Following a couple of key strategic signing moves in the final hours of the re-signing period on Aug. 31, PBA League “free agency” opened with a flurry of activity on Sunday, Sept. 1, and ended almost as quickly as it started. As the Labor Day weekend came to a close, all eight PBA League teams had filled their pre-draft rosters with the league maximum of four signed players.
All team rosters are listed below. Each team will have one additional roster slot to fill during the 2014 PBA League Draft, which will be held at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas at the conclusion of the World Series of Bowling, and webcast live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.
The player draft will be held in reverse order of how teams finished during the PBA League’s inaugural season: No. 8 Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits will draft first, followed by the Philadelphia Hitmen, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, L.A. X, BROOKLYN STyLES, Dallas Strikers, Motown Muscle and the defending Elias Cup champion New York City WTT KingPins.
In the final hours of re-signing on Aug. 31, Dallas Strikers player/manager Norm Duke brought back Mike Machuga to his No. 3 roster slot and retained PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli as his No. 4 player. Moments later, L.A. X manager Andrew Cain re-signed PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III to his No. 3 roster slot.
As free agency began on Sept. 1, Silver Lake Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker quickly signed former L.A. X player Wes Malott to his No. 2 roster position and shortly thereafter landed Tommy Jones as his No. 3 player. Jones, a member of the defending champion New York City WTT Kingpins, filled the final opening on Silver Lake’s pre-draft roster.
On the heels of Silver Lake’s moves, L.A. X brought in ex-Philadelphia Hitmen star Mika Koivuniemi in the No. 2 slot, filling its pre-draft roster.
Motown Muscle manager Del Ballard Jr. was next, landing ex-Hitmen star Chris Loschetter as his No. 2 player and ex-BROOKLYN STyLES team member Ryan Shafer was signed to complete the Muscle’s pre-draft roster in the No. 3 roster slot.
NYC WTT KingPins’ manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard added her fourth pre-draft player, England’s Stuart Williams in the team’s No. 3 slot. Williams bowled for the Atom Splitters last season.
Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits manager Tim Mack landed ex-Motown player Ronnie Russell in his No. 2 slot and re-signed Sweden’s Martin Larsen in his No. 4 slot to fill his roster.
Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch made his final two moves, landing ex-STyLES No. 2 player Ryan Ciminelli in the same slot and ex-Jack Rabbit Dan MacLelland as his No. 3 player, also filling the same slot he held with Pittsburgh last season.
BROOKLYN STyLES manager Johnny Petraglia put his fourth player in place, landing ex-Muscle No. 2 player Tom Smallwood as his team’s No. 4 player for 2014.
RECAPPING THE 2014 PBA LEAGUE ROSTER RULES
To recap activities to this point, team managers had until Aug. 31 to re-sign up to three players (in addition to the No. 1 player, who is automatic) from last year’s rosters, and assign them to slot positions on their 2014 rosters – from No. 2 through No. 5.
Existing rostered players who were unsigned as of Aug. 31 were eligible to negotiate with other teams between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1. No team is allowed to sign more than four players, assuring that each team will have at least one open position for the draft.
The PBA League draft will include any unsigned free agents as well as any player from the top 50 on the 2012-13 PBA competition points list who elects to enter the 2014 draft. Teams for 2014 will consist of five rostered players only; there will not be “supplemental” players next season.
Special rules will apply in the case of injuries, illness, etc. All PBA League roster transactions must be approved by PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.
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If you’d like to follow the latest in PBA League news and participate in discussions regarding teams, lineups, selections, strategies, the draft or whatever topic you’re interested in, search for “PBA Tour Commissioner” on Facebook. PBA Commissioner Tom Clark will regularly post PBA League news. Another great source will be “PBA League” on Facebook, where you can link to individual PBA players’ pages for personal perspectives and information.
Summaries of all PBA League activities also will be included in the weekly PBA League Media Advisory which will be emailed on Fridays.
HERE’S A SUMMARY OF TEAM ROSTERS FOR 2014:
No. 8 Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits
Manager Tim Mack, owner LaMarr Woodley. Roster: No. 1, Osku Palermaa, Finland. No. 2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind. No. 3, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla. No. 4, Martin Larsen, Sweden.
No. 7 Philadelphia Hitmen
Manager Jason Couch, owner Kevin Hart: No. 1, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. No. 2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y. No. 3, Dan MacLelland, Canada. No. 4, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif.
No. 6 Silver Lake Atom Splitters
Manager Mark Baker, owner Chris Hardwick. No. 1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas. No. 2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas. No. 3, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. No. 4, Dom Barrett, England.
No. 5 L.A. X
Manager Andrew Cain, owner Chris Paul. No. 1, Jason Belmonte, Australia. No. 2, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland-Hartland, Mich. No. 3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. No. 4, Andres Gomez, Colombia.
No. 4 BROOKLYN STyLES
Manager Johnny Petraglia, owner Jesse Williams. No. 1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. No. 2, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga. No. 3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. No. 4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.
No. 3 Dallas Strikers
Manager Norm Duke, owner Terrell Owens. No. 1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. No. 2, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla. No. 3, Mike Machuga, Erie, Pa. No. 4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela.
No. 2 Motown Muscle
Manager Del Ballard Jr., owner Jerome Bettis. No. 1, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas. No. 2, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio. No. 3, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. No. 4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas.
No. 1 New York City WTT KingPins
Manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, owner Billie Jean King. No. 1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. No. 2, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif. No. 3, Stuart Williams, England. No. 4, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
CURRENT “DRAFT POOL” LIST
The following players, listed alphabetically by last name, are “rostered” players from the 2012-13 PBA League season. These players will automatically be place into the draft pool:
Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.
Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y.
D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas
Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz.
Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan.
Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill.
Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas
Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.
Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.
Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill.
Thomas Larsen, Denmark
Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela
Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore.
Jon Van Hees, Charleston, R.I.
Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev.
Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind.
Also included in the draft pool will be players who rank among the top 50 in points after the World Series of Bowling V, who are not already either on a team, or among the unsigned players automatically entered into the draft. These players will be required to declare themselves eligible prior to the draft. Here is a link to the current point rankings heading into the World Series of Bowling.