USBC NEWS: USBC to change adult high score awards in 2014-2015

August 15,2013

CONTACT: Terry Bigham
USBC Communications
On the Web: BOWL.com


ARLINGTON, Texas - Starting August 1, 2014, the high score awards given to United States Bowling Congress adult members for a 300 game, 800 series or 900 series will become once-in-a-lifetime awards. This change comes as part ofUSBC's strategy to focus resources on national governing body services.

As part of the change to the high score awards program, any USBC member whoreceived an award in one of the high score achievement categories as an adultprior to August 1, 2014, will not receive an award for that achievement again.

"With this change, USBC takes another meaningful step toward our vision ofredefining the organization," USBC President Andrew Cain said. "Iwant to clearly emphasize that cost savings was only a small factor in theboard's decision-making process approving the change. This is primarily about aphilosophical shift to make USBC membership about supporting and protecting thesport.

"The board believes this adjustment to the high score awards programprovides a good balance of preserving an organizational tradition while movingtoward USBC's vision for the future."

The 11-in-a-row award also will be eliminated as part of the changes. All 300games and 800 series at the USBC Open and Women's Championships will continueto be recognized and are not considered part of the once-in-a-lifetime policy.

"Given that more than 50,000 certified perfect games are rolled in atypical season, the board agrees it is unnecessary for the national governing bodyto provide awards for near perfection with the 11-in-a-row," Cain said."We also believe special recognition is appropriate at USBC Championships,since these prestigious events are conducted in special venues on uniquelychallenging conditions."

Associations still will be required to submit 300 game, 800 series or 900series achievements so the bowler's record can be updated with eachaccomplishment. The 11-in-a-row achievement will not be recognized at thenational level effective August 1, 2014.

Members who already have received once-in-a-lifetime recognition for a highscore will have the ability to purchase additional awards for subsequent highscore achievements.

Sport Bowling awards will remain unchanged for the 2014-2015 season, with theexception of the elimination of the 11-in-a-row award.

Go to BOWL.com/Awards for more information.

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