Did you know that former Major League Baseball All-Star John Burkett trains at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas? No, the retired pitcher is not poised for a return to the mound; he is poised for a new competitive frontier in the sport of bowling. Burkett, who holds a Sport Bowling average of 211 and has recorded house shot averages well into the 230s, prepared for the 2010 USBC Open Championships with several training sessions at the ITRC earlier this year. For more information on the cutting-edge technology and services available at the ITRC, visit http://www.bowlingitrc.com/.
Along with certifying thousands of coaches each year, USBC provides a wealth of coaching tips from the finest coaches and bowlers in the sport on BOWL.com as well as in US Bowler and US Youth Bowler. There is no better way to enhance your enjoyment of the sport than to get a coach who can bring your game to the next level. And if you're a bowler with a passion for teaching or a coach looking to broaden your knowledge and marketability, USBC coaching certification is your surest way to attain those goals. Learn more about USBC coaching at http://bowl.com/coaching/index.jsp.
Did you know that E.A.R.L., the USBC's brand new research robot, can achieve a ball speed of up to 22 mph and a rev rate of up to 600 rpm? E.A.R.L., whose name stands for Enhanced Automatic Robot Launcher, will be bigger and stronger than its predecessor, Harry, and will have several abilities that Harry didn't have, such as the ability to mimic a wider variety of styles and throw the ball with great accuracy and more revs. Read more by clicking the "Robot" link on the page for USBC's Equipment Specifications and Certification team: http://bowl.com/equipandspecs/index.jsp.
Did you know that the USBC Sport Bowling team reads over 15,000 tapes and graphs each year to verify that the patterns in Sport Bowling leagues across the country are sport-compliant? Bring your game to a whole new level by stepping up to the challenge of a USBC Sport Bowling league or tournament near you today. To learn more, visit http://bowl.com/sportbowling/index.jsp.
Did you know that BOWL TV offers classic bowling footage dating as far back as 1950? Or that BOWL TV is a premier destination for great coaching tips and videos? Give yourself a tour of BOWL TV today, where Dick Hoover is always battling Lee Jouglard for the 1950 All-Star title, Kelly Kulick is always winning her third major title in five months at the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, and the finest bowlers and coaches in the sport are always ready to help you gain an edge on the competition. Learn more at http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowltv/index.html.
Did you know that bowling is the largest participatory sport in America? More than 66 million people go bowling each year, and more than two million participate in USBC-certified league play. More than 17,000 teams turned out for the USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas in 2009, eclipsing the previous record for a non-Reno Open Championships event by several thousand teams.
Did you know that the United States Bowling Congress has a national network of about 35,000 USBC volunteers who manage more than 3,100 USBC local and state associations across the country? To learn more about all the services that USBC associations provide and how you can get involved, visit http://bowl.com/associations/index.jsp.
Did you know that on June 30, 2010, Mike Norris Jr. of Melvindale, Mich. set the all-time Sport Bowling record for a three-game series with an 869? Norris followed up an opening 290 with scores of 279 and 300 in the Dan Ottman Memorial PBA Experience League at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, Mich. "It is definitely surreal. I didn't even know what the record was at the time," Norris said of the feat. "When I learned that it was a record, I was definitely very excited." To read more about Norris's record-breaking performance, visit http://www.bowl.com/news/xmlburner.jsp?xa=./webapps/ROOT/news/main/data/071410MikeNorris.xml.
On October 15, 1989, Dave Bolles began the final round of match play at a PBA West Region major slumped across a bench in the bar at Camino Bowl in Mountain View, Calif., ill and falling asleep after telling the tournament director that he was too sick to go on. But just a few hours later, he attained bowling immortality. To learn more about the amazing events that ensued that afternoon, visit http://www.bowl.com/news/xmlburner.jsp?xa=./webapps/ROOT/news/main/data/070210DaveBolles.xml.
Did you know that the USBC welcomed Les Zikes into the exclusive club of bowlers to reach 100,000 pins at the USBC Open Championships in 2010? The USBC Hall of Famer was just the 12th bowler in the tournament's 107-year history to tally 100,000 pins. "You gotta be a little lucky in life to do anything, and you gotta be a lot lucky to bowl that many years and knock down that many pins," Zikes, who shoed up for his first USBC Open Championships in 1950, said of the honor. "I'm very fortunate." To learn more about Zikes's historic feat, visit http://www.bowl.com/news/xmlburner.jsp?xa=./webapps/ROOT/news/main/data/040910LesZikes.xml.
Did you know that on April 23, 2010, PBA Women's Series titlist Jodi Woessner bowled herself into the history books when she shattered the USBC Women's Championships all-events record by 93 pins? Woessner averaged nearly 260 for nine games for a total of 2, 330, beating the previous record of 2,231 set by Leanne Hulsenburg in 2005. To learn more about Woessner's historic performance, visit http://www.bowl.com/news/xmlburner.jsp?xa=./webapps/ROOT/news/main/data/042310Woessner.xml.
Did you know that if you cross the foul line but do not let go of the ball, it is not considered a "foul"? Or did you know that if the 10-pin is left standing and the 7-pin slides into the 8-pin position, it is still considered a 7-10 split? These and hundreds of other rules are the responsibility of the United States Bowling Congress. By helping bowlers, association leaders, tournament managers, league officers and others understand the rules of the sport, USBC ensures that play is as fair as it is fun and that leagues and tournaments are run as smoothly as possible.
Did you know that over 70,000 bowlers competed in the 2010 USBC Open Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.? Or that Matt McNeil of Minn. posted the highest All-Events score in the tournament's 107-year history this past April with a nine-game total of 2,326? The USBC Open Championships is widely recognized as the largest participatory sporting event in the world and attracts between 60,000 and 90,000 participants each year. To make sure you've booked your spot in the action when the Open Championships returns to Reno in 2011, visit the USBC Open Championships page on BOWL.com at http://bowl.com/tournaments/usbcopenchamp/.
Did you know that USA has won a total of 98 medals at the World Championships since 1954, including 35 Gold, 34 Silver and 29 Bronze medals? This year, Team USA sends a veritable dream team into the 2010 Men's World Championships in Munich, Germany, where USA will be represented by PBA Tour stars Tommy Jones, Wes Malott, Rhino Page, Bill O'Neill, Patrick Allen and Chris Barnes.
Did you know that high school bowling has seen double-digit growth in five of the last eight seasons? Or that the number of varsity bowlers has more than doubled over the past decade? More than 51,000 students competed at the 4,857 schools that offered high school bowling during the 2008-09 school year, a 2.6 percent increase over the number of competitors from the previous school year. To learn more about the many opportunities that high school bowling offers, including scholarships, tournaments and much more, visit http://bowl.com/highschool/index.jsp.
Did you know that USBC is the only national governing body in sports today that offers its members a full-blown awards program? In the upcoming 2010-2011 season alone, we expect to recognize over 100,000 honor scores and over 3.5 million special achievements with awards. To learn more about the many ways in which USBC celebrates your accomplishments on the lanes, visit http://bowl.com/awards/index.jsp.
Did you know that as a USBC member you are part of an organization that awarded more than $8 million in college scholarships during the 2008-2009 season alone? The USBC has been awarding college scholarships for the past 16 years, and has awarded more than $43 million in scholarships since 1999. To learn more about the many scholarship opportunities available to USBC members, visit http://bowl.com/scholarships/.
Did you know that the 2009-10 season marked the largest period of growth in intercollegiate bowling history? As of November of 2009, the number of schools certified for USBC Collegiate competition had already increased by 16.4% over the previous school year. Currently, USBC Collegiate has approximately 2,775 registered bowlers in its program, which is nearly 150 more bowlers than it had in the 2008-09 season and nearly 300 more bowlers than in the 2007-08 season. To learn more about the many opportunities that collegiate bowling offers, including scholarships, nationally-televised tournaments and much more, visit http://bowl.com/collegiate/index.jsp.
Did you know that 258 new bowling ball models were submitted to USBC for testing from all over the world last year? Or that a bowling ball must come within .010" of being perfectly round before it can be approved for use in USBC-certified competition? The USBC Equipment Specifications and Certification team actually performs 12 different tests on a bowling ball before it can be approved, but that just barely scratches the surface of all they do. To learn more about how our Equipment Specifications and Certification team has its fingerprints on virtually every aspect of your bowling experience, pay them a visit at http://bowl.com/equipandspecs/index.jsp.
Did you know that the Bowling Information Center has answered 58,000 phone calls and 10,000 emails in the past six months alone? With a devoted staff of just 12 representatives, that's nearly 5,000 phone calls per person. They aren't just taking your phone calls, they're answering your e-mails as well. By year's end, each representative in the BIC will have answered nearly 1,700 of them! If you've got a question on anything from tournaments to awards processing, membership status to youth scholarships, travel to USBC tournaments or any other USBC-related inquiry, the answer is always just a phone call away at 817-385-8973.
Did you know that, according to the Reno Gazzette-Journal, USBC tournaments will boost the Reno economy to the tune of $360 million? When the USBC Open and Women's Championships return to Reno in 2013 and 2014, an estimated 190,000 nights will be booked at local hotels and hundreds of thousands of bowlers will pass through town.
The pink slip that Elbert Gibson found at his work station at Roush Manufacturing one morning symbolized the fears of many workers whose livelihoods depend on an imperiled American auto industry — the loss of a job that also means the loss of employer-based health insurance. Then he remembered that his USBC Membership card is just as good for discounts on prescription drugs at Wal-Mart as it is for entry into USBC leagues and tournaments. "I saw that USBC offers a free medical discount card for prescriptions, so I downloaded the card on BOWL.com and brought it to the pharmacy and was able to use it with no problem," Gibson says. "The way things are going right now any help people can get is a plus. And the USBC is offering just that."
Did you know that that as of July 1, USBC members can apply for the USBC Platinum Visa Card from Nationwide Bank, which comes with no annual fee and offers double-cash back rewards, a 0% introductory APR, and much more? To learn more about the many ways in which USBC members can benefit from the Nationwide-USBC partnership, visit http://www.nationwide.com/cp/bk-usbc.htm.
Did you know that USBC membership entitles you to exclusive deals with hundreds of major retailers such as T-Mobile, Target, Dell Computers, Costco, and Barnes & Noble through our Perkspot program? See the back of your membership card for details, or just click the "Memberships" tab at the top of the BOWL.com homepage.
Did you know that People's Health Express offers USBC members the opportunity to save between 10% and 60% on prescription drugs at over 56,000 participating locations, including chains such as Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Duane Reade and many more? The program's range of discounts extends far beyond prescription drugs, including deals on chiropractic services, vision and dental care, long-term elder care, diabetic supplies and much more. Click here to learn more!
Kevin Reuer's story is a tale of two brothers. One was born with enough talent to be drafted by the Chicago White Sox out of high school; the other was born with a 50 percent chance of living through the night. One would go on to represent his country in the sport he loved; the other would go on to endure nine surgeries and a body so racked with pain that it felt more like an adversary. It is also a tale of how the sport of bowling brought that less-fortunate brother more fortune than most people find in a lifetime, of dreams so tireless that even the bleakest circumstance is powerless to deny them. Click here to learn more about this determined bowler's incredible story.
Did you know that, according to the El Paso Times, the 2010 USBC Women's Championships pumped between $42 to $48 million into the El Paso economy? Some hotels saw their occupancy increase by 20% during the 100 days that the tournament was in town. By the time the last pin fell at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center, 35,000 bowlers had passed through town, 315,000 games had been bowled, and nearly 80,000 hotel rooms had been used along the way.
Did you know that as a USBC member, you are part of an organization that raised $825,000 for our military veterans through the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) in the past year alone? Each year, USBC members volunteer to help raise money at the local level to fund recreational and therapeutic services for veterans as well as active duty troops through the BVL, an organization that has raised more than $37 million since its founding in 1942.
Did you know that USBC members are part of an organization which, in 2009 alone, raised $1.1 million for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to fund breast cancer research? That figure set a record for the most amount of money that the USBC had ever raised in a single season for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This year, the USBC celebrates the tenth anniversary of its partnership with Susan G. Komen, and has helped raise a total of $9 million for breast cancer research over that time.
Did you know that USBC helped Habitat for Humanity build new homes for families in need in El Paso, Texas? USBC and the El Paso chapter of Habitat for Humanity worked together to help deconstruct the convention-center settings used for the 2010 Women's Championships. Habitat for Humanity provided hammers, drills extension cords and other necessary tools to assist with the deconstruction of the tournament venue. Habitat for Humanity estimates that they will be able to build five houses in El Paso for families in need from salvaged materials. "This is a great way to end the tournament," said USBC Constructions and Logistics Manager Chris Chartier. "We like having the opportunity to give back to a community that has already given us so much."
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