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Here in Michigan, there is a State of Emergency, and one of the items on the list is to avoid public gatherings of 100 or more.  That gets me to thinking if bowling will be canceled in the coming weeks? 

The league I'm in on Monday has 35% of its bowlers over the age of 65.  There is 75 in the group, but the other league has about 100 in it.  On Tuesday, you have 32 lanes of 5 person teams going, plus visitors, staff, etc.

I have not heard anything from anyone as of yet.

I'm curious as to what, if anything, are your leagues doing, or saying?


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The bowling alleys can't afford to close down and your league has a contract to fulfill. It's up to individual as to whether they bowl or not. I will bowl.
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The bowling alleys can't afford to close down and your league has a contract to fulfill. It's up to individual as to whether they bowl or not. I will bowl.


I plan on continued bowling as well.  I may be a bit more cautious in slapping another's hand as they walk off the approach or me onto the approach, etc.  Probably a good idea anyway, as my observation in the bathroom is no one washes up after use as it is, lol
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Just got this email from the president of my Monday league:


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In keeping with CDC guidelines, and in the best health interests of all our bowlers, the Executive Board is going to suspend our bowling season for at least the next TWO weeks.  We will reevaluate then to see what happens with the impact of the coronavirus.  Again, no bowling for the next two weeks, with a tentative resumption date of March 30th.  We will keep you updated with any new information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your understanding.

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In this league there are 18 teams of 4, or 72 players.  The league next to us has about 70-100 players.  Of our 72, I'm guessing about 25% are age 65 or greater.

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Nice of your Executive Board to make that decision for all of your league. NOT. Since the schedule is in the league rules, a unanimous league vote of at least officers and captains would be required to alter it.

Plus, they aren't doing the house any favors in lost revenue. It should be an individual decision to show or not show. Not an across the board ultimatum.

If teams are worried of being in big groups, let them pre or post bowl when the house it mostly empty.


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Nice of your Executive Board to make that decision for all of your league. NOT. Since the schedule is in the league rules, a unanimous league vote of at least officers and captains would be required to alter it.



Totally disagree.  If there's a blizzard the day of bowling, the league officers have every right to cancel bowling without putting the decision to a league vote.  Extenuating circumstances give league officers the power to make decisions. 

Covid-19 is no different.  If somebody in the league (a) is infected and (b) really loves to bowl and votes against cancelling bowilng, following your rules could result in the entire league coming down with the virus.


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The USBC came out with guidance on how leagues are to deal with this. They are leaving it up to each league. Basically the league board can decide if they wish to cancel.
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I run the youth program at Bowlero Roswell in Roswell, Georgia (suburban Atlanta).  On Thursday I sent out an email blast saying that after much deliberation, I decided we would press forward and bowl.

No sooner had I hit SEND on that email and I started having second thoughts.  Then, upon further discussion with parents, all our coaches, and ultimately, some medical professionals (including my own cardiologist, who is rated as the best in Atlanta), I reversed course.  Today, I announced that we were suspending the league for the time being, and would re-assess on a week-to-week basis, but that it would open-ended as to whether -- or if -- we would resume play.

Youth leagues are a little different than adult leagues.  *I* am the Board of Directors, so what I say goes.  And in the final analysis, my #1 concern is the safety of our kids, their parents and grandparents (sometimes the grandparents are the ones who drive them to the bowl), and last but certainly not least, our coaches, all of whom are 60+ and very much in the high-risk category.

I feel perfectly comfortable that this was the right decision at this time.  Where it gets more difficult is in knowing exactly what sign to be looking for that will send the clear signal that it's "safe to go back in the water," so to speak.  And so far, not even the medical professionals can provide that answer.

But I can say this:  Today at about 5:30 PM Eastern, the USBC released another statement about this stuff.  In this statement, they recommend USBC state and local associations move to suspend or postpone any large gathering events between now and the end of April, and to be proactive in considering the well-being of their members.

This language certainly seemed to me to be aimed squarely at tournament directors who are about to be running their states' Pepsi (youth) Tournaments, which are all about to be held in the coming weeks.  Ours here in Georgia is scheduled for the weekend of April 4-5, and it won't surprise me one bit if it's the next shoe to drop.

At the bottom of the USBC communique is a link where they provide an FAQ concerning issues relating to league and tournament suspensions and the steps necessary to conform to USBC rules.  That said, the president today declared this a national emergency, and USBC considers it an emergency as well.  So I think it's safe to assume that extreme situations may allow for some extreme measures.

It's easier with youth leagues, of course, since there's no prize money in play, just trophies.  But our leagues do something unique in that we hold an end-of-season Tournament of Champions, which is a pins-over-average event where the top 5 finishers in the two divisions (Bigs and Littles) win scholarship money.  Last season, the winner in the Bigs received a SMART scholarship in the amount of $900, so it's not entirely insignificant.

And regardless of how our league plays out, we will, at some point, gather together to old this season-ending tournament, whether it happens in May as scheduled, or whether we have to come back in June or July or August to finish up.

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Below is the USBC communique that went out today:

 

USBC COVID-19 UPDATE

 

The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) has postponed or suspended scheduled national events through the end of April due to concerns about COVID-19. Additionally, until further notice, USBC is suspending staff travel unless travel is deemed mission critical to the organization.

USBC recommends USBC state and local associations also postpone or suspend mass gathering events, meetings and travel in the best interest of public health. While individual state and local requirements related to mass gatherings are evolving, USBC recommends associations be proactive in considering the wellbeing of their members.

USBC has developed a Frequently Asked Questions guide to assist our associations, leagues and tournaments with rules and procedures related to postponing or canceling events.

USBC staff is available to answer any specific questions or concerns.  

 

Read more: http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/usbc/COVID-19-USBCFAQ.pdf


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So when the kids can't bowl there going home and
not leave the house. I doubt it

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Some of the parents I talked to said their kids won’t be leaving the house.
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My buddy said in his Friday night league last night there was 106 of 120 who bowled.
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Our president of our Senior league sent this message. We have many 80+ yr old bowlers and one 91 yr old with a 170 AVG I might add.
  Guaranteed league,  so bowl or no bowl, we have to pay


Our ********* bowling league will bowl as usual today.
I've spoken to ********* (*** Manager) and he indicated they have had no problems or league issues/cancellations due to concerns health/virus issues.   He provided me with information on the disinfectant they use as follows:
Bright Solutions Concentrated Lemon Z18 Disinfectant.  It's a disinfectant, cleaner, mildewstat, fungicide, virucide and deodorizer.  Very costly but very effective.  
 
My general guidelines include the following:
- After arriving at bowling center, wait until league bowler ahead of use have completed bowling and the *** front desk have wiped down all tables and other surfaces before moving your items onto the bowling areas.
- Wash your hands and/or use *** provided hand cleaners as needed while you are at the bowling center.
- Eliminate the use of "high fives", "fist bumps", hugs and kisses, etc. with fellow bowlers
- Use appropriate hand cleaners when finished bowling.
- Don't hesitate to not come to bowl if you are not feeling well (let your teammates know); if you don't have a legal lineup, you can always "post bowl".
- Contact ********* at ********** if you have any questions.
- Please notify your teammates of this information.
 
Hope to see you today.
************, ********* League President

I  did not bowl,  My wife's publicly traded company has said every one will work from home along with so many other businesses.  NBA, NHL, MBA,  Golf tournaments canceled, country is in state of emergency, but our league and bowling alley has Bright solution disinfectant and knows better than any body else. 
 Hey, "It's not about the Money" lol



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Schools cancelled and the Malls will make more money. But I guess the 
Malls are safer than being in school.

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Here in Cheyenne we are also bowling.

Bowling center owner says if the league(s) vote to postpone for two weeks we can and just tack them on to end of the year.

But the Friday night league I'm on scoffed at the virus and we will continue to bowl.

I'm okay with that.

There's been 1 case in all of Wyoming - in Torrington.

But we won't be high-fiving.
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2 or 3 weeks is nothing. Some experts are saying this
could last for up to 4 months.

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