first prize.

CLICK HERE for a list of paid entrants.

The tournament is offering an entry fee discount to bowlers who enter both the Masters and the Joe Donato scratch singles tournament that weekend in Schenectady. Bowlers who compete in both events will receive $10 off both entry fees. According to Tom Donato, squads for his event will be set up for Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday.

CLICK HERE for the Joe Donato tournament flyer.

Once again, the NYS Masters is offering a $2,500 first prize plus a paid entry to the 2016 USBC Masters. It is SMART approved. The oil pattern -- not a house shot -- will be announced in early February.

79th NYS Women, April 10-May 17 Close to 400 paid entries already have been received for the tournament, which is set for AMF Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in the Syracuse suburb of Mattydale. Dates are April 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, May 15-17.

CLICK HERE to view a special web page created by the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Although the reservation period has ended, entries will be accepted through March 17, 2015. Plenty of squad times are available.

Please click on the Tournaments tab for a list of hotels in the Syracuse area.

Following are squad time changes (different from the entry form):
-- Sunday, April 26 (Doubles & Singles Only) -- 2:30 p.m. instead of 1:30 p.m.
For that weekend, Team bowling is only on Saturday, April 25.
-- Friday, April 10 -- (Team and Doubles & Singles) -- One squad only at 6:30 p.m., eliminating the 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. squads.

The NYS USBC office is processing entry forms and will send email or U.S. mail confirmations as soon as possible, taking into account the abundance of entries coming in at this time.,

Competition will take place in Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events in three separate divisions (two handicap and one scratch), based on team and individual averages. Please note that the 10-pin rule will be in effect (as of 4/1/15).

44th NYS Queens, April 18Running in conjunction with the NYS Women's Championships, the 2015 Queens will take place at the 24-lane Thunderbird Lanes in Syracuse, with qualifying squads at 9 a.m. and noon. Semifinals and stepladder finals will follow. Through Jan. 16, we have received 35 paid entries.

CLICK HERE for a list of paid entries and squad times -- updated 1/30/15.

Both squads will be limited to 77 bowlers – seven bowlers per pair using 22 lanes. Entries are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis; when one squad fills up, bowlers will be placed on the open squad.

The oil pattern -- not a house shot -- will be announced in mid-February.

Competition is broken into two divisions – Open and Classified (194-and-Under) – with one in four bowlers cashing in each division. This tournament is SMART approved.

Around NYS – January 2015

Free coaching seminar set
for Rochester next month

UPDATE -- JANUARY 26, 2015

The New York State USBC will be sponsoring a USA Bowling Coaching seminar from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 8 at Clover Lanes, 2750 Monroe Ave., Rochester.

Tom Fluker of Batavia, a USBC Silver Level coach, will instruct the class, which gives the opportunity for attendees to go on to earn their USBC Coaching Level 1 certification. The seminar is free and is limited to the first 25 people who register.

CLICK HERE for a list of those who have signed up thus far.

All who attend will receive free resources, including a USA Bowling Coaching manual and a USA Bowling Coaching eight-week lesson plan.

CLICK HERE to sign up for the seminar.

For more information, contact Mike Callan, NYS USBC director, at mcallan3@rochester.rr.com or Zach Barton, USA Bowling Brand Manager, at usacoaching@ibcyouth.com.


When Brandon and Rosemary Fisher teamed up with Kevin Macumber to buy the former 20th Century Lanes in the Delaware County village of Sidney last fall, it meant the 10-lane establishment would become a fourth-generation family business.

Rosemary’s great-grandparents, Dunk and Dina Mazzarella; her grandparents, Frank and Rose Mazzarella, and then her mom, Mary Deck, and uncle, Jeff Mazzarella, previously owned the center, which today is known as East Main Lanes.

The current owners said they are committed to the bowling business and have invested much time and capital to give residents of Sidney and the surrounding area a clean and fun recreational destination.

CLICK HERE to read more about what’s happening at East Main Lanes.


Clover Lanes, a leading bowling center in Rochester, reportedly will be staying at its Monroe Avenue location for at least another year.

Sources indicate that negotiations are under way for Clover Lanes to pay rent through April 2016 to the property’s new owner, Mario Daniele, owner of the neighboring Mario’s Italian Steakhouse & Catering. Originally, it was reported that the center would close in April 2015.

This latest news gives Dan Morgenstern, the proprietor of Clover Lanes, more time to find another location for the center -- which currently features 50 lanes, snack bar, lounge area, pro shop and meeting rooms -- should he wish to continue operations.

Giving Back

DONATION TO ROSWELL PARK: The New York State USBC, on behalf of its members who donated to charitable causes at the 2013-14 state tournaments and other NYS USBC functions, presented a check last week for $10,000 to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo for research in the areas of breast cancer, prostate cancer and juvenile cancer. Taking part in the presentation were, from left, Carmen Evans, a longtime Buffalo bowler and breast cancer survivor; NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, Julia Harvey of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, and Greater Buffalo USBC President Greg Merkle. The NYS USBC also donated $10,000 to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and $2,000 to BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link).

Youth Leader Award Applications
Can Be Found on 'Youth' Page

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 -- The New York State Youth Leaders have revised their applications for their four major awards -- Coach of the Year, Bridging of the Gap (Adult), Bridging of the Gap (Youth) and Youth Leader of the Year.

To download these applications, please click on the Youth tab.

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