2020 PWBA Frequently Asked Questions
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) has postponed their 2020 PWBA Tour season, including its two major events, USBC Queens and the U.S. Women’s Open.
The PWBA is a collaboration of the American Bowling Owners Association (MSPA) and the United States Bowling Association (USBC), and leadership for both organizations has resolved concerns about work capacity related to COVID-19 pandemics. and various national restrictions would not allow PWBA to conduct full-field tour events.
A number of operational factors were considered, in particular the feasibility of providing standard health and safety protocols to PWBA Tour athletes and staff while traveling around the country at the time of their departure. was constantly changing. The PWBA has now made the decision, so athletes, guest venues and member manufacturers would no longer be in a retention pattern and can plan accordingly.
“When we look at the way other professional sports leagues are resuming play, the regular approach is a constant test as they separate athletes and staff from outside contact. , ”Said USBC Managing Director Chad Murphy. “Unfortunately, we do not see a way to run a national tour in 2020 across different locations and states in a way that meets the standards for a professional sports league.”
Bowling stations face different rules as they reopen from previous months. While many institutions have begun to reopen, some are operating at a limited capacity to follow state guidelines. With professional sports events currently unable to work with spectators, PWBA cannot provide its core hosting value for customer engagement through Bowl events with the Pros.
The limited capacity of venues would also affect the ability of the PWBA Tour to host events. For the 2019 season, the PWBA averaged 78 competitors for each of its three events, while the USBC Queens drew a field of 192 competitors.
The PWBA has considered, and will continue to investigate, the possibility of holding special events later in 2020.
“We will continue to explore the potential of holding PWBA events in 2020 for the players, fans and industry,” said MSPA Managing Director Frank DeSocio. “If conditions improve to allow special events to be an option for the PWBA, we want to find a way to make that happen.”
The PWBA 2020 Tour season was scheduled to begin April 23 with a PWBA Tucson Open at the Lucky Strike Bowl in Tucson, Arizona, but the PWBA announced the indefinitely postponed 2020 season on March 16.
The PWBA tour launched again in 2015 after a 12-year hiatus. It continues to attract competitors from all over the world each and has hosted 14 events per season since 2016. Twenty-seven athletes have won a PWBA title during the five seasons of the tour since it was relaunched.