Historical Timeline

 
1910 – First State Tournament conducted

1915 – IBA chartered as a state association with the ABC

1940 – 1949

1943 – 451 teams from South Bend participate in State
Tournament (all time record)

1945 – State Tournament suspended due to World War II

1946-47 – Tom Tobin organized IBA into districts

1947 – First IBA yearbook published

1950 – 1959

1953 – First Jamboree conducted

1960 – 1969

1963 – The IBA is incorporated in the State of Indiana

1964 – State Senior Tournament started in Angola by Herman Muesing (past
president of the IBA)

1964 – Jamboree first appears in IBA bylaws, order of district rotation
continues today

1965 – IBA board included 8 vice-presidents

1967 – Jamboree adds Saturdays to support the increased level of
participants in the bowling event (Tipton – 12 lanes)

1970 – 1974

1970 – Expense reimbursement made to board members

1970 – Began dressing in blue coats

1971 – Books audited in current year as opposed to one year behind

1971 – Ed Winder is first tournament manager appointed while president of
the IBA

1973 – Full time tournament manager used on trial basis

1974 – First regular full time tournament manager

1974 – State Seniors Joint Tournament

1975 – 1979

1975 – The IBA had a woman at temporary Executive Director
(Esther Griggs)

1976 – IBA Hall of Fame established

1977-79 – Delegates began to be paid mileage for attending the annual
meeting

1980 – 1984

1980 – IBA reorganized into 9 districts

1980’s – Fort Wayne’s Chick Carr and Bill Doehrman have 136 years in ABC
Tournament (Doehrman’s 71st in 1981)

1982 – First IBA tournament award banquet held in Indianapolis

1983 – Indiana Bowling Council established

1985 – 1989

1985 – First IBA scholarship awarded

1988 – Revised IBA State Tournament bid process

1989 – Board organization changed from 9 Vice-Presidents to 9 Directors, 3
Vice-Presidents and the President

1989 – Tom Baxter replaces Wes Kidwell as an ABC director

1990 – 1994

1991 – First Joint Jamboree (held in Kokomo)

1991 – Inaugural joint 5-state meeting held (IN, MI, OH, IL, MO)

1991 – Sylvester Hill rolls first Jamboree 300 game in Kokomo

1992 – First procedure manual written and approved

1992 – Delegates meeting moved from Indy 500 Motel

1994 – District scholarships made available

1994 – State team series record set (3784)

1995 – 1998

1995 – IBA First Vice-president Jim Landis passes away
while representing the IBA in Milwaukee

1995 – Randy Garrett serves as president a second time to complete Landis’
term

1995 – Tom Baxter elected an ABC Vice-president

1995 – First State Seniors Tournament manager appointed

1996 – 97 year-old bowls in State Seniors tournament

1996 – Women can bowl in the IBA tournament with ABC sanctioning

1996 – Bowl Indiana formed

1996 – State individual series record set (887)

1997 – IBA web site created

1997 – Joint Jamboree renamed the James K. Landis Joint Jamboree in honor
of Jim Landis

1997 – The first black serves on the IBA board

1999 – 2000

1999 – ABC recognizes 50 year-old leagues throughout the
state

1999 – Separate actual prize entry added to state tournament

1999- State team game record set (1345)

1999 – Inception of the first IBA Masters Tournament to be held in 2001 in
Muncie

1999 – Tournament voting process redefined to use a “weighted
vote”

2000 – 2001

2000 – Mishawaka hosts state tournament for the first time
ever

2000 – Sponsorship secured for the IBA Masters Tournament

2000 – State Seniors hold their own awards banquet

2000 – IBA obtains state merchants certificate enabling the IBA to sell
merchandise

2000 – John Birdwell celebrates 20 years as an ABC Director

2001 – First IBA Master Tournament in Muncie