From the President's Desk...
2016-2017 MAUSBCYA Presidents’ Report
As the 2016-2017 bowling season comes to a close, I wanted to begin by reflecting on the countless number of volunteer hours that are given from the MAUSBCYA Board. The Board continues to run tournaments across the state at bowling centers that welcome tournaments. I also want to reflect on the countless hours that many board members and many of you dedicate to your local programs and associations. The work is not always easy and we know at the onset that we cannot please everybody. So I asked myself this year; Why do I do what I do? I hope many of you would answer the question the same way as I did and that answer is I want all the youth in my program, association or the state to have the same opportunity to participate in the sport of bowling regardless of their age and ability.
We continue to work with the men and women of the state to develop the best merger that will work for all. We are on track for the August 1, 2018 deadline. We are committed to advocate for the youth of Massachusetts to ensure they are provided the best program possible and will work with all associations to assist in this time of transition to provide a program for all the youth in the state.
All of our tournaments ran successfully. The singles tournament was held at Westgate Lanes in November, the Youth Leaders Doubles was unfortunately cancelled due to lack of entries. I am aware of all the chatter and want to state for the record that I believe most of it was unfair as we the state board can only provide the information to the local programs and associations. We cannot control whether or not bowlers or their parents choose to participate. Youth Leaders Doubles will be at Cove Lanes this year and we hope all will support it this year. Pepsi and Spring Singles was held at AMF Chicopee Lanes and the 52nd Annual Tournament was held at Wonderbowl. Thank you to all the tournament directors for the work done to make these tournaments a success.
As I did in 2016, I want to take a look back at our accomplishments. We continue to run a Singles Tournament each November of which we provide more awards than 27 years ago. We have added the Youth Leaders Doubles tournament that provides additional awards in a doubles format. We continue to provide the youth of an opportunity to participate in the National Junior Gold Tournament by providing a Pepsi qualifying and we recognized the loss that many of our bowlers faced when Pepsi became a scratch only tournament and added the Spring Singles to provide equal opportunities and additional awards opportunities to all. We continue to run a state championship tournament to allow all youth to come together at a variety of centers all over the state and also have added awards for this tournament. It is not fair for Western Mass centers not to have the opportunity to bowl in their home center.
I personally want to thank all of the association leaders, coaches and board members for their continued dedication to all the youth of our state. It is because of all you that our youth have the opportunities that they do.
Congratulations to Rich Halacy for receiving the Michael Eramo Memorial Coach of the Year Award and Vicki Prevost for receiving the Meritorious Service Award.
Once again thanks to all those involved to make this year possible and I look forward to navigating the future for all the youth of Massachusetts. I know with the dedicated volunteers that we have we will succeed to continue to provide the youth the best opportunities possible.
Yours in Bowling Fun