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David Prange, USBC Western Field Rep.

 

What’s New from USBC
By Mary Lynly, Publicity

USBC Western Regional Manager David Prange conducted the Jamboree at the California USBC convention on June 8th in Sacramento and began his session with “What’s Your Story?” urging those present to share what got them into bowling and what has kept them there. No secret to many of us is that it’s family and friendships. He emphasized that “we can’t forget where we came from.” I am sure all of us who have been around for awhile can come up with stories about why we go to the bowl every day. During the years when WIBC/ABC saw many thousand teams in our tournaments the lure was meeting up with people from other states and enjoying the fun of catching up.

Prange recapped what took place and the following changes announced at the USBC Convention in Reno in April: Local Associations are now able to increase their local dues as the cap is removed and if approved by the membership state associations could increase their dues up to $5.00.

His mantra was Together We Can showing a short video explaining the benefits of bowling using pro talent to share their stories and introduced some new membership products. For Youth, a card where part of the fee goes to USBC and part to the local association and then the local fee could be adjusted to their needs. For adults, beginning August 1, basic membership fee is just $10 for a 16-week-or-fewer league session which will be of benefit to summer league bowlers for next summer. Then, if the new basic adult league bowler wants to continue in the fall for a winter league they can just upgrade their sanction card. The stipulation is that the league must be set up at the start to accept basic memberships. Prange said that current 2014 summer leagues can still convert to basic membership but the deadline is July 31st.

David Prange announced that according to the USBC Performance Standards 2014-15 Local association managers need to file their 501(c) (3) to the IRS by December 31. California ranked 51% in this pie chart giving them an “A” grade for processing memberships. USBC also wants to know how local associations are doing with their tournament participation and if it is declining, maybe think about changing the format.

He discussed providing coaching clinics and noted that the reason people leave bowling is they don’t improve! He suggested that if the association has 499 or fewer members they should provide one clinic, 500 to 2499 – two clinics and 2500 or more, three clinics. USBC provides board education for local associations and he advised them to watch their instructional video on line and take the test provided. This is supposed to be completed by September 30, 2014. He concluded with, “Pick one thing and do it this year.”


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