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!
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