2022 Board Applications Now Available

Are you interested in helping out the bowling community? Do you have a passion for improving the sport of bowling?  If so, our board wants to hear from you!  This year we have 5 openings for Director, 2022 State Delegate, and 2023 National Delegate positions up for election.  All applications must be received by April 30th, 2022 to be listed on the ballot.  A nomination from the floor can be made provided the candidate has submitted the application by May 5th to the nominating committee.  All elections will be held at our Annual Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 12th at Westgate Bowl.  Hope to see you there!


Nominating Application 2022

Mixed Double’s unofficial Results are available

The preliminary results are posted for the Mixed Double’s Tournament. We’d like to thank Westgate Bowl for hosting this year’s tournament.  Bid letters will be going out to proprietors for hosting next year’s tournament shortly. Be sure to return the letter to not miss out on hosting one of Grand Rapid’s most popular tournaments.

Congratulations to our winners!

Unofficial Results

Greater Grand Rapids USBC has a new President


The Board of Directors of the Greater Grand Rapids USBC has appointed Ron King to the office of President to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Patrick Cross. Ron will complete the remainder of this term which is due to end July 31, 2021.

A little history about Pat Cross. Pat was appointed a Director to the Greater Grand Rapids Bowling Association in the 1990’s. Pat served as a Director until he was elected 4th Vice President in 1998. He was elected 3rd Vice President in 1999 and remained in that position until 2002. Pat was hired by the Greater Grand Rapids Bowling Association Board of Directors to serve as Secretary/Treasurer in 2002 and remained in that position until 2006 when the Men’s, Women’s and Youth Associations merged to form the Greater Grand Rapids USBC. In 2006 Pat was elected by the Grand Rapids membership to serve as a Director on the newly created GGRUSBC Board. He held that position until 2011.

In August 2011 the Board of Greater Grand Rapids USBC elected Pat to the office of President to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Bob Dunlap.

Pat has been a steadfast and working member for Grand Rapids bowlers for many, many years. Pat’s ability to get along with bowlers of all averages, league secretaries, and the Grand Rapids Proprietors has been an invaluable asset to the Association. Has he bumped heads with a few bowlers? Absolutely.

Pat, with sincere gratitude and appreciation, thank you, thank you for your commitment to the Grand Rapids bowling community.

Schedule for the 2021 City Tournament

The city tournament is quickly approaching. This year’s tournament will be held at Fairlanes. The available dates are listed below. NOTE!!! Opening Day March 21, will only have 1 time available at noon.

1. Currently we are asking that the bowlers not bring spectators so as to stay within the current capacity limits.
2. Bowlers will be expected to wear their masks at all times — unless drinking and/or eating.
3. We are not able to offer any evening squads this year to allow the leagues at Fairlanes to complete their seasons.
4. Printed entries will be mailed to last year’s Team Captains as soon as we have them.

May 2020 Letter to Members

GrGrUSBC Bowlers,

Due to our extended “Stay at Home” orders the board of directors has decided to cancel this year’s city tournaments.  This will include the Open, Women, and Youth.  We also have some updates on our banquets, scholarships, and annual meeting.  Please read the attached letter for all of the updates on the remainder of the 2019-2020 season.

May 2020 COVID-19 letter to members

2020 Nomination Form


There were several topics/questions of discussion during this seminar. One topic was “What successes has your association had recently?”. Our association had success with the 700-800 tournament with several items raffled. Another success we had was the increase in numbers for the Mixed Doubles Tournament where we saw an overall increase in bowlers.

Some of the successes other associations had were putting together brackets for youth tournaments where the money was placed into a scholarship fund for the bowlers. Another association allowed their youth to be “Caddy’s for Cash” in which the youth offered to bring in the ladies balls for a tournament; the ladies paid them what they felt was worth it for them to be “ball free”! Another association had a raffle at their youth tournament with the money going towards their scholarship funds. Most, if not all, items were donated.

Another topic discussed was regarding a local awards program. Wisconsin has what they call a “challenge coin”. It’s a very nice looking coin and they place a clear removable label on the back of the coin with the achievement. If the bowler chooses to have it engraved, it is a cost the bowler will have to bear because the cost to engrave was too prohibitive. While we are using up the stock we have, we are looking into a new awards program. Please be patient as this does take time. We want it to be right and we want it to be what you, the bowler, would be happy with.

There were many ideas bounced around with a lot to digest. There were 10 tables of 10 association representatives sounding off. While it was very noisy with all the different discussions, it was also very informative. I would very much like to attend next year and be involved with Networking if it is offered.

Submitted by Fran Reus

Coaching Clinics

Why are bowlers leaving the sport? Many reasons come to mind. Maybe it is the cost of bowling per season. Maybe the season is just too long. In my opinion, the reason that people leave has to do with the fact that they just don’t get any better.

The seminar I chose to report about is on Coaching Clinics. For us, the objective of the clinics are to educate bowlers and enhance the experience they are having. We want them to continue bowling, improve, and hopefully actively participate in the many tournaments that this city has to offer.

In the seminar, I learned in order to be successful in this venture, we must be creative toward the bowler. We have to offer something for every bowler. For example, for the beginners, offer classes on safety, etiquette, and spare shooting (who doesn’t need that practice).

These clinics don’t strictly need to be for the youth and beginner bowler. We can offer clinics for the more skilled bowlers as well. Possibly a clinic geared towards reading lane conditions, or good practice habits.

What I took away from this is that we, as coaches, have to work in partnership. Whether that be finding the right coaches for different types of clinics, or even working with other associations to create a different experience.

We need to communicate to our audience. We, as coaches, need to get the word out to the bowlers in many different ways. On our association website we have all of our clinics posted. Along with that, we also use word of mouth to bring the bowlers to us, that shows in our numbers. Every clinic that we have held has gone up in numbers, and hopefully that continues in future seasons.

Using coaching clinics, no matter for what age or skill level, is a vital tool in keeping interest in our game.

Partnership. Communication. Promotion. Creativity in our coaching clinics. All building blocks that help build “A Future For The Sport”

Submitted by Matt Jelsma