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USBC National Event Schedule Announced, U.S. Open to be held in Green Bay

ARLINGTON, Texas - A new year is on the horizon, and that means exciting things for tournament bowlers and BowlTV subscribers.

The 2021 United States Bowling Congress event calendar again will include the traditional tournaments competitors of all ages and skill levels have grown to enjoy.

The tournament schedule and live BowlTV coverage will kick off with the USBC Team USA Trials during the first week of January.

The event originally was slated to take place in Las Vegas, but it now will be held in the Indianapolis area during the same time frame - Jan. 2-7. Complete details will be available next week.

The Team USA Trials will be followed by two high-profile events run in conjunction with the Professional Bowlers Association - the 2021 U.S. Open and USBC Masters.

The U.S. Open tentatively is scheduled for Feb. 21-28 at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the Masters is slated for March 29-April 4 at the Gold Coast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Both sets of dates are subject to change based on the schedule and programming for the PBA and its TV partner, FOX Sports, while locations and entry maximums also can change due to recommended best practices, social-distancing protocol and other COVID-19 restrictions.

"We're excited to get back to doing what we love, and that is putting on top-tier events for all of our USBC members, but we also know we must do so cautiously and responsibly, because the safety of the competitors is our top concern," USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. "The 2021 schedule has something for every segment of our bowlers, and we're really looking forward to sharing the year's most memorable moments with bowling fans around the globe through BowlTV."

Both the U.S. Open, a collaborative effort between USBC and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, and the Masters, again will be considered majors on the PBA Tour schedule. Qualifying and match play for both will be livestreamed on BowlTV, before the action shifts to Fox Sports.

Invitations for the U.S. Open will be going out this week, and registration now is open for the pre-tournament qualifier, an on-site event that will give those who did not earn direct-entry into the tournament a chance to make the elite field. More information can be found at BOWL.com/USOpen.

The 2021 U.S. Open will feature 108 of the world's best bowlers, most of whom earned their spots in the event based on their recent on-lane performances. The list includes leaders on the PBA Tour points list and top performers at USBC events and PBA majors.

The U.S. Open format features qualifying across multiple oil patterns and round-robin match play, before the top five competitors advance to the TV stepladder, based on their 56-game pinfall totals.

The Masters generally attracts hundreds of the sport's top competitors for 15 games of qualifying over three days, before the field is cut to the top 63, plus the defending champion, for a unique double-elimination match-play bracket that features three-game matches.

The 2020 U.S. Open was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, in February and won by Australia's Jason Belmonte for the 12th of his record 13 major titles. The 2020 Masters was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Left-hander Jakob Butturff won the event at Gold Coast in 2019.

Along with the U.S. Open and Masters, the format, location and entry maximums for all 2021 USBC tournaments are subject to change based on the recommended best practices and social-distancing protocols as the start date of each tournament approaches.

The dates, sites and start of registration for each USBC short-duration event in 2021:

  • Jan. 2-7: USBC Team USA Trials - Western Bowl and Expo Bowl, Indianapolis (registration opened Sept. 8)
  • Feb. 21-28 (tentative): U.S. Open - Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay, Wis. (registration opens Oct. 28) *Dates are subject to change w/PBA and FOX Sports scheduling/programming.
  • March 9-13: USBC Senior Queens - Gold Coast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (registration opens Nov. 11)
  • March 29-April 4 (tentative): USBC Masters - Gold Coast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (registration opens Nov. 11) *Dates are subject to change w/PBA and FOX Sports scheduling/programming.
  • May 12-18: USBC Queens - Location TBD (registration opens Jan. 13)
  • June 2-6: Super Senior Classic - Sam's Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas (registration opens Jan. 13)
  • June 7-13: USBC Senior Masters - Sam's Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas (registration open Jan. 13)
  • Aug. 24-31: U.S. Women's Open - Double Decker Lanes, Rohnert Park, Calif. (registration opens April 7)
  • Aug. 3-6: 2020 USBC Senior Championships - Sunset Station, Henderson, Nev. (registration is complete)
  • Aug. 8-14: 2021 USBC Senior Championships - Sunset Station, Henderson, Nev. (registration opens Feb. 10) *Bowlers must qualify through their state or province.

2020 Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet

The Green Bay Area USBC is excited to announce this year's inductees into the Green Bay Area USBC Hall of Fame.  All four of this year's inductees will be inducted in the category of Superior Performance; Linda Zellner, Dan Bourassa, Matt Powless, and Dale Zimmerman.


The banquet will be held on Friday October 30th at Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay.  The cocktail hour will begin at 6pm with dinner being served at 7pm followed by the Hall of Fame Induction and Awards program.  


There will be some changes to the banquet this year to adapt to precautions put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Instead of our normal family style chicken dinner, the meal will be a plated chicken cordon bleu.  Each table will be limited to 6 guests, and tables will be spaced 6 feet apart.  


Tickets are available for $20 and can be purchased at area bowling centers or by contacting Zach Boulanger.


Below are some highlights on this years inductees:

Linda Zellner

  • 197 career series of 600+ of which 7 are 700+
  • Has 8 career averages of 190+ twice reaching a high of 194 (2013-14 on 81gm and 2014-15 on 72 gm, both in the Luxemburg Tuesday Ladies League)
  • 27 times averaging 180-189, and 18 times averaging 170-179
  • Served on the GBA USBC WBA Board of Directors from 2005-06 through 2013-14
  • Chair Person for the Finance/Audit, as well as the Awards committees; Also served on the following committees: Green Bay Area Tournament; Legislative; Green Bay Senior Tournament; and Ways & Means
  • Green Bay Press-Gazette All-City Team Honorable Mention 2006-07, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 seasons
  • 2008 GBA USBC WBA City Tournament Division 1 Handicap Singles and All-Events Champion
  • 2011 Division 2 Handicap Doubles 2nd place
  • 2013 Division 1 HDCP Doubles 4th place
  • 5th place Division 1 singles in both 2009 and 2010, finishing 6th in All-Events in 2010

Dan Bourassa

Below stats are for the GBA USBC, Dan also bowls in the Fox Valley

  • 13 career series of 800+
  • 11 career 300 games
  • 261 career series of 700+
  • 2 career 299 games
  • 2 career 298 games
  • 45 career averages of 200+, with high of 243, career average of 210.79 (803,525 pins on 3,812 games)
  • Highest career ranking on average lists: 20 yr: 36th (1995-2015), 15 yr: 26th (1999-2014), 10 yr: 13th (2004-2014), 5 yr: 17th (2009-2014)
  • Team Championships in both Men's scratch leagues, GB Major and Ash 3 Man Classic, and many other league championships
  • Set WI state Doubles record of 1650 (Dan 835), both starting with 300 games
  • Member Bisbee's Golf Center Team setting National record as only team with team all mark series
  • Team 3828 scratch series (all time high GBA USBC 5 person team record)with Bisbee's Golf Center
  • 2009-10 GBBA scratch singles champion with 812, first ever 800 at Rendezvous at time which also set house record
  • 5 time GB Press-Gazette Honorable Mention All-City Team

Matt Powless

  • 5 career series of 800+
  • 16 career 300 games
  • 262 career series of 700+
  • 4 career 299 games
  • 1 career 298 games
  • 37 career averages of 200+, with high of 238, career average of 216.5 (657,288 pins on 3,036 games)
  • Highest career ranking on average lists: 20 yr: 30th (1995-2015), 10 yr: 45th (2005-2015), 5 yr: 31st (1997-2002)
  • 1998-99 had 4th high average in the GB Major with a 221.6 average
  • Honorable mention GB P-G All City 1999-2000

Dale Zimmerman

  • 2 career series of 800+ (had another 800 series at WI State Tournament not in that total)
  • 14 career 300 games
  • 200 career series of 700+
  • 2 career 299 games
  • 56 career averages of 200+, with high of 239, career average of 215.45 (593,985 pins on 2,757 games)
  • Highest career ranking on average lists: 25 yr: 43rd (1989-2014), 15 yr: 40th (1988-2003), 10 yr: 42nd (1988-1998), 5 yr: 33rd (2009-2014)
  • Shot 800 in 2014 State Scratch singles
  • WI state tournament team scratch champion
  • 2014 WI state tournament 3rd place scratch singles (800) and 10th place handicap singles (805)
  • Top 64 Champion
  • Numerous league championships

GBA USBC Awards 4 $1000 Scholarships for 2020

The Green Bay Area USBC provides for 3 $1,000 scholarships every year in honor of those who had a tremendous impact on Youth Bowling in our area. This years' scholarships are named after the following: Al Salmon, Rose & Maurice Lawyer, and Leo Delvoye.


This year, the committee awarded an extra scholarship with the Leo Delvoye Award, providing another bowler with a $1,000 scholarship.


This years scholarship winners were:

Leo Delvoye Memorial Scholarship

Andrew Perrault
Andrew is a senior at Pulaski High School and is part of the Village Lanes youth program along with the Green Bay Traveling League.  He's been a member for 10 years and has numerous National Honor Counts (700+ series) to his credit.  In addition to bowling he participates in the Marching Band, French Club and the National Honor Society.  Andrew also volunteers with the Salvation Army, the local homeless shelter and helps at the Lannoye Elementary Boo Bash.


Zachary Brzeczkowski
Zach is also a senior at Pulaski High School and is part of the Village Lanes youth program along with the Green Bay Traveling League.  He's been a member for 7 years.  His bowling accomplishments include being named Bowler of the Year his senior year in the 8th District for the High School program, 1st team all conference his senior year, 2nd team all conference his sophomore year and an 801 series at the state tournament qualifier. In addition to bowling Zach participates in PHS Band, State Solo and Ensemble and baseball.  Zach also volunteers for Promote Pulaski, the Pulaski Polka Days Committee and PACE.


Rose & Maurice Memorial Scholarship

Amber Lardinois
Amber is a senior at Bay Port High School and is part of the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley youth program.  She's been a member for 7 years.  Her bowling accolades include qualifying for Junior Gold in 2019 & 2020, Pepsi State in 2019, Pepsi Qualifier in 2020, numerous 500/600/700 series, City Tournament honors and being a member of the All Conference Team in the High School program for 2019-2020. Amber is a volunteer for the Special Olympics Bowling Tournament  as well as other community activities.


Al Salmon Memorial Scholarship

Madison Adams
Madison is a senior at Preble High School and is part of the Willow Creek Lanes youth program.  She's been a member for 16 years.  Her bowling resume includes High Average at the 2016-2017 Youth Nationals Tournament in Indianapolis, many Pepsi Tournament appearances, 1st Team All Conference in the High School program for 2019-2020 along with participating in the All Star Tournament. Besides bowling, Madison participates in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Link Crew, track & field, and band.  She also volunteers at the Children's Museum and with the local VFW.



The Green Bay Area USBC is proud to award these outstanding bowlers with a scholarship to help pursue their future education. This is in addition to the $5000+ that we award at our annual tournaments to bowlers of all ages.


Click here to learn how to apply for the 2021 awards.

GBA USBC 2019-20 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Green Bay Area USBC is excited to announce this years inductees into the Green Bay Area USBC Hall of Fame.


In the category of Superior Performance, Jean Cleary, Bill Kinney, Mark Simonet, and Jim Whiting Jr. will be inducted along with Tammy Thyes for Meritorious Service.


This years banquet will be held on Friday November 1st at Riverside Ballroom.  The cocktail hour will begin at 6:00pm with dinner being served at 7:00pm followed by the Hall of Fame and Awards Program.


Below are some highlights of this year's inductees:


Mark Simonet (Superior Performance)

  • 395 career series of 700+, with 17 series of 800+ including Western House record 879 (300-279-300) which was Assn. record when bowled (Western Golfers, 12/11/00), his career high
  • 27 career 300 games, 9 career 299's, 1 career 298
  • Won 2016-17 Wisconsin State Tournament scratch doubles championship with Randy Wilde
  • Green Bay Press-Gazette All-City team 10 times, including 3 times first team
  • High average 240 for 90 games, 2005-06 season, Riviera 973
  • 36 times in Top 50 Average list categories

Bill Kinney (Superior Performance)

  • 278 career series of 700+, with 5 series of 800+, 15 career 300 games, 4 career 299's, and 3 career 298's
  • Won 2010-11 Green Bay Major Championship (Chaser's Bar)
  • 1998-99 3rd highest average in Green Bay Majors at 221.84
  • 11 times in Top 50 Average list categories
  • High average twice of 229 (1997-98, 90 games, Village Hustlers and 2007-08, 51 games, Village Bucks & Does
  • 2013-14 3 Man Classic League Championship (Chaser's Bar)
  • 3 times Green Bay Press-Gazette All City team

Jim Whiting Jr. (Superior Performance)

  • 288 career series of 700+, with 6 series of 800+, 19 career 300 games, 7 career 299's and 2 career 298's
  • 3 times Green Bay Press-Gazette All City team
  • 35 times in Top 50 Average list categories
  • High average of 241 (2005-06, 42 games, Ashwaubenon Party Animals)

Jean Cleary (Superior Performance)

  • 302 career series of 600+ with a high of 751 (3/2/04, Village Vamps)
  • 300 game on 2/7/05 in the Village Swingers, and a 297 game 1985-86 season
  • 50 times has averaged 180+, with 15 of those 190+, and high of 207 on 24 games in the Village Swingers 2004-05 season
  • 4 times Green Bay Press-Gazette All City team

Tammy Thyes (Meritorious Service)

  • 25 years served on Board of Directors and has served as Youth Association Manager
  • Tournament Director for Women's City Tournament, Youth City Tournament, Youth Invitational
  • Volunteered for Masters, Singles and Baker Doubles, Team Championships, 600 Club, Wisconsin Open Championship, Women's State, National tournaments held in Green Bay
  • Coached 20+ years for youth bowling programs at Western and Ashwaubenon
  • League secretary for Village Bucks & Does, Ashwaubenon Party Animals, and past President of Willow Creek Bellevue Strikers
  • Bowled a 300 game on 1/17/1994


Tickets will be available at all Green Bay Bowling Centers in the Metro Area, by contacting Zach Boulanger at (920) 857-6690 or online using the link below.

USBC Will Lower Youth Membership Maximum Age to 18 Starting With 2020-21 Season

ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress will lower the maximum age for USBC Youth membership to 18 starting with the 2020-2021 season.

The decision to lower to the maximum age from 20 to 18, with agreement from the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, will align bowling with other youth sports.

“Over the last decade, we have made changes to USBC Youth programs and tournaments to provide a model comparable with other youth sports,” IBC Youth Managing Director of Youth Development Gary Brown said. “We moved to age-based divisions, as opposed to average, for events, to provide peer-to-peer competition. Setting the maximum age for youth bowlers to 18 aligns us with the standard of other national youth sports organizations.”

A U18 division will become the top division for the Pepsi Youth and Bowling.com Youth Open Championships for the 2020-2021 season. During the next season, USBC will address how the age change will impact the 2021 Junior Gold Championships, which will have a separate U20 division. Please visit BOWL.com/YouthAgeChange for additional information.

Starting with the 2020-2021 season, USBC Youth membership policy will state youth membership is available to individuals who have not reached the age of 18 prior to Aug. 1 of the current bowling season. The decision to lower the maximum age will directly impact 3.3 percent of the total youth membership. The change also better aligns USBC Youth membership with new regulations from the U.S. Center for SafeSport requiring training for those over 18 who participate in a sport with minors. 

Any USBC Youth member who reaches the age of 18 during the bowling season is required to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport online education program, which is free, to continue to compete in leagues that have participants under age 18. This requirement was announced with the release of the revised Registered Volunteer Program (RVP) handbook.

The new age limit marks the second time the USBC Youth maximum age has been lowered. In 2009, USBC lowered the maximum age for youth bowlers from 22 to 20.

Visit BOWL.com/Youth to learn more about the youth bowling programs and events.

Bowling Virtual Vault Introduced by bowling museum

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is providing fans of bowling – and history – a way to experience the sport from anywhere in the world through an online collection of the many great items in the museum’s vast inventory.

BowlingHeritage.com is the gateway to the Bowling Virtual Vault, which features many of the historic items on display at the museum in Arlington, plus additional collections the museum is not able to display year-round because of space constraints.

“The Bowling Virtual Vault provides access to great memorabilia, and visitors also will learn about the greatest players, teams, moments and so much more about bowling’s history,” said Mike Aulby, President and Chairman of the IBMHOF Board of Trustees. “It’s a fantastic way for those who might not be able to visit the museum to see our outstanding collections. It is a fun and engaging look at bowling for even the most casual fans of the sport.”

Visit BowlingHeritage.com to access the Bowling Virtual Vault.

RULE CHANGE: Rule 18 – Altering Surface

RULE 18: BOWLING BALL – ALTERING SURFACE


A significant change in Rule 18 became effective Aug. 1, 2019. Bowlers no longer can use liquids or add anything,including but not limited to rosin or powder, to the surface of the bowling ball. We have created this document toexplain how the rule change affects you and your bowling ball(s) during USBC league and tournament play.


Rule 18 – Bowling Ball - Altering Surface

While bowling in USBC competition, a bowling ball cannot:


  1.  Have the surface altered by the use of an abrasive.
  2. Be cleaned with any liquid substance or cleaning agent.
  3. Have any foreign material on it including, but not limited to, powder, rosin, marker or paint.

All bowling balls so altered or cleaned must be removed from the competition.


Note: Should a foreign substance appear on the outer surface of a bowling ball which cannot be removed with a dry towel, an approved cleaner may be used with consent from a league or tournament officer.


COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE RULE CHANGE

1. When does competition start? Competition starts once any bowler throws a ball for score in a league or tournament.


2. Can I clean my ball with an approved cleaner during practice? You can clean your ball with an approved cleaner during practice, unless otherwise specified by league or tournament rules.


3. Can I clean my ball with an approved cleaner between games during certified competition? No. You cannot clean your ball between games, because the competition has started.


4. Can I clean my ball with an approved cleaner between tournament squads? You can clean your ball with an approved cleaner between squads unless otherwise specified by tournament rules. “During competition” could be defined by tournaments to include or exclude practice and time between squads.


5. What type of towels are approved for use during USBC certified competition? Any dry towel or cloth that does not alter the surface of the bowling ball is allowed. This includes the use of dry shammys.


6. If I used a towel with a liquid cleaner on it to clean my ball prior to the start of the competition, can I use that same towel to clean the ball during the competition? That same towel can only be used during the competition once the towel is dry.


7. If I take a ball out of my bag that I have not bowled with, can I clean it with an approved cleaner? No, approved cleaners cannot be used once competition has begun. This rule applies to balls from a bowler’s bowling bag, locker or car, etc. We suggest you clean all your bowling balls prior to the start of competition.


8. What happens if a bowler uses a cleaner, abrasive, or puts a foreign substance on the ball? If the bowler was not aware of the rule, the ball is removed from competition. The bowler also should be given an explanation of the rule. Conversely, if the bowler knows a ball cannot be cleaned, patted with rosin or powder or use an abrasive, the ball must be removed from competition and the games are subject to forfeiture. If there is a question as to whether a bowler knew the rule or not, the league board of directors makes the determination.


9. Can I pat my ball with rosin or powder if I wipe the ball before it is delivered? No. Wiping the ball with a towel does not make the ball compliant to the rule. Patting a ball with a product is adding a foreign substance to the ball and cannot be done during competition. A product can only be applied to a bowler’s hand and not leave residue on the surface of the ball.


10. If my ball comes back with residue on it and I cannot clean it with my dry towel, rag or shammy, can I use an approved cleaner? Yes, provided you get permission from a league officer or tournament official. If you clean your ball without prior permission, you may be asked to remove the ball from competition, and/or the games may be subject to forfeiture.


11. When I have permission to clean my ball, may I clean the entire ball? Yes, you may clean the entire surface of a bowling ball or just the area needing to be cleaned.


12. I have a ball cleaner that has the USBC “Approved Anytime” logo on it. Can I still use the cleaner during competition? No, the cleaner can no longer be used during competition.


13. I still see there are products with the USBC “Approved Anytime” logo on it. Why is that?USBC communicated the rule change with bowling ball cleaner companies prior to the adoption of the rule changes to allow the companies to make the necessary adjustments to labeling and cycle through existing inventories. There will be USBC “Approved Anytime” products in the marketplace until inventories are depleted; however, these products cannot be used during competition.

GBA USBC to host USA Bowling Coaching Seminar

The USA Bowling Coaching program executes approximately 50 FREE seminars each year throughout the country with a goal of teaching those in attendance the basic skills needed to teach the fundamentals of bowling to youths! Any and everyone who wants to learn more about how to teach the fundamentals of bowling to youth is welcome to join us at this FREE USA Bowling Coaching seminar.


Seminars are free to attend, and each attendee is provided materials to take home with them developed by the USBC Coaching Certification and Development team. These materials include:


  • Manual - Over 140 pages of curriculum which includes everything from the coaching philosophy to physical game techniques and basic skill drills
  • 8-week lesson plan – An easy to follow 14-page guide coaches may take on-lane from week-to-week and watch their bowlers progress through this readily developed lesson plan
  • Quick Reference Guide 1 & 2 - Double sided laminated sheets that feature a glossary of terms, on-lane drills, and fundamentals


We'll be hosting one of these FREE clinics on Sunday September 29th from 1pm-4pm at Willow Creek Lanes.

Green Bay Area USBC to host Re-Creation musical variety show to honor Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Green Bay Area United States Bowling Congress (GBA USBC) along with its Brightening Veterans Lives Committee (BVL), announces today that Re-Creation, the full performance singing and dancing group from Port Trevorton, Pennsylvania will appear in Green Bay, WI on APRIL 29, 2019 at the Radisson’s Three Clans Ballroom at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm


Re-Creation presents sparkling, energetic professional entertainment by eleven exciting young performers who offer dynamic vocal renditions of America’s best-loved songs and enliven the stage with intricate, disciplined dance and choreography. 


The music of Re-Creation is for audiences of all ages. Style, mood, rhythm and beat are tailored for each performance and are presented with a remarkable blending of voices, glittering costumes, and an incredible sound reinforcement system. They travel with comprehensive sound and staging equipment. Each Re-Creation performance is a full variety production designed to provide unique and satisfying musical entertainment. 


Re-Creation was founded in 1976 and since that time has performed in all 50 states. Credits include appearances at some of the nation’s most prestigious fairs and festivals, at local, regional, state and national corporation banquets and conventions, and at major resort areas. Civic clubs, fraternal groups, schools, and public and private organizations now keep Re-Creation booked for more than 300 concerts each year. 


Tickets for the Re-Creation performances in the Radisson’s Three Clans Ballroom are available online at www.greenbaybowling.com. Veterans, widow(er)s of Veterans, and caregivers are a free entrance, but still need a ticket to get into the performance. All other guests will be $5 per ticket. 


If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Chairperson of the BVL Committee, Cindy Herm at (920)264-7648 or email, Cynthia.herm@yahoo.com. 

Eventbrite - RE-CREATION, A Musical Variety Show,   "HONORING ALL VETERANS".

USBC Releases Lane Inspections Research, Extends Data Collection Through Next Season

ARLINGTON, Texas – Data collected during the lane certification process shows approximately 91 percent of all centers inspected had less than 10 percent of the items measured out of specification and approximately 72 percent of the centers have less than 5 percent of items out of spec.

The 2018-2019 season marks the first time the United States Bowling Congress is analyzing all data received from lane certifications and is developing a database to examine all measurements. Between the lane and pin deck, lane inspectors make 29 measurements on each synthetic lane and 21 measurements on each wood lane during the inspection process.

As of Dec. 1, more than 3,300 centers and 72,800 lanes had been inspected. The final data is expected to encompass more than 4,200 centers.

“The annual lane inspection process is always a major task and we greatly appreciate the work of the local association volunteers and the assistance of the bowling centers,” USBC Equipment Specifications Committee chair Andrew Cain said. “The data from these reports will provide more valuable insight into the playing fields of our sport.”

After reviewing the data, the Equipment Specifications and Certifications Committee has determined it will extend the data collection for another season. To get additional center certification data, all centers that have a proper inspection with the three required signatures and supply the data to USBC Headquarters will be certified for the 2019-2020 season.

Also starting with inspections for the 2019-2020 season, USBC will increase the certification fee to allow local associations to charge up to $10 per lane bed. The fee increase is the first in more than two decades, when the certification fee went from $3 to $5 per lane for the 1995-1996 season.

The data from inspections for the 2018-2019 season show about 85 percent of all lanes measured were synthetic lanes or had synthetic overlays. Lane topography measurements, which include crosswise tilts, are taken on each of the five panels for synthetic lanes and three locations for wood lanes.

The first, or head, panel was found to have the most out-of-specification measurements, though approximately 93% of the crowns and depressions are within specification and about 94% of the cross-tilt measurements are also within specification.

The backend of the lane showed the highest specification compliance with about 98% of the results for crowns/depressions and cross tilts on the last three panels meeting the specifications.

USBC also looked at the end pair of lanes on each end of bowling centers, as there is a common perception that lanes on either the high end or low end of a bowling center tend to play different from the rest of a center’s lanes. Data showed the topography variance was not significant, meaning if the lanes do not play the same, lane topography is not the reason.

Last year, USBC announced new requirements for lane inspections and adjusted specifications for new installations starting with the 2019-2020 season. The new requirements were based on research conducted by the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team that included analysis of the lane certification paperwork submitted by 323 centers, an examination of more than 1,000 lanes throughout the country, a study of the pin deck specifications, and an examination of lane topography.

USBC has since been educating both associations and bowling centers about the changes, which included a new application for center certification for the 2018-2019 season. To ensure it would receive data from all center inspections, USBC allowed a one-year grace period for centers that receive an inspection and supplied USBC Headquarters with the inspection data and the three required signatures.

USBC also has worked to educate all stakeholders about the center certification process, conducting 30 Lane Inspection Workshops during the 2017-2018 season including two workshops at the 2018 USBC Convention.

USBC had 966 people from more than 300 associations attend Lane Inspection Workshops in the field and 450 association volunteers attend the workshops held at convention.

The work of the lane inspectors this season and next season will provide data that will help the USBC Equipment Specifications Committee better understand the true landscape of bowling center topography and other key measurements within the field of play and to set a clear path in this area.

Visit the Equipment and Specifications page on BOWL.com to learn more about center certifications.

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