ARLINGTON, Texas – The U.S. Bowling Transportation Board approved the removal and changes to the USBC Rules of Play to give leagues and tournaments greater flexibility to return to bowls while adhering to COVID-19-related local health guidelines. .

The changes allow a certified tournament to be held on one series for an entire game. In addition, bowlers will be allowed to use isopropyl alcohol, commonly known as rubbing alcohol, to clean their bowling ball at competition. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists isopropyl alcohol as an approved protective device for use against COVID-19.

“As bowling centers across the country reopen, USBC intends to give operators maximum flexibility to resume bowling within their local management,” said USBC Managing Director Chad Murphy. “We have listened to owners and members as they prepare to play with resume certification and have made these changes based on that input. Our goal is to make bowling possible again in a way that meets local need and USBC is ready to consider further and implement further changes based on feedback from institutions and associations. ”

The USBC Board has the power to change or temporarily suspend the league and competition rules in cases of urgency. With the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), USBC reviewed its rules and policies to identify areas of concern for player safety and to see how it could advance efforts while centers change operations to meet local guidelines.

Effective immediately, USBC has temporarily waived the USa 106a, 106b, 320a and 320b Play Rules, which state that two tracks must be used for competition and bowlers must turn other lines – the bowling five frames on each row of the pair. It also rejected the requirement that both routes must be used for a bowler to be eligible for average rewards and recognition.

The temporary recreation will allow tournaments to use one tier for an entire game and will allow the recognition of scores scored on one tier for the USBC High Score Awards and for the official bowler average.

USBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and may revoke Regulations 106a, 106b, 320a and 320b at any time.

USBC also created an exception for Rule 18, which restricts the use of smelting detergents to clean the outer surface of the bowling ball during a USBC-certified competition. The exception for Rule 18 only applies to isopropyl alcohol – other purifiers approved by USBC during competition are not permitted.

The USBC Board, which has jurisdiction over General Rules of Play, was able to waive the rules following the adoption of General Play Rule 14 – Emergency Authorities. Rule 14 states that USBC may allow temporary changes to the General Rules of Play, Prize, League and Competition in cases of emergency and that such authors shall be for a specified period.

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