Bowling

USBC changes will roll in with the new season

Special to the Herald-LeaderAugust 3, 2014 

The new bowling season began Friday, and there will be a couple of changes.

First, the USBC will change the way it recognizes award scores. Beginning with this season, bowlers will receive only one award in a lifetime for a 900 series, 800 series or 300 game. The prior policy was one a season.

Also, the USBC will no longer present other awards for pins over average of certain other accomplishments. The minor awards will now be handled by local associations.

The Greater Lexington USBC has developed an awards program to replace the USBC program and information will be given to league secretaries at their organizational meetings.

According to Greater Lexington USBC Association manager Harold Shields, the program is in place and will be ready when the league starts later this month.

■ Another change is that the local youth bowling programs will be managed by the proprietors and not the local youth bowling association.

This was a change agreed on by the USBC and the Bowling Proprietors Association.

The local youth association will still hold an annual tournament and work to support and promote youth bowling.

So when the kids begin the Saturday after Labor Day, the centers will be running the program. The centers will handle membership processing; the fee this year will be $4.

The centers also take over the youth awards and are in the process of getting an awards program in place.

Local youth bowling will probably look a little different this season with these changes and several longtime coaches retiring.

■ The Greater Lexington USBC Hall of Fame luncheon and Awards ceremony will be at noon Aug. 16 at the Ramada Inn on North Broadway.

This year's inductees are Melinda Craig, Dixie Mattingly and Joe Wilson.

The cost is $20 a ticket, available from any Greater Lexington USBC officer or director.

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