To: Illinois State USBC Membership
Annual Meeting/Convention: In accordance with all the latest mandates that are happening due to the Coronavirus, the Illinois State USBC Convention will be postponed until June 5, 6, and 7th, the place to be determined. All delegates that were to attend this March Convention will remain the same delegates to attend in June. Please notify your delegates as well as anyone that you may know that might be attending. As far as the Hall of Fame function, you have the option of letting us know you would like a refund or we may hold on to your funds until the function happens.
Tournaments: At this time, we are suspending the Illinois State USBC Women’s tournament the last two weekends that would be March 28 & 29th and April 4th and 5th.
Also, the Illinois State USBC Open tournaments that were to be held in Peoria and Aurora the month of March, April and the first weekend in May will be cancelled.
All Youth events are also cancelled; if an event is postponed contact your tournament director for information.
Refunds will be issued for all tournament events that are cancelled.
Please be safe and cautious, remember you do not know anyone has the virus until it is to late.
For the sport,
Betty McCann, President
Illinois State USBC
CURRENT STANDINGS FOR THE 2020 WOMENS TOURNAMENT
NEW HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED
The Board of Directors of the Illinois State USBC approved the following:
Jerry Belluzzi of DeKalb, Illinois – Outstanding Bowler
Rod Polich of Antioch, Illinois - Meritorious Service
Kathy Lawson of Mahomet, Illinois – Meritorious Service
Cindy Crayne of Joliet, Illinois – Outstanding Bowler
For induction into the Illinois State USBC Hall of Fame on March 21, 2020. The inductees will be introduced at the Illinois State USBC Annual Meeting to be held at the Banquet Facilities at Bel-Air Bowl and the actual induction will be at the Banquet on Saturday Night with cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.
USBC TO IMPLEMENT A TIERED CENTER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
ARLINGTON, Texas – Following a recent study of the lane certification process and analyzing data from lane inspections, the United States Bowling Congress determined it will implement a center certification program, featuring tiered levels of certification and a national staff of lane inspectors, over the next five years.
Details of the tiered center certification program will be announced at the 2021 USBC Convention. The USBC Equipment and Specifications Committee, which made the decision to implement the program, has delegated authority from the USBC Board to make changes to equipment specifications.
USBC also determined it will not require local associations to perform annual lane inspections as the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team continues its work to fully develop the program. The decision means all bowling centers will be certified until the national staff begins center certifications in 2022.
Once the tiered center certification program is in place, centers will be inspected and assigned to a tier based on the level it meets in regard to USBC specifications. The decision to make any necessary improvements, based on the results of an inspection, will be left to the center and no longer mandated by USBC.
The research and the discussions with stakeholders made it clear that a tiered center certification program is the right direction for USBC,” said Andrew Cain, chair of the USBC Equipment Specifications Committee. “It is our responsibility as the National Governing Body to deliver efficient and consistent inspections for all centers and allow members to see the certification level of the center.
During the last three years, as USBC began to compile data from lane inspections, it also looked at how a national program could manage the inspection of the nearly 4,000 centers. It required evaluating staff needed and the tools required. During the evaluation, the focus turned to the time required for an inspection.
The USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team is examining the tools to streamline the inspection process. Additional testing of the tools will continue.
USBC also plans to hire and train a small team of national inspectors, who will coordinate with centers to efficiently conduct lane inspections throughout the country.
In recent years, USBC set out to improve the center certification process, studying the process over a three-year period and publishing its study of 64 centers and more than 1,000 lanes across 20 states. The results led to changes in the center certification process that were announced at the 2017 USBC Convention.
Data collection and analysis, including spot-checks to determine the accuracy of the data collected, confirmed a new approach to center certification was needed.
The USBC Equipment Specifications team, in coordination with the committee and a third-party consultant, then spent the next 12 months working on a tiered center certification model. It enlisted several focus groups of industry stakeholders to evaluate and build the model.
Additional education and awareness, including an ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders, will be important as the process moves forward.
Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the tiered center certification program.
Go to BOWL.com/EquipAndSpecs and click on Center Certifications to view all the work being done in this area.
Media Conference Call
USBC will hold a conference call for official media members with Equipment Specifications Committee members and USBC staff on Monday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. (Eastern). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to participate in the call.
USBC will hold three webinars with USBC staff for everyone else who may have questions. The schedule (all times Eastern):
Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
To register, please visit BOWL.com/CenterCertification