Bardol Erupts for 846 Series in Bergen
SEPT. 21, 2016 -- Chris Bardol of Rochester came within a pin of the Genesee Region USBC record for a three-game series Tuesday night when he posted 846 in the G&W Vending Triples League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.
The 28-year-old right-hander and owner of The North Pole restaurant in Batavia fired games of 287-279-280. He averaged 226 in the league last season.
The GRUSBC record of 847 is shared by Lima residents Scott Culp and Craig Royce.
GRUSBC Directors Set Fundraisers, Form Committees
SEPT. 19, 2016 -- The Genesee Region USBC will conduct three fundraisers this season to support its youth scholarship fund. Details of the promotions were finalized on Sunday at the association's Board of Directors meeting at T.F. Brown's in Batavia.
The first fundraiser actually has four segments as tickets for bowling ball giveaways will be sold at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia, Mount Morris Lanes, Medina Lanes and Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion. The GRUSBC will be awarding four MOTIV bowlilng balls -- one at each center -- with tickets priced at $3 for five or $5 for 10. The fundraiser will begin in early October and end on Dec. 14 when the winning ticket is drawn at each of the four bowling centers.
The other fundraisers consist of the selling of tickets based on the NYS Evening Numbers lottery for the months of January and April 2017. Each ticket, priced at $5, has two numbers. Daily prizes are $25 except for on Tuesday when the prize is $50. Tickets are available by contacting any GRUSBC director.
In other business, President Tom Fluker set the committees for the 2016-17 season. The committees are as follows:
Tournament – Mike Pettinella, Frank Jarkiewicz, Fluker, Karen Bonner, Jerry Davis
Finance/Audit – Bonner, Pettinella
Hall of Fame – Fluker, John Cipolla, Davis, Sharon Willet
BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) – Randy Hanks, Fluker
Banquet – Fluker, Pettinella
Nominating – Pat Fuller, Beatrice Young
Lane Certification – Davis, Fluker, Jarkiewicz
Policy & Procedure/Bylaws – Jan King, Fuller, Fluker
Scholarship – Fluker, Joann Van Duser, John Wood, Bonner
CLICK HERE for a List of GRUSBC Services
CLICK HERE for the 2016-17 Reference Guide and Tournament Schedule
AWARDS FOR OUR BOWLERS: The Genesee Region USBC is proud of its awards program, which recognizes bowlers of all ages and all skill levels. Secretaries can submit awards to the association office by clicking on the Links tab at the top of this page and filling out the GRUSBC Online Submission Form.
2015-16 GRUSBC Averages
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 GRUSBC averages (ages 19 and over)
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 GRUSBC averages (ages 18 and under)
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 GRUSBC youth league averages (currently does not include Scopano's Lanes, Oakfield)
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 GRUSBC averages of 200 or better
Genesee Region USBC Office Receives
First League Application for 2016-17
SEPT. 9, 2017 -- Kudos to Maxine Flint, secretary-treasurer of the Thursday Night Ladies League at Mount Morris Lanes, for submitting her USBC league application form, membership applications and check to the Genesee Region USBC office just one week after the league opened its season on Sept. 1.
The GRUSBC is hoping that all secretaries of the association's 60 USBC-certified leagues will submit their league application forms within 30 days after the start of the league.
All secretaries who do so will receive an additional entry into the GRUSBC's $1,500 Grand Prize drawing in May 2017. Maxine has already earned her extra entry.
Entries also can be earned by reaching award scores as defined on this website. League officials are being asked to submit award applications online (preferred) or by using the printed form. For more information about the GRUSBC awards program, contact John Wood at 585-786-0214 or Tom Fluker at 585-284-2637.
Genesee Region USBC League Rosters
SEPT. 6, 2016 -- The Genesee Region USBC 2016-17 league bowling season has begun.
Several of the 60 USBC-certified leagues in the association's 11 bowling centers started their seasons before Labor Day, and most of the rest of them get under way over the next seven days.
Among those which already got the ball rolling are the Five O'Clock Fillies women's league at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo, The North Pole/Family Affair Boat Repair five-person league at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia and the Sunday Nite Mixed and Thursday Night Ladies leagues at Mount Morris Lanes.
A list of GRUSBC certified leagues and starting dates is as follows. For those looking to join a league, the bowling center phone numbers can be found by clicking on the Bowling Centers tab at the top of this website's home page.
If the league name is underlined, click on it to see the 2016-17 list of certified bowlers.
Bennington Lanes -- Tuesday Night Men (9/27), Wednesday Night Ladies (9/14), Thursday 4 Man (9/29).
Le Roy Legion Lanes -- Commercial B (9/14), DC Enterprises (9/13), Ladies Jackpot (9/12), Pizzaland Doubles (9/11), Thursday Night Men (9/8).
Letchworth Pines, Portageville -- Friday Night Early (9/9), Sunday Night Mixed A (9/11), Sunday Night Mixed B (9/11), Thursday Nite Intertown (9/22), Tuesday Night Ladies (9/6).
Livingston Lanes, Geneseo -- Five O'Clock Fillies (8/29), Monday Ontario-Livingston (9/12), Sunday Evening Mixed (9/11), Thursday Night Ladies (9/15), Tuesday Afternoon Women (9/6), Tuesday AM Coffee (9/6), Wednesday Night Labatts (9/14).
Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia -- Monday Morning Ladies (9/12), Monday Night Independent Ladies (9/12), North Pole/Family Affair Boat Repair (9/1), Realty USA/No Finer Diner (9/12), Antique World Tuesday Nite Coed (9/6), Wednesday Night Ladies (9/7), Wednesday Night Misfits (9/14).
Medina Lanes -- Thursday Firefighters (9/8), Happy Ladies (9/7), Monday Nite Men's Industrial (9/12), Orleans Auxiliary (9/12), Thursday Night Ladies (9/8), Wednesday Community League (9/7).
Mount Morris Lanes -- Ladies Wednesday Afternoon (9/7), Monday Night Early (9/12), Monday Night Merchants (9/12), Saturday Night Mixed (9/10), Sunday Nite Mixed (8/28), Thursday Night Ladies (9/1), Tuesday Night Mixed (9/6), Wednesday Night Classic (9/7).
Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion -- Saturday Mixed (9/8), Sneezy's Monday Night (9/12), Thursday Night Men (9/8), Tuesday Nite Ladies Merchant (9/6), WTF Bowling (9/9), Thursday Ladies Triples (9/8), Saturday Night Slackers (10/15).
Perry Bowling Center -- Bud Light/NAPA 400 (9/12), Friday Nite 4 (9/9), Thursday Night Yuenglings (9/8), Tuesday Night Intertown (9/6), Wednesday Afternoon Alleycats (9/7).
Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen -- Every-Other-Saturday Nite Mixed (9/10 and 9/17) G&W Vending Triples (9/13), Monday Night Ladies (9/12) Thursday Nite Owls (9/15), Wednesday Nite Men's Handicap (9/7).
Scopano's Lanes, Oakfield -- Monday Night Ladies (9/12), County Line Stone 4-Man (9/7).
'Pin Points' Bowling Column Moving to The Batavian
CLICK HERE for the Sept. 15 Pin Points bowling column
AUGUST 25, 2016 -- Mike Pettinella's "Pin Points" bowling column is moving to The Batavian, the region's most popular source for online news, starting on Sept. 1.
The column will be the feature part of the website's Bowling Page, which also will include a directory of bowling centers and full-color display ads from a variety of businesses in the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming) Region.
Business owners wishing to place an ad on the page and support bowling are asked to contact Pettinella at 585-343-3736 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK HERE for more details on the column's move to The Batavian.
Rule 17a is There to Ensure Fairness in Tournaments
AUGUST 15, 2016 -- When it comes to tournament competition, protecting the integrity of the game is the "name of the game."
The Genesee Region USBC is making a renewed commitment to ensuring that all tournament bowlers get a fair shake. Tournament bowlers can rest assured that all entering averages will be scrutinized -- utilizing the tools available per USBC rules.
One of those is Rule 17a, which governs tournament management's right to adjust averages prior to competition for a variety of reasons when there is information indicating the bowler's entering average does not represent the bowler's ability.
Information that can be used includes, but is not limited to:
• Average bowled on a Sport/Challenge condition but league was not marked as such
• Bowler has multiple league averages which are tremendously higher, all with less than 21 games
• Bowler shows a big decrease in average in consecutive years
• Bowler has had his/her entering average adjusted by another tournament
Did you know USBC Rule 17a-2 allows for disqualification of scores when this information is discovered after the player has bowled? According to Rule 17a, the penalty for violating this rule includes loss of games, prize winnings and disqualification.
Although disqualification may seem extreme, it is a comfort to the other tournament participants to know tournament management is protecting the integrity of the game.
Diligence Required When it Comes to League Finances
JULY 29, 2016 -- With only three days left in the 2015-2016 season, we hope you have all the tools you need to prepare for the 2016-2017 season.
This Week's Hot Topics
League finances are not usually a "hot topic" unless they go missing. Please take a few minutes to review all the safeguards and required rules and procedures to safeguard league funds.
Click here to learn what to do when it comes to league finances.
League account tools
• In Center Banking Agreement
• Many banking institutions require an Employee Identification Number (EIN) to open an account for a league. An EIN can be obtained from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). USBC has created a guide to assist you in obtaining an EIN.
Did You Know ...
USBC recommends checks be used to pay prize funds of more than $10,000? See what you must know about Bonding.
Mythbusters – True or false
Myth #6: The league president must calculate weekly fees to verify the account.
Myth #11: I can put league funds into my personal account.
Click here for the answers to these and many more Mythbusters.
Despite the Perception, USBC Certification Has its Benefits
JULY 14, 2016 -- All too often, representatives of the United States Bowlling Congress -- at the national, state and local levels -- are faced with the question from bowlers: "What do we get for our membership dues?"
We at the Genesee Region USBC believe that USBC certification is definitely worth the small investment -- a one-time fee of $18 -- and we have put your money to work by developing one of the best award programs in New York State. You can find a list of our awards by clicking on the Downloads tab on this website.
Not sure what you get for your membership dues?
CLICK HERE for an article on the benefits of USBC membership from Sept. 2014, written by incoming Association Manager Mike Pettinella.
CLICK HERE for an outline of the role of USBC at the national level.
CLICK HERE for a summary of the Adult Basic membership option.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
GRUSBC Hires Mike Pettinella as Association Manager
JULY 12, 2016 -- The Genesee Region USBC has voted unanimously to hire Mike Pettinella of Batavia, a GRUSBC Hall of Famer and current association manager for the New York State USBC, as its as the new association manager, effective Aug. 1.
"We're pleased to have someone with Mike's knowledge of the business of bowling and experience as a tournament director to help our local association move forward for the benefit of all of our members," said GRUSBC President Tom Fluker.
Pettinella, former manager of Mancuso Bowling Center, has been the association manager of the New York State USBC -- a merged state association with around 100,000 members -- since 2011.
He also continues to write a bowling column in the Batavia Daily News, and is responsible for the content of the NYS USBC website -- www.bowlny.com. He also will be posting to this website on a regular basis.
Bowlers wishing to correspond with Mike about GRUSBC matters can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org starting on Aug. 1.
Pettinella will replace Laurie Cole, who announced her resignation after serving in that capacity for three years. "On behalf of the board, I wish to thank Laurie Cole for her service," Fluker said.
Attention League Officers: USBC Defines Your Duties
JULY 8, 2016 -- The United States Bowling Congress, in an effort to keep the communication lines open with its local association and league officers and directors, will be sending the USBC Rules Extra feature to emails of record every Thursday during the month of July.
We at the Genesee Region USBC also are committed to informing our members of new developments and topics of interest, and we will be sharing this "news you can use" on a regular basis during the bowling season.
This Week's Hot Topics: The duties for each officer.
President – More than a figurehead
General overview of the president's duties
Meet with the center regarding the league contract. More on contracts in Issue 2.
How to run a meeting
Appoint Audit and Prize Committees
Verify the league account monthly
Vice President – An important role
Fill in for the president when not available
Review the links above about the President's duties
Secretary – The go-to person
General overview of the secretary's duties
Get league information from the local association
Ensure every bowler completes a membership application and pays fees or has a receipt for membership fees already paid
Certify the league as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days
Update the league rules and pass out to the team captains
Post and/or pass out a league schedule
Update standings and pass out recap sheets weekly
Send in final averages as requested by the local association
Treasurer – The financial go-to person
General overview of the treasurer's duties
Work with the president to get an account set up in the name of the league with two signatures
Make deposits within 7 days
Make sure bowlers are current in league fees
Complete a financial statement at the end of the season
Did you know...
Two members of an immediate family cannot serve as president or vice president and secretary- treasurer or treasurer of the same league or co-sign for withdrawals from a league account, even if they do not reside in the same household?
Members of an immediate family include mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, husbands, sons, brothers, fathers, stepsisters, stepbrothers, stepmothers, stepfathers and in-laws. Same gender spouses are considered immediate family.