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mikeanthony8

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As most of you know in the forum I haven't bowled league in a couple years.  Mostly this is due to my unwillingness to commit to the hour plus commute each way to the center where most of my friends are at.  Add to that my travel schedule and the last three years I did bowl I averaged about 45 games a year which is about 50% attendance which isn't fair to my teammates and friends.
SO, my question is this:  Does the USBC allow for Internet Bowling Leagues?  What are the basic structure and rules?  My thought would be to get a group of people (say 8 to 16) that would bowl 3 games a week at their local center.  Teams could be singles or doubles depending on the interest.  Each person would establish their average at that center which would keep their scores relevant to the league as the bowling would have to be within a certain number of days each week and always at that center. 
I'm curious if there is a precendent for this concept and if so, did it work? 
I've never been one to enjoy practicing, and this might create the interest I would need to go once a week and actually practice a few games and then bowl 3 games for score.
I bowl the USBC each year in April and thought this might be fun to do from the first week of January to the end of March (perhaps a 12 week season with a playoff?).  Is there a way to do this online here and post your scores?  There wouldn't be any money involved (and this entire concept is based on honesty and just submitting a score each week by a certain deadline blindly to the host scoring system), just a fun way to create an average at your local center and have a little fun at the same time? 
Is this even allowed by the USBC?  Of course, it doesn't have to be sanctioned, but I would prefer that.
Thoughts, suggestions, ideas,?
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Here's the USBC rule:

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100l. Mail-o-Graphic

 A mail-o-graphic league is one in which scores are submitted from separate or the same competition, bowling establishment or association and are compared to qualify for prizes in one common prize list. The following provisions apply to all USBC mail-o-graphic leagues:

1.   All scores are submitted to the league secretary who enters the scores and determines team and/or individual standings.

2.   All scores used must be from certified competition.

3.   USBC will certify such leagues provided:

a.   All USBC equipment specifications apply.

b.   All rules for USBC leagues shall apply insofar as applicable.

c.   Application must designate the league as a mail-o-graphic league.

4.   Individuals are not required to join the association through which the league is certified if already a member through another association.

5.   As the scores used in mail-o-graphic competition are already recognized in the certified competition in which they are actually bowled, they are not eligible for USBC national awards or average recognition.



In short, it's allowed by USBC only if the scores are shot conventional USBC-certified competition.

I currently belong to an uncertified league pretty much like what you're looking for.  Most bowlers submit scores from leagues, but some submit practice scores.  It's just for fun; no prize money.  You, and anyone else on this board, would be welcome to join us.  Let me know if you're interested.

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only problem i see with it is that your house probably wont oil the lanes just for you u might end up having to bowl on lanes that have had 2-3 squads on them before you do and another thing if you do bowl really well lets say your usual average is 180 and you bowl a 210 average for the league you are stuck with that 210 average if you dont have enough games in so you lose a good 20+ pins to everybody else in tourns

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only problem i see with it is that your house probably wont oil the lanes just for you u might end up having to bowl on lanes that have had 2-3 squads on them before you do and another thing if you do bowl really well lets say your usual average is 180 and you bowl a 210 average for the league you are stuck with that 210 average if you dont have enough games in so you lose a good 20+ pins to everybody else in tourns


I think they might make an exception for the kin of Earl Anthony.... lol
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I'm thinking about doing this right after the first of the year.  That would give me an incentive (and some conviction) to practice for the USBC that I bowl each April.  Last year I bowled about 20 games the week before and then was it.  So, this way, I would have some type of commitment to go bowl each week for 3 or 4 months.  The nice thing is I work from home and also travel for work, so my thought was I could find a day like Monday afternoons and go over in the early afternoon around 3pm and get my practice in.  I don't usually travel on Monday (more like Tuesday to Thursday usually).  I will stay in touch on this!  Thanks for letting me know the options.  The average doesn't concern me too much as I don't bowl any handicap events and am already somewhat stuck with my most recent book from a couple years ago (233).   I would prefer it to be sanctioned if possible, but that's not a requirement for the same reason.   Much appreciated, Mike


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Mike,

Did you get this league going? My job has me on the road for 2 weeks at a time, getting home for a weekend before leaving again. My local center used to have a Sunday night league where I could get enough games in bowling every other weekend, but that league has folded.

I am usually in one city for 6 to 8 weeks at a time before moving to another. So I cannot join leagues in my 'road' city either. An Internet league where I could bowl in whatever city I am working in, then forward the scores would be great.

Please let me know if you have this setup or found one already going.

Thanks,
Lynn (Slowpoke49)

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