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Date: 28 Jul 2005 08:25:39
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Subject: Partial Sanity Prevails
They're still hellbent on putting a logo on everything we throw, but at
least they backed off on the more controversial aspects.

Press release from USBC

USBC ISSUES DECISIONS CONCERNING EQUIPMENT
REVISIONS

GREENDALE, Wis. - After gathering feedback from a variety of industry
groups, leaders and the grass roots membership, the United States
Bowling Congress will move forward with two bowling ball specification
proposals and re-evaluate two others.

In making the decisions at its July 23 meeting, the USBC Equipment
Specifications Committee determined to initiate a more comprehensive
study of all bowling ball specifications. As the newly organized USBC
moves ahead as the sport's national governing body, its pledge is to
study all System of Bowling components to ensure that skill is the
primary factor for success in the sport.

The committee voted to move forward with the following proposals:

* Mohs' hardness specification - USBC has created a new Mohs' hardness
specification of 6.0 for particles in the cover stock of a bowling
ball. Bowling ball manufacturers will have 90 days to review and
comment on a USBC test procedure. Assuming there are no specific issues
with the test procedure, implementation will begin no earlier than Jan.
1, 2006. The intent of this specification is to limit the amount of
traction a bowling ball is capable of achieving and to protect the lane
surface.

* USBC approval logo on bowling balls - Rather than a designed logo,
all approved bowling balls manufactured and submitted for approval
after March 1, 2006, will be required to have the acronym "USBC" and
star outline as part of the serial number area. All
previously-approved equipment without the USBC stamp may continue to be
used in USBC-certified competition.

The committee voted not to move forward with the following proposals:
* Eliminating all balance holes in all balls manufactured/drilled after
Jan. 1, 2006.
* Requiring all balls drilled after Jan. 1, 2006 to have the center of
gravity (CG) mark to be within one inch of the center of grip.

"The proposals dealing with eliminating balance holes and center of
gravity/center of grip were not advanced because we believe that they
would have a very limited effect and not fully address the scope of
technological changes the USBC wants to pursue," said USBC Technical
Director Neil Stremmel.

In place of these proposals, the committee has directed Stremmel's
Specifications and Certification team to develop, with industry input
and cooperation, a study of existing bowling ball specifications and
recommendations for changes at the design stage (including core designs
and cover stocks). Testing methods for dynamic performance
specifications - such as the amount that a ball can hook and entry
angles achieved through friction - also will be investigated with
industry support.

The committee took into consideration input gathered during an open
comment period, the Industry Forum in June that included
representatives from bowling ball manufacturers and other industry
leaders and Specifications and Certifications staff research and
recommendations.

"There was a tremendous response to these proposals," said USBC
Equipment Specifications Committee Chairperson Linda Scott. "USBC is
appreciative of the industry input and has taken those comments to
heart in the decision-making process."

As bowling's national governing body, USBC is required to maintain the
sport's credibility through the development and enforcement of
specifications. To fulfill this mission, USBC will continue its ongoing
review of the "System of Bowling" - which includes lane surfaces, lane
conditions, bowling balls and pins - and develop any new specifications
that may be needed.

Among the goals of the USBC's efforts to reset the parameters of the
game will be to:
* Grow the sport through the respect that a credible playing field
provides.
* Enhance the "risk vs. reward" element to bowling.
* Better define the stars of the game.
* Develop a renewed level of pride in accomplishment.
* Improve the perception of bowling as a sport.
* Place a higher value on coaching and practice for success.
* Ensure that technology does not progress to overwhelm player skill as
the key ingredient for success.


USBC Specifications and Certification
The USBC Specifications and Certification testing facility, opened in
1977, is an eight-lane center in a climate-controlled building where
team members regulate and standardize bowling equipment by
concentrating on pin and product testing, research work, bowling center
certifications and lane dressing inspections. The staff provides
lane-conditioning support for a variety of tournaments and Sport
Bowling events. The Specifications and Certification team consists of
engineers, technicians and support staff.

Since the mid-1980s, Specifications and Certification has been the only
facility recognized to approve products for international competition
such as the World Tenpin Bowling Association and the Federation
Internationale des Quilleurs.

United States Bowling Congress
The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body,
ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides
programs and services and enhances the bowling experience.

USBC officially launched Jan. 1, 2005, as an organization serving more
than three million adult and youth bowlers in the United States. It
resulted from the merger of the American Bowling Congress, Women's
International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA
Bowling.

Bowl with US

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