THE "WHO" OF ORGANIZED BOWLING

It's probably safe to say that every California bowler is familiar with how his/her club is organized. Most LBC's are located in public parks, while others are one of the activity features of a private/gated community. None the less, each club has a set of elected officers and appointed committees who conduct the everyday business and organization of club activities.

Beyond the confines of individual clubs there are regional and national associations. In Southern California, men and women bowlers are organized in gender groups. Both are members of the United States Lawn Bowls Association. USLBA men are affiliated with the World Bowling Board, and USLBA women are affiliated with the Women's International Bowling Board, the international federations for lawn bowling.

The USLBA consists of seven regional "Divisions". Our Southern California lawn bowling community belongs to the Southwest Division, the largest, by participation, in the country. The SW Division men's and women's groups each employ its own membership policy. For Southwest men, membership in the Division is mandatory, but national USLBA membership is voluntary.

Although all seven of the USLBA Divisions were once governed by separate men's and women's organizations, six of the Divisions have merged into single units, leaving the Southwest the only region still operating with gender-based men's and women's groups.

The primary objectives of all organized lawn bowling groups is promotion of the sport and development of new membership.

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This article is from the summer 2004 edition of "The Green Jack", the Southwest Division's new bi-monthly newsletter.