|Volume 8 Issue 1||
Legislation was passed at the ABC and WIBC national conventions this past spring that affects the rules of bowling in every league. Below are the significant rule changes in which leagues should be aware. Contact the Greater Miami Bowling Association office at (305) 665-2225 or the Greater Miami Women’s Bowling Association office at (305) 665-0788 for guidance or questions on these or any other rules. (You can even contact the GMBA via their Internet web site - see next article). Every team captain in every league is entitled to receive an ABC/WIBC rule book. Be sure to get yours from your league secretary.
GMBA WEB SITE:
The Greater Miami Bowling Association now has a web site to keep you informed of events and news. The site will be updated, expanded with additional functionality, and changed constantly throughout the year. Visit www.miamibowling.org for the latest information on tournaments, Sparetimes issues, etc. Leave an email. Feel free to call (305) 665-2225 or email if you have any comments or suggestions about the web site. The GMBA wants to be able to communicate to the bowlers through the web. The web is the fastest growing and is a highly used communications tool in today’s environment. Thanks goes to Stacey Harper, a director in the GMBA, for designing, developing and maintaining the web pages.
GREATER MIAMI BOWLING COUNCIL
Top 8 Invitational Tournament
Bowling Council Scholarships were awarded to Melissa Coile, Stephanie Polk, Eric Ringwald, David Smith, and Kimberly Tait. These $500.00 scholarships come from monies raised by the Council during the Top 8 tournament and the Hall of Fame dinner.
Hall of Fame
Thank You, Mickey Rauch
Also elected at the Council meeting held on July 22 were Barney Rodgers (Assistant Manager Homestead Bowl) as President, and Laurie Johnson (Director in the GMWBA) as Vice President
ABC/GREATER MIAMI BOWLING
ABC Dues Increase
Secretary of the Year
180-Under Special Tournament
9-Game Scratch Match Tournament
The GMBA held a 9-game scratch match tournament on July 16 at Homestead Bowling Center. 36 bowlers entered. The field bowled 9 games of head-to-head matches, with winners collecting 30 bonus pins. The field was then cut to the top 5 scores, including the bonus pins, for a stepladder elimination. Mitchell Block won the tournament, winning $500.00. He defeated Michael Greene. Michael won $250.00 for second place. The rest of the top 5 and their winnings were: Don Carr, third, $185.00; Roger Boone, fourth, $140.00; Mike Skinner, fifth, $100.00.
Upcoming Special Tournaments
The next one will be September 17 at Bird Bowl. It will be a 6-game handicap match tournament, with a guaranteed first and second prize of $1,000 and $500, respectively. Flyers for this tournament are already out.
There is a tournament for the 180-under average bowlers in October or November at a location and date to be determined. It will have a guaranteed first and second prize of $500 and $250, respectively. Watch for the promotion flyers in bowling centers in early October.
For the other tournaments and approximate dates, they are February for a 9-game scratch match tournament, April for a 6-game handicap match tournament, and July for a 180-under tournament.
Check the GMBA web site or call (305) 665-2225 for information about the tournaments.
New ABC Awards for Lower Averages
New ABC Awards for 298 and 299 Games
ABC now offers award plaques for bowlers who have 298 or 299 games. Until now, the only choices for these awards were a ring or a wristwatch.
ABC Award of Merit for 1999-2000
WIBC/GREATER MIAMI WOMEN’S BOWLING ASSOCIATION
Welcome back to another new bowling season. It is our sincere hope that your expectations of a season filled with fun, excitement, great scores and lasting friendships becomes a reality.
In July, the GMWBA board of directors held a brunch at the Rusty Pelican in order to say "goodbye" to our outgoing directors Barbara Brown, Maria Smith and Ana Toledo for their services rendered over the past years and "welcome aboard" to our newest director Sharon Colon.
Barbara and Ana were presented gold charms as mementos of their years of service to the association, but unfortunately Maria was unable to attend. Her charm will be presented at a future date. All three of these ladies have served your association faithfully and are deserving of this gift.
Sharon Colon received her director’s pin at the brunch and is a welcome addition to the board. We are confident she will serve your best interests in every way possible.
Also honored at the brunch were Ann Marie Fasbinder and Shelley Goldstein, two board members who have not only performed their duties diligently, but who have volunteered their services above the expected norm of their directorship. Each was presented with the Outstanding Service Award plaque for 1999-2000. When visiting our office,please look for the permanent plaque on the wall which lists all of the recipients since the award’s inception.
At the annual WIBC meeting,it was voted to increase the dues in order to keep up with the rising costs of operation. This was regrettable, but necessary. WIBC dues for GMWBA will now be $14 (an increase of $2).
Services and awards are available to you that you may not
be aware of. Locally we have an award if you bowl your FIRST IN A LIFETIME
200, 225, 250 game or a 500 series. WIBC offers 275-300 game awards as
well as 400, 500, 600, 700, 800 series (according to eligibility rules).
Other awards are for 75, 100, 125 pins over average, Triple score, Dutch
200, and all spare game. However, we are not aware that you have earned
these awards unless your league secretary reports them to us on the proper
forms. Also, your secretary may not be aware of your having earned them if
you do not tell her/him. Please call it to their attention.
Remember, the Greater Miami Women’s Bowling Association is here to SERVE YOU. Please let us know how we may be of service.
WHAT DO YOU GET FOR YOUR DUES?
There is so much included in our annual ABC and WIBC dues. Most bowlers think all they get for their money is a little sanction card. The truth is, sanctioned competition makes it possible for all bowlers to compete on the same lanes conditions, no matter where they bowl!
Each year, a certification inspection is done on each and every bowling lane in the United States and on every US military base in the world. Inspectors check to see if the lanes are level or have any depressions. Standardized width and length of the lane, pins spotting, gutter widths and depths, no holes in the lane surface, pit depth, foul lights working, and approach depressions are also checked. All of these items must pass the inspection. Certification time doesn’t mean a lot to most bowlers, but to a handful of many underpaid volunteers, it means a great deal of work, a lot of aches and pains, and some early morning. The certification inspections is just to see that the integrity of this game is maintained.
Dues are also used to set up research labs to test new bowling pins and bowling balls to make sure they give no special added advantage.
Rule books, bonding, field services, our national championships, magazines, league supplies, awards, and all the people it takes to make everything run smoothly are all part of the dues. All of these things don’t just happen. Many paid and unpaid people are needed to maintain this type of organization. Try to get this type of service from some other sports organization. A local association representative is as close as your telephone. They are here to help. They are unpaid volunteers. They are the backbone of our sanctioning organization. This is just some of what you get for your dues!
GREATER MIAMI JUNIOR BOWLING ASSOCIATION
Junior Olympic Gold National Championships
Nikki Mundon won her spot in a FYSBT tournament in June of 1999. Stefanie Nation won her spot by being a member of the USA Junior Olympic Team 2000. Matt Eustace won his spot in a FYSBT tournament in September of 1999. Melissa Coile and David Smith won their entries in the Elks #948 Red Ribbon Tournament in October 1999. Joey Colon won his spot in an FYSBT tournament in January 2000. Michelle Rockwood, Keith Nation, Ryan Nolan, and Tyler Whidden all won spots thru the GMJBA City Championships in March of 2000. Jason Rockwood won his spot in a FYSBT tournament in March 2000. Jeffrey Turner and Richard Naue won his spot thru the GMJBA Scholarship Festival Tournament in April 2000. A.J. Hamby, Shane Nevers, Frank Swiderski, and Neno Vargas all won their spot through league competition at Kendall Lanes. Chad Brewer, Keith Richards, Melissa Vega, and Andrew Headley all won their spot through league competition at Piper Lanes.
Only 16 of the above actually made it to Las Vegas. Competition was fierce and grueling. They did not bring home an Olympian this year, as they did last year in our very own STEFANIE NATION, but the experience gained by these youth bowlers will enable them, in future years, to "Bring Home The Gold!"
For those youth bowlers that haven’t heard about the JUNIOR OLYMPIC GOLD movement, to qualify to become a card- carrying member, a youth bowler must: boys carry at least a 175 average in a sanctioned league; girls must carry at least a 165 average in a sanctioned league. To get an application or more information, email YABA at email@example.com.
Know the YABA Rule
National YABA News
YABA Executive Director Jim Zebehazy has announced an agreement with Post Cereals and the Cartoon Network. Starting this November, 13 million boxes of Fruity Pebbles and Coca Pebbles cereal will carry free game coupons and information about YABA youth bowling opportunities. The Cartoon Network will carry TV ads announcing this offer! It is hoped that the impact of this effort will reach many new members.
The following is the "YABA Legislative Update" for 2000-2001 for general playing rules changes:
Rule 400 – Special Eligibility Rules - Delete the provision in Pro-Ams that must be bowled in a separate group from adults. Add a new special eligibility rule stating that the use of brackets for YABA competition is permitted as long as the prize are given in scholarship form and all entries paid back 100%.
Rule 403 – Membership Filing and Processing - Adds the registration card to the requirement to provide reference for mailing.
Rule 710 – Tournament Fees - Eliminates the words Bowling Fees and incorporates it into the Expense Fee.
Rule 800 – Procedures for Disciplinary Action - Outlines and standardizes the proper procedures and requirements. It also adds a new rule for appeal procedures for infractions of various rules. (The rules is being divided into Rules 800 through 804 for clarity).
Rule 801 – Adult Leaders in the YABA Program – Defines that a complaint may be filed with ABC/WIBC and stipulates when the processing and dues is required. (This rule will be re-numbered to 805 due to legislation re-numbering Rule 800).
Junior Orange Bowl Tournament
The first major change is the dates have been moved from Christmas to Thanksgiving (November 24-26). The adult/junior part of the tournament will be on Friday. The junior part will be on Saturday and Sunday.
|The second major change is the
tournament will be a scholarship tournament, instead of just a trophy
tournament. Trophies will still be presented, but scholarships, bonded
by YABA’s SMART (Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for
Tenpins) program will also be presented. This year, there is a minimum
of $5,000.00 in added funds for scholarships. For the first time, there
are some sponsors to add money for the scholarships. U.S. Contracting
and Plumbing Service is providing $5,000 in sponsor money. Thank you!
And, thanks to all of the sponsors that will contribute.
The third major change is the tournament will offer some fun events in addition to the regular part of the tournament.
The tournament is now very attractive for our youth bowlers to enter. Parents, please start planning on entering your youth bowlers so they can win some college scholarship money. Watch for entry forms in bowling centers sometime in October. You can also call Maria Smith for further information at (305) 232-0044.
Coca Cola Champions
Outstanding Youth Bowlers
The Miami-Dade County high school bowling season is just around the corner. This year, the matches will begin two weeks earlier than in previous years due to the state finals requirement. Support your favorite teams beginning September 18 at all the local bowling centers. 31 teams will vie for the various championships, including the highly successful handicap division which was initiated two years ago by the GMJBA. Medallions and certificates are awarded to all members of the handicap champion teams, courtesy of the GMJBA. This year’s tentative divisional lineups are as follows:
Check the junior section of this year’s yearbook for all of last year’s divisional winners and the members of the 1999-2000 All Dade teams.
The following are the high scores recorded by the junior bowlers for the August 1, 1999 to July 31, 2000 season. Look in this year’s junior section of the yearbook for a complete listing.
Early Reminder: The 2001 junior city tournament will be March 3-4 at Bird Bowl.
2001 CITY TOURNAMENTS
Homestead Bowling Center will be hosting the Greater Miami Women’s Bowling Association city tournament in February, 2001. Bird Bowl will be hosting the Greater Miami Junior Bowling Association city tournament in March, 2001. Piper Lanes will be hosting the Greater Miami Bowling Association city tournament in June, 2001. Watch for entry forms in bowling centers.
UNTIL OUR NEXT ISSUE
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