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.
Rule 100e (League
Handicap) - This rule now provides that if a bowler does not
complete at least the league minimum number of games (usually 3)
when establishing an average, then the actual number of games bowled
would be used to determine the average for handicap purposes. The
scenario for this would be where a bowler does not have an entering
average, i.e. a new bowler, and fails to bowl the 3 games to
establish average, then does not return in future weeks. Because the
first series bowled is less than the minimum for an average to be
computed, the handicap to be given to that bowler is to await until
the minimum games have been reached so an average can be computed.
When this happens and the bowler does not return, the average to be
used for that first week of competition is based on the games
Rule 100k - new rule
(Managed Leagues) - This rule is for when a league wishes to be
under an individual manager, who has supervisory control of the
operation of the league. The league manager must be a member of ABC
or WIBC. The manager is responsible for the duties of the secretary
and treasurer as described in rules 102e and 102f. The manager in
essence, makes all the league decisions, instead of the board of
directors. In order for a league that existed the previous season to
become a Managed League, a two-thirds approval vote of the board of
directors is required. New leagues can declare themselves as a
Managed League by majority vote at the organizational meeting. Any
league wishing to use this kind of structure is strongly advised to
carefully read about this in the rule book, and if there are any
questions, ask the local associations or national headquarters.
Rule 114a - (League
Withdrawal/Resignation) - This rule now provides for a bowler who
properly withdraws from the league to return later to the league. If
the bowler rejoins the same team from which he/she resigned, no vote
of the team captains is required. If the bowler wishes to join a
different team, then two-thirds approval vote of the team captains
Every team captain in every
league is entitled to receive an ABC/WIBC rule book. Be sure to get
yours from your league secretary.
Rules can sometimes be difficult to understand and can certainly be
subject to interpretation. Whenever you are trying to interpret a rule,
the key factor to consider is its intent. Granted, the language may not
be specific, but the underlying intent is important. If you have any
questions about any rules, please don’t hesitate to seek assistance by
contacting the Greater Miami Bowling Association office at (305)
665-2225 or the Greater Miami Women’s Bowling Association office at
2005 CITY TOURNAMENTS
Here is the schedule of the city
tournaments to be held in 2005:
GMWBA: Homestead Bowling Center in February
GMJBA: Piper Lanes in March
GMBA: Homestead Bowling Center in June
There is not a whole lot to report about
ABC. The new United States Bowling Congress (USBC) replaces ABC, WIBC
and YABA on January 1, 2005 at the national level. The local
associations will need to commit by next May whether they plan to merge
with each other by May, 2006. It is not known if there will be a search
for an a person to be the head of the national USBC. There appears to
have been nothing sent out to give necessary credentials for the
position. We should know very soon, as there will be a meeting of the
ABC Board of Directors on October 31 in Milwaukee. The meeting will be
to discuss the conclusion of ABC, WIBC, YABA and USA Bowling and the
transition into USBC. We hate to see this great organization of ABC
dissolved, but the changeover to the USBC is for the betterment of
sanctioned bowling, and the change is needed.
More will be reported on USBC in the next issue of the Sparetimes in
January, 2005. There should be a clearer picture of the direction by
then. Also, the leadership from the Greater Miami local associations
will have met to determine whether a merge is warranted, and if so, what
are the recommended parameters of a merger.
GREATER MIAMI BOWLING
The Bowling Council is comprised of representatives from the Greater
Miami Bowling Association, Greater Miami Women’s Bowling Association,
Greater Miami Junior Bowling Association and the Miami Bowling
Proprietors. Its purpose is to provide for setting up and running the
annual Top 8 Tournament, provide for the Hall of Fame and to provide
scholarships for youths. The Bowling Council conducts the Top 8
Tournament and the Hall of Fame to raise funds for scholarships. Each
year, several scholarships are awarded. Information about applying for a
scholarship can be obtained by contacting Paul Boller at (305) 245-7394.
The Bowling Council has held it's annual election of officers for the
coming year. The new President is Patty Nevers, Vice President is Phil
Schemer, and Secretary/Treasurer is Paul Boller.
Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame elections were held in June. The inductees for this year
are, for many years of outstanding ability, Sharon Colon and Orlando
DeArmas. Their inductions will be held at the Miami Elks Lodge on
October 16, 2004. You are invited to attend to share their moment. The
dinner will be either beef or chicken, with the cost $30.00 per person.
Cocktail hour will be 6:00 to 7:00, followed by the dinner. The Bowling
Council can use some door prize donations. All proceeds from the dinner
and door prizes go into the Junior Scholarship Fund. For door prize
donations, tickets and more information contact Paul Boller at (305)
245-7394 (home), or (786) 351-1601 (cell). Send written requests for
tickets to Paul at 27210 SW 153rd Avenue, Homestead, Fl. 33032.
Bowlers Victor Link
The annual BVL drive will be coming along in November. Please help to
try get your league to contribute 100% for $1.00 per person to help this
very worthy cause for disabled veterans. When your league secretary
distributes the BVL envelopes to the teams, please donate the $1.00 to
assist our veterans.
Top 8 Tournament
The Top 8 Tournament was held on Sunday, August 1 at Cloverleaf Lanes.
To qualify for the Top 8, bowlers must compete in two leagues in two
different bowling centers, have at least 60 games, and finish with a
composite average of the two leagues high enough to be in the top 8 in
The following bowlers qualified to bowl in the Top 8 Tournament from
this past bowling year. Their composite average is shown:
Due to some of these bowlers not being
able to bowl in the Top 8 Tournament, alternate bowlers were used as
replacements. The alternates were on the list of the top 12 composite
averages. The following alternate bowlers competed in the tournament:
||Carlos Baquero 222.74 (9th)
||Steven Wilson 196.26 (10th)
||Kevin Hulse 198.04 (11th)
||Michael Sinclair 194.17 (12th)
||Ana Koff 148.35 (9th)
||Nicole O’Grady 147.70 (10th)
The tournament scoring was very good. The
winners and runners-up are:
Janelle Woodburn, champion
Stacey Harper, runner-up by 10 pins
Keith Nation (first year ABC bowler), champion
Greg Atwood, runner-up by 183 pins
Jennifer Houston, champion
Caitlin Graham, runner-up by 22 pins
Mike Hamilton, champion
Jesse Thrash, runner-up by 53 pins
High game scores were bowled by juniors Jesse Thrash (297), Jennifer
Houston (268), adults Jairo Hernandez (289), Stacey Harper and Janelle
Woodburn (255 each).
Door prizes were won by Katie Roby, Inferno bowling ball donated by
Bob's Pro Shop at Cloverleaf Lanes; Paul Boller $50.00 gift certificate
from Mike's Pro Shop at Bird Bowl; Mike Hamilton, $25.00 gift
certificate from Bird Bowl; Chuck Atwood, $25.00 gift certificate from
Mike Greene - All Star Auctions; Mitch Bell, $25.00 certificate from
GREATER MIAMI BOWLING
The 62nd Annual Greater Miami Bowling Association City Tournament was
held at Don Carter Kendall Lanes on June 6 and 12-13, 2004. The results
can be viewed on the GMBA Internet web site at
under “Tournaments”. Here are the top finishers:
1st Rudy’s Gang #7 2906
(Adlia Streeter, Jr., Martine Miller, Ramon Lopez, Tim Miller)
2nd Trouble Makers 2899
(Teri Sadler, Rick Mesa, Stacey Harper, Harold Harper)
1st Sho Nuff 3074
(Ivory Williams, Charles Williams, Roderick Cabey, Raphael Williams)
2nd Stroke & Choke 2862
(Russ Lesher, Scott Lesher, Todd Lesher, James Dixon)
1st Ramon Lopez 823
2nd James Gonzalez 807
1st Robert Deal 836
2nd Lenard Clark, Jr. 828
1st Alvaro Prada/Jesus Gonzalez 1527
Stacey Harper/Harold Harper 1527
3rd Mike LaCroix/James Hird 1523
1st Albert Davis II/Lenard Clark, Jr. 1645
2nd Philip Crawford/David Crowley 1578
Handicap All Events
1st Ivory Williams 2452
2nd Albert Davis II 2365
Team : Tony Acosta’s Team 2724
(Tony Acosta, Julian Herradon, Jairo Hernandez, Orlando DeArmas)
Singles: Greg Atwood 749
Hernandez/Wayne Graham 1470
All Events: Peter Hernandez
The scoring was high, and the following
high score honor awards were recorded:
||Peter Hernandez (813)
Of noteworthy mention is Mike Hamilton,
just out of the juniors, with a 791 series. Also, Keith Nation, who has
completed his first year out of the juniors, had a 747 series.
Secretary of the Year Award
The 2003-2004 GMBA Secretary of the Year award goes to Mike Schrader of
the Southwest Handicap League at Bird Bowl. Mike has won this award
several previous times, mainly because he does an outstanding job of
submitting league paperwork to the GMBA office in a most timely and
accurate manner. Mike will receive a plaque and $100.00 gift certificate
for a pro shop of his choice.
The GMBA plans to conduct several special tournaments in the coming
year. One will be a 180-under tournament in the fall. Watch for flyers
for this tournament, or refer to the GMBA web site at
www.miamibowling.org under “Tournaments”.
ABC Awards of Merit
Each year, the American Bowling Congress provides a special award for
the bowlers in each local association with the highest series and
highest average. For the 2003-2004 season, these awards go to Kevin
Morrissey for an 833 series at Piper Lanes, and Wayne Graham for a 231
average at Bird Bowl. Wayne edged Orlando DeArmas by just a few
percentage points for the average award. Wayne averaged 231.545, while
Orlando averaged 231.342. Incidentally, Wayne is a long-time member of
the local Hall of Fame, and Orlando will be inducted on October 16.
GREATER MIAMI WOMEN’S
Welcome back for another year of great
bowling. Those of you already bowling on a league know how much fun it
is, so talk it up with your friends and encourage them to come out for
some fun too. There are many different kinds of leagues to choose from
including: ladies leagues (morning and evening), mixed leagues,
adult/child leagues, senior leagues, men's leagues, juniors, and the
only ladies scratch league in South Florida. Let's help make
participation in our sport blossom this year.
Sharon Colon - Hall of Fame Inductee
The GMWBA would like to congratulate Sharon Colon, GMWBA board member,
on her upcoming induction into the Hall of Fame. Sharon has been a
valued member of the bowling community for many years and her selection
on the basis of her bowling achievements is well deserved.
WIBC Sanction Fees
A reminder that the women's WIBC sanction fees are now the same as the
men's ABC sanction fees, both being $16.00. For those of you that are
sanctioned elsewhere in the state or country, you will need to pay $6.50
for the local dues.
Many of you may not know what your association does for you. Our
association along, with the men's association, provide the following
services for the bowlers:
- Certify the bowling lanes meet
- Process league sanction applications
- Run the annual association
tournaments as well as other special tournaments.
- Provide league supplies and hold a
workshop for all league secretaries and officers
- Maintain records of all of the
bowlers and assemble a yearbook with all of the bowlers’ averages
- Interpret rules and provide guidance
to league members
- Process awards and deliver them to
the bowling establishments
- Assign association representatives
to the various bowling lanes in the county to help the leagues with
- Work in cooperation with the Greater
Miami Bowling Council in many ways: Top 8 Tournament, Hall of Fame,
Scholarships, Junior Orange Bowl Tournament, etc.
- Maintain web sites to keep you
GMWBA - www.gmwba.org
If you have any questions, please contact
us at the bowling office at (305) 665-0788.
GREATER MIAMI JUNIOR BOWLING
The 36th Annual Youth City Championships will be hosted
by Piper Lanes in March of 2005.
Elections were held on May 8th. Joan Dillon was re-elected as President
and Bruce Garey as Sergeant at Arms. Bob Jones resigned from Kendall
Lanes as a director and Tere Sinclair will replace him.
Check with your bowling centers to see when their Junior Programs will
start their winter leagues.
Junior Secretary/Treasurer Danielle Graham reports on her first year in
My first year has been wonderful and very exciting. Working together
with the men's and women's associations has been very rewarding. I want
to thank their Presidents and Executive Directors for their advice and
help and their interest in the Junior Association. Together we will be
there for the junior bowler. We should be proud of our youth bowlers and
the "MANY" deserving awards they received this past year. I was very
fortunate to witness many 300's, 700's and 800's. Our juniors have
represented the GMJBA in many tournaments throughout the state this past
year and we sent over 20 bowlers to Dallas in July for the 2004 USA
Junior Gold Bowling National Championships. This was my first year at
this tournament and it was very exciting. My daughter, Caitlin, myself
and her two friends drove the 1370 miles to Dallas. We met professional
bowlers, found our way to Fort Worth, Grand Prairie and the center
across from the motel. We learned lane conditions can be very tough and
many new parents to this event wanted to know why they were putting
their kids through this. We have many new friends and stories. We are
looking forward to Indiana next year.
BIRD BOWL NEWS
The winter league schedule will be posted on the
www.miamibowling.org web site. Join a league for the winter season. For
more information call (305) 221-1221 ext. 14 or 15 and ask for Danielle
Junior leagues will start on Saturday, August 28 and run through May 7.
This is for ages 2 through 21. The meeting and sign up will be on
Saturday, August 28 at 8:45 a.m. and the league will start at 9:30 a.m.
Weekly fees are $7.00 with a yearly sanction fee of $11.00. Scholarship
Division fees are $10.00 weekly.
Bird Bowl Junior Scratch Scholarship League will begin on Wednesday,
August 25 at 6:30 p.m. with a meeting and the league will start at 7:00
p.m. This is a scratch league and there are two divisions based on
average. Four games are bowled across eight lanes. Weekly fees are
$10.00 per week.
Bird Bowl Invitational is a competitive league for competitive bowlers
and will have an organizational meeting on Tuesday, August 24 at 7:00
p.m. Bowling will start Tuesday, August 31 at 8:15 p.m. The team average
cap is 840, with a minimum average of 170 for men and 160 for women.
Bird Bowl wants to welcome Mike Hamilton, who bought the Pro Shop from
Dave Covington. Mike left the Junior Bowling Program and joined the ABC
this summer. Mike received many awards as a junior bowler and we wish
him well in the big leagues.
On a very sad note, Natan R. Rok, owner of Bird Bowl, passed away in
June. Natan was a wonderful man and he will be missed by all of us.
Bowling instructor Richard Cheney is available for private lessons by
appointment only. Instructions are for all ages and a video camera is
used. Contact Richard at: Beeper: (305) 566-2426 Cell: (305) 479-4130.
Dave Covington, who is a top bowler in the local Hall of
Fame, and owned and operated the Pro Shop at Bird Bowl, will be leaving
the area for career advancement opportunities in Michigan. He will be
leaving with his family (wife, Suzann, also a top bowler in the local
Hall of Fame, and daughter Colbi). We thank them for the good memories
and wish them much success.
UNTIL OUR NEXT ISSUE
Thanks for reading our newsletter. The editors and staff
of Sparetimes hope you have enjoyed reading about bowling news and
information in the Greater Miami area. We hope you will continue to be
interested in our publication. We do welcome your comments, suggestions,
and newsworthy articles for publishing. Send us your feedback and news
articles in the mail to the following address:
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Miami, Florida 33155
Or, you can email to the GMBA web site at
www.miamibowling.org. We plan to have our next issue out in January.