How do I join a League?Posted: October 31, 2013
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?
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
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.
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