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Nick Berken & Jacob McKeever Are Green Bay Open Champions

The 4th Annual Green Bay Open was held on October 23 at the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley.


Nick Berken was crowned champion in the Scratch Division while Jacob McKeever took home the title in the Handicap Division.


Scratch Division Highlights

Round 1 of Qualifying saw 300s by Jake Ziebarth (Game 1) and Emmanual McPherson (Game 3).  Ken Kempf led the first 3 games of qualifying with an 801 series (247-265-289).


After Round 1 (3 Games) - the field was cut to 16 bowlers.  It took a 652 to make the cut.  The remaining 16 bowlers bowled 2 additional games in the cashers round.  After 5 games, Ken Kempf continued to lead with a 1259 total.  The field was then cut to 6 bowlers, which took an 1123.


The remaining 6 bowlers were placed in 2 groups of 3 for the eliminator finals.  Pair 1 included Ken Kempf (1259), Matt Heesaker (1144) and Tyler McNutt (1123). Pair 2 featured Jake Ziebarth (1175), Emmanuel McPherson (1152), and Nick Berken (1125).  The bowlers bowled 1 game, with the low bowler eliminated after each game.  


After the first round of eliminations, Jake Ziebarth (218) and Matt Heesaker (219) were eliminated.  The second round took out Tyler McNutt (260) and Emmanuel McPherson (193).  This left Ken Kempf and Nick Berken to compete for the championship.  In that final match, Nick Berken defeated Ken Kempf 228 to 193.


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Handicap Division Highlights

Round 1 of qualifying was led by Jacob McKeever (694).  The field was then cut to the top 6 bowlers who advanced to the cashers round for 2 additional games.


After the casher's round, Jacob McKeever held his lead (1126) and was joined by Travis Skinkis (1053) and Eric Verhagen (1050) who also advanced to join McKeever in the eliminator finals.


After the 1st game of elimination Eric Verhagen was eliminated with a 187.


McKeever and Skinkis competed for the championship where McKeever defeated Skinkis 224 to 201.


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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.

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.

2018 Green Bay Area USBC Hall of Fame Inductees

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:


Terry Clark - Superior Performance

Jack Guillette - Superior Performance

Karen Tenor - Superior Performance

Debbie Hamilton - Meritorious Service


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!

USBC Adjusts Timeline for New Bowling Ball Specifications

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.