You may have heard the rumors, people whispering in scared hushed tones about it. Well, it’s true the USBC (United States Bowling Congress) has stated that starting August 1st, 2014 the high score awards given to adult members for 300 games, 800 series, and 900 series will become a once in a lifetime award. This is part of the USBC’s change to focus more resources on becoming a national governing body for bowling.
What this change means for bowlers is if you have previously received a now once in a lifetime award (300,800,900) prior to August 1st, 2014 you will not receive another award for the same achievement. You will still fill out paperwork and it will be sent to USBC to update your bowler profile and credit your achievement list with USBC but you will not receive another award (ring, plaque, etc). The only exception to this rule change is any achievement earned at the USBC Open and Women’s Championship’s will continue to be recognized and are not part of the once in a lifetime change due to the unique venues and challenging conditions.
Another change to the awards system is the 11-in-a-row award is being completely eliminated from the USBC award tree. With over 50,000 perfect 300 games being submitted and approved every season the board felt it was unnecessary for the national governing body to provide awards for NEAR perfect games. The 11-in-a-row award will no longer be recognized at the national USBC level as of August 1, 2014.
Members who have achieved once in a lifetime awards for High School achievements will still have the ability to purchase awards for additional once in a lifetime achievements for subsequent achievements.
Sport Bowling will remain unchanged except for the 2014-2015 season with the exception of the 11-in-a-row award.
On a good note for Berks Lanes league bowlers, we have always awarded you with our in house awards and will continue to do so regardless of the changes to the USBC awards system.