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  One of the great pleasures in attending the USBC convention in Reno this year was the number of delegates that I had the good fortune to meet. They had many differing opinions on how to proceed with administering the sport under the  conditions of austerity that the Congress now finds itself in. They also had many differing definitions of just what the sport was that we are all pledged to grow, enumerated in the organization's somewhat nebulous vision statement.
   One of the more disturbing sentiments echoed by so many of the attendees was that the USBC as an organization  was spending too much time, effort and resources on the elite bowlers. Just exactly who the elite bowlers were was somewhat hard to extract from the members, but they seem to agree that they were the higher average bowlers who make up the minority of the membership, thus they are somewhat undeserving of all the attention.
   There was more consensus on just who the elite bowlers aren't- the average ordinary delegate fit that bill. Since I had the time and not the bankroll, I wandered about the casino thinking about this question of who the elite bowlers are.
   The elite bowler is the five year old, who pleads with mother nature to please stop the wind from blowing his plastic colored pins down in his makeshift driveway bowling lane. It is this same adolescent who cleans up the bowling center for free games. These he uses to practice during the early morning hours after work, practicing to acquire the skills to eventually turn pro and win a major title or state championship.
  It is the young lady, who sheepishly enters the bowling center to learn the basics of the sport in an effort not to be embarrassed when her new found boyfriend asks her out on a bowling date. She takes a liking more to the sport rather than the beau. Becoming more confident with each session, she turns a curiosity into a lifelong series of bowling achievements, culminating in a open championship and the respect of millions of her peers.
   It is the team of bowlers, averaging about 140, who finish dead last year after year in their handicap league. They discover that comradeship is more bonding than glue. They eventually pass their love of the sport down to their children and grandchildren.
   It is anyone who has ever stared at the pins from sixty feet away and willed them over in their mind, promising to do that more often with each succeeding attempt.
   The elite bowler is one that for some reason or another is separated from the sport for a time and then somehow is drawn again to the sport and gravitates back to a familiar and comforting pastime.
   It is a coach who takes it upon herself to tutor a physically or mentally challenged student and finds out more about herself than any other endeavor she could undertake. It is this same volunteer who steers an alcoholic student away from
that awful temptation and installs in him a new found rigor of discipline, developing a routine that saves a life and keeps a family together.
   The elite bowler is an international competitor who in representing their country performs a diplomatic mission with the ease of a child playing with a new found friend. These friends may or may not be the sons and daughters of those who
quarrel- issues soon forgotten in their offspring's enjoyment of the sport and the pure joy of the competitive experience.
   The elite bowler is the mechanic, retired now from bowling, who returns back to the work he loves. In making his peace with God, passes away behind the machines doing the meaningful work he loved. It is the widow who returns to the senior morning league comforted in harvesting the furrows of lifelong friendships.
   Who are the elite bowlers?
   The answer is they are all of us! We are elitists, everyone. We who have enjoyed the competition that the sport of
bowling continually provides in all of our lives. We may find that to suddenly cease to support the sport, to in effect ignore the sport, like ignoring a loved one, will hasten the time that both no longer will be with us.

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My guess is that the elite bowler they didn't like was the PBA men and women and team USA.  Spending millions on them and cutting awards to senors and those dreaded 170 bowlers.  Is this too short?


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"The elite bowler is the guy who works hard all season, gives it his best, plays fair, and finishes 1st place in his USBC sanctioned bowling league. We love our elite bowlers!"



(but we'll award him with a 5 cent "League Champion" refrigerator magnet)



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(but we'll award him with a 5 cent "League Champion" refrigerator magnet)




Or a little "275 game" patch when a kid (I) throw the front 9 for my first 279. No plaques anymore?? And the guy that drills my bowling stuff is sick of all those coasters that USBC keeps sending him for 700.
WANNA KEEP US AS BOWLERS??? MAKE THE AWARDS STAND FOR SOMETHING!! I'm sick of bowling HUGE scores, only to get some stupid vinyl patch and a lapel pin. My dad treasured the 276 plaque he got, and it hung in my room from when I was 6 to the time I left Hawaii. I have since promised to give him the ring from my first 300.

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I'm sick of bowling HUGE scores all the freakin' time, only to get some stupid vinyl patch and a lapel pin.


Not to harp on things, but the reason a 300 or 800 isn't an accomplishment anymore is because so many centers make it easy to get them.  You said yourself that you bowl huge scores all the time.

Kinda ruins it for those of us who don't have easy scoring conditions.  An 800 has never been thrown at my center, and only seven 300 games in the last 25 years, but we'd get the same "award" as somebody who bowls in a center that sees a few of these honor scores a week.


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My favorite 300 that I bowled was during the summer of 1993 with my black hammer.  An honor score at Parkview really means something!
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I am very proud to have shot one of the 3 300's shot in the near 22 year history of old park plaza lanes in Little Rock. An incredibly difficult scoring condition, where many excellent 'spare shooters' were raised here in central Arkansas. Sadly, this house, located in the basement of one of Little Rocks oldest shopping malls, gave way to becoming a storage area for the mall in the mid 80's. I was fortunate enought to shoot the 300 in the state finals of the popular 'miller' (beer) national doubles tournament. My then fiancée and I finished second in the tourney, and missed the trip to Vegas (and getting to represent the state of Arkansas) by just under 60 pins. (oh well, $1000 for second wasn't bad).
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I'm sick of bowling HUGE scores all the freakin' time, only to get some stupid vinyl patch and a lapel pin.


Not to harp on things, but the reason a 300 or 800 isn't an accomplishment anymore is because so many centers make it easy to get them.  You said yourself that you bowl huge scores all the time.

Kinda ruins it for those of us who don't have easy scoring conditions.  An 800 has never been thrown at my center, and only seven 300 games in the last 25 years, but we'd get the same "award" as somebody who bowls in a center that sees a few of these honor scores a week.


I'm talking "huge scores" as a infrequent thing. I am still learning to bowl, as is a lot of people. My longest big scoring marathon usually lasts 3 games, then I fall. I try too hard most of the time. So, take this as advisory to a typo, I make them all of the time. I will continue to participate in this great sport I love, not because of "easy" conditions (which my center doesn't exactly have), or high-scoring equipment. I stay for the FUN. I like to roll big scores, but I don't like when I lose respect from my peers for being the "showoff," who rolls all of the biggest scores. I am the oldest bowler in my league (I'm 16) and I have the higest average in the league. I rather bowl like crap and keep my friends friends, than roll 250's every game of every week, and have the entire youth program hate me. So, in short, I made a mistake, mrfreeze. And I apologize for it.

(EDIT: I have since edited the original post to state my intentions.)



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Track MX10, 300A, Alias, Ultra Heat, 706A, Paradox Red
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a 300 or 800 isn't an accomplishment anymore


Couldn't have said it better myself.
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So, in short, I made a mistake, mrfreeze. And I apologize for it.


I'm not really sure what you're apologizing for...I'm certainly not upset with you or anything.

My comments weren't directed at you personally...I was speaking in more general terms of what I think the sport is like today.

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