- March 20, 2003
ABC Assistant Executive Director
Jack Mordini is quoted as stating that the vote “was probably more
emotional than based on fact.” Well, Jack. While
I sometimes think that our bowling leadership comes off as arrogant and
far removed from us at the grassroots level, you may have this one right.
It took the ABC three years to hammer out a final draft of the USBC
merger plan. The 170 page
plan was sent to the local associations three months before the delegates
meeting with the sure-fire vote getter of “pass it as is with no
amendments.” I compare the
merger plan to a pork-loaded bill coming out of congress.
The wonderful idea of combining our four bowling organizations
under one roof to streamline operations suddenly turned into a massive
reconfiguration all the way to the ground level.
Dues increases were automatic. The men and women locally would be
forced to merge. Oh, and by
the way. That’s assuming
that there would still be a Henry County Bowling Association.
With that being said, where do
things go from here? Roger
Dalkin, ABC Executive Director, said the organization has contingency
plans but will not disclose them until after the WIBC merger vote in
April. Now here’s an
interesting twist. What
happens if the WIBC votes to approve the creation of the USBC?
This is nothing against the ladies, but how can the concept of a
single membership organization be discussed and have over half the bowling
population (ABC members) be excluded?
WIBC Executive Director, Roseann Kuhn, is quoted as stating, “We
can be instrumental in becoming the national governing body for bowling. This is a tremendous opportunity for women to help dictate
how this game is played and how we move forward in helping this sport
grow.” Dictate how this
game is played? There’s an
interesting thought coming from WIBC’s head spokesperson.
Just how does the USBC plan to change how bowling is played?
If WIBC/YABA/USA Bowling merge, the USBC would apply to the United
States Olympic Committee to become bowling’s national governing body.
This is, in my opinion, becoming
a matter of saving face by trying to salvage a flawed idea.
Does anyone take serious the notion that the USBC can be looked
upon as bowling’s future without participation of the men?
The concept would have the same outlook if the ABC passed the
agenda and the WIBC voted no. It
will take the ABC, WIBC and YABA together in a united effort to do the
work of bowling’s sanctioning body.
Without any of the three, there is no unification.
I’m getting off my soapbox
now. I do get emotional when
discussing what’s best for bowling and what’s best for our local