Rules Updates

Updates concerning bowling balls
In March 2022, USBC made several decisions regarding bowling balls in the marketplace. Read each press release below to learn more and find the FAQ HERE.

March 14, 2022 - USBC revokes certification approval of Storm Spectre ball

March 21, 2022 - USBC revokes certification approval of 2016 and 2017 Purple Hammer balls

March 29, 2022 - USBC and Storm Products announce agreement of national tournament exclusion and ball exchange program for six Storm Products manufactured ball models

USBC modifies rules to help allow a return to competitive bowling
The USBC Board of Directors approved waivers and modifications to USBC Playing Rules to allow certified leagues and tournaments more flexibility to return to bowling while adhering to guidelines related to COVID-19.

The USBC Board has rescinded the changes made to USBC rules in 2019-2020, which were instituted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Aug. 1, 2022, the following rule changes will be in effect:

Rule 18 – Bowlers will no longer be allowed to use isopropyl alcohol to clean a bowling ball once competition has started.

Rules 113a and 113b – The use of two lanes immediately adjoining each other will again be required to be used for league competition.

Rules 320a and 320b - The use of two lanes immediately adjoining each other will again be required to be used for tournament competition.

Read MORE about the changes starting Aug. 1, 2022.

Click HERE for the May 2020 edition of Rules Extra that discusses adjusting the prize list and the financial responsibilities of league officers.

Click HERE for the special Rules Extra discussing concerns for leagues about COVID-19.

Click HERE for the Tournament Flyer that discusses a tournament's decision to postpone or cancel operations.

Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions to assist leagues, tournaments and state and local associations.