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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.

Doubles Entries Near 100
for NYS Open Senior in October

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 -- With paid entries and reservations for Doubles approaching 100, this year's NYS Open Senior Championships are shaping up to be the most popular ever. The 36th edition of the Doubles and/or Singles tournament is scheduled for Oct. 11-12, 18-19 at Cort Lanes, 391 Tompkins St. Ext., Cortland.

The tournament is open to men and women NYS USBC members at least 50 years of age, and entries are being accepted right through the final day.

Bowlers will compete in six different age classifications -- 75-and-over, 70-74, 65-69, 60-64, 55-59 and 50-54. Prize money will be awarded in Doubles, Singles and Six-Game Combine, with the champions in the Six-Game Combine event qualifying to participate in the USBC Senior Championships next August in Green Bay, Wis.

The NYS Open Senior Championships is a handicap tournament -- 90% of 220. One in five entries will cash in each event per age group.

Call the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736 to check on squad availability. Update: On Saturday, Oct. 11, the 12:30 p.m. squad is full; on Saturday, Oct. 18, the 12:30 and 2:15 p.m. squads are full, and and on Sunday, Oct. 19, the 12:30 p.m. squad is full. There will be no 4 p.m. squad on Sunday, Oct. 12.

CLICK HERE for an entry form.

Around NYS – September 2014

Tournament Entry Forms
Mailed to Bowling Centers

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 -- Entry forms for New York State USBC adult and youth tournaments along with posters promoting same were mailed to 290 bowling centers throughout the state today.

NYS USBC members are encouraged to pick up an entry form at their bowling center. Entry forms also can be downloaded from this website. If you do not see entry forms at your bowling center, please contact the NYS USBC office at bowlny300@yahoo.com.

The NYS USBC thanks all of our bowling center proprietors and managers in advance for making these entry forms available to our members and for displaying the posters.

CLICK HERE to view the tournament posters.


Re-Creation, the dynamic Broadway-style performance touring group sponsored by The Bowlers to Veterans Link, will be appearing at six New York VA Medical Centers in October and November.

Hailed as “America’s Ambassadors to Hospitalized Veterans,” Re-Creation entertains its audiences with a mixture of Broadway, Big Band, Barbershop, Pop, Country, Rock & Roll and Patriotic tunes.

The troupe will perform, free of charge, at the following VA Medical Centers:

Oct. 27 – Buffalo, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 28 – Canandaigua, 10:30 a.m.
Oct. 29 – Bath, 2 p.m.
Nov. 12 – Montrose, 2 p.m.
Nov. 13 – Montrose (State Vets Home), 2 p.m.
Nov. 14 – Castle Point, 2 p.m.


John M. LaSpina of Long Island, Maple Family Centers president and long-time supporter of veterans’ causes, has been elected Chairman of the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) Board of Directors.  LaSpina's selection marks the first time a representative of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America will serve as Chair.

LaSpina's appointment comes at a time when the nation's bowling centers are assuming a substantially larger role in support of the sport's oldest and most successful charity.  BVL "Bowl for Freedom" campaigns are now being conducted in hundreds of bowling centers across the U.S.  LaSpina's own centers have contributed more than $100,000 to BVL.

To date, BVL has raised almost $42 million to provide recreational and therapeutic programs and services -- not covered by government funding -- for active duty military and hospitalized veterans. The NYS USBC sends an annual donation on behalf of its membership to the BVL 


Rab’s Country Lanes in Staten Island is hosting one of eight USA Bowling regional events this fall. USA Bowling is a team-based youth program offered through the International Bowling Campus.

The tournament at Rab’s is scheduled for Nov. 8-9.

To register or for more information, go to www.bowl.com and click on the USA Bowling tab.

USBC Institutes New Rule
Governing Ball Gripping Holes

ARLINGTON, Texas - In a move to add greater clarity and fairness to ball specifications related to bowlers not using their thumb while delivering the ball, the United States Bowling Congress has modified the specifications on bowling ball gripping holes.

Under the new rule, which took effect on August 1, any thumb hole that is not used for gripping purposes during the delivery would be classified as a balance hole. Bowling balls are only permitted one balance hole.

For more, including frequently asked questions, go to the Associations page of this website.

Roll over the Youth Tab
& Click on Youth Tournaments Tab

for 2015 NYS Youth Pepsi, Team, Adult-Jr Info

Adult Tournament Roundup

Masters is March 5, Queens April 18;
Open in Buffalo, Women in Syracuse

SEPT. 2, 2014 – Starting with next month’s 36th NYS Open Senior Championships, the New York State USBC has put together another great tournament package for its adult members.

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

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

25th NYS Masters, March 7 – The 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.

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.

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.

79th NYS Women, April 10-May 17 – The NYS USBC office already has received several paid entries and numerous reservations 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 for a list of reservations (updated 9/30/14).

CLICK HERE for a reservations form.

Reservations will be accepted until Nov. 1, with entry forms and fees for those reservations due by Dec. 1. The final closing date for entries is March 17.

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.

91st NYS Open, April 11-May 3 – AMF Thruway Lanes in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga will be the setting for the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events competition which is open to men and women. Dates are April 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 and May 1-3.

This year, Team and Doubles/Singles events are being flip-flopped each weekend to accommodate bowlers who may work on the weekends. For example, the Team event is on two Saturdays (April 11, 25) and two Sundays (April 19 and May 3). Both Team and Doubles/Singles are available on Friday, May 1.

44th NYS Queens, April 18 – Running 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.

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.

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.

Are You Interested in Serving
on the NYS USBC Board of Directors?
3 Adult and 2 Youth Director Positions
Will be up for Election at the 2015 Annual Meeting

Go to Officers Page to Download a Resume Form

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