San Gabriel Valley USBC

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Welcome to the 2016-2017 Season

For those that attended the San Gabriel Valley USBC open meeting on July 24, 2016, you voted and approved an increase to the membership fees.  So starting with your winter leagues you will be paying $25.00.  Now for those that did not attend, the reason for this is so you did not get a small increase this year and then have to have another increase next year when National USBC implements their increase that they were awarded at the National convention in April.  So this will help the association get a little ahead as they will be needing to get new computers in the very near future, along with getting new equipment for certifying the lanes that they are required to do every year.  The equipment they are currently using are over 40 years old and is malfunctioning.

As some of you complain about why we certify and what do the different organizations do for us.  Well, if you would take some time and come to these open meetings, you could find out or least start learning. However, I am going to give you my feelings of why we pay these fees. 

The National Association does not do a lot that you can physically see; a lot is behind the scene. They make sure the rules are the same for everyone, the lanes are the same everywhere, all bowling balls are legal (now I do not know why we have to have 200 to 300 new balls every year).  They have bonding for your leagues in case something happens with your money.  If someone does not pay in your league, you can file charges and have their membership card pulled until they pay.  They now allow the Youth to earn scholarship and manage it so that the bowlers can go to college. They run National Tournaments that you can participate in for men, women and youth, which include 11 different tournaments. If you go onto www.bowl.com, you can get member's rewards where you will receive discounts, go to Bowling Academy and get some great bowling information and videos.  There is a Bowler's Source with more information.  Yes, they do things that we all feel that our money should not be used for, but it is just like our government.  Unless we go and vote and voice our opinions we cannot make changes.

 The State Association runs your State Tournament for the Women, Open (Men & Women) & Youth, Senior Tournament, CA Single Tournament, Youth Scratch, Pepsi Tournament, Youth/Adult Tournament. They give out two Youth $1000 Star of Tomorrow Scholarship (1 boy & 1 girl) plus $500 Youth Scholarship. Youth Honor Awards for - 300, 299 & 298 Games, 11 in a Row, 700 Series (Girls), 750 & 800 Series.  They elect bowlers for Hall of Fame, for Meritorious Service & Superior Performance along with recognition awards for Distinguished Service, Proprietor of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Association of the Year. 

Now your Local San Gabriel Valley USBC oversees the 11 centers that are in the district by certifying the lanes once a year.  They process each league that sends in their certification paperwork, process the youth, handle all awards.  If there is any complaints in a league, then they will help if asked.  If you ask the association to attend your opening league meetings, they will to make sure that, your rules are being done correctly. They process and maintain the average book, put on your city tournament (that is mandatory) along with the Bowlers to Veterans Link tournament, and willing to put on other tournaments, if you the bowlers will just let them know what you are looking for.  They have tried and nobody will show up.  It is not like the old days where the associations can just go into the centers, sit in on your league meetings, promote certifying, and answer your questions. Now it is up to the bowlers to ask the association to attend the meetings.  They provide all the awards that national has taken away.  So if you feel you have an award coming to you, make sure you ask your secretary to turn it in. We have a website that has the awards that are available along with the forms, which are used by the association for the secretaries. Our website is www.sgvusbc.webs.com.  We are also on facebook.

 If you provide us with your email address when you certify, then periodically we send out email blast thru mailchimp. 

We meet a minimum of 4 times a year along with our annual open meeting, which is where all bowlers are invited to voice and vote for board members, membership fees, elect delegates to National & State Conventions and vote on legislation & bylaws.  They also elect bowlers for Hall of Fame, Adult & Youth Bowler of the Year, Secretary of Year.  The Association encourages you the bowlers to nominate bowlers for the awards, since you know the bowlers better on a personal level than the Association board.

Unfortunately, at this time, we only have 8 people on the Association.  So if you would like to help and get more involved, please feel free to join us, and try to make our association better.  In addition, you do not have to be a board member to go to the National and State Conventions to learn more about what is going on with bowling and understand what is happening.  Some people complain that there are only older persons on all the boards'.  Well that is mainly true, because we cannot get any of the younger ones to take the time to come on and learn or help. They always say they are too busy.  Well again, we need the young people to come join the board and learn what is going on and how things are ran, or we will not have the Association for the youth as they grow up and have kids to keep bowling going.

  Bowling is no different from anything else in life.  Things are changing and we all have to deal with it for the good or the bad.  We can learn to work together and make it work one way or another.  I am hoping for the best, and that is that our association will work together and get better as the years go on.  If you have questions, please call and ask for any of the board members.  They are all listed on the website or in the average book. 

Thanks

Annette Anderson

Youth Director

   

To all leagues in the San Gabriel Valley USBC:


Re: USBC membership Dues increase beginning with the 2016-2017 Winter Season Leagues.


Beginning August 1, 2016 the SGVUSBC certification (sanction)  fees will be $25.00 per member.


SGVUSBC local fees @ $13.00 – State fees @ $2.00 and USBC $10.00.


On Sunday, July 24, 2016 the Association Members attending the Annual Open Meeting of the San Gabriel Valley USBC approved a proposed amendment to increase the dues for the SGVUSBC local association.


One of the reasons for adopting the proposal is that at the 2016 USBC Convention an amendment was approved by the delegation to increase the portion of membership dues that goes to USBC will be $3.00 beginning with the 2017-2018 season. On Sunday, July 24, 2016 the Association Members attending the Annual Open Meeting of the San Gabriel Valley USBC approved a proposed amendment to increase the dues for the SGVUSBC local association.


With that being said instead of increasing the dues to $22.00, then in a year having to increase them again. The SGVUSBC members attending their open meeting voted to increase the membership to $25.00 now and allow the local association to benefit by giving them the $3.00 for the year then in 2017-2018 season the local dues will be $10.00, state dues $2.00 and USBC dues will be $13.00 having the fees remain at $25.00.


There are many reasons for the approved increase. One being our local association’s recognition awards for the SGVUSBC certified league members are being purchased by association along with all other needed supplies to service its members.


It has become increasingly difficult to properly service our members. The SGVUSBC is losing centers, Friendly Hills Lanes last year and there is a major concern of another center closing soon.  Each time a center closes the association loses hundreds of members and this is where the association receives their revenue.


All local associations are required to certify each and every lane in their bowling centers, the lane certification equipment being used is becoming antiquated and is in need of repair or possibly replaced.  They are very expensive and not supplied through headquarters.


The USBC is in the process of upgrading the processing programs that are used by the local associations.  When this is completed our computers will not be able to run them. Thus meaning we will need to purchase the needed hardware or computers.


We encourage your leagues and members to continue to certify (sanction) Remember, USBC certified leagues are bonded. Rules and regulations for bowling are standard across America. No matter where you bowl the lanes are the same size and league rules. You have rules counseling when needed. Bowling Averages are maintained through your local association office. If you like to participate in tournaments especially your local, state or national events you must be certified with a certifiable average.


If you should have any questions or concerns please contact Linda or Chris at the local association office. 626-337-6270 or email to thumpr2@verizon.net

To all senior leagues in the San Gabriel Valley USBC:


Re: USBC membership Dues increase beginning with the 2016-2017 Winter Season Leagues

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Beginning August 1, 2016 the SGVUSBC Senior certification (sanction)  fees will be $22.00 per member.


SGVUSBC local  senior fees @ $10.00 – State fees @ $2.00 and USBC $10.00.


On Sunday, July 24, 2016 the Association Members attending the Annual Open Meeting of the San Gabriel Valley USBC approved a proposed amendment to increase the dues for the SGVUSBC local association.


One of the reasons for adopting the proposal is that at the 2016 USBC Convention an amendment was approved by the delegation to increase the portion of membership dues that goes to USBC will be $3.00 beginning with the 2017-2018 season.


However your local association has always given a discount to the Senior Leagues. In 2017-2018 when the USBC dues increase the SGVUSBC senior dues will remain $22.00. The discount is for senior bowlers only and must be bowling in a certified SGVUSBC Senior league. All bowlers in the senior league must be 55 years or older.


Read the rest in the above article for the reason for the raise.