Cyber Report #1029

E-dition No. 1,029 • Friday, November 9, 2018

Editor: Bob Johnson (

Kegel Founder John Davis Elected to USBC Hall

By Terry Bigham, USBC Communications

Four candidates recently were elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee, and the four new members will be part of the 2019 class that will be inducted on May 1, 2019, in Las Vegas.

Jim St. John was selected in the Veterans category, Kegel founder John Davis and longtime bowling journalist Bob Johnson were elected in the Meritorious Service category, and Larry Lichstein was elected in the Pioneer category.

In addition to electing four members for the 2019 class, the Hall of Fame Committee slated 10 bowlers for the Superior Performance national ballot, which will be voted on by a national panel of USBC Hall of Fame members, USBC Board members and veteran bowling writers.

On the men’s national ballot are Patrick Allen, Chris Barnes, Dave Ferraro, Mika Koivuniemi, Randy Pedersen and Mark Williams.

On the women’s national ballot are Marianne DiRupo, Kelly Kulick, Sandra Jo Shiery and Tammy Turner.

Davis, who passed away on Jan. 25, 2013, at age 64, started Kegel in 1981 on the heels of developing The Key Lane Cleaning Tool, which provided bowling centers with a better and more economical way to clean lanes. With a goal of making “two lanes play the same,” he became a leading innovator and expert in the field of lane maintenance throughout a career that had a major impact in the sport.

In addition to the lane machines, conditioners, cleaners and other items he developed, Davis opened the Kegel Training Center in 1997, moving it to its current location in Lake Wales, Fla., in 2003, to give bowlers and coaches the latest technological advances to take their knowledge to the next level. His last invention was the Kegel LaneMapper, which measures lane topography.

Johnson, 60, of Las Vegas, has been at the forefront of telling bowling’s stories for 45 years. He began writing about the sport for the Pacific Bowler newspaper at the age of 15, and has gone on to serve as editor of five national bowling magazines: Bowling, International Bowling Industry, Bowlers Journal International and now two of BJI’s sister publications, Bowling Center Management and Bowling Entertainment Center. He has been honored with 75 national writing awards for his work covering the sport and industry.

Johnson served as an administrator for the World Bowling Writers organization for eight years, while also serving on several committees, and has served on the USBC Hall of Fame committee since its formation. He continues to serve on the International Bowling Media Association’s Bowler of the Month Committee.

In 2009, Johnson was selected as the Bowling Writers Association of America (now IBMA) Luby Hall of Fame Award winner, and just last month was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame.

Larry Lichstein, 69, of Fort Myers, Fla., who was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in 1996 in the Meritorious Service category, made his mark as the long-time Director of Player Services for the PBA.

He started his PBA career as a bowler in 1969, becoming the youngest PBA Rookie of the Year at the time of his selection. He would win his lone PBA title at the San Jose Open in 1970. He also owns two ABC titles, winning Classic All-Events in 1969 and Classic Team in 1970, and has six other top-five finishes at the tournament.

In May 1974, Lichstein changed career paths, and for more than 22 years would serve as the PBA Director of Player Services, responsible for equipping, fitting, maintaining and serving up to 300 PBA Tour bowlers each week.

For a look at St. John’s career highlights, click here:

The induction ceremony for the 2019 USBC Hall of Fame Class will take place as part of the USBC Convention at The Orleans Hotel and Casino. The class will include the four selected by the Hall of Fame Committee and those elected for Superior Performance.

Through 2018, there are 425 members of the USBC Hall of Fame — 220 in Superior Performance, 118 in Meritorious Service, 50 in Veterans, 21 in Pioneers and 16 in Outstanding USBC Performance.

The USBC Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by merging the former American Bowling Congress and Women’s International Bowling Congress Halls of Fame.

For more information, visit

Switch Bowling Co-founder Passes Away

We are saddened to report the news of the passing of Cesare Lancellotti, the co-founder of Switch Bowling, following a long illness.

Prior to his role with Switch, Lancellotti was a well-liked and respected bowling distributor, based in Modena, Italy.

Modena is a hub of Italian design, home to both Ferrari and Lamborghini. In fact, the official launch of Switch Bowling was held at the famed Pininfarina automaker headquarters in Turin. Lancellotti helped bring style to the forefront of bowling capital equipment for a new generation of bowling-based entertainment venues.

Roberto Simeone, founder of another Italy-based company, Steltronic, made note of the many individuals wishing to express their condolences.

“This means to me that [Lancellotti’s] smile and nice way to handle friendship is still living although he is not with us anymore,” Simeone said.

Will Historical Architecture Save Cloverleaf Bowl?

Efforts to save Cloverleaf Bowl in Fremont, Calif., from a developer’s plan to transform the property into luxury condominiums is ongoing.

“We will be headed back to City Council Chambers on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m.,” co-owner Mike Hillman said in a Facebook post. “This time we will be with the Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB). This meeting will hopefully get us to the next stage. We are hoping that this committee will vote in our favor and send Cloverleaf back to City Council with a historic referral.”

Such a referral is needed to prevent the developer from going forward with plans to demolish the building that houses Cloverleaf Lanes.

Hillman encouraged Cloverleaf customers to attend the meeting and show their support of the long-time community recreation center.

Motiv Marks 10 Years in the Bowling Ball Business

Can it really be 10 years?

A decade ago, Tech-Line Products manufactured the cores for Brunswick bowling balls. When Brunswick made the decision to move production to Mexico, Tech-Line’s owners decided to capitalize on their solid relationships with pro shops and manufacture their own bowling balls.

Now, the company they named Motiv is commemorating 10 years in business with the release of a limited-edition ball. The solid black ball is called the T10, and features the original Thrust core and retro NeoMark graphics, with an upgraded coverstock utilizing new technology.

A review of the ball is included in Vern Peterson’s “No Holes Barred” column in the November issue of BJI.

SafeSport Training Now Required for USBC Reps

Online training and education through the U.S. Center for SafeSport now is a required component of the United States Bowling Congress’s Registered Volunteer Program, and to comply with United States Olympic Committee regulations, the program has been expanded to include local and state association board members.

The addition of SafeSport online training to the RVP process provides education about athlete safety for those who work closely with USBC Youth members. The material will help volunteers and coaches learn how to prevent abuse from happening and how to respond if abuse already has occurred. While created with youth in mind, the concepts involved also are appropriate when dealing with adults and senior citizens in USBC associations.

Federal legislation has been enacted to ensure the safety of athletes, with the goal of keeping everyone participating in sports free from bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct or any form of emotional or physical abuse. USBC, a USOC member and the national governing body of bowling, said it stands alongside the U.S. Center for SafeSport and its commitment to this goal.

Started in 2006, RVP was put into place to ensure volunteers having regular contact with USBC Youth members were vetted through a mandatory criminal background screening in an effort to remove those who might harm children. In the fall of 2012, USBC Coaching Certification and Development made RVP a mandatory requirement for all certified coaches.

Currently, USBC board and International Bowling Campus Youth Committee members, USBC employees, Team USA and Junior Team USA support staff and team members, local and state youth association and committee members, association managers, youth league officials and USBC-certified coaches all are required to hold RVP approval.

With all associations merged, RVP approval now will be required of every state and local board member, every youth committee member and youth director, plus all USBC Youth tournament managers. Each person is required to complete the training process by Jan. 1, 2019.

USBC will send notification to those required to hold RVP approval with information on how to properly register for the training. There is no cost for the online training and it can be accessed 24 hours a day. USBC members and USBC-certified coaches should go through to access the SafeSport training and to provide their USBC national ID when registering for training.

For anyone seeking to complete the RVP process, they first must complete the SafeSport education. Once USBC receives notification a person has completed SafeSport training, it will direct the applicant to complete the background screening portion through the National Center for Safety Initiatives.

The NCSI background check process also is done online, and NCSI charges a fee of $21.25 to cover its costs to perform the required checks. The fee may be higher in states that require additional fees to access its data.

A handbook on the Registered Volunteer Program and more information about RVP can be found at

Seminole Lanes Escapes Major Tornado Damage

At least four confirmed tornadoes touched down in Tampa Bay last Friday as severe weather moved across the Bay Area, according to the National Weather Service. One of them caused some damage to Seminole Lanes in Seminole, Fla.

Proprietor Kevin Krauss said the damage was confined to “the inserts on the pylon sign in the south [parking] lot.” He added that it “could have been a hell of a lot worse. We had 500 people in the building for a private party.”

Roofs of nearby buildings were torn off, but Seminole Lanes escaped the direct path of the tornado by two blocks. Nearby, tens of thousands of people experienced power outages, some street and local business signs were damaged, and roads and parking lots were strewn with fallen tree limbs and other debris.

Kegel Training Center to Host PBA Clash

Kegel Training Center will host the 2018 PBA Clash, a special showcase event for eight of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top stars that also will include a preview of the PBA’s historic 2019 debut on FOX Sports.

The announcement was made by Kegel CEO Chris Chartrand and PBA CEO-Commissioner Tom Clark.

The 90-minute PBA Clash will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, and will air on Sunday, Dec. 23 at either 2:30 or 4:30 p.m. Eastern (depending upon the viewer’s location). Admission will be $10. Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased online through the PBA’s official website (

PBA fans may recall that the high-tech, 12-lane Kegel Training Center was the host of the PBA King of Bowling series and the PBA Women’s Series Showdown in 2009.

The Clash telecast will include a $25,000 winner-take-all, single-elimination competition in which all eight of the 2018 season’s leading money winners will begin by bowling a 9th- and-10th-frame round, with the lowest scoring bowler based on total pinfall for two frames being eliminated. Subsequent elimination rounds will be one-ball, low-man-out until two survivors remain. The final match will be a traditional 10-frame game.

Players set to participate in the Clash are Jason Belmonte, Anthony Simonsen, Andrew Anderson, E.J. Tackett, Dom Barrett, Stuart Williams, Marshall Kent and Jakob Butturff.

The telecast also will feature profiles on each of the eight players, the announcement of the 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year and the Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year, and a preview of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule of FOX and FS1 telecasts.

Commemorative Pins to Benefit Bowling Museum

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is producing a limited-edition commemorative bowling pin, signed by the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame inductees, which will be available for purchase during the PBA Hall of Fame Classic at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington.

The tournament will take place Jan. 2-6 at the International Training and Research Center, with the finals televised live on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. Eastern.

The 2019 PBA Hall of Fame class of Patrick Allen, Mika Koivuniemi, veteran bowling journalist Bob Johnson and long-time Indianapolis tournament host Jim Doty will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Jan. 5 at the International Bowling Campus.

The IBMHF will produce 50 commemorative pins that will be available, while supplies last, Jan. 5-6 at the Campus and through the IBMHF website at

The IBMHF also is offering raffle tickets for an exclusive Hall of Fame VIP Experience during the PBA’s festivities. Bowling fans who purchase a $20 raffle ticket will be entered into a drawing for the chance at a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In addition to round-trip travel and meal expenses for two to the International Bowling Campus, one lucky winner will attend weekend events hosted by Hall of Famer Mike Aulby, receive tickets for the PBA Hall of Fame pre-banquet cocktail party and VIP seating at the PBA Hall of Fame banquet, have VIP seating for the live finals of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament, and more.

Raffle tickets are on sale and available at select bowling centers throughout the United States or by contacting the IBMHF at 817-385-8230 or at The winning ticket will be drawn on Facebook Live on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern.

All proceeds from the sale of the commemorative pins and the raffle will benefit the museum’s Frame4Frame Film Restoration Initiative. Visit for more information on the commemorative bowling pins and the raffle.

Free Game Play and Food for Vets This Sunday

Main Event Entertainment is honoring the brave men and women that protect our freedom with a special offer on Veterans Day.


On Sunday, Nov. 11, Main Event is inviting veterans and active-duty military personnel to enjoy free food and fun. They’ll receive $10 in complimentary arcade play that can be used on all Main Event arcade games, and can choose one entrée from a select menu:

* Bacon and Cheddar Burger

* Jumbo Wings and Fries Combo

* 10-inch Ultimate Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza

* Classic Cobb Salad

* Crispy Chicken Tender Sandwich

* Chicken Tenders and Fries

“Giving back to our nation’s heroes is a top priority at Main Event,” said President and CEO Chris Morris. “We are looking forward to spending the day with active military members and veterans, and letting them know how much we appreciate their service.”

Other News You Can Use…

* Severe thunderstorms that rolled across southeast Louisiana on Nov. 1 damaged Four Seasons Bowling Center in Alexandria. One side of the center was ripped from the rest of the structure, and debris was spread across the grounds of the business. Fortunately, there was little interior damage at the 40-lane center, which was able to reopen the next afternoon.

* The Kegel Training Center’s 13th annual Holiday Camp, sponsored by Storm, will feature Kelly Kulick as a special guest instructor. The focus of the camp will be lane play and the physical game, and coaches will work with the players one-on-one to develop a plan for improvement. The dates: Dec. 27-29. Details:

* Current and former San Francisco 49ers players, including Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, hit the lanes with fans on Monday night for the inaugural 1st and Bowl Challenge. The event at Bowlmor in Cupertino raised money for the 49ers Foundation and will go toward education programs for kids in the Bay Area. “I haven’t bowled in years, so I’m looking forward to just having a great time bowling and hanging out with the fans,” Rice said before lacing up his bowling shoes. “This is for the 49ers foundation.” Spectator tickets cost $49, and corporate sponsors paid approximately $3,000 per lane to bowl.

* The guest this week on Phantom Radio is Donna Morales, who recently helped organize a bowling fundraiser for Operation Freedom Paws, a non-profit organization that matches dogs with veterans who have special needs. Morales is a meritorious service inductee in the California Women’s USBC Hall of Fame, and you can listen to the interview here:

* CONTACT: Please send business news, event information, etc. to Bob Johnson at For breaking business news, visit or, and “Like” Bowling Center Management and Bowlers Journal International on Facebook. BJI Cyber Reports are now archived at

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