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.
Your Green Bay Area USBC Board of Directors along with the Hall of Fame Committee is excited to announce this year's inductees into the Green Bay Area USBC Hall of Fame.
This year's inductees are:
The banquet will be held on Friday November 2nd, 2018 at Riverside Ballroom. The cocktail will be at 6:00pm, with dinner being served at 7:00pm followed by our program.
Pre-sale tickets will be available at local bowling centers for $20 each, online below, or by contacting Association Manager Zach Boulanger.
Tickets at the door will be available for $25 each.
As in years past, all members of the Hall of Fame will receive a complimentary ticket, please watch your mailboxes for that information. If you address has changed, please reach out to Zach Boulanger to make sure we have the correct address on file.
Congratulations to this years inductees!
ARLINGTON, Texas – After reviewing feedback from industry partners, the United States Bowling Congress Equipment and Specifications Committee has revised the implementation dates for the new bowling ball specifications announced earlier this year.
The Equipment and Specifications Committee determined the specification allowing increases in static weights for bowling balls without balance holes will begin this fall to allow for a smoother transition for bowlers.
Starting Aug. 1, 2018, bowling balls weighing more than 10 pounds will be allowed to have up to three ounces of static side, thumb or finger weight and up to three ounces of top or bottom weight, provided the ball does not have a balance hole.
Bowlers still can have a bowling ball with a balance hole until Aug. 1, 2020, but any balls with a balance hole must stay within the current static weight specification of one ounce for finger, thumb or side weight, and three ounces for top or bottom weight.
The specification eliminating the use of balance holes still will go into effect Aug. 1, 2020.
“After hearing from all stakeholders, the committee decided it was the right move to make the static weight specification an option starting this fall,” Andrew Cain, chair of the USBC Equipment and Specifications Committee, said. “Bowlers now have a two-year window to work with their pro shops to ensure their equipment will meet specifications on Aug. 1, 2020.”
With the elimination of balance holes as of Aug. 1, 2020, bowlers may have up to five holes for gripping purposes and all gripping holes must be used on every delivery. A bowler who chooses not to use a thumb hole would need to mark by scribe, engraver or tool their intended center of palm with a plus (+) mark to indicate their grip orientation.
Bowlers who do not use their thumb for delivery and decide to use the higher static weight specification cannot have a thumb hole – it would be classified a balance hole – and immediately will be required to follow the specification requiring them to mark their intended center of palm.
The USBC Equipment and Specifications Committee did decide the gripping rules that become effective Aug. 1, 2020, will have an exception for house balls, for bowlers who use house balls and might not have the strength to use all gripping holes.
House balls are defined as balls supplied by the center where the competition is taking place, have a polyester or basic urethane cover, a differential RG of less than 0.025 inches and the ball is not specifically drilled to fit the bowler.
The dates for implementing the new specification for the oil absorption rate of bowling ball coverstocks do not change. The initial step on the oil absorption specification will begin Aug. 1, 2018, when bowling ball manufacturers are required to submit oil absorption data as part of the USBC bowling ball approval process. The specification requiring a bowling ball’s oil absorption rate to be more than 2 minutes, 15 seconds (2:15) for the ball to be approved will take effect Aug. 1, 2020.
However, because all current bowling balls will be grandfathered in regardless of oil absorption rate, the Equipment Specifications Committee determined the production of balls that do not meet the 2:15 oil absorption time limit must be stopped as of Jan. 31, 2022.
The new bowling ball specifications announced in April were designed to sustain the playing field both currently and in the future.
The Equipment and Specifications Committee has delegated authority from the USBC Board to make changes to equipment specifications.
Visit BOWL.com/EquipAndSpecs for more about the specification changes.
An organizational meeting was held on Saturday May 19th at Ledgeview Lanes in Fond Du Lac to form your new WI State USBC. This new association replaces the three existing associations for men, women and youth.
Kandy Birmingham of Milwaukee was elected President and Brian Knab from Wausau was elected Vice-President. Joyce Jansen will take the reins as Sergeant at Arms.
Directors include Michelle Bartoletti, Charles Callan, Zach Boulanger, Bonnie DeHarde, Phil Dowling, George Fincutter, Rick Hall, Phil LaPorte, Bev Larsen, Bill Lister, Jason Peirick, Joan Rennert, Andrew Rice, David Rixmann, Doug Sleaford, Marcia Snyder and Ginni Zuege.
Immediately after the board was elected, they unanimously decided to offer Don Hildebrand the job of Association Manager, which he accepted. Don has been the association manager of the men's state association for a number of years.
Wisconsin currently has the biggest Open and Women's State Championship in the Nation and the new board is excited to continue that great tradition.
In addition to the 3 state championships (Open, Women and Youth), the new state association will also be responsible for other events such as the Badger Queens and the Youth 500/600 Tournament. There was also some talk about setting up a new Wisconsin's Masters Tournament.
The 2018-2019 State Tournaments are already scheduled. The Open will be held in Wausau, the Women's in Madison and the Youth in Appleton.
Bowlers can expect little changes this year as the new board works together to understand the differences between the events.
Here locally in Green Bay we have some great representation with Michelle Bartoletti, Zach Boulanger, and Bev Larsen - feel free to reach out to any of us if you have any questions or concerns.
Vice - President
La Porte, Phil
Fond Du Lac
The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay will be hosting two great educational programs to increase your knowledge as a bowling coach.
First is a FREE USA Coaching Seminar on August 11th at 1 PM. This is a 3 hr program, which will give you the opportunity to take the USBC Level I online test at no charge. The normal cost for the Level I test is $49.
They have added a new section on teaching the 2-handed delivery this year.
USBC Bronze Conference - Aug 11th and 12th
USBC is holding a National Bronze Coaching Certification Weekend on August 11th and 12th.
The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley is honored to have been selected as one of 14 host bowling centers across the country.
I encourage you to take advantage of USBC's nationwide effort to certify Bronze Level Coaches. The cost is $245 if you register by July 2. The regular cost is $295. Entry deadline is July 30. Anyone who signs up after that date will have to pay $325 to enter.
The conference will be from 9 AM to 5 PM both days.
To take the USBC Coaching Bronze course, you first must successfully complete Level I certification and have been approved through the Registered Volunteer Program (RVP)
CLICK HERE FOR THE BRONZE REGISTRATION FORM
Please email, text or call Steve with any questions.
Director of Youth Development
Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley
Main - 920-336-0400
Cell - 906-440-0378
Note: Below is a copy of the press release the USBC put out in regards to new ball specifications that will take effect in 2020. I was at the seminar when this was announced where a lot of information was shared into the research and reasoning during the USBC National Convention. Feel free to send me a message with any questions, I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
A video with a summary of the research presented is available below as well.
- Zach Boulanger
GBBA USBC BA
ARLINGTON, Texas – Following three years of research on how technology has affected the sport of bowling, the United States Bowling Congress Equipment and Specifications Committee has established new specifications designed to sustain the playing field both currently and in the future.
The new specifications, which will be implemented over the course of the next two seasons, were announced at the USBC Convention in Reno, Nevada.
“Technology impacts every sport, but it is our role as the National Governing Body to ensure the skill of the competitors on the lanes remains the deciding factor,” said Andrew Cain, chair of the USBC Equipment and Specifications Committee. “The research presented revealed the impact technology has made on the sport’s playing environment and the committee determined there was a need to enact these specifications.”
A new specification has been established for the oil absorption rate of bowling ball coverstocks, the first time such a specification has been set, and a specification to eliminate balance holes while increasing static weight allowances also has been approved.
In addition, new rules will be put into place to allow only a dry towel to be used to clean bowling balls during competition and to keep bowlers from changing the static weight (i.e. drilling grip holes deeper) of bowling balls during competition.
“The diligent work of the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team spurred discussions in several areas and the committee made decisions that are needed to protect our sport’s future,” USBC President Frank Wilkinson said. “Technology will continue to push the boundaries and we will continue to analyze every aspect to make certain we are doing what’s in the best interests of bowling and our members.”
The new oil absorption specification for bowling ball coverstocks will require that for a new ball to be approved, submitted ball samples cannot have a rate of oil absorption under 2 minutes and 15 seconds (2:15), and must adhere to the 0.6% non-conformance rate.
The initial step on the oil absorption specification will begin Aug. 1, 2018, when bowling ball manufacturers are required to submit oil absorption data as part of the USBC bowling ball approval process. Manufacturers have been provided a standard operating procedure (SOP) to determine oil absorption rates.
The specification requiring a bowling ball’s oil absorption rate to be more than 2:15 for the ball to be approved will take effect Aug. 1, 2020. Also, any ball models tested where the average oil absorption rate is under nine minutes and 30 seconds (9:30) will require additional balls to be tested.
The specification eliminating the use of balance holes will go into effect Aug. 1, 2020. Balance holes, also known as weight holes, are meant to correct static imbalance in bowling balls, but more recently have been used to change the design intent of balls. By allowing bowling balls (for balls weighing more than 10 pounds) to have up to three ounces of static side, thumb and finger weight – which is up from one ounce – and up to three ounces of top weight, there no longer will be the need for a balance hole to correct static imbalance in the typical ball layout.
The specification increases in static weights take effect Jan. 1, 2020, which will allow bowlers the opportunity to plug balance holes prior to the elimination of balance holes starting Aug. 1, 2020.
With the elimination of balance holes, bowlers may have up to five holes for gripping purposes and all gripping holes must be used on every delivery.
The change allowing only a dry towel to clean bowling balls during competition becomes effective Aug. 1, 2019. It eliminates the use of liquid cleaners of any kind during competition, which aligns with other changes to ensure equipment is not manipulated during competition. The change prohibiting a bowler from adjusting static weight during a competition by drilling grip holes deeper goes into effect Aug. 1, 2020.
It is important for bowlers to understand the specification for oil absorption will not eliminate any bowling balls from competition, as all current balls will be grandfathered in. Bowlers also should be aware that because the increase in static weights starts Jan. 1, 2020, they will have seven months to have any balance hole plugged so they will be in compliance when the specification eliminating balance holes starts Aug. 1, 2020.
The Equipment and Specifications Committee has delegated authority from the USBC Board to make changes to equipment specifications. The USBC Board fully supports the direction and action taken by the Equipment Specifications Committee.
USBC will conduct a media-only teleconference on Tuesday, April, 24 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) with Equipment Specifications Committee members and USBC staff. To participate in the conference call, media members can email email@example.com with their name and affiliation for call-in instructions.
Visit BOWL.com/EquipAndSpecs for USBC’s research and more about the specification changes.
Note: The article below was originally posted by the USBC on Bowl.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – After researching the averages of bowlers who competed in multiple leagues during the 2016-2017 season, the United States Bowling Congress determined the lane conditions used in more than 700 leagues were more difficult than conditions in Standard leagues and those leagues will be reclassified with the appropriate Sport or Challenge designation.
A total of 605 leagues will be reclassified to Challenge leagues and 99 leagues will be reclassified as Sport leagues based on data that showed the scoring pace was significantly different from the scoring pace its members had on Standard league conditions.
The averages of the bowlers in those leagues now will carry a Sport or Challenge designation on Find A Member. If they have no other average, the bowlers will need to follow Rule 201 and use the Sport or Challenge conversion charts when entering leagues or tournaments bowled on Standard conditions.
“Average integrity is an important issue this industry continues to face and USBC is being proactive in using the data to make sure leagues are properly classified,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “This is another positive step to leveling the playing field at all USBC certified events.”
During the next several days, USBC will send emails and letters to the league secretary, league president and bowling center of the leagues, and inform the local and state association managers of the reclassification. The letters also will state that leagues have the right to appeal the reclassification; any appeals will be overseen by the USBC Rules department.
With assistance from the USBC Specifications and Certification department, the USBC Membership department examined the averages of every league from the 2016-2017 season.
To ensure it had a sample size large enough to evaluate a league, at least 20 percent of a league’s members had to have an average in another league if the league was to be evaluated for possible reclassification.
For leagues with a large enough sample size, the data showed 99 leagues were statistically more difficult for bowlers, with averages of 20 or more pins higher in a Standard or “house shot” league, which showed the league was competing on Sport conditions. It also found 605 leagues in which bowler averages were 10-19 pins higher in Standard leagues, which shows Challenge lane conditions.
The reclassification of the leagues continues USBC’s efforts to ensure the averages bowlers use in leagues and competitions are a true reflection of their abilities. It also is part of the continuing evaluation of leagues following changes to the Sport program several years ago.
The Sport Bowling program was changed in 2015, removing the membership costs and the need to submit lane tapes, and became a resource for lane patterns and information for bowlers seeking a more challenging level. Leagues were tasked with self-reporting by designating their league as Sport if the league used the tougher lane conditions.
To bridge the gap between Sport and Standard leagues, USBC introduced the Challenge league designation in 2017 for leagues using tougher, though not Sport, lane conditions. Compared to Standard lanes conditions (house shot), bowlers in Challenge leagues have averages that are 10-19 pins lower than averages on a house shot. Averages in Sport leagues are 20 or more pins lower.
Visit BOWL.com/SportBowling to learn more about Sport and Challenge lane conditions.
The Organizational meeting for the Wisconsin State USBC will be held on May 19, 2018 at Ledgeview Lanes, 170 Prairie Rd., Fond du Lac, WI 54935. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM. Registration will open at 10 AM.
The two main objectives of this meeting will be to adopt Bylaws and elect the Officers & Board of Directors for the Wisconsin State USBC.
Nomination papers are available to anyone who may be interested in a position on the Wisconsin State USBC Board of Directors. Any member can apply for a position. Nomination forms must be returned to Don Hildebrand by the April 20, 2018 deadline, in order to be considered for a position.
The Nominating Committee will meet to prepare a slate of candidates prior to the Organizational Meeting.
Following the meeting on May 19th, there will be a “Tailgate” style luncheon for anyone attending the meeting.
We hope to see you at the Organization Meeting of your “NEW” Wisconsin State USBC!!
Don Hildebrand, Nominating Committee Chair
Donald G Hildebrand
Qualifying has started for the 2017-2018 Team Championships.
Attempt to qualify during regular league play to earn a spot in the 64 Team Final Bracket.
Qualifying runs through January 15th.
So far 1 team has attempted to qualify from Willow Creek Lanes, and 15 teams from The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley.
2 teams from each center will make the finals, with the rest of the spots being award to wild cards based on center participation.
Other center results will be posted as more teams attempt to qualify.
This past weekend marked the conclusion of the 115th Annual Wisconsin State Open Championship Tournament held right here in Green Bay.
Over 1960 teams competed in their divisions at Riviera Lanes.
There were also over 5020 sets of doubles and singles that competed at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley over the past 18 weekends.
In all, over 89,000 games were bowled at the 2 centers. There were 35 300 Games, and 10 800 series during the event.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE UNOFFICIAL RESULTS provided by the WI State USBC BA.
Green Bay had a great showing in the tournament. Check out the local bowlers who made the top 25 in each event below.
Team Division 1
"ABA - Out" is currently 2nd place in Division 1 (3665)
"20th Century Lanes -Denmark" is in 24th place in Division 1 (3517)
Team Optional Scratch
"ABA - Out" is currently 11th Place (3449)
Doubles Division 1
2nd Place: Simonet, Mark/Wilde, Randy (1566)
8th Place: Olsen Craig/Olsen, Kevin (1514)
14th Place: Becher, Jason/Kamke, Craig (1495)
Doubles Division 2
10th Place: Mertens, Joshua/Holewinski, Garrett (1375)
13th Place: Brunner, Dave/Siolka, Brian (1364)
Doubles Division 3
17th Place: Kraning, Shelley/Kraning, Jeff (1212)
Doubles Optional Scratch
1st Place: Simonet, Mark/Wilde, Randy (1534)
23rd Place: Johnson, Jake/Johnson, Josh (1425)
Singles Division 1
1st Place: Lemmen, Jeff (833)
6th Place: Young, Alex (809)
7th Place: Skenandore, Brad (804)
Singles Division 2
22nd Place: Mertens, Josh (702)
Singles Optional Scratch
1st Place: Lemmen, Jeff (833)
2nd Place: Young, Alex (799)
All Events Division 1
13th Place: Brien, Michael Jr. (2247)
All Events Division 2
1st Place: Lamers, Allan (2150)
6th Place: Mertens, Joshua (2050)
18th Place: Lackey, Kelli (1996)
All Events Optional Scratch
16th Place: Wilde, Randy (2179)
23rd Place: Lemmen, Jeff (2156)
Jeff Lemmen: 299-277-257=833
Randy Wilde: 256-299-289=844
A big thanks go out to all the local volunteers who helped make this event a huge success. The team at Riviera Lanes decided to take a quick photo before packing up. Hosting the largest state tournament in the country is no small feat!
Next year, the Women roll into town, stay tuned for more details on how you can volunteer.