I can't believe this was ever possible, but what we encountered this past Wednesday evening was nothing short of ridiculous. We had the unfortunate chance happening to be assigned lanes next to two teams from Wautoma, Wisconsin, who decided to travel hundreds of miles to bowl league. At least half of the participants appeared to be intoxicated prior to taking the lanes, and continued to drink heavily during the tournament. Several of the participants fouled, fell, or crossed the foul line during their competition. One of the competitors split his pants and continued to bowl with parts of his anatomy visible every time he bowled. As bad as that appeared to be, their significant others in the stands made ridiculous howls everytime one of their team members did something significant on the lanes, like the ball not going in the gutter. At least 5 other teams in our area, and our 2 teams complained to the USBC tournament supervisor on hand, who did nothing to correct the situation. If this is how the USBC is going to allow conduct on the lanes than they have a bigger issue on their hands than they think. Selling beer to competitors during the tournament is not a good idea, and why have tournament officials on site if they're going to allow this behavior to happen. If this were to happen at a NEBA, State, PBA, TNBA or nay other sanctioned tournament, the competitors and their significant others would have been removed from the tournament, after being warned. When the official on site was questioned after the squad, she saw nothing wrong with their actions.
I understand our participation in this tournament is not going to threaten anyone's day job, but in the past we've finished top 15 in the tournament and have three former touring pro's out of our 10. So we're not at our first rodeo. This is my tenth tournament, and our companion team has over 80 years combined and none of us had seen these actions before. And yet, the USBC doesn't want to hear about it? Everyone on site questioned didn't want to accept a complaint.
What are my options? I'm not looking for refunds or anything like that, just want to stop what happened to us from happening to anyone else...
Thanks for the rant,
Better Bowling Concepts
Turbo Grips Regional Staff