Award changes for 2014-15 season
USBC is making a change to the Special Achievement Award program designed to give local associations more flexibility to serve bowlers. Effective the 2014-15 season, local associations will be able to choose awards and create a structure that fit their membership. USBC National no longer will set requirements for special achievement awards and will discontinue sending special achievement, year-end league and association championship tournament awards to associations. Special achievement awards are currently bag tags and lapel pins.
In this new model, associations will be able to create or expand its local awards programs while still receiving support from USBC National. USBC has contracted with a top national vendor to provide volume discount pricing on awards for local associations. This allows local associations to take advantage of USBC's purchasing power without being forced into a "one size fits all" model.
USBC conducted several test programs and surveyed associations about award structures. The data shows local associations often know their bowlers best. Many associations currently run outstanding awards programs and would prefer to set their own standards when it comes to earning awards.
High Score Awards also will change starting August 1, 2014. The High Score Awards given to USBC adult members for a 300 game, 800 series or 900 series will become once-in-a-lifetime awards and the 11-in-a-row award has been eliminated. Sport Bowling awards are not affected.
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