The Greater Lake County USBC will be holding a league officers workshop Monday, August 10, 2020, at Bertrand Lanes, 2616 Washington Street, Waukegan, IL 60085, at 7:00 pm CST. Due to social distancing limitations, we would like to limit participation to that of only the league president, secretary, and/or treasurer. A league member in confidence can be a suitable substitute in attending this meeting.
League membership materials will be made available at this meeting. If no one from your league is able to attend, league materials will be distributed to your center.
This meeting will also be available via Zoom and Facebook Live. We will have directors assisting on these social media platforms so we can answer your questions.
Topic: GLCUSBC Workshop - Bertrand Lanes - 08/10/2020 - 7 pm CST
Time: August 10, 2020, 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 745 5827 9581
The new season starts August 1, 2020 and with that some pending ball specification rules will be enforced. A link to download this file is below. League officers a copy of this flyer will be in your league membership kits.
Membership kits will be available for pick up during the league workshop Monday, August 10, 2020, at Bertrand Lanes starting at 7:00 pm CST. All uncollected kits will be distributed to your local center.
If you have any questions about this new rule please do not hesitate to reach out to your local association house directors for assistance or contact the association from our websites Contact page.
Illinois bowling alleys sue Pritzker over COVID-19 capacity restrictionsLOCAL NEWS
Posted: Jul 14, 2020 / 08:41 AM CDT / Updated: Jul 14, 2020 / 08:41 AM CDT
LINCOLNWOOD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is facing a legal challenge from bowling alley owners, suing over COVID-19 capacity restrictions at their facilities.
The Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association filed the lawsuit in Lee County on Tuesday. The suit asks the state court to invalidate Prtizker’s “unconstitutional and improper” exercise of authority to issue consecutive emergency declarations and restrict the number of people allowed in a bowling alley.
“Our members are suffering serious and irreparable harm in the form of insolvency or the permanent loss of their business and reputation as a result of these illegal orders,” ISBPA executive Director R. William Duff said. “While we tried to work cooperatively to find a solution, the state was unwilling to work toward a fair solution, so we were left with no choice but to seek a court order. We believe that we have both the facts and law on our side, and we look forward to presenting our case to the court.”
Under Phase 4 of the governor’s plan to slow the spread of coronavirus, bowling alleys are among the businesses restricted to allow a maximum of 50 people inside at any given time.
“Frankly, Gov. Pritzker has thrown a gutter ball on this one. Even medical experts agree that bowling is not a highly dangerous activity with regard to COVID-19 spread,” said R. William Duff, Jr., executive director of the ISBPA.
“Our members are active and engaged members of dozens of communities in the state,” Duff said. “From Chicagoland to downstate Illinois, bowling centers play an important role in the civic life of the places they call home, and the governor’s orders are hurting them.”
There is no dedicated Summer Sanction Fee.
For bowlers who want to join a short season league typically offered during the summer months, the option is called a "Basic Membership". The fee is $10.00 and it's good for one league that will bowl 16 weeks or less. The Basic Membership does record the bowlers average for use in local or national sanctioned events!
For complete details and FAQs about the Basic Membership please follow the links below.
USBC Basic Membership Details
USBC Basic Membership FAQ
If COVID-19 was a tunnel, are we seeing the light at the end?
Who’s ready to bowl? Subject to the state-mandated social distancing restrictions established by Governor J. B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan, our Greater Lake County Bowling Association is in District 3. For the sport of bowling, this will allow our local centers to reopen June 26, 2020.
I do know some centers in our association have updated their centers to conform to the health and safety requirements expressed by the State, CDC, and the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America in preparation for a return to business.
The next part is up to us who enjoy the sport of bowling! Typically our sport experiences a substantial reduction in participation during the summer. As your local association, this is a formal appeal to ask you to consider bowling as a source of recreational activity this summer in support of our local centers. Who knows, a few days on the lanes this summer could have you in the mid-season form a little sooner than you anticipated for the 2020-2021 season!
The annual meeting that was scheduled and rescheduled has been canceled for this year.
The association will still be holding a pre-season workshop in August. Once we secure the date, we will be posting it on our website, Facebook, and will also send e-mails to the last known league officers of record.
The 2020 Hall of Fame event has also been cancelled. The GLCUSBC will still be offering Star of Tomorrow scholarships to the youth bowlers. We are working on plans that will include recognizing the youth bowlers awarded in 2020 during the 2021 Hall of Fame event.
The SMART program has seen some positive changes we believe all parents and youth bowlers should review as promptly as possible. Under the new guidelines, the use of funds has been expanding for student-related expenses. SMART scholarship funds can be used for the following:
1. Reimbursement for needed supplies, such as books and computer;
2. Off-campus housing paid directly to the provider; and
3. Student loan paid directly to the loan company.
However, the use of SMART scholarship funds may be against the regulations of your school or sport governing body. It is your responsibility to ensure compliance with all regulations if you are a student athlete. Please follow this link for more information from the USBC. https://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622334456
SafeSport and RVP
Coaches and youth assistants, we encourage you to please log-in to your SafeSport account. Additional testing will need to be completed before you renew your RVP status. The USBC has also updated the Find A Registered Volunteer utility at Bowl.com. RVP status and members can be searched by name, location, and local association. There is also an updated Handbook on the USBC website you should download and review: http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/rvp/pdfs/AthleteSafetyRVPHandbook.pdf
Association director, Angie Cevallos, has reported the renewal fee for RVP is going up effective August 1, 2020. The cost of the two-year renewal will be $30 (a $1.25 processing fee will be applied). Follow this link for details about who is required to become a Registered Volunteer.
USBC Tournament News
While the Open Championships and Women’s Championships for 2020 have been impacted by COVID-19, there will still be a tournament this year! Team Captains, please check with the tournament directors of this event for updated details. The big news is the 2021 Women’s Championship Tournament comes to Illinois!. The event will be at Stardust Bowl in Addison, April 18 through July 4, 2021! Registration for entries will open on July 6, 2020.
2019-2020 Bowler Accomplishments
Following are a few highlights from our bowlers this season:
Bowl.TV and other Bowling Podcast
While the COVID-19 Pandemic has kept us off the lanes, there are plenty of ways to supplement our bowling knowledge, gather insight about our sport and enjoy the people and stories that are a part of our sport.
On behalf of the Greater Lake County Bowling Association, we wish you and your family a safe and healthy summer!
Due to delays created by the State Mandated Phase program for the COVID-19 pandemic allowing bowling centers to reopen, the Greater Lake County Bowling Association has decided to cancel the association annual meeting. The USBC at both the National and State level have also canceled this year's annual meetings.
The Pre-season workshop will be rescheduled in August at Bertrand Lanes. We will be sending out additional details about this workshop's scheduled date and time via email, this News page, and updates to social media as well.
All leagues subject to USBC Rule 117a should have had a league prize fund approved and voted on since the 5th week of bowling. That prize fund needs to comply with any rules that have been adopted by the league.
On March 15, 2020, the GLCUSBC posted the document entitled “LEAGUE, TOURNAMENT AND ASSOCIATION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)” to its NEWS page.
The state-mandated closing of Illinois bowling centers invoked USBC emergency provisions for how to resolve matters the league could encounter. I want to provide some insight on how to resolve issues with league prize funds.
To make this easier, we have been encouraging all leagues to resume bowling and to complete their season if the proprietor or management will be able to provide the lanes for the extended number of days. If not, the league will have to hold a meeting to determine its next course of action.
Due to the social gathering limitations in effect, these meetings can happen using various social media applications like Facebook Live, Zoom, Skype, Hangouts, or whatever application your league is capable of using as a common medium.
The emergency classification changes how league rules are updated or changed subject to the needs of the league. All votes are decided by a simple majority decision of the league officers and the board made up of all of the league’s captains. Captains should share all details about potential league rule changes with their teammates before casting a deciding vote.
Prize funds will be the most difficult adjustment a league will have to consider, if they decide to shorten their season or terminate it completely, based on the last day they bowled.
Prize funds are typically structured subject to the league’s preseason vote for league play, positions rounds, and playoffs in the process of creating segments thus awarding two more teams a chance to make the playoffs to determine a champion.
This is typically easy when you complete the season but challenging when you lose weeks to complete a segment or abandon the season before you complete the playoffs to determine your champion.
A league that has segments (quarters, thirds, or halves) has created a champion for a portion of the league season. If the league abandons having playoffs, the adjusted prize fund should include any winner of a segment as co-champions. For example, a team in first place on the date a segment is terminated is determined as the champion of that segment and an equal co-champion.
Income Shortages Subject to Reduced Weeks
Since all income and expenses should be structured by your prize fund when you stop bowling, you no longer have a lineage expense. The fees for league officers should also be prorated subject to the number of weeks respectively.
Basic Rule Option to Consider
If a league season was structured to bowl 35 weeks, and at week 28 the season is terminated, the income that is associated with the prize fund would be 80%. If the league adjusts all expenses, position round and final standing payouts to 80% of the full season amount, every bowler gets the same prorated share of the prize fund as design.
If the prize fund is set up in a spreadsheet, the updates and revisions can be quickly calculated and presented to the officers and league board for approval. Obviously, an additional adjustment would be made for bowlers who are in arrears. Any bowler who paid in advance of the 28 weeks would get a full refund of any night not bowled.
Please Note: these are just guidelines and each league has the right to determine and adopt the rules to which it decides to follow.
If you need further assistance or guidance, please do not hesitate to call on your local association for assistance.
The rules have changed and now our governor has extended the stay-at-home order until April 30, 2020. In the next few days, the GLCUSBC will be talking to our local proprietors and managers about center operations, fall leagues and summer league activity. We respect our Proprietor's who will work directly with their customer and anything they would like to share in this experience we will post here on our news page and provide updates on social media to direct our members here.
When this started a couple of weeks it would have been an easy adjustment for everyone to accept two weeks off from bowling. However, the new change I'm sure leaves a lot of doubt as to what happens next. I know the social media opinion is there is a lot of us who just want to get back on the lanes!
In teh means while we are asking that league officers try to have some dialog with your league board made up team captains. Phone calls and Emails can work towards resolving some of the concerns you might have. These days social media websites like Facebook can even allow you to create a dedicated page for your league to share information. There is even a way to have Live Video sessions creating an open forum to encourage dialog from your members. Other popular Audio/Video interactive application are Facetime that can offer a chat with 32 users, Skype 50 users, and Zoom for up to 100 users with limitations.
League Officers, please note you can not terminate a season unless you have a vote from your entire board!
If you any questions please do not hesitate to use the contact link on our website to send us a message.
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