2021 USBC VIRTUAL CONVENTION AND ANNUAL MEETING COME TO A CLOSE

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ARLINGTON, Texas – United States Bowling Congress delegates elected three board members and voted on 19 legislative proposals from 2020 and 2021, as the 2021 USBC Virtual Convention and Annual Meeting came to a close Thursday.

The ballot for the USBC Board of Directors election had five candidates slated by the USBC Nominating Committee – Jay Daryman of York, Pennsylvania; Dennis Hacker of Longtown, Missouri; Johnny Harris of Lynchburg, Virginia; Chrissy Lee of Tampa, Florida; and Jonathan Van Hees of Hope Valley, Rhode Island – with candidate Sue Schreiber of Medford, Wisconsin, running from the floor.

On the first ballot, Lee (437 votes), Hacker (378) and Daryman (351) were elected, with Schreiber receiving 333 votes, Van Hees receiving 232 votes and Harris receiving 158 votes.

A candidate had to receive a majority of votes from the 642 votes cast to be elected. The newly elected board members will begin their three-year terms on Aug. 1, 2021.

The delegates also ratified the 2020 appointments of Adam Mitchell of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Glenda Beckett of Palmetto Bay, Florida, and Tina Williams of Pflugerville, Texas, to the USBC Board.

Becky Young of McDonough, Georgia, and Dicki Ward of Oklahoma City will be joining the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, which also returns current members Blair Blumenscheid of Harrisville, Utah, and Chad Estes of Statesville, North Carolina.

In addition to the board elections, delegates voted on proposals from 2020 and 2021 amendments, with six related to league rules, five for tournament rules and eight proposals for bylaws.

The 2020 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delegates approved of a league rule amendment that allows a league officer to authorize practice if a game or series is interrupted. One amendment to national bylaws was approved, which provides for the board to make emergency decisions, in extreme situations, to temporarily suspend bylaws and rules.

Two local associations also were recognized and celebrated based on their outstanding performance and service to their members. The Sioux Falls Regional USBC of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Fort Collins USBC of Fort Collins, Colorado, were selected for the USBC Association Excellence Awards for 2020 and 2021, respectively.

The presentation of national awards for 2020 and 2021 also were conducted during the week, including the recognition of the Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award winners Caroline Thesier of Mooresville, North Carolina (2020), and Katharina Mente of Keller, Texas (2021). Ryan Gatton of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Zachary Lewis of Medina, Ohio, were recognized as the 2020 and 2021 Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow Award winners, respectively.

USBC President Melissa McDaniel and USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy presented their annual reports, and delegates heard reports from the USBC Strategic Planning Committee and from the International Bowling Campus Youth Development team.

During this week’s convention, which kicked off April 26, delegates attended virtual educational seminars. The convention also featured video presentations from USBC charity partners Bowlers to Veterans Link, which provides recreational and therapeutic programs and services to America’s active duty and veteran service men and women, and Bowl for the Cure®, the year-round fundraising initiative sponsored by USBC in partnership with Susan G. Komen®.

In 2022, the USBC Convention will head to The Orleans in Las Vegas, with the event scheduled to run from April 25-28.


RESULTS OF 2021 USBC ANNUAL MEETING LEGISLATIVE SESSION

2020 LEGISLATION
League Rules (majority needed)
Amendment No. LR 1 – Rejected (214 accept, 516 reject)

Rule 105, Absentee and Vacancy Scores
Requires the use of a vacancy score until the person actually bowls.

Tournament Rules (majority needed)
Amendment No. TR 1 – Adopted (552 accept, 87 reject)

Rule 309a, Cash, Bonds or Merchandise Prizes
Requires tournament managers to provide copies of prize lists and financial statements to tournament participants.

Amendment No. TR 2 – Rejected (51 accept, 586 reject)
Rule 319c, Average Adjustments (Rerating)
Limits the ability of a tournament manager to adjust a player’s average upward for future events.

Amendment No. TR 3 – Rejected (61 accept, 569 reject)
Rule 319c, Average Adjustments (Rerating)
Allows the player who has had their average adjusted in a commercial tournament to appeal this adjustment to USBC.

Amendment No. TR 4 – Rejected (24 accept, 600 reject)
Rule 319c, Average Adjustments (Rerating)
Eliminates the reporting requirement of average adjustments.

Amendment No. TR 5 – Rejected (31 accept, 603 reject)
Rule 319c, Average Adjustments (Rerating)
Limits the reporting period for average adjustments to 12 months.

Bylaws (two-third votes needed)
Amendment No. B 1 – Rejected (136 accept, 492 reject)

USBC National Bylaws
Article III, Membership and Dues
Section B, Dues
Makes the payment of state dues optional.

Amendment No. B 2 – Rejected (142 accept, 482 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article III, Membership and Dues
Section B, Dues
Waives all dues (national, state and local) for those age 80 and over.

Amendment No. B 3 – Rejected (167 accept, 449 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article III, Membership and Dues
Section B, Dues
Allows membership bought in a summer league to extend through July 31 of the following year.

Amendment No. B 4 – Adopted (574 accept, 49 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article IV, Board of Directors
Section A, Eligibility
Requires an individual who intends to run for a position on the USBC Board of Directors to meet eligibility requirements prior to nomination.

Amendment No. B 6 – Adopted (588 accept, 29 reject)
USBC National Bylaws
Article VII, Committees
Section A, Standing Committees, Item 1
Allows the Chair of the Nominating Committee to be appointed by the USBC President.

Amendment No. B 7 – Adopted (553 accept, 51 reject)
USBC State Association Bylaws
Article V, Board of Directors – Management
Section C, Election of Directors
Allows the state to adopt a deadline for the submission of qualifications for nominations to be submitted at least 24 hours, but no more than seven days, prior to the opening of the annual meeting.

Amendment No. B 8 – Adopted (559 accept, 35 reject)
USBC State Association Bylaws
Article VI, Officers
Section B, Election
Allows the state to adopt a deadline for the submission of qualifications for nominations to be submitted at least 24 hours, but no more than seven days, prior to the opening of the annual meeting.

2021 LEGISLATION

League Rules (majority needed)
Amendment No. LR 1 – Rejected (39 accept, 557 reject)

Rule 100g, Handicap
Mandates adult leagues use handicap based on 100% of 300.

Amendment No. LR 2 – Rejected (25 accept, 553 reject)
Rule 100g Handicap
1. Defaults handicap to 100% of 300 if no league rule.
2. Mandates negative handicap if not using 100% of 300.

Amendment No. LR 3 – Adopted (511 accept, 75 reject)
Rule 106c, Interrupted Game/Series
Allows a league officer to authorize practice.

Amendment No. LR 4 – Rejected (126 accept, 466 reject)
USBC Playing Rules
Rule 113a, Definitions
Allows leagues to adopt a rule to allow total pinfall to break ties.

Amendment No. LR 5 – Rejected (15 accept, 570 reject)
Rule 122, Meetings
Requires rule changes to be handled the prior season, and any changes for the new season requires written and unanimous consent of all team captains, with exception to “league cap” and “average handicap.”

Bylaws (two-third votes needed)
Amendment No. B 1 – Adopted (545 accept, 35 reject)

USBC National Bylaws
Article IV, Board of Directors
Section E, Authority and Duties
Provides for the board to make emergency decisions, in extreme situations, to temporarily suspend bylaws and rules.


2022 USBC CONVENTION AND ANNUAL MEETING

The 2022 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting will be held in Las Vegas at The Orleans from April 25-28.