Sport and Challenge lane conditions refer to oil patterns designed for league and tournament bowlers who want to compete on more difficult conditions. Sport lane conditions are the same type of lane conditions used on the professional level and in international competitions. A few things to note about Sport and Challenge conditions:

  • Sport patterns typically have an oil ratio of 4:1 or lower
  • Challenge lane conditions typically have an oil ratio of 4:1 t0 8:1
  • Standard or "house" patterns used in many leagues typically have an oil ratio of 8:1 or higher, and average around 40 feet in length
  • The lower the oil ratio, the more difficult the pattern
  • Patterns have different shapes
  • Averages for leagues who bowl on Sport or Challenge conditions are to be re-classified based on the conversion charts found below.

To better understand the difference in the patterns used in a Sport or Challenge league versus a typical "house" league, check out the video HERE.

To read about the new lane condition classifications, check out the flier HERE

NEW LEAGUE DESIGNATION TO BRIDGE GAP BETWEEN STANDARD, SPORT
USBC has established a new designation for leagues competing on lane conditions that fall between Standard and Sport conditions. The Challenge lane condition designation and conversion chart was determined based on research of leagues conducted under a Sport/Challenge designation, as well as leagues competing on Blue lane conditions.

Click HERE to read more.

SPORT/CHALLENGE LANE CONDITION STUDY, CONVERSION CHARTS
Research of leagues found that having strictly a Sport or Standard average conversion does not allow for a true representation of averages to be given to leagues competing on something “in between” these conditions.

Click HERE to see the study.

Click HERE to see the new Challenge Conversion Chart.
Click HERE to see the new Sport Conversion Chart.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about the new designation.
 
Information on the proper way to read tapes
For more information on the proper way to read tapes, please refer to the following resources:

   • Brunswick Service Bulletin
   • Computer Lane Monitor Manual and Zero 

Questions?
If you have questions about the Sport Bowling, contact us at sportbowling@bowl.com