A FUTURE FOR THE SPORT - 2020 RECAP, 2021 PREVIEW By Chad Murphy, USBC Executive Director Wow, what an incredibly challenging year. Most will understandably look at 2020 in a dark light, and who can blame them. The COVID-19 virus devastated bowling across the nation and around the world for months. Additionally, it locked down several states altogether for most of the year. Our hearts go out to the proprietors and association leaders who have been shut down. Also, our thoughts are with those centers that had to close for good. We will miss these partners and thank them for
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E. Islip, NY: The LIUSBC is saddened to learn of the passing of Harold C. Cooley Jr. who passed away on December 18, 2020. Harold was the legendary East Islip High School Varsity Girls bowling team coach since 1985 and a dominant figure in high school sports. The longtime coach died from complications of a stroke at the age of 66. Harold, who was an East Islip middle-school math teacher for 34 years, coached multiple high school teams including football, baseball, golf, and bowling. He is best known for his phenomenal success with the East Islip Girls varsity bowling team.
January 3rd, 2021 Dear LIUSBC members: Sadly, I am writing you this evening to let you know of the passing of long-time association manager, Jim Maguire, this past Friday. Mr. Maguire or “Dad” as I referred to him was not only a mentor to me personally but a friend to all of us in the bowling community. Locally, Mr. Maguire served as the Association Manager for the former Eastern Long Island and Long Island Youth Bowling Associations. In 2007, when the local associations were discussing a merger, Mr. Maguire was a settling influence and an integral part of the transition
Centereach, NY: Governor Cuomo announced starting today, Friday, November 13, 2020, any business owning a New York State liquor license must be closed to the public by 10pm. This includes bowling centers which must turn off their machines by the 10pm deadline. The 10pm deadline must be followed for the next 30 days. The USBC has no specific rules regarding this type of situation but suggests the following: If possible, leagues should start earlier to guarantee they finish by 10pm Contingency plans should be in place if some teams have not completed their league session by the 10pm deadline. All
Mineola, NY: The LIUSBC recently presented a 300 ring to Philip Grimes from Woodside, NY at Bowlero Mineola (formerly Sheridan Lanes). What makes this presentation so special is Phil, who is 76 years old, bowled his first 300 game after competing in leagues for over 40 years and was a pin boy in his early years. Congratulations Phil on your perfection! Phil, who averages 178, was presented his ring by LIUSBC Association Manager Karl Nystrom at his Senior Hopefuls league at Bowlero Mineola. His perfection came on March 11, 2020 in his first game, followed by scores of 214 and
September 1, 2019 Centereach, NY: Over the past 9 months the LIUSBC has gone through a major overhaul. Most of the staff was replaced, vendor contracts were re-negotiated, and a complete fiscal review was completed. The 2019-20 season will offer members new benefits, additional tournaments, and a team that will support all your bowling needs. The LIUSBC office, which is located behind AMF Centereach, will be open a minimum of 3 days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings (9am-noon) plus a minimum of one night per week (Wednesday evenings 6pm-9pm.) Members looking to visit the office at a
October 1, 2019 Centereach, NY: The LIUSBC is pleased to announce it has signed SUNation, a Ronkonkoma based solar company, as a new LIUSBC sponsor. SUNation now becomes the exclusive provided of solar products to our members and bowling centers. With this new agreement SUNation also becomes the entitlement sponsor of a new LIUSBC tournament: The SUNation Classified Eliminator featuring a $3,000 top prize! SUNation Solar Systems is the local solar expert trusted by over 4,000 Long Islanders since 2003 for professionally installing the highest quality and most durable solar panels and equipment. SUNation prides themselves on their professionalism,
October 1, 2019 Centereach, NY: The LIUSBC is pleased to announce its 2019-20 tournament schedule for both adult and youth bowlers. A total of 24 events are planned; 18 adult and 6 youth tournaments. All 24 events will have money or scholarships added to the prize fund. A total of $25,000 has been earmarked for tournaments this upcoming season. The LIUSBC tournament schedule will visit almost every bowling center on Long Island. A total of 20 local centers will host LIUSBC tournaments giving both Nassau and Suffolk bowlers the opportunity to compete in events close to their home. A
October 1, 2019 Centereach, NY: The LIUSBC is pleased to announce it has chosen its new Association Manager; Karl Nystrom from E. Meadow, NY. Karl replaces Jackie Delawski who resigned the position to concentrate more on her computer programming job. Jackie will remain with the LIUSBC as a director and oversee Karl until he is completely comfortable in his new position. Karl is a perfect choice to be the new association manager. He is an avid bowler, competing in 2 leagues, plus has a background in accounting as a former auditor for 2 different banks. He was also a