Women’s Championships to dump handicap in 2014

by Bob Johnson 0

The United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships will undergo a major change in 2014 by shifting to four-player teams, new divisions and a new format.

In addition to the change to four-player teams, from the traditional five, the tournament will return to an all-scratch format.

 Teams will be divided into four divisions based on their combined averages, and there will be six average-based divisions for doubles, singles and all-events.

The 2014 event will be held on 44 specially-constructed lanes inside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev.

“Bowlers have told us they want four-woman teams,” said Brian Lewis, USBC’s Managing Director of Tournaments. “Four-player teams will make it easier for teams to travel as a group and set up pairings for doubles. While this is a change from tradition, it clearly is something our bowlers want, and we hope the new format will help lead to a new generation trying the event.”

Here is a look at the new divisions for the 2014 Women’s Championships:

• Team — Diamond, 725 and above
; Ruby, 650-724
; Emerald, 575-649
; Sapphire, 574 and under

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• Doubles 

— Division 1, 380 and above; Division 2, 350-379; Division 3, 320-349; Division 4, 290-319; Division 5, 260-289
; Division 6, 259 and under.

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Singles and All-Events — Division 1, 190 and above; Division 2, 175-189; Division 3, 160-174; Division 4, 145-159
; Division 5, 130-144
; Division 6, 129 and under.

Along with the format changes, the Women’s Championships also will have a new price structure in 2014. The entry fee for a bowler to compete in team, doubles, singles and all-events will be $140 ($44 per event and an optional $8 for all-events).

 The total for a four-player team will be $560.

There no longer will be a processing fee for teams entering online. Entering by mail, fax or phone will require an additional $10 processing fee per team and $10 for each doubles/singles set.

Registration for the 2014 Women’s Championships will begin April 1, 2013. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and dates and times can be locked in as soon as a full payment is made.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.