Greater Grand Rapids USBC Association

Issue No. 14-3

Dear Bowler, 

The sun is out and it's warming up (a little!!) FINALLY!! And
it's City Tournament time.  The Championship Tournaments are starting for both the Adult & Youth.  And for those of you venturing out further the State & National Tournaments are underway also. 
Entry forms have been mailed, are in the bowling centers and available on-line at You have no excuse not to enter.  There is extra money being put into the Championship Tournament again this year in hopes of helping it grow.  Grab some friends and join in. Let's make this year's tournament the biggest and best one so far.

Thank you in advance for your support!


Greater Grand Rapids USBC Association


GGRUSBC Open & Women's Championship Tournament 
Co-Sponsored by West Side Beer
3485 Lake Michigan NW - Grand Rapids - 616-453-6348
Tournament opens Saturday, March 15, 2014 and closes Sunday, April 19, 2014


Entries close 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22, 2014 (Entries submitted

on March 22, 2014 must be turned in fully completed with all fees to Lincoln Lanes no later than 5:00 p.m.)


Entry forms available on-line at:

2014 Scholarship Applications
Applications have been mailed and are also available on-line at  There is up to $4,000 in Scholarship money available.  Please encourage your senior to apply. 
Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2014.

Sister Act 
On Thursday, March 6th in the Mixed Classic League at Park Center Lanes we had something happen that is a little out of the ordinary.  Oldest sister Kim Becker started out the 1st game of the night with her first ever 300 game (she has already recorded an 800 series). Then youngest sister Lisa Doss finished out the night with a 300 game (her 4th). She has not yet had her 800 series, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time since she is averaging a whopping 230 this season.  Great bowling girls.
These are not the first local siblings to shoot big scores.  On December 20, 2004 Paul and Patrick Bentley Jr., identical twins, are in the record books as brothers to shoot 300 in the same league game.
USBC has indicated that the sisters bowling 300 in the same league night is a first time occurrence.  They will be added to the list of rare & unique bowling occurrences upon verification of scores.

Longtime Michigan leader is Youth Volunteer of the Year

Terry Bigham
USBC Communications
Published: March 10, 2014 |


ARLINGTON, Texas - Sharon Schildroth of Grandville, Mich., has been named the United States Bowling Congress Youth Volunteer of the Year for her more than 30 years of service to youth bowling at the local, state and national levels.
 Sharon Schildroth

The prestigious award recognizes an adult volunteer who has displayed out
standing efforts to foster, organize and promote youth bowling. The award winner is determined by the international Bowling Campus Youth Committee.


"To be recognized for something I love doing and being a part of is the ultimate thank you!," Schildroth said. "It is humbling to receive recognition when so many people in our sport are also deserving. Thanks to everyone for making this happen."



Schildroth, a former elementary school teacher, currently serves as the Michigan State USBC Women's Bowling Association Manager, and for the last 32 years has been the youth manager for the Michigan State USBC Youth. She served on the Young American Bowling Alliance boards for Greater Detroit and Grand Rapids as an in-state instructor for 14 years, an in-state coordinator for seven years and as a certified coach instructor for 22 years.



Sharon also served as the Greater Grand Rapids Bowling Association President, Vice President & Director for many years prior to her moving on to the State Association Manager position.

She worked on several committees for YABA on the national level. She was appointed to the rules committee and also worked on the YABA Unification committee.

She has been a major part of running successful Michigan State Youth tournaments, the Michigan Pepsi Tournament and several additional scholarship tournaments. She has helped with the national Junior Gold and USBC Youth Championships when those events were in Michigan.

Schildroth also serves on the Michigan Bowling Council. She helped facilitate the process for awarding scholarships to youth bowlers to meet the academic component required by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

She is a member of the Michigan State USBC WBA and Greater Grand Rapids Halls of Fame. She has received several awards and honors, including the Thomas W. McKay Award for Lifetime Service to Bowling in 2013.

For being selected as the USBC Youth Volunteer of the Year, Schildroth will receive an expenses-paid trip to the 2014 USBC Convention in Reno, Nev., where she will be presented with the award. will live stream the USBC Convention, including the awards presentation.

Go to to learn more about national awards for youth leaders and scholarships for USBC Youth bowlers.

About Us
Our Mission: The GGRUSBC Assoc. ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services and enhances the bowling experience.
In This Issue
Championship Tournament
Scholarship Applications
Sister Act
Youth Volunteer of the Year
Youth Tournament
Annual Meeting
Myth Buster
Did you know?
2014 Youth Championship Tournament
5656 Clyde Park SW  Wyoming - 616-530-2400
Tournament Opens - Saturday, March 22, 2014
Closes - Saturday, April 19, 2014  
Entries close Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Westgate Bowl
(Bingo Room)
This meeting is held each year to give you an update on what is happening within your local association.  It is also the time we elect new officers, directors and delegates for the upcoming season.  Interested persons must submit candidate application postmarked by April 18th, 2014. Applications are being sent out to all the League secretary's and is also available on our website  This year there will be a presentation of awards options to discuss.
This is YOUR Association, be there and let us know what your thinking.
Myth Buster
MYTH: Substitutes cannot be used for a position match or playoff.
FALSE: USBC rules allow a team to use substitutes in both instances. Rule 107c states a substitute is a bowler who replaces an absent bowler or bowls in a vacant position.  Leagues often adopt rules to quality substitutes for position matches and playoffs.  Some rules require substitutes to have a specified number of games, while others may require the average of a substitute to be within a specified number of pins of the bowler who is absent.  The most stringent league rules disallow substitute participation in playoffs and position matches.  All of these rules are acceptable and can be enforced by leagues.  Team Captains are responsible to ensure all players entered into the line up each week are eligible.  Team Captains must be sure all players meet all league qualifications rules for position matches, playoffs and weekly play, including game requirements, cap rules and that all players have current membership (Rule 104a)

Did you know?
Phrases only Bowlers will  Understand  
Bowling has a unique language, and some ofthe phrases and terms will leave a non-bowler wondering what you're talking about.  Here's a look at some of those sayings, along with an explanation.
"DEADWOOD" or "180"
These calls commonly are heard being made to the control desk at bowling centers across the country, but what do they mean?  Deadwood is the term used to let a pin chaser or mechanic know that a pin went past the rake and still is located on the lane or in the gutter.  A call for a 180 means the rack of pins never was set and the bowler is staring at an empty pin deck.
It isn't just a flavor.  If you happen to leave one of these, prepare to take a picture.  The 5-7-10 is one of the more embarrassing splits to leave since the ball was able to reach the pocket but didn't have enough drive to take out the 5 pin.  And the 7.  And the 10.  
This phrase is thrown around when your ball is hooking too much, and it's time to make a switch.  Most players usually will stitch to a less aggressive bowling ball once the oil begins to transition.
You never want to let your team down, but sometimes, it happens.  When a bowler gets "stuck" by his or her teammates, it means they were the only member of the team not to strike in that particular frame.
We're not talking about the stain in your driveway.  The invisible oil placed on the lane origianlly was used to protect the surface, but now is used to dictate where to play on the lane, what ball to use and what hand position is needed to strike all day.
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