Annual Report

Fairfield County USBC Vertical CMYK

2013-2014 FCUSBC Annual Report

Contents

Manager Report
Budget
Association Tournament
Lane Certification Committee Report – 2013-2014 Season
Audit Committee
Tournament Committee
Hall of Fame and Special Awards Committee
Awards Banquet
Association Yearbook
Website Committee
2014 USBC National Convention & Annual Meeting Delegate’s Report

Manager Report

Breakdown of leagues and teams:

  • 1390 Sanctioned bowlers (1828) last year (25%)
    • 1150 USBC memberships (1593)   (27%)
    • 103 Youth memberships (126)   (18%)
    • 75 Local memberships (52)   44%
    • 23 Sports memberships (20)   15%
      • 10 upgraded to Sport
    • 39 seniors (37)   0.5%
  • These numbers do not reflect the current Summer Leagues which are just getting started

Current Year

  • 36 winter leagues with 476 teams and 1948 bowlers (1 senior leagues)

Last Year

  • 46 winter leagues with 565 teams and 2354 bowlers (2 senior leagues)
  • 11 summer leagues with 226 teams and 491 bowlers

Budget

Fairfield County USBC Bowling Association
Forecasted Actuals Budget
INCOME 2013/14 2013-2014 Difference 2014-2015
Sanction Fees:
– Winter USBC $   28,785.00 $     21,850.52 $   (6,934.48) $     25,498.00
– Winter USBC – Local Only $         352.00 $           512.00 $         160.00 $                 –
– Winter USBC – State & Local Onlu $           72.00 $            99.00 $            27.00 $                 –
– Winter USBC – Sport $         680.00 $           782.00 $         102.00 $                 –
– Winter USBC – Sport Upgrade $         195.00 $           150.00 $         (45.00) $                 –
– Winter USBC (Youth) $     2,159.00 $       1,751.00 $       (408.00) $                 –
– Winter USBC (Youth Sport Upgrade) $           50.00 $            10.00 $         (40.00) $                 –
– Summer $     2,410.00 $                   – $       2,410.00 $                   –
Subtotal $   34,703.00 $     25,154.52 $   (4,728.48) $     25,498.00
Awards Dinner $     6,655.00 $       5,560.00 $   (1,095.00) $       6,655.00
Tournament $     6,620.00 $       8,320.00 $       1,700.00 $       8,300.00
BestofBest $                   – $       4,480.00 $                   – $                   –
Doubles $                   – $           870.00 $                   – $                   –
Youth $                   – $       2,387.00 $                   – $                   –
Association $                   – $           583.00 $                   – $                   –
Youth Program Donations $                   – $     38,130.00 $   38,130.00 $                   –
Total Income $   47,978.00 $     77,164.52 $   29,186.52 $     40,453.00
EXPENSE
USBC Sanction Fees $   15,670.00 $     14,334.50 $   (1,335.50) $     13,000.00
USBC Sanction Fees (Youth) $     1,841.50 $       1,555.00 $       (286.50) $                   –
State Dues $     1,570.50 $       1,235.50 $       (335.00) $       1,570.50
Awards (Leagues) $         614.00 $       1,094.53 $         480.53
Banquet $     7,592.00 $       6,604.99 $       (987.01) $       6,000.00
Clerical $                   – $                   – $                   – $                   –
Lane Inspection $         261.33 $                   – $       (261.33) $           261.00
Meetings (Northeast, Annual, etc.) $         600.00 $                   – $       (600.00) $           600.00
Federal & State Taxes $         684.20 $           521.25 $       (162.95) $           684.20
Hospitality $             90.69
Postage $           45.00 $                   – $         (45.00) $             45.00
Reserve Award $         100.00 $                   – $       (100.00) $           100.00
Reserve Equipment $         100.00 $                   – $       (100.00) $           100.00
Reserve Yearbook $         100.00 $                   – $       (100.00) $           100.00
Office Equipment $         535.04 $             93.78 $       (441.26) $           535.00
Manager Salary $     4,387.20 $       1,978.75 $   (2,408.45) $       3,220.00
State HOF ad $           50.00 $             50.00 $                   – $             50.00
Insurance $         100.00 $                   – $       (100.00) $           100.00
Bank Paper Statement Fee $           53.16 $               5.00 $         (48.16) $             53.00
Website Expenses $         382.84 $                   – $       (382.84) $           383.00
Tournament $     6,597.00 $       7,939.99 $       1,342.99 $       7,500.00
BestofBest $                   – $       4,370.00 $                   – $                   –
Doubles $                   – $           850.00 $                   – $                   –
State (All Teams & Assoc Champions) $         825.00 $           780.00 $         (45.00) $           825.00
Youth $                   – $       1,565.99 $                   – $                   –
Travel & Convention $     1,338.07 $                   – $   (1,338.07) $       1,338.00
Yearbook $     1,714.24 $       1,223.28 $       (490.96) $       1,715.00
Youth Donation Disbursements $                   – $     28,347.00 $   28,347.00 $                   –
Total Expense $   45,161.08 $     65,074.26 $   19,913.18 $     38,179.70
Income / (Loss) $     2,816.92 $     12,090.26 $       9,273.34 $       2,273.30
SAVINGS ACCOUNT (MERGER ACCOUNTS)
Previous Actuals Account
INCOME Balance 2013-2014 Balance
Westport Women
Senior Tournament Entries $     1,000.00 $       1,000.00
State Tounament Team Handicap Entry $         450.00 $           450.00
200 Pin Awards $         704.97 $           704.97
Old FCUSBC BA $         762.16 $                   – $           762.16
FCUSBC YOUTH $     4,399.59 $                   – $       4,399.59
Intrest Savings $           20.50 $               1.85 $             22.35
Total Income $     7,337.22 $               1.85 $       7,339.07
EXPENSES
Westport Women
Senior Tournament Entries $     1,000.00 $       (120.00) $           880.00
State Tounament Team Handicap Entry $         450.00 $       (120.00) $           330.00
200 Pin Awards $         704.97 $                   – $           704.97
Old FCUSBC BA $         762.16 $                   – $           762.16
FCUSBC Youth $     4,399.59 $                   – $       4,399.59
Intrest Savings $           22.35 $             22.35
Total Expenses $     7,339.07 $       (240.00) $       7,099.07

Association Tournament

The Annual Association Open and Ladies tournament were again held at the same time.

  •  The tournaments were held Nutmeg Bowl on December 1, 8, 14 & 15
  • The Ladies entry fee was $26 and Open entry fee was $30.
Nutmeg 55th 54th Inc / Dec Inc / Dec
Women’s 2013 2012 %
TEAM ENTRIES 8 10 -2 -20%
DOUBLES ENTRIES 12 15 -3 -20%
SINGLES ENTRIES 24 30 -6 -20%
ALL-EVENTS ENTRIES 28 36 -8 -22%
SENIOR SIDE 25 32 -7 -21%
TOTAL PARTICIPATION 97 123 -26 -21%
Nutmeg 58th 57th Inc / Dec Inc / Dec
Open 2013 2012 %
TEAM ENTRIES 29 34 -5 -14%
DOUBLES ENTRIES 41 48 -7 -14%
SINGLES ENTRIES 82 96 -14 -14%
ALL-EVENTS ENTRIES 67 85 -18 -11%
SENIOR SIDE 40 43 -3 -7%
TOTAL PARTICIPATION 259 306 -4 -15%

Lane Certification Committee Report – 2013-2014 Season

The lane certification committee inspected both Fairfield County houses in August 2013. No major issues were discovered at either house. As is common with yearly inspections a few measurements taken in the pit and on the lanes were out of compliance. Both houses were advised of these issues and instructed to correct them within 30 days. Upon re-inspection all measurements were now in compliance at both houses.

As such our Association Manager certified both houses for the 2013-2014 season in September.

Lane inspection for Nutmeg Bowl will occur during the summer in 2014 for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Discussions are on-going with Rip Van Winkle lanes at this time regarding certification for the upcoming bowling season.

Audit Committee

The audit committee is responsible for verifying the checking and savings accounts for the association, ensuring that the books balance and funds are being spend appropriately. The audit committee usually carries out 3 audits per year. To date one audit has been completed and books are balanced through March. The final audit will take place in September and will close out our fiscal year that ends July 31st, 2013.

Tournament Committee

  • 700 Tournament ran successfully on Sat May 17th. Rich Weglinski to provide detailed breakdown w/ finances.
  • Doubles Tournament scheduled for Sat July 12th & Sun July 13th.
  • Bid letters were submitted for all tournament dates for next season. Awaiting confirmation from bid letter submissions.

Hall of Fame and Special Awards Committee

1st Team All-Stars 2nd Team All-Stars
Tom Fitzsimons Calvin Sellers
Andrew Bykowski Tom Kapitan Jr
Jorge Santos John Bedard
Jeff Monahan Tim Gillick
Corey Razor Chris Forry
Ladies All-Stars 50 – 65 All-Stars
Nicole Billowitz Howie Engelhard
Denise Rodrigues Daniel Kaye
Clarissa Bailey Doug Card, Jr
Monica Fitzgerald Jesse Wilson
Shawna Turner Frank Billowitz, Sr.
65 and over All-Stars
John Nehez
Ross-Buddy Deprimo
Stephen Pronechen Sr
Elio Divito
Harry Ellam

Bowler of the Year – Tom Fitzsimons

LOCAL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

  • Chris Forry for Bowling Ability
  • Joseph Parker for Bowling Ability

CONNECTICUT STATE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

  • Andy Bykowski for Superior Performance
  • Patricia Lupacchino for Meritorius Service
  • Bill Webb for Superior Performance
  • Richard Weglinski for Meritorius Service

Awards Banquet

The Banquet was held at Aldario’s Restaurant in Milford, Ct on March 3, 2014. There were 146 attendees present to honor:

  • Hall of Fame inductee:
  • The winners of the Annual Association Tournament
  • The All-star teams
  • The Bowler of the Year
  • Director of the Year

The Hall of Fame inductees were Chris Forry and Joseph Parker for Bowling Ability. This was the third year we incorporated our awards booklet with Advertisements from your fellow keglers. We have reserved a date for next year at that venue.

Association Yearbook

The Association publishes two booklets that contain current information and historical data.

The Yearbook includes official USBC final averages for both adult and junior bowlers, a calendar of events, Association Tournament Champions, Hall of Fame application information and Member photos and the Association’s By-Laws.

The Individual High Score booklet contains a history of High Score Games; 300, 299, 298, Eleven-in-a-row and High Score Series; 700 and 800.

The booklets are distributed to League Secretaries with their new season material in August.

The Yearbook Committee is developing a plan that will modify the Yearbook booklet so that it will improve communication with the Association membership.

Website Committee

Facebook Reach

 

Facebook Visits

 

 

E-mail Marketing 9/1/2013 – 6/1/2014

 

2014 USBC National Convention & Annual Meeting Delegate’s Report

Our annual convention and meeting was held for another consecutive year in Reno, NV. A bronze-level coaching certification class was also held the Monday & Tuesday prior to the start of the convention at the National Bowling Stadium. This was a new optional seminar that I and twelve other coaches took advantage of. There are already talks to make this an annual pre-cursor to convention with a possible Silver level class being added next year.

The theme of this year’s convention was “Together We Can.” This was and still is the perfect message to carry our governing body and local associations into the coming year. While successes were highlighted and celebrated the realities of our sport’s current situation were not forgotten either. The convention theme is not only a rallying cry to draw inspiration from, but also a reminder that the only way we can be effective in the future is through cooperation at every level of our organization.

Association Scorecard Standards

Starting next season local associations will be informally graded on various metrics already identified as “best practices” using a report-card format. This tool will help local associations identify challenging areas and manage themselves more effectively. This tool can also be used by the national office to identify common theme among the locals (both good and bad), and highlight those associations that excel. The standards being measured are: Coaching, Tournaments, Processing, Updating Board Information, Board Training, and Maintaining Tax-Exempt Status.

Coaching Standard

One of the items on the “association report card” is a coaching standard. All associations are being challenged to host up to four coaching clinics each year. For our particular association size the ‘gold standard’ would be 3-4 coaching clinics each year. These can be of any variety (new-to-bowling, youth-oriented, etc.) Benefits include increased retention of league bowlers, as well as potentially bringing new members into the fold. Part of the presentation included a rough event timeline to help guide associations through the steps of making these events happen.

Youth Membership

“$4 basic membership, 3 basic benefits (card, average, tournaments.)” Chad Murphy hosted a seminar on the new youth membership product and this was the take-away he hoped everyone would bring back to their associations. The national dues for our youth have been reduced from $10 to $4 to encourage more youth participation. As with the adult product the local associations have the ability to add a processing fee to on top of this to customize a package that suits local tastes and desires (awards, shirts, etc.) There will also be three additional (and wholly optional) “upgrades” at the national level for Bowlopolis and Junior Gold for U12 and U20.

Understanding League Bowlers

Jason Overstreet hosted a seminar that reported the results of multiple focus groups performed throughout the year. The goal was to understand the motivating factors that drive league bowlers to participate in leagues (and come back year after year.) The full presentation can be found on bowl.com.

New Youth Processing System

A new portal for youth registration was introduced that should be easier to use in the long run (though a slight learning curve is expected.) Payment for the national youth memberships (and any optional upgrades) will go through this portal and will be entirely electronic.

Annual Meeting Day 1:

792 delegates, 6 athletes, and 23 board members were present for a total voting strength of 821. Day one began with the president’s welcome and executive director remarks. After an ‘in memoriam’ tribute video various partners and associates of USBC were given the opportunity to address the convention:

  • Bowlers – to – Veterans Link (BVL) raised over $800k this year and continues to provide services to both active duty soldiers and veterans alike both home and abroad
  • Susan G. Komen’s presentation featured the “Fabulous Four” Women’s team with a speech by one of the members
    • Over $10MM has been raised through Komen’s “Strike Out Cancer” program
    • $975k was raised this year, until Storm Products donated $25k from the floor to put them over the $1MM mark for the year!
  • Bowling Proprietor’s Association of America (BPAA) spoke to continuing and deepening partnerships with USBC
  • The Bowling Foundation is the “best kept secret” in the bowling world these days providing in-school bowling equipment (carpet lanes, plastic weighted pins & balls) through grants
  • Strike Ten Entertainment featured the “GoBowling.com” NASCAR race and car
  • The Professional Bowlers Association spoke to the various media outlets featuring tournaments (ESPN, bowl.com, ExtraFrame)
  • The World Tenpin Bowling Association gave an Olympic update
    • Bowling will likely be on the “short list” next year which indicates a serious consideration for inclusion
    • The earliest bowling could be an Olympic sport is 2024…it’s a long and frustrating process but progress is being made!

Day 1 concluded with introductions of the Class of 2014 Hall of Fame (Steve Cook, Doug Kent, Dale Traber, and John Gaines for Superior Performance & Woody Woodruff for Meritorious Service.)

After the video President Cain adjourned the meeting until the following day.

Annual Meeting Day 2:

The morning session saw an updated delegate count of 794 making the total voting strength 823. Various national awards were presented for both youth and adult service. The awards session concluded with the introduction of the youth “Stars of Tomorrow”

Following the awards President Andrew Cain gave his report. His re-iterated the theme of convention “Together We Can” and highlighted that while our overall membership has been in decline for many years now, we still have over 1.8 million registered members. This number easily dwarfs most any other participation sport out there. While there’s more work to be done, the world isn’t coming to an end by any means for our sport either.

Strategic Planning, Youth Development, and interim Executive Director Chad Murphy’s reports followed. The new youth membership product is expected to drive higher registration numbers and the overall themes were investment in and for the future.

Voting on proposed legislation kicked off the afternoon session with the following actions:

  • LR1 – Adding the ability to dismiss a league officer or player with such notice being sent by e-mail
    • Approved – 700 yea (92%) 62 nay (8%)
  • B1 – Eliminates the cap on local dues
    • Amendment added – “with approval of local membership” [(463 yea (61%) 297 nay (39%)]
    • Approved with the aforementioned amendment – 590 yea (79%) 161 nay (21%)
  • B2 – Adjustment to local dues cap from un-capped (per B1) to $15.00
    • Rejected – 266 yea (35%) 491 nay (65%)
  • B3 withdrawn by author when B1 passed
  • B4 – Adjust maximum state dues from $1 to $5
    • Approved – 522 yea (69%) 240 nay (31%)
  • B5 withdrawn by author when B1 passed
  • B6 – Adjustment to national dues from $10 to $7, local dues from un-capped to $13
    • Rejected – 114 yea (15%) 644 nay (85%)
  • B7 – Introduce language stating that “any individual joining a summer league after March 15th shall pay the dues that will become effective for the next current season. On payment of the dues the individual shall become a member for the balance of the current season and the next season.”
    • Rejected – 158 yea (21%) 598 nay (79%)
  • B8 – Caps the number of national directors at 20 by reducing the number of delegate directors from 12 to 9 and the number of youth directors from 3 to 2 over a three-year period
    • Approved – 662 yea (88%) 92 nay (12%)

After the legislative session no old business or new business was brought to the floor. From here the delegation elected four new directors from a slate of six with no one being nominated from the floor. The results were:

  • Robert Spigner, 564 votes (79%)*
  • Marci Williams, 528 votes (74%)*
  • Jo Dimond, 506 votes (71%)*
  • Karl Kielich, 460 votes (64%)*
  • Jay Daryman, 378 votes (53%)
  • Brian Bulko, 309 votes (43%)

The president then adjourned the annual meeting with all business concluded.