How do I join a League?

You want to join a a Bowling League, congratulations!

But you don’t know what a bowling league about, well, let us tell you about the Virginia Peninsula USBC Bowling Association and how we support organized bowling.

First what is that USBC in the middle?

usbc-logoThe United States Bowling Congress is the national governing body of organized bowling in the United States.

United States Bowling Congress is an membership organization that provides standardized rules, regulations and benefits to make bowling fair and fun for everyone.

It was formed in 2005 by a merger of the American Bowling Congress, Women’s International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance, and USA Bowling. The USBC’s headquarters are located in Arlington, Texas.

The Virginia State USBC organizes  tournaments at the State level, holds a yearly Fall Workshop for Association delegates,  the State has a structure similar to the local associations.

Ok I understand that, now what about the Virginia Peninsula

The Virginia Peninsula USBC Bowling Association is organized bowling on the local level, made up of many of your friends and co-workers. They are the people you see weekly in your local centers enjoying fellowship, competition and just a fun night out with friends and family.

Maybe your first introduction to leagues was the time you and friends went into a center and were told there would be a wait till leagues end to get a lane.

The Virginia Peninsula USBC Bowling Association is a non-profit organization, we have an elected President, 3 Vice Presidents and 12 Directors, 4 Youth Directors and  Association Manager who runs the daily operations.

The VPUSBC provides the local sanctioned bowlers with annual tournaments, the Open Championship held in early Spring, The Women’s Championship , the Youth Championship both held in mid to late February  and the Seniors Championship held in November of each year, plus an awards banquet each year to honor our bowlers who have excelled during the following year.

The VPUSBC also has an Awards Program to reward our local bowlers achievements and we have a Scholarship fund set up for our Youth.

VPUSBC   Awards Program http://www.vpusbc.com/awards.html

 

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The VPUSBC also supports Bowl for the Cure and Bowlers to Veterans Link.

The Bowlers to Veterans Link is a nonprofit charitable organization which raises over $1 million annually to fund a variety of recreational equipment and therapeutic supplies for America’s Veterans.

Bowl for the Cure® is a year-round fundraising and breast cancer awareness initiative. This effort is sponsored by USBC in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest grass roots organization of breast cancer survivors and activists http://www.bowl.com/bftc/

 

 Ok this is all great but what is a league and how do I join?

Well that’s an easy question, What Is a League….

It’s just a group of people who enjoy the Sport of Tenpins and once a week get together to bowl.

How is a league formed;

Leagues are formed in late Summer or Spring of each year, Fall / Winter leagues which can run from 28 weeks to 34 weeks and Summer leagues that run 10 to 12 weeks.

Holy Smoke 34 weeks!!!!!

Well once you bowl on a league, get to know the people, enjoy the fun and competitive nature, you’ll get addicted, there’s something mystical about rolling a bowling ball at 10 pins 60 feet away and knocking them down.

Late summer our Bowling Centers have a League Sign up sheet where you can add your name to the league of your choice, this would be the day and time most convenient for you and your team to bowl, you do have a team right?

Leagues can be men, women or mixed, we have seniors,  youth leagues and a high school league, We have scratch leagues and handicap leagues where you are given a number of pins handicap dependent on your average.

There are leagues for Doubles (two person team), Trios (3 persons), most leagues are 4 person mixed meaning men and women all bowl together, then there are a few 5 man leagues.

We have leagues during the day, evening and even second shift leagues which start at 9 or 9:30PM in some centers.

When you sign up for a league you will be notified of the date and time of the organization meeting, this is where the league rules will be read and approved or amended if needed, weekly fees will be addressed, start time, the center rep from the association will address the meeting to announce and rule changes from the USBC note the coming schedule for events.

The association center rep will also address the sanction  fees.

What do I get for this money, the sanction  fees?

Let’s start with the United States Bowling Congress.

The USBC is charged with maintaining the rules and regulations of the Sport of Bowling.

USBC MEMBER BENEFITS
Dues –USBC National has only raised dues one time in the last 12 years and that was in 2005. We offer a tremendous amount of benefits to our members. Here are just a few:
As the National Governing Body for bowling, we are responsible for protecting the games integrity by governing and maintaining the rules and specifications for the game.
• We provide uniform rules for competition, a certified average and meaningful national performance comparisons.
• We provide every certified league bonding insurance for the protection of your league prize funds.
• We provide the best run tournament opportunities including the Open Championships, the Women’s Championships, Junior Gold Championships, Youth Open Championships, the Youth Pepsi Championships, the Queens and Senior Queens, the Masters and Sr. Masters, Team USA Trials, Xbowling.com Collegiate Team/Singles and many more.
• USBC sponsored scholarships and the SMART scholarship program..
• Youth programs like Jr. Gold and Collegiate.
• We ensure the safe of our youth with the Registered Volunteer Program (RVP) which provides background checks and is mandatory for all certified coaches.
• The Bowling Foundation organizes bowlers to raise millions of dollars each year for charities such as Susan G. Komen, Bowlers to Veterans and Special Olympics.
• We sponsor and manage Team USA and Junior Team USA.
• We offer our members terrific affinity programs (AARP, Nationwide, Mutual of Omaha, Motel-6, T-Mobile, and many, many more) thru our Member Rewards program on BOWL.com/member rewards.
• Bowl.com (the number one website for bowling) which is filled with tips, dozens of free live bowling events, access to league and tournament information as well as bowler histories, interesting information from around the game of bowling, etc..
• We certify the countries coaches and offer members tips for improvements thru many forms of media including bowl.com.
• We provide Sport Bowling leagues for those bowlers looking to compete in more challenging environment.
• USBC does all we do with only $10 of your annual dues being sent to USBC National. I hope that you feel many or even all of the benefits listed above are beneficial.
Well that’s an impressive list

League Structure :

Bowling leagues have elected officers, usually a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, in some leagues the jobs of  Treasurer and Secretary and combined into one.

For a review of what each office entails:  USBC League Operations Handbook

The weekly leagues fees  broken down:

Lineage – the fees paid each week to the Bowling center

Treasurer/Secretary a weekly fee paid to maintain league records, payments

Prize Fund- monies to be paid out at the end of the year for position

To review “how do you join a league”:

Stop by any local bowling center (see list below) ask at the counter about joining a league or while in a center you see a league bowling ask one of the bowlers to introduce you to one of the league officers.

We would enjoy you bowling with us….

• Bowling Centers Within the Virginia Peninsula USBC

AMF Williamsburg
5544 Olde Towne Rd.
Williamsburg, VA
757-565-3311
Map   Website

AMF York
4200 George Washington Memorial Hwy
Yorktown, VA
757-890-0495
Map   Website

Century Lanes
1519 East Pembroke Avenue
Hampton, VA.
757-722-2551
Map

Sparetimes
1 Family Fun Place
Hampton, Va.
757-838-2121
Map   Website

Fort Eustis
675 Jackson St
Fort Eustis
757- 878-5482
Map   Website

Langley Lanes
75 Nealy Avenue Bldg #: 252
Langley AFB
757- 878-5482
Map    Website

Twin Pins
Building 1976, Lebanon Church Road
NWS Yorktown
757-887-4207

Village Lanes
7307 John Clayton Hwy
Gloucester, Virginia
804-693-3720
Map   Website

River Lanes & Grill
16 Town Centre Drive
Kilmarnock, Va
804-436-9004
Map   Website

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