Just got the following press release, and was a little curious what
Date: 27 Apr 2005 12:37:26|
Subject: USBC Propses Ball Specifications
people thought about the proposed changes.
I'm not wild about forced advertising on every ball manufactured after
1/2006, but more importantly the banning of all balance holes by 2/2008
is sure to rile a few folks that happen to enjoy digging a few rocks
out of retirement on league night.
Be sure the powers that be know your feelings before any changes are
The press release is as follows:
USBC EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS DEPARTMENT TO HOLD FORUM ON PROPOSED
Open discussion meant to solicit objective comments about the sport
GREENDALE, Wis. - An open discussion forum concerning equipment
specification modifications under consideration will be held by the
United States Bowling Congress on June 28 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the
Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla. The USBC Equipment
Specifications Committee has requested the forum in hope of gathering
input from all interested parties regarding several topics, including
three proposed specification changes.
USBC is inviting two representatives from each ball manufacturer to
participate. The industry forum will also include two IBPSIA board
members and two BPAA Board representatives, to be appointed by their
"USBC recognizes that manufacturers and other interested industry
parties should have the opportunity to present facts and information,
and provide comment and recommendations regarding proposed
specification changes," said USBC Director of Sport Jeff Henry. "We
value the industry's opinions. This forum will provide the means for
manufacturers and others to address issues affecting the credibility
and integrity of the sport."
The proposals under review, but for which no decision has been made,
are as follows:
1. Eliminating all balance holes in all balls manufactured/drilled
after January 1, 2006.
Elimination of balance holes in order to reduce the ability to
manipulate the dynamics of the bowling ball. Bowling balls manufactured
with balance holes prior to January 1, 2006 will be grandfathered in
and will be able to be used in certified competition up until January
2. Requiring all balls drilled after January 1, 2006 to have the center
of gravity (CG) mark to be within one inch of the center of grip.
In conjunction with the proposed change of the balance hole
specification, this new specification would allow league and tournament
officials to verify a ball is within the current specifications for
static weights. Bowling balls manufactured prior to January 1, 2006
will be grandfathered in and will be able to be used in certified
competition up until January 1, 2008.
3. Requiring all balls to be manufactured with the USBC logo and year
made as of January 1, 2006.
In addition, USBC is establishing a new Mohs' hardness specification
for particles in the cover stock of a bowling ball. This scale was
developed by Fredrich Mohs in 1812. This new manufacturing
specification will become effective August 1, 2005. The current
durometer "D" specification will remain in effect.
While the forum will focus on the three proposed equipment
specification changes set forth above, USBC also will seek feedback on
recent specification changes (RG Diff and COR). USBC will explain why
these changes were made and seek information on whether future changes
"As you can tell due to some other recent changes, we have been
reviewing various aspects of the game and implementing specification
changes," said USBC Director of Research Neil Stremmel. "However, we
also feel that all interested parties need to have a voice in this. We
want to make sure we have everyone's point of view before we move
forward with any changes. The proposed specifications are under
consideration due to considerable changes over the last several years."
In addition to the industry forum, USBC is also conducting an open
comment period on the proposed changes. USBC would like to receive
comments from any and all interested parties and in accordance with
this goal an open comment period will be offered from June 1 through
June 25. Any objective comments may be forwarded to: USBC Equipment
Specifications Department; 5301 South 76th Street; Greendale, WI 53129;
Fax (414) 421-5860; E-mail TechComments@bowl.com.
A final decision regarding all proposed specification changes will be
issued by July 29.
USBC Equipment Specifications Department
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 also has approved
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
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