League Secretary Duties and Responsibilities

The secretary has many important responsibilities, which are outlined fully in the USBC Playing Rules. Below are just some of highlighted duties for membership, averages and awards. Note: In leagues using computer and/or average service, the elected secretary still remains responsible for all the duties specified in USBC Rule 102e.


  • The league application form must be submitted within 30 days from the start of the league. Make sure the President signs the form and fill out the bonding amount if you want your league to be covered.
  • Include Membership card applications and applicable fees (league secretary or bowling center check only) for all league members with the league certification form.
  • Subsequent membership card applications must be filled out as they join and collect completed cards and membership due SUBS INCLUDED!
  • Check the application cards as they are returned to you. It is easier to find errors and have them corrected rather than to submit incomplete information, which could cause a delay in the member receiving their card.
  • If bowlers indicate paid in another league on the membership card, ask for a receipt, if no receipt collect the fees, they can be refunded upon proof of previous payment.
  • Have the bowlers carefully complete their home address with apartment number if applicable, USBC membership ID if it does not already appear on the card and e-mail address.
  • Complete the DUES WORKSHEET with each submittal of cards. Be sure to separate cards as paid cards; Paid other league (POL) cards; Transfers, etc.

NOTE: Any team using a player who has not paid appropriate membership dues subjects the games in which the bowler participated to forfeiture.


Submit all award applications within 20 days of the accomplishment. Award presentations should take place before the entire league and as soon as possible after the feat is accomplished and the award is available. A long delay, such as waiting for the league’s season-ending banquet, can reduce bowlers’ excitement about earning awards and their appreciation of their membership benefits. It may also affect the inventory of awards at the bowling office.


Furnish a list of individual averages to the local association manager within 15 days of the end of the league. The list must show the full names and ID numbers of all bowlers who competed in the league, the number of games bowled, total pinfall and average for each bowler. This is how averages upload to BOWL.com. Averages must include all roll-off, playoff and sweeper games unless league certification specifies that the last week of bowling is NOT certified.



  • LEAGUE CERTIFICATION FORM – This form must be completed before the start of each new league (winter and summer). Send application to NLAC USBC office within 30 days of first league session. If the pdf file is submitted, we will issue the certification #. 
  • NLAC USBC ADULT DUES WORKSHEET – Please submit this form with each batch of membership card payment. Please separate and sort your membership cards into paid cards, paid other league cards (POL), transfer cards, etc.
  • BASIC LEAGUE – League must be 8 to 16 weeks to earn a USBC Certified average. Membership price is only $12, but there are limitations. Please read the flyer to be informed.
  • AWARD FORMS – Submit award forms for your bowlers. Each season we provide special awards for bowling achievements. Award forms need to be submitted within 20 days from the date bowled.
  • JOIN USBC! Download this flyer to help explain to those interested in buying USBC membership.

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