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Associations will receive evaluations

State and local associations that charter under the United States Bowling Congress will be evaluated annually under performance standards recently approved by the organization.

The standards were developed to preserve the health and integrity of the USBC and ensure consistent delivery of services. Association successes will be shared with other associations.

Associations will maintain their USBC requirements by meeting 12 standards, and the USBC will help by providing training. Eight standards must be met on a yearly basis, the others over the five-year charter renewal.

The standards are:

1. Transmit membership, tournament scores, awards and association board data to USBC.

2. Conduct an association championship tournament.

3. File all required corporate forms (tax returns and IRS forms).

4. Prepare and operate under an annual budget.

5. Perform a full audit or have one completed by an outside source and submit an audit report, with the self-assessment, to USBC annually.

6. Provide full financial disclosure to membership annually, including income, disbursement, salaries, etc.

7. Complete and submit an annual self-assessment based on the association's charter date.

8. Per USBC bylaws, associations are required to support and provide programs and services determined by USBC.

9. Submit a strategic action plan with the self-assessment.

10. Develop, maintain and submit a membership retention and development plan.

11. Develop and implement a communications plan.

12. Develop a new board member training program to include, at a minimum: Duties, bylaws, policies and committee responsibilities.

Among other actions, the USBC set Dec. 11-12 in West Palm Beach for a face-to-face meeting with Florida state and local association representatives.

The USBC merges the American Bowling Congress (ABC), Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC), Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) and USA Bowling into one organization.

PREP SHAKE-UP: The Boca Ciega boys held their lead in the scratch division and Osceola and Northeast moved into second and third after the fourth week of competition in the Pinellas County High School League.

Osceola rolled a scratch series 2,504, high for the week, to move into second, displacing Seminole.

Matt Corsetti led the way with a 279-756 series, with teammates Donovan Nickell, Kiel Goldych, C.T. Maxey, John Parapon and Travis Reichart.

Boca Ciega has a one-half point lead over Osceola.

Northeast, the defending scratch champion, jumped into third, two points behind the leaders. The Vikings are Dustin Kersey, Richard Pflaumer, Josh Rigg, Ian Upson, Tyler Kaley and Tim Ritter.

Palm Harbor University High continued to lead the girls scratch, followed by East Lake and Northeast, the defending champion.

The league competes every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at local centers. Thursday, the varsity squads are at AMF Kenneth City.

TOURNAMENT TIME: Entries remain open for the ABCb.line World Team Challenge, Oct. 2-3 at Seminole Lanes.

The registration fee is $600 per seven-person team, and re-entries are $125 per squad. For an entry form and information, call Tom Boedecker, (800) 514-2695, ext. 3415; or log onto www.bowl.com.

This is the 12th and final season for the WTC.

+ Entries close Oct. 13 for the 51st annual St. Petersburg Women's Classic, slated the first three weekends in November at Seminole Lanes.

The registration fee is $75 for teams, $30 for doubles and $15 for singles. For information, contact tournament director Carolyn Johnson, (727) 204-3663 or cvjohnij.net.

+ The Clearwater Women's Association stages its annual fall doubles tournament Oct. 30-31 at Countryside Lanes. The entry fee is $17 per bowler, with walk-ins and re-entries permitted.

AROUND THE LANES: High scorers were Roger Folkes, 300, Hank Vizenor, 300-715, and Shawn Heffner, 300-755, at Sunrise; and Maury Wise, 300-750, Bill Nelson Jr., 300-681, Russell Welch, 300-697, and Chuck Brush, 300-711, Liberty.

_ Phil Gulick can be reached at xerxes8msn.com.

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