Saturday, April 15, 2017
BOWLING HIGHLIGHTS COLUMN
IBC Is Good For The Sport of Bowling
The bowling industry is housed under one roof and this results in great services for the industry.
The International Bowling Campus (IBC) in Arlington, Texas is located at 621 Six Flags Drive and is in close proximity to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the Rangers Ballpark and the Six Flags Over Texas theme park. The 100,000-plus square foot IBC complex houses more than 200 employees.
The campus serves as home to the expanded International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. The state-of-the-art museum features interactive displays and exhibits along with rare, one-of-a-kind items from the various eras dating back to 3,200 B.C. The IBC also houses the International Training and Research Center (ITRC) and an expansive pro shop making it the premier pro shop of the bowling industry. Additionally, the IBC acts as the central operating facility for the Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC).
The International Bowling Campus is a first in sports and its impact on the bowling industry simply cannot be understated. "Bringing together all of the leading entities in bowling under a single roof was a tremendous step forward in uniting and strengthening our industry," said Steve Johnson, executive director of the BPAA.
With already more than 69.3 million bowlers in the U.S. alone, the IBC has set the stage for a new era of growth for bowling.
The creation of the IBC, includes the first International Training and Research Center, a world-class facility that enables bowling to offer tremendous resources to help enhance the sport of bowling across all levels of play. Additionally, working side-by-side with the BPAA further enables us to enhance and strengthen the sport of bowling on a local level.
In addition to the BPAA and USBC, the International Bowling Campus includes the:
International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame Formerly located in St. Louis, Missouri, the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame collects, preserves and displays the 5,000-year history that has lead to the sport of bowling's worldwide success. In addition to outlining the history of bowling, the completely interactive 21st century International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame focus' on the contemporary era of the sport, specifically its youth programs and international competition. The museum houses the Celebrity Hall of Fame exhibit, including inductees Lynn Swann, Jerome Bettis and Tom Candiotti. Custom bowling industry merchandise and branded memorabilia is available at Spare Partz, a unique concept in museum stores.
International Training and Research Center (ITRC) A United States Olympic Committee-recognized training center, the ITRC serves as a world-class training facility for professional and amateur bowlers, and includes 20 lanes for training, research, testing and television broadcasts, of the 20 lanes, six will be used exclusively to test and certify bowling equipment prior to worldwide distribution, replicating all lane conditions. The center's research area includes cutting-edge tools such as a robotic ball thrower, a computerized ball tracking system and a state-of-the-art bio-mechanics package designed to analyze actual bowling movements and test equipment. The center is the training home for Team USA, Junior Team USA, international teams, numerous college and high school teams and elite coaches.
The campus is also home to the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association (IBPSIA), the School for Bowling Center Management, the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America (BBIA), Bowling News Network (BNN), Strike Ten Entertainment (STE), Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA) and The Bowling Foundation (charitable arm of the industry).
The facility brings events such as the BPAA Bowling Summit, International Bowl Expo and numerous nationally televised bowling competitions.
Just in time for the 2017 L.L. Beam League Elias Cup finals,April 13-16 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) has created a new series of PBA League logoed baseball caps and s-shirts for each team. To order your cap or t-shirt, visit http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/
The Bowling Tip
By Mike Luongo
Bowlers: This weeks tip will focus on Bowling Ball Maintenance for all types of bowling balls used in the modern era ......but we must point out that all balls should be cleaned and maintained after each use.
We will start with the plastic balls, used by new and recreational bowlers and also by experienced bowlers to make certain spares. These balls are not porous but due to the high viscosity oils used today, the oil will build up on the balls and eliminate any contact with the lane. You can use any car care product or household cleaner to clean this type of ball very easily.
Plain urethane balls with no additives are somewhat scarce in today's game, but like plastic balls they are porous and will not absorb oil and dirt. You can use the above products to clean the oil and dirt off the ball. However, if you would like to keep the ball dull, use an abrasive pad.
Then we have the urethane based ball with additives commonly known as reactive or particle balls. Many different chemicals are used as reactive additives and particles, but, since every company uses chemicals from different suppliers they must be maintained differently.
High performance balls are very porous and will absorb oil and dirt fast and this will diminish the performance of the ball as soon as thirty games if not maintained. You should towel the ball off after every shot during use and clean the ball as soon as possible at the end of each bowling session. There are several ways to clean a high performance ball. If your ball is dull and you would like to keep it that way, you can use warm water, dish detergent and a gray or burgundy pad (3M makes them) or the back of a scrubber sponge. The gray pad will leave the ball surface with a 700 matt finish, burgundy at 500. If you ball does not have a dull surface and you would like to keep the surface the same, you can use dish detergent with a rag (no abrasive) or a generic ball cleaner with made for bowling balls and sold in pro shops. If you find that your ball works best when polished, many products are available in many different degrees of polish to give the desired finish on the ball. Several companies sell products to match the out-of-box finish if desired.
As far as long range maintenance, if you have your ball resurfaced and the oil extracted occasionally, your ball will perform for a much longer period of time than if neglected.
Remember, your ball will treat you as well as you treat it and it will continue to perform for many games if properly maintained.
Mike Luongo is technically certified through IBPSIA as a Pro Shop Operator, Master Instructor, a Silver Level Coach with the USBC and is a Sales Advisor and Special Events Coordinator with the Storm and Roto Grip Bowling Ball Company. If you have a question or subject you would like covered, he can be reached at email@example.com
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Mon. Hortonville Ladies
Joyce Brooks 152, Darlene Mantzourate 185, Ashley Blume 164, Charlene Meola 153, Sue Naughton 158, 175, Kelly Gombita 161, 198, 505, Lillian Zieres 190, Chris Burr 155, Robin Luckey 188, 210, 172, 570, Virginia Connel 150, Sill Boldiis 156, Pat Peters 161, Barbara Pingel 152, Judy Mohn 162, 160, 170, Heidi Bauer 160, 191, Dawn Roemer 164, Kristen Emmett 202, 222, 555.
Michael Travis 628, Jason Jones Jr. 600. Mark Carman 245, 244, 642, Richard Bivins 229, 641, Kyle Matthews 628, Josh Strang 244, 263, 681, Jim Piontek 268, 602, Pedro Agapito III a 225, 240, 686, Jaryl Scott 247, 242, 696, Vinny Collura 621, Donny Durland 248, 238, 256, 742, Mike Weiner 247, 613, Ronald Totten 231, 601, Gary North 605, Charlie Tuttle 253, 624, Dave Graham 256, 677, Keith Smith 257, 664, Eddie Lake 280, 239, 261, 780, Rick Lake 246, 682, Gene Smith 232, 652, Walt Edwards 226, 610, Frank Scuderi 248, Michael Scuderi 238, Lloyd Bridges 233, Jon Wilhelm 258, 259, 732, John Lopez 229, 604, Larry Whipple 237, 661, James VanAken 247, 632, Jody Farquhar 609, Chris Stewart 225.
Tues. MIxed Firefighter
Kyle Giordano 607, Jon Wilhelm 644, Dave Graham 619, Pedro Agapito III a 236, 235, 684, Todd Telesky 227, Trasey Barres 195, Stanley Gilmore 238, 676, Robert Nicholson 602, Karen Martin 208, 538, Kat Cronk 180, 191, 516, Mike Scuderi 236, 241, 648, Neil Bell 257, 608, Ed Guthrie 246, 257, 715, Laresko Niifa 225, John Hoffmann 235, 259, 709, Leanne Mangabang 501, Christie Graham 184, Mary Lee Williams 187, 514, Joan Lake 236, 193, 587, Keith Smith 257, 244, 692, Liz Stubits 192, 221, 577.
Sherri Laird 189, 524, Tricia Tuttle 204, 536, Trasey Barres 198, 550, Liz Burgio 190, Kristy Lopez 206, 180, 510, Loretta VanAken 183, 506, Liz Stubits 199, 183, 554, Sonya Robinson 191, Valerie Fersch 184, Monica Lane 205, 522.
Dave Graham 246, 656, Eddie Lake 255, 239, 680, Ryan Lepke 226, 279, 721, Tito Santiago 233, 611, Keith Smith 246, 249, 688, Kevin Stackhouse 232, 226, 645, Charlie Tuttle 250, 619, James VanAken 237, 616, Trasey Barres 234, 201, 190, 625, Julie Chen 226, 535, Angie Desmond 181, 523, MaryAnn Drobysh-Berens 186, 183, 547, Anne Kaplan 217, 520, Joan Lake 227, Linda Schaefer 192, Chris Seidler 180, Loretta VanAken 198, 202, 543, Mary Lee Williams 181, 191, 543.
Ed Townsend is a Public Relations Consultant to the sport of bowling and brings over 60-years of sports journalism experience in writing and compiling information for this column. If you have league or tournament information, bowl a 300 game or 800 series, let Ed know at 845-439-8177, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 845-205, 4474. View this column and Ed's photos at http://bght.blogspot.com We are also on Facebook and Twitter.