ARLINGTON, Texas – The scheduled debut of the USBC Bowling Congress Open Championships 2020 and USBC Women’s 2020 Championships will move to September and introduce a modified format to allow more social distance for competitors.
The move to September is designed to give competition mattresses more time to focus on their personal circumstances during this difficult time. In surveys, registered competitors said they would still like to take part in the competition at the end of the year, if the public health situation allows. Moving the competitions to September allows everyone to consider their options and design for their own situation.
The Open Championships begin at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, on September 12 and run until November 21 (the team’s final deadline), while the Women’s Championships take place at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. will start on 19 September and run through 18 October.
The competitions feature a shorter daily squad schedule, with no squads early in the morning or late at night. A survey showed that 62 per cent of Open Championship registered teams are interested in bowling in the autumn, while 37 per cent of Women ‘s Tournament teams expressed interest. As there is a lot of uncertainty, the table is built with some flexibility. Additional team squads can be added every other day or competition dates can be extended, if more teams want to compete.
“Our first concern is the well-being of our members,” said USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy. “By moving the competitions later in the year our archers and their families have the opportunity to consider what is best for their situation. We greatly appreciate the patience and compassion we have shown from our team captains throughout this process. “
For both Open and Women’s Championships, the format will only include one team per pair, to allow greater social distance and reduce the number of teams per squad. USBC will continue to collaborate with the venue’s hosts and modify partner streaming, space and residency signals, as well as photo and squad room processes, based on public health guidelines.
With the 2020-2021 bowling season officially starting on August 1, the 2020-2021 season rules, including an unbalanced hole rule, will take effect.
USBC will provide pre-registration to Captain Club members – coordinators with five or more teams – starting April 17, asking them to submit a form with the dates their teams want to be the competition, which will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration opens to the public on April 27, during which time teams will be able to log into the Online Registration System and move their 2020 teams to any open dates / squads.
Teams that choose not to compete in 2020 can request that the payment be used for the 2021 competition or they can submit a refund request.
Visit the Open Competitions no Women’s Competitions an information sheet for guidance on changing your team date, sending your payment to a 2021 event or to request a refund.