Serving the Bowlers of North San Diego County, California
Notes on what is currently happening around YOUR association
Nov 7, 2019
Congratulations to Russ Fitzpatrick for his (279, 289, 277) 845 series shot at Bowlero, San Marcos, in the Abundance of Fun league.
Here is the video of the last 2 shots.
Nov 5, 2019
We are now a couple of months into the winter season. And it seems that we still have a few leagues in which the required
Membership cards have not been turned into the Association.
As a reminder, as per USBC Association Policy Manual (Chapter Four, Section B) and USBC Playing Rules (101 & 102),
membership cards MUST be filled out by EVERYONE, PRIOR to completion of their 1st series in a certified league/tournament.
In addition, "An adult bowler must pay dues in each association in which he/she applies for membership and/or bowls..."
ALSO, per Rule 102e, these dues must be turned into the local Association Manager within 30 days of the start of the league.
So, what this basically means is that EVERYONE has to fill out a membership card in EVERY certified league in which they participate.
Yes. You only have to pay the membership dues once. EXCEPT as follows.
ANYONE who bowls in a North County USBC certified league and has paid their USBC membership dues through another Association
(San Diego, Orange County, Citrus Belt, South LA, etc.)
MUST pay the local Association membership fee for the North County USBC Association, which is currently $10.
And the same goes for those bowlers who pay their Membership card thru North County USBC and then bowl in another Associations leagues/tournaments. They MUST
pay the Association fee for that Association. There are NO reciprocal agreements.
For those of you that are League Secretaries, it is very important that the cards and fees be turned into the local Association Manager
as soon as possible (Within 30 days of the bowlers start in the league, per USBC Rule).
One reason is: The bowlers may want to bowl in a tournament, or another league. If the Assocation can not verify that they have paid the local
Association dues, they may be prevented from bowling, or worse yet, disqualified and lose all prizes won.
I don't know about you, but if I bowled a tournament and made some money as an individual or as a team member, and was later DQ'd and lost my
prize money and entry fee because the card and dues had not been turned in, or I couldn't prove that I had paid USBC Membership dues...
I would be EXTREMELY upset to say the least.
And it could be worse for other league bowlers as "Any team using a player who has not paid appropriate membership dues subjects the games in which
the bowler participated to forfeiture." as per USBC Rule 101.
Bowlers: Please fill out your membership cards and pay any required fees. And don't forget to keep your receipt for doing so
until your card arrives from USBC. Personally, I find that directly paying USBC, via
is pretty quick and easy.
Then I only have to pay Citrus Belt their Association fee. Team Captains: Please check with your team mates or
to ensure all your team mates have valid Membership cards. Who wants to find out at the last minute that their games are forfeit and the team drops down the prize list. League Secretaries: Please ensure all your bowlers complete a card their first night of bowling and turn those cards and fees in to the local
Association within the required 30 days. Then, everyone should be happy. And it will help tournament officials make their payouts quicker.
Nov 1, 2019
Congratulations to John Tomlin II for his 300 game shot at Leatherneck Lanes, in the Vegas Friends league.
Here is video of his 12th shot.
Oct 14, 2019
It is with sadness that I share the news that Bob Utley passed away on Saturday, October 12th.
He is most likely remembered by the senior bowlers of our association as he participated many years back. Our sincere condolences to his family.
Sep 29, 2019
Congratulations to Dawn Gorman - 2019 SOCAL Queens Champion.
Sep 26, 2019
The Official results of the most current San Diego County Seniors Doubles Club tournament at Parkway Bowl are up.
Sep 23, 2019
Just a quick reminder... The SOCAL Masters & Apprentice, and Queens & Princess tournaments are this coming weekend.
See the tournaments page for more information/entry form.
Sep 17, 2019
Woo Hoo. At LONG LAST, the California USBC has FINALLY posted OFFICIAL results of the state Open Championship Tournament.
Congratulations to Justine Schmeiser and Steve Johnson - With a score of 1461, they are Champions of the 2019 California USBC Adult Championship
(Open Doubles Handicap Division). Justine also finished 4th in the Open All Events Division. With Priscilla Smith & Bruce Pederson rounding
out the team, they finished in 11th place.
Sep 11, 2019
YEA... the winter leagues are getting underway. Just a quick reminder for all bowlers who may have purchased their USBC membership via another Association -
such as San Diego USBC, etc. - as per USBC Playing Rules 101 and 102e (in addition to Bylaws, etc.), ALL bowlers MUST pay the local Association dues
($10) in order to compete in North County leagues and/or tournaments. "Any team using a player who has not paid appropriate membership dues subjects the
games in which the bowler participated to forfeiture."
As most of you know, the dues this year are a total of $25. This is composed of $13 for USBC membership, $10 local Association dues,
and $2 for the California USBC Association. These fees "must be paid BEFORE completion of the first series".
OK... So who shoots the first 300 or 800 of the year?
Sep 5, 2019 - UPDATE
It is with truly great sadness that I share more heartbreaking news in the family of Joy Vineyard. On August 16th, Denise Vineyard passed away.
Then, on September 2nd, her son William (Bill) died in an auto accident. Then today, her son Mark passed away.
Please say a prayer for the entire Vineyard family to grant them the strength to endure this extreme heartache. Our sincere condolances to the family.
Services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church of Vista - 700 E Bobier Dr., Vista, CA - at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 28th.
Aug 25, 2019
Updated results for August 200, 500 & 600 club tournaments are up. Check their respective pages.
Aug 19, 2019
For those Youth League Officers, coaches, Youth Bowlers 18+ years old in a Youth League, and even Leagues officers of leagues that may have youth bowlers,
there are some changes in the SafeSport and Registered Volunteer Program (RVP) that USBC would like us to pass along. Basically, ANY sanctioned bowler
18+ years old that interacts with our Youth Bowlers should be familiar with these changes.
So.... Please read this quick note from USBC - HERE.
Questions? Please give them a call.
Aug 10, 2019
The 50th Annual California State Senior Open Championship is happening in Modesto this year. It is spread over 5 weekends starting October 19th.
So there are plenty of opportunites to fit your schedule. However, the entry deadline is fast approaching - September 1st.
You can go to their website (HERE),
or go to our Tounaments page and get the entry form and rules.
Aug 1, 2019
Well; It is now the 1st of August. The start of another bowling season. As such, just a quick note and reminder to all. 1) Adult Standard membership dues are now $25 ($13 USBC, $2 state, and $10 local). 2) USBC Rule 18 goes into effect TODAY. What does that mean? Glad you asked. As per the USBC rule book
Rule 18 – Bowling Ball - Altering Surface
While bowling in USBC competition, a bowling ball cannot:
a. Have the surface altered by the use of an abrasive.
b. Be cleaned with any liquid substance or cleaning agent.
c. Have any foreign material on it including, but not limited to, powder, rosin, marker or paint.
All bowling balls so altered or cleaned must be removed from the competition.
Note: Should a foreign substance appear on the outer surface of a bowling ball which cannot be removed with a dry towel,
an approved cleaner may be used with consent from a league or tournament officer.
So... ONCE COMPETITION BEGINS (which is defined as the 1st ball thrown for score by any participant) ...
use a CLEAN, DRY, towel ONLY.
OK. Let's get away from the boring, technical, and brief rule book explaination and get to a much easier read.
Produced by USBC, this is a much easier read. You can get it
3) League Officers, Secretary/Treasurer: Please become familiar with all items in USBC rule 102.
4) USBC Rule 102e, Duties of the Secretary - Item 5:
Be responsible for a record of the scores bowled by all team members and substitutes, and report scores that are eligible
for USBC, state & local association awards.
a. Submit a completed award application within 20 days.
b. Notify the local association manager or authorized representative within 48 hours of scores
that are eligible for USBC honor score recognition.
Item 9: Furnish a list of individual averages to the local association manager, when requested, [and within 15 days of the end of the league.]
The list must show the full names and ID numbers of all bowlers who competed in the league, the number of games bowled,
total pinfall and average for each bowler.
Note that games bowled for Sweepers and Position Rounds must be included in the computation of the bowlers average.
And... as per chapter 8 of the rules - For those no-thumb or two-handed bowlers out there - Is a bowling ball with a thumb hole thrown by a no-thumb or two-handed bowler legal?
For the 2019-2020 season, a bowler who doesn't use the thumb during a delivery, can either have a thumb hole or a balance hole but not both.
If the ball has a thumb hole but the bowler doesn't use it, then as long as it meets static balance of 3 ounce top weight, 1 ounce side weight and
1 ounce finger/thumb weight and does not have an interchangeable device for the thumbhole, the ball is allowed.
If the ball has both a thumb hole and a balance hole, the bowler needs to plug at least one of them.
Beginning August 1, 2020, a bowler who doesn’t use the thumb during a delivery cannot have a thumb or a balance hole.
If the ball does, it is illegal and games are subject to forfeiture. All holes drilled must be used for gripping purposes on every delivery.
July 13, 2019
Here is a shot of our Youth representation at the California State Youth Championships.
Leatherneck Lanes youth and coaches in blue, Surf Bowl youth and coaches in green.
July 10, 2019
Congratulation to Andy Neeman & Russell Fitzpatrick. Both shot 300 in the 610 Scratch league at Surf Bowl.
June 30, 2019
Official results were posted for the California State Helen Duval Veterans tournament (BVL).
Congratulations to Lorelei Medina. She is the California State Champion - Adult Women (Division C).
Congratulations to Keith Genovese. He finished 2nd - Adult Men (Division A).
Congratulations to Glenn Teal. He finished 2nd - Youth Boys (Division B).
Congratulations to Christopher (CJ) Schaffer. He finished 2nd - Youth Boys (Classified Division).
And to all of our other Association representatives in that tournament. Very well done by all!
June 23, 2019
We just received word that the USBC has suspended the requirement for a minimum of 3 units of oil per lane. Thus, your results may vary.
June 6, 2019
OFFICIAL results for the Association's Fun tournament are up.
June 1, 2019
The OFFICIAL results of the Association Championship are posted.
May 9, 2019
Congratulation to Amy Shaw for her 1st 300 game. Shot in the Lousy Bowlers league at Bowlero San Marcos.
Guess they'll kick you out of the league now, huh! 😜
May 6, 2019
OK. I am back from the 2019 USBC Convention which was held last week in Las Vegas. Your Association was entitled to 4 delegates to vote on various
USBC Board positions and proposed legislation. In attendance and representing you were your President (David Schaffer), Association Manager (Karen Salazar),
Director Nancy Arvanitis, and myself.
First up, after 3 days of networking and attendance to cover all the workshops and seminars, was the election to fill 3 positions
on the USBC Board of Directors. The initial list of four (4) candidates, and a brief synopsis of their respective credentials can be found
A 5th candidate (Mr. Richard Ramsey) was added to the slate after the convention program was produced.
There were 898 Delegates, 21 Athlete Delegates, 36 Hall of Fame Members, and 17 USBC Board of Directors eligible to vote (972 total).
By plurality vote (in order of the number of votes received); Anthony Colangelo (637 votes), Bo Goergen (629 votes), and Lowell Lovgren (582 votes) were elected.
Rich Foran received 396 votes, and Richard Ramsey received 263 votes.
Back on February 12, 2019 I provided a link to all of the legislation that was going to be voted upon at the USBC National Convention.
If you are interested in reading the full legislative slate, that link is
Playing Rule (League and Tournament) changes require a simple majority vote of the delegates.
Bylaws changes require a 2/3 vote of the delegates to approve.
Without further adieu, results of voting on the various legislative proposals was as follows:
Chapter 4, League Rules, Rule 102e, Duties of the Secretary, Item 9: Approved 836 to 20.
Basically, this change requires league secretaries to "furnish a list of individual averages to the local association manager when requested,
and within 15 days of the end of the league."
Chapter 4, League Rules, Rule 108b, Without Cause: Rejected 697 to 148.
Chapter 4, League Rules, Rule 122, Meetings: Rejected 729 to 112.
Chapter 6, Tournament Rules, Rule 319a, Conditions that Apply: Rejected 737 to 114.
Bylaws, Article VI, Meetings, Section A., Annual Meeting: Rejected 726 (85%) to 125 (15%).
Bylaws, Article VIII, Amendments: Approved 652 (77%) to 194 (23%).
A new second paragraph was added to state: "If an amendment does not receive 25% of votes for approval at an Annual Meeting,
that same amendment, and any amendment where the intent closely resembles the defeated amendment, may not be re-submitted for consideration
at the next Annual Meeting."
Bylaws, Article VII Meetings, Section A., Annual Meeting, Item 3: Approved 767 (90%) to 84 (10%).
This proposal allows "state delegates to determine if hall of fame members should have voting rights at the State Annual Meeting."
Bylaws, Article IV, Membership and Dues: Rejected 510 (60%) to 336 (40%).
Please note that all approved legislation takes effect on August 1, 2019.
A recap of the 2019 USBC Convention can be found here.
Be sure to read the next entry. YOU elect the delegates for next years (2020) state and national USBC conventions at
the Association Open Meeting Sunday, May 19th.
Or, perhaps YOU would like to run for election as one of the Delegates and attend the conventions!
April 27, 2019
FYI --- This years Annual Open Meeting is set. It will happen on Sunday, May 19th at Grand Slam Pizza, 1910 Shadowridge Dr #101, Vista, CA 92081.
The Open Meeting will begin at 11 AM. Upon conclusion of the meeting, the Hall of Fame inductions will be held.
The luncheon will begin at 1 PM ($10 per person). There is plenty of parking and plenty of room for everyone.
Information will be coming to all league secretaries soon. The results of legislation voting at the USBC convention will be covered,
as well as changes affecting our Association. Elections for several Officer and Board of Director positions will be conducted.
Elections for Delegates to next years California and USBC conventions will also take place.
Want to see some changes? Be a part of it. Get involved. ATTEND the ANNUAL OPEN MEMBERSHIP MEETING.
Just a reminder to League Secretaries, as most leagues are now wrapping up their winter season, averages need to be turned into the
Association Manager with 15 days of the end of the league.
For those that may not be aware of it... this is the only time averages are reported (End of League). No more Jan 1st, no more Apr 15th, or anything else.
Just once per year, at the end of the season.
April 25, 2019
Congratulation to Mike Stadler for his 299 game in the Losey Bowlers league at Bowlero San Marcos.
April 10, 2019
Congratulation to Chris Watson for his 203 game and a 472 series, shot in the Magic Men's league at Bowlero San Marcos.
Outstanding job. But now your 121 average is history.
Apr 2, 2019
Congratulation to Rick Riggin for his 300, shot in the Justin Phillips 410 Scratch Doubles league at Leatherneck Lanes.
Mar 22, 2019
Woo Hoo!!! FINALLY !!! Those who bowl (or want to bowl) at Leatherneck Lanes are now able to get a 1 YEAR pass!!!
The process is still the same and they still require the same information. However, by using the bowling center as the sponsor,
they can request the 1 year for you. Contact Leatherneck Lanes (760 725-6109) for more information.
Mar 17, 2019
Just a reminder. For those intending to bowl the Adult/Youth Twosome tournament at Leatherneck Lanes on April 6th,
please be sure to get your visitor pass NOW!. Don't wait. Failing that, please contact
David Schaffer for more information.
Mar 15, 2019
Congratulation to Matt Heyer for his 300, shot in the Vegas Friends league at Leatherneck Lanes.
Mar 7, 2019
Woo Hoo. The wait is over. The entry form for the Association Championship is UP!
Mar 2, 2019
The USBC is going to adjust the squad schedules for the 2020 USBC Open Championship. The full story can be found
In another interesting piece of news, it seems that ONCE AGAIN, bowling will miss the cut for inclusion in the 2024 Paris Olympic games.
The organizing committee for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games has instead announced that they will recommend breakdancing, surfing,
skateboarding and sport climbing as the four sports they will recommend to the International Olympic Committee for inclusion in the 2024 Games.
SERIOUSLY? Sport climbing has a larger participation and interest base than bowling? At any rate, the full story is
Feb 25, 2019
Results of the Adult Royal Finals are up. Still waiting on the overall results, financials, and the Youth.
I've added a few more Honor Scores that I have become aware of. Congratulations to Danny Sustaita & Randy Veach for their 300's at Surf last Wednesday.
Congratulations to Kyle Andrews & Lloyd Burleson for their 300's in the Adult Royal Masters.
Feb 16, 2019
There is a new twist on a phone phishing scam that is going around.
Basically, it is a robotic call that says it is from your wireless provider and that your account has been suspended.
So... in the interest of keeping our bowlers informed, the link to the full story is
here. It will give you the scoop on how the scammers are trying to steal your information, and ultimately your money.
As usual, the bottom line is: If you do NOT recognize the phone number... DO NOT ANSWER THE CALL. Let it go to voice mail.
And if you do take the call.... Just because you are talking to a real person does NOT meant that they work for that company.
DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE. A real company WILL NOT request it in this manner.
I really do not like posting these types of things on our site. However, knowing that some of our members have been taken in,
I feel it is better to be forewarned and forearmed.
Feb 12, 2019
Ok sports fans, the USBC has published the proposed legislative items that will be voted upon at the USBC Convention (Apr 29 - May 2).
There are 3 league rules (LR), 1 tournament rule (TR), and 4 Bylaws (B) being proposed.
The decision on whether to adopt or reject these proposals is determined by the vote of all the delegates attending the convention.
The delegates you elected to represent the members of this Association at this years convention are
and Steve Johnson.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that your representatives hear from YOU, the members, as to how you would like us to vote on these items.
While the USBC provides a "Recommendation" of how to vote, at the end of each proposal, IT IS NOT MANDATORY, or BINDING upon the delegates.
So... without further delay, the following link with show you what is on the USBC plate for this convention. Please click
After you've enjoyed the reading, please send your delegates an email telling them how you believe EACH proposal should decided. Accept or Reject.
In addition, there are 4 candidates slated for consideration on the USBC Board of Directors election. You can read about them
Feb 9, 2019
Official results of the Feb 2nd 500/600 Clubs Vegas Potpourri tournament are up.
I have added a few more pictures of our Hall of Fame members. Thank you so VERY much to Diane Veach for the pictures. If anyone else happens to have any pictures of our Hall of Fame members, PLEASE send me a copy.
Feb 1, 2019
Congratulaitons are in order. Six months after having knee surgery, Mr. Bruce Pederson is officially BACK!
Bowling in the Senior Retired Division of the World Military Bowling Championships (Jan 21-25) in Las Vegas, he is now the proud owner of an IRS form 1099 for next years taxes.
With games of 210, 234, 269 & 279 (248 average) in the Singles event, he placed 2nd out of 540 participants. He also finished in 2nd place in Individual All Events (542 participants), averaging 231 for the tournament.
In the doubles event, he and Steve Johnson finished in 16thplace out of 271 teams. They finished in 7th place in the Team event and 5thplace in the Team All Events.
Jan 26, 2019
UN- Official results of the San Diego County Senior Doubles Bowling Club are
Jan 9, 2019
Results of the 500 Club's Singles Tournament are up. Nice to see Keith Genovesee pulling in a few bucks once again.
Results of the 600 Club's Certified Singles Tournament are up.