2018 USBC National Convention Recap

By:  Bette Addington, California Bowling Writers
Apr. 23-27, 2018
Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV
Approx. # of Delegates in attendance:  840+/-
Voting Results of Legislative Session for Proposed Amendments:
League Rule Proposal No. LR1 – Rule 109c, Tardy Players – REJECTED
Defaults the rule to allow tardy bowlers to make up missed frames.
League Rule Proposal No. LR2 – Rule 118c, League Entering Average – REJECTED
Changes default for entering averages.
Tournament Rule Proposal No. TR1 – Rule 303, Management New Rule – ACCEPTED
Requires all Tournament Managers to be members of USBC.
Tournament Rule Proposal No. TR2 – Rule 319a, Conditions that Apply – ACCEPTED
Removes requirement for tournament managers to utilize printed average books.
Tournament Rule Proposal TR3 – Rule 325, Team Bowling Alone – ACCEPTED
Allows a tournament to have a rule to allow teams bowling alone to set their own pace.
Bylaws Proposal B1 – Section C. Terms – ACCEPTED
Changes the President and Vice President to two-year term, limit two terms.  A President elected in his/her ninth year will be allowed to remain on the board with 10-year maximum.
Bylaws Proposal B2 – Annual Meeting – REJECTED
Allows voting at the USBC Annual Meeting to be done offsite.
Bylaws Proposal B3 – Board Composition, Authority and Duties – ACCEPTED
Allows states to have up to two “At-Large Directors”.
Other Notes of Interest:
  • Highlights from Convention Week include USBC’s announcement of new specifications for bowling balls.  The new specifications will be implemented over the course of the next two seasons.  Visit http://www.bowl.com/BowlingTechnologyStudy for more about specification changes.
  • California once again was the top state association contributor for contributions raised during the 2016-17 season with $113,874!!  BVL raised just over $1 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) was founded in 1942 and is bowling’s oldest charity.  For more on BVL, go to http://www.BowlForVeterans.org.
  • The USBC elected Karl Kielich of El Paso, TX to serve as USBC President and Karne Jost of Tumwater, WA, as Vice President starting with the 2018-19 season.  The will assume their roles as of Aug. 1, 2018.
  • SMART Corp. announces $1.75 million earnings distribution.  SMART (Scholarship Management and Account Reporting for Tenpins) has an income earnings distribution of $1.75 million to providers’ funds for 2018.  During the last year, nearly 6,000 recipients successfully used funds from SMART accounts.  SMART has 3,500 providers and nearly 200,000 scholarship recipients have their scholarships in the SMART program.  SMART was started in 1994.  For more info, go to http://www.bowl.com/SMART.