The Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC annual meeting will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the VFW 9192 on Wolf Street in Killeen The agenda and last year’s minutes are available on the website. A memorial service will be held at the start of the meeting to honor all members who passed away since the last meeting.

Election of a vice-president and three directors makes this meeting especially important.

Nominations were considered by the nominating committee and will be presented to the membership for election. Anyone wishing to run for a position on the board must have their application submitted by Friday. Floor nominations are only permitted if a completed application is submitted by Friday.

The nominees are Rod Kensinger, Marquita Darland, Cheryl Dewald, Jeff Foraker and Hank Williams. For more information on the nominees, go to

Hallmark Lanes will host the Greater Killeen-Fort Hood USBC Senior Tournament the weekends of April 21 and 28. The schedule, lanes assignments and times can be found at and are posted at each center.

Once again the turn-out was very low. Only 20 teams entered. Maybe someone will tell me why, with a very large group of senior bowlers and leagues, we don’t have better participation.

Effective with the 2013-2014 season, the youth awards will be certificates.  In an effort to provide products and services of value and use to members, the USBC Youth Committee is making a change to special achievement youth awards. Special achievement awards are currently patches recognizing game and series score milestones.

Feedback from youth leaders indicate recognition is important for young bowlers, but the patches currently being awarded are not being used. Therefore, starting in the 2013-14 season, USBC National will discontinue sending patches for score recognition to associations and centers as part of a membership kit. The league awards and association champion awards will remain part of the kit.

USBC Youth no longer will set requirements for special achievement awards at the national level. Moving forward, local processors have the freedom to create awards programs to best fit their bowlers. This change is similar to policy recently announced for USBC adult membership; however, the youth change goes into effect this fall, while the adult change takes place in fall 2014.

In order to provide youth leaders a turnkey award program for young bowlers, USBC will offer printable special achievement awards certificates at no cost through the online Youth Resource Center. Click here to go to the Youth Resource Center and see the new certificates, which can allow local youth leaders to instantly recognize a young bowler. Use the password ‘youth’ (all lowercase). Once you are in the Youth Resource Center, click on the USBC tab and then click on awards.

For youth programs that wish to continue offering patches, the current patches will be made available for purchase at a cost of 40 cents each. Again, there is no requirement to continue offering these awards or to use the current achievement requirements. Local organizers have the freedom to do what they feel is best for their area.

High-score awards such as rings, plaques and trophies for 300 games, 800 series and 11-in-a-row are not affected by this change. Sport Bowling awards also are not affected. The IBC Youth staff is working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Why the youth awards are changing — The USBC Youth Committee, in conjunction with staff, is working on a dynamically new membership product for the 2014-15 season. As part of this project, associations and bowling center operators provided feedback about awards. Both groups overwhelmingly believe some type of awards are valuable, and both agreed patches are not being worn or displayed by a majority of the youth bowlers today.

Rather than continue to spend more than $100,000 annually on a patch recognition system, the USBC Youth Committee decided to make a change as soon as possible and direct the savings toward future programs.

Since its creation, the International Bowling Campus Youth Development team has made some strides to stabilize youth bowling. For the 2012-13 season, youth membership is tracking to show growth for the first time in many seasons. One of the ways this was accomplished was by offering a free membership product this past year as part of the “8 for 8” promotion. More than 6,000 young bowlers participated in the promotion, with 92 percent being new bowlers.

There are reasons for optimism, but the efforts to grow youth bowling have an expense. The current one-size-fits-all awards model does not meet the needs of youth bowlers and is not a wise financial model for the future. The USBC Youth Committee believes it makes more sense to adjust the awards program rather than increase prices to fund patches often left behind in the settee area.

This change is approved by the USBC Youth Committee and the USBC Board of Directors. A workshop is planned for the 2013 USBC Convention to provide additional details.

The above information was provided by the association manager through an e-bulletin from USBC.

See you on the lanes.

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