With the concern over the spread of COVID-19, questions have arisen concerning upcoming Oregon State USBC (OSUSBC) Tournaments including, the Women’s, Open, Youth, and Pepsi Tournaments. As the OSUSBC is charged with serving the bowlers of Oregon, it is with great care the OSUSBC Board of Directors deliberates and carefully considers the factors surrounding this issue. Having heard from those lobbying for caution as well as those that are of the belief that risks are minimal, the OSUSBC Board will do its best to stay in front of the situation by gathering as much factual information as available.
An emergency videoconference meeting of the Oregon State USBC (OSUSBC) Board regarding this year’s OSUSBC Open Tournament and Women’s Championship was called on Thursday, April 2nd. This meeting also included the participation and input from the host proprietors of each event. At that meeting, it was decided with great regret to cancel both events. Having heard the grave concerns from many bowlers regarding the safety and health of the tournament participants and staff with respect to COVID-19, as well as the potential for a very low entry count even if recommended and mandated government restrictions are lifted, the OSUSBC Board came to the conclusion that cancelling this year’s events was the prudent decision to make.
Our intention will be to return next year to the same venues in 2021, TenDown in Roseburg for the Open and Epicenter in Klamath Falls for the Women’s Championship, pending verification of availability from the respective host proprietors. With another whole year to prepare, we now have the opportunity to make these events the best they can be and look forward to moving onward from these troubled times.
We will work to expedite the refund of entry fees as quickly and efficiently as possible and will begin that process immediately. However, we ask for your patience in this matter as this is a daunting task for our small staff. If you have any concerns regarding the refund of your entry fees, please contact the OSUSBC Association Manager, Gary Yamasaki at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 995-4705.
Pepsi State Finals Update:
Unfortunately, it has been decided to cancel the Pepsi State Finals for this year. Refunds will be mailed out in the coming weeks.
It is with great regret that the OSUSBC has decided to cancel the Senior Mixed Tournament that was to be held July 10-12, 2020 at Orchard Lanes in Hood River. Even with restrictions being cautiously lifted throughout the state, the limitations that presumably will be imposed on bowling centers will make the tournament difficult to run given the unique format of this particular tournament. This is also not to mention the great concern for the health and safety of the participants as much of the field would be in the high-risk by age category; it is thought to be better safe than sorry.
The next tournament on our schedule is the Senior Qualifying Tournament to be held the weekends of October 17-18 and 24-25 at The Cottage Bowl in Cottage Grove. Hopefully circumstances allow for this tournament to run, but we will monitor the situation as it evolves and will give periodic updates.
If you have any questions, please contact Gary Yamasaki, OSUSBC Association Manager at email@example.com.
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