USBC Ends Local Association Performance Grading
OCTOBER 19, 2016 -- The USBC Local Association Performance Standards program was launched two years ago to create a better guide for associations on how best to serve USBC members. Recently USBC assembled a task force of association representatives to review the performance standards and recommend changes. As a result of the task force recommendations, USBC will discontinue the current performance standard grading program.
The program has been successful by encouraging board training to thousands of individuals and coaching clinics across the country. USBC national also received valuable feedback from local associations and data to help all of us better serve our members.
With delegates having approved bylaw amendments requiring non-merged local and non-merged state associations to be merged by Aug. 1, 2018, USBC believes the focus should be on supporting association mergers and quality education for all associations rather than grading.
While local associations no longer will receive grades, it remains important for all associations to continue to provide great service to USBC members. The processing of memberships in a timely manner, improving annual tournaments, complying with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements by submitting required 990 forms, and updating its association information each season are critical functions to the success of your local association and USBC as a whole.
USBC will continue to make board member education available for the remainder of the year and encourage all board members to complete the online program, especially those new to leadership roles in an association. We also encourage associations to continue to provide coaching clinics in their areas to benefit all members, as the feedback from those who have held clinics has been very positive.
We hope the Local Association Performance Standards program provided you with positive feedback and foundation for a better association. We look forward to implementing new educational programs together in the future.
Association reports will be available in November for the 2015-2016 season. Please contact your Regional Manager to request the report when they are ready or if you have any questions about the program.
Genesee Region Youth Travel League Off & Running
OCTOBER 17, 2016 -- The Genesee Region Youth Travel League opened its season on Sunday (Oct. 16) with 12 teams competing at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.
The Perry Bowling Center team won 13 of a possible 19 points in its match against the Batavia Thunder to grab the early lead in the standings, and two teams -- Batavia Strike Force and Oak Orchard Bowl I -- are only a point behind. Batavia X-Factor and Mount Morris Lanes each won 11 points while Rose Garden Bowl I took 10 points.
Scopano's Lanes I, Oak Orchard Bowl II, Batavia Fire & Ice, Le Roy Legion Lanes and Rose Garden Bowl II round out the league.
Individually, Perry's Dennis Van Duser led the boys with a 245 game and 598 series while Tony Sprague of Batavia X-Factor posted 236--589. Julia Menzie of Rose Garden Bowl I topped the girls with 203--521.
To view all the scores and standings, click on the Jr. Travel League heading at the top of this page.
Jennifer Bardol Posts GRUSBC Record 760
OCTOBER 8, 2016 -- Jennifer Bardol rolled a Genesee Region USBC-record 760 series for women on Tuesday, Oct. 4 in the G&W Vending Triples League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.
Bardol registered games of 225-267-268 on lanes 7-8.
She is the daughter of Ray Bardol, former manager at Brockport Bowl (and current league secretary), and sister of Chris Bardol, who posted an 846 series the previous week in the same league.
The 760 tops the 759 series rolled by Amanda Coniglio at Mount Morris Lanes on Feb. 23, 2015. Coniglio's high series included a 300 game.
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Robert J. Foss, Jr., Medina; GRUSBC Champion
Robert J. Foss Jr. of Medina, a Genesee Region USBC tournament champion, passed away on Oct. 1. He died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester while in the presence of his family.
Bob was born in Medina, May 25, 1961, a son of Catherine (Ames) Foss and the late Robert J. Foss, Sr. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1979, Bob loved life. He enjoyed making others laugh and had never ending amounts of love for his two children.
Bob was a former professional bowler, and bowling was his second love. When he was growing up, his grandparents had little wooden pins and that is what started his love for bowling. At the age of 15, he won the NYS Youth Bowling Championship in 1976. He was a contestant on the TV show, "Beat the Champ" in 1985. He won numerous awards including the GRUSBC Masters in 2012 at Oakfield and the GRUSBC Memorial Scratch Eliminator in 2013 at Bennington. He also finished second in a PBA regional.
Survivors include his two loving children, Curtis Foss and Cassidy (Matthew) Oliver; his mother, Catherine Foss; brothers and sisters, Jim (Jody) Foss, Kenny (Cheryl) Foss, Dicki (Pam) Foss, and Jenn (Brian Smith) Foss; several nieces, especially Brianna whom he had a special love for, nephews; great nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Chloe. Besides his father, he was predeceased by his sister, Karen (Foss) Luthart, and maternal grandparents, Dorothy and Archie Ames.
Friends may call on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 203 West Center Street, Medina. The Rev. Michael Stephenson will officiate at his Celebration of Life Service on Friday at 1 p.m. at the church.
Interment will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bob's family would be appreciated. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com
Attention League Secretaries:
Submit USBC Applications Within 30 Days
OCT. 4, 2016 -- A reminder to Genesee Region USBC league secretaries -- your league applications, sanction cards and membership fees are due in the GRUSBC office within 30 days after the start of your season.
Please remit the necessary paperwork and check for the dues, made out to Genesee Region USBC, to GRUSBC, 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020.
If you have any questions, please send an email to email@example.com.
Through October 25, all but 10 of the association's 62 leagues have been submitted. See a list of leagues below. Members of leagues that have been processed can be accessed by clicking on the names of the underlined leagues.
Bardol 846 in Bergen; DiSalvo 815 at Mount Morris
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.
On Sept. 17, Dave DiSalvo of Mount Morris eclipsed the 800 mark with a279-258-278--815 gem in the Saturday Night Mixed League at Mount Morris Lanes -- the first honor score on the bowling center's new synthetic lanes.
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. League rosters will be updated to reflect new bowlers throughout the season.
Livingston Lanes, Geneseo -- Five O'Clock Fillies (8/29), Monday Ontario-Livingston (9/12), Sunday Evening Mixed (9/11), Thursday Night Triples (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), Monday Night NFL (9/19), 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), Friday Night Doubles (9/16).
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 (10/8), Sneezy's Monday Night (9/12), Thursday Men's Triples (9/8), Tuesday Ladies Merchants (9/6), Friday Night Mixers (9/9), Thursday Ladies Triples (9/8), Saturday Night Slackers (10/15).
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 to be directed to the 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.