USBC eConnection: June 2012 June 13, 2012 New 11-in-a-row trophy For the 2012-13 season, USBC will be changing the 11-in-a-row trophy. The new trophy is laser-engraved inside crystal and clear in the back. The dimensions are 6" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/4" and will include a commemorative box. Any 11-in-a-row bowled starting August 1, 2012 will be eligible for the new award.VIP program sells out in Baton RougeIn 2012, USBC introduced a VIP program to help enhance the tournament experience at the USBC Open Championships, while the one-of-a-kind Showcase Lanes were created to add a new dimension to preparing for competition.Both additions proved extremely popular as more than 250 bowlers signed up for the VIP program in its inaugural year, making it a sellout. Bowlers interested in signing up for 2013 should visit BOWL.com/vip for more information.The VIP program included front-of-the-line service at check-in and in the scale room, a one-hour lesson with USBC Silver coach Bill Hall, VIP polo shirt, complimentary locker, bonus coupons, Bowling Ball Express discount, tickets to the televised finals of the USBC Masters and Queens and discounts on merchandise, photos and videos – all for $199.95. USBC plans to adjust and enhance the program in 2013 based on customer feedback.The Showcase Lanes, four lanes constructed on the second level of the Baton Rouge River Center, gives bowlers the opportunity to practice on the same lane surface and oil pattern they'll be facing downstairs on the 48 tournament lanes.Bowling without boundariesThe International Bowling Campus announced an official partnership with Sports Challenge Network, creators of the new social mobile bowling application XBowling. The first-of-its-kind bowling app empowers bowlers to connect and compete using their smart phone devices among XBowling enabled centers locally, across the country and around the world. The app is designed for smart phones and smart devices (iPhone, iPad, iTouch, Android).To read further about the new XBowling app, please click here.Webber International sweeps ITCThe Webber International men took down perennial power and 10-time champion Wichita State, 2.5-0.5, to win the men’s title and the Webber International women won their second title in three years as they defeated Midland, 2-0, at the 2012 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships.The only other schools to capture both titles in the same year are Wichita State (1994, 2009) and Arizona State (1981). For more information on the men’s ITC, including the all-tournament team, please click here; for more information on the women’s ITC, please click here.New USBC Youth jerseyUSBC Youth members had a chance to help decide the style of jersey they will sport on the lanes for the 2012-13 season, and soon they will add the new look to their collection.The USBC Youth jersey is one of the benefits for USBC Youth Standard members. The latest version of the popular jersey will be sent to youth bowlers who purchased their membership through leagues that began after March 15, 2012.USBC Youth members were able to help select the new style. The youth members were sent a survey that featured several design options and voters overwhelmingly selected the design that is predominately black and white, with red highlighting the USBC Youth "star" logo on the athletic jersey.Adult Leaders and others can go to USBCSportStore.com to purchase their jerseys.2013-14 USBC Board of Directors and Youth Committee applicationsThe deadline to submit applications for positions on the 2013-14 USBC Board of Directors and Youth Committee is September 1, 2012. Applications for the USBC Board of Directors will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee will recommend a slate of candidates – up to two candidates for each of the four open positions – ahead of the USBC Convention, scheduled for April 30-May 4, 2013, in Reno, Nev. Candidates also may run from the floor.Go to BOWL.com/board to download an application or click here to apply online.Detroit area to host youth events in 2013The Detroit area will play host to the North Pointe Junior Gold Championships and the USBC Youth Open Championships in 2013.The North Pointe Junior Gold Championships will take place at Sunnybrook Lanes and Sterling Lanes, both in Sterling Heights, Mich., and AMF Rose Bowl in Roseville, Mich., from July 13-19, 2013. Sterling Lanes will be the site for the USBC Youth Open Championships, scheduled for July 11-28, 2013.Click here to learn more about the tournament and the North Pointe Junior Gold program.USA Bowling to offer coaching seminarsFor youth bowling coaches, volunteers or parents of children involved in the sport, USA Bowling will provide coaching seminars designed to teach basic bowling coaching skills.The USA Bowling Coaching program already has scheduled more than 50 seminars throughout the country this fall. The seminars are a continuation of the program started last year that drew more than 1,100 participants.The seminars are free, are three hours in length and include on-lane and classroom instruction designed to teach volunteers the skills necessary to teach the fundamentals of bowling to youths. The curriculum is basic and non-intimidating, and is perfect for bowling novices who want to learn more about how to teach kids to bowl.To see more information on dates and locations, as well as whom the national instructors are, please click here.Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarships awarded to five youth bowlersFive youth bowlers have been selected to receive the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship in recognition of their academic achievement and community involvement. The United States Bowling Congress annually selects USBC Youth bowlers for the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship and each receives a $5,000 scholarship. This year’s recipients are: Jordan Finney of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Colleen Moore of Deerfield, N.Y. Weslie Shannon of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Stephanie Sims of Garland, Texas Allyson Stanton of San Antonio, TexasUSBC presents the scholarships in honor of legendary bowler Earl Anthony, one of the sport’s great ambassadors who was dedicated to helping youth bowlers. The USBC Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship was launched in 2004.Click here to read more about this year’s recipients.