To clarify, I take full responsibility for this. We all have busy lives. Unfortunately, I waited until the last minute possible to submit this due to my travel schedule leading up to the deadline. Because I waited so long, I lost my ability to correctly assess the situation and call an audible…and Tim is the unfortunate victim of that. I truly hate it that on the year he wins the prestigious Petersen Classic, he wasn’t even considered for STL USBC Bowler of the Year.
I’ve personally nominated Tim twice for the BOY honor in Missouri, and once (last year) for STLUSBC BOY. As you all know, this year he was named Missouri State USBC Adult Bowler of the Year. I had the information necessary to fill out the form for STL USBC, and would have only needed to add a few additional end of season accomplishments to it.
I was even reminded of the deadline about 10 days prior…but in between that and the actual deadline, I drove to St. Joseph to live stream the Missouri State BPA High School Championships (so I effectively lost Memorial Day weekend) and then left on Monday traveling on business. The following weekend was the Missouri State USBC Showcase and Hall of Fame Inductions at Tan-Tar-A, but I fully intended on getting it done and handed personally to Dale Bohn at the Showcase—before the deadline.
As everyone knows, when something can go wrong, it will. Weather didn’t cooperate in Chicago, and my flight back during the week was delayed. I arrived at Tan-Tar-A about 2:00 AM on Friday morning, the weekend of the Showcase. Activities went into full swing on Friday, and I have a lot of responsibilities during this event. However, I did find an hour to get everything finalized on the afternoon of Saturday, June 1, which was the deadline day. I started transferring the information to the STL USBC BOY Nomination Form, and had the first page completed. When I got to the second page, I noticed the new requirement that I be a member of the STL USBC in order to even nominate Tim. This wasn’t on the form last year, and it was a complete surprise to me.
Had it not been so late on Saturday afternoon, with the Hall of Fame Inductions only hours ahead, I would have sat back, thought about the situation, and concluded that I still had options.
- I could have taken the application to one of the members of the STL USBC attending the banquet that night, had them sign it as the nominator, and still given it to Dale in the required timeframe.
- I could have gone to Dale and paid him the Association Fee for STL USBC Membership, and made myself eligible to nominate Tim.
The truth is, once I saw the new requirement, I stopped, realized I was at a roadblock, and didn’t think quickly enough to do either of those. I went on with the business of the day, which was the HOF Banquet and Scholarship awards that were still ahead of us.
I don’t blame the STL USBC for not extending the deadline for this situation. I did provide Steve with the information requested, and I was hoping that the circumstances surrounding this would be familiar enough to the people who attended the Showcase that they might reconsider. However, deadlines are deadlines, and when you extend them for special situations like this, you set a precedent that you might have to honor again in the future—and you just can’t do that.
So, my sincere apologies go to Tim for this, and to Steve for his efforts in vain to try to get it allowed after the fact. Had I simply done the nomination form earlier, we would have had options.
I know there are other worthy candidates for STL USBC BOY this year, and we won't know who it is for a while yet. To whoever is the winner, I congratulate you. Just know that if it wasn't for my mistake, you would have had some pretty stiff competition in the decision.