From The President
WELCOME TO THE 2020/2021 BOWLING SEASON.
As of right now, we are planning on leagues to continue as
usual. There have been a number of changes over the past
few months regarding COVID-19 guidelines and they seem
to be constantly changing. We will do our best to keep you informed of current issues related to the opening of bowling establishments, mask-wearing, social distancing, and other league information as it becomes available from the USBC, bowling houses and state.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS UPDATE
President Pete Reuter and Manager Barb Churchill have stepped down from the Association Board. We thank Pete and Barb for their many years of loyalty and commitment. I (Sean Adams) am taking the role of President, Katie Reuter is the Vice President, and Jeff Eikmeier is the Association Manager. Please visit our Board of Directors web page to meet other current members serving on the board.
We have room for more directors on the board if anyone is interested. You're welcome to speak with another board member if you would like to join and there is a FORM on the website to fill out. We appreciate all volunteers, both Adult and Youth members.
Due to Covid-19, we will not be having our Annual Jamboree in August. We are planning to get the league packets to the secretaries/officers via a drive-through pick up (date and time yet to be determined) and will keep everyone informed when that can take place.
All USBC rules are in effect for the upcoming season. Please make note of the following new rules and exceptions:
WEIGHT HOLES – Effective August 1, 2020, the USBC will be banning weight holes and changing the rules on static weights. While they are eliminating weight holes, they are increasing the allowable static weights from 1 oz to 3 oz. This increase will allow you to still drill the bowling ball with the center of gravity moved away from the grip to manipulate the weight block without needing to add a weight hole. Bowlers may have up to five holes for gripping purposes and ALL gripping holes must be used on every delivery. For no-thumb bowlers, the elimination of weight holes requires plugging the thumb hole – as that is technically not a gripping hole used each delivery. If there are only two finger holes, the ball must be scribed with a plus (+) mark to indicate grip orientation and the intended center of palm.
CLEANING THE BALL – USBC created an exception for Rule 18 which now allows the use of rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol along with a towel/cloth to clean your bowling ball. Rule 18 went into effect Aug. 1, 2019, which allowed only a dry towel/cloth to clean bowling balls during competition and eliminates the use of powder, patting rosin bags on the ball, and cleaners of any kind formerly listed as approved for competition. This rule aligns with other changes to ensure equipment is not manipulated during competition.
SINGLE LANE BOWLING – Effective immediately, USBC has temporarily waived USBC Playing Rules 106a, 106b, 320a and 320b, which state two lanes must be used for competition and bowlers must alternate lanes – bowling five frames on each lane of the pair. It also waived the requirement that both lanes must be used for a bowler to be eligible for awards and average recognition. The temporary waiver allows competitions to use one lane for the entirety of a game and allows recognition of scores bowled on a single lane for USBC High Score Awards and for a bowler’s official average.
(USBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and can rescind the waiver of Rules 106a,106b, 320a and 320b at any time.)
If you have any questions please ask your local pro shop or league officers.
For more information visit https://www.bowl.com/rules.
AMAZON SMILE PROGRAM
And lastly, we encourage you to use the AmazonSmile Program which donates 0.5% to our organization from EVERY ELIGIBLE PURCHASE you make on www.smile.amazon.com. It's the same as shopping on Amazon.com and by selecting Mid-Minnesota USBC each time you shop, our Association receives the benefit! Instructions are located on our website and Newsletter.
I hope everyone is well and safe this year and for years to come. Thank you for your participation and loyalty during these trying times. Any questions please feel free to reach out to me and other board members. We will try to help in any way. Your suggestions are always welcome.
Thank you again for being a member of the Mid Minnesota USBC Association.
Mid-Minnesota USBC Association