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This came out yesterday, what are your thoughts?

https://strikingspotlight.com/2020/05/06/usbc-modifies-rules-to-help-allow-a-return-to-competitive-bowling/

USBC MODIFIES RULES TO HELP ALLOW A RETURN TO COMPETITIVE BOWLING

Changes include waiving alternating lane requirement and
approving use of isopropyl alcohol to clean bowling balls

ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress 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 local health guidelines related to COVID-19.  

The modifications allow certified competition to take place on one lane for the entirety of a game. Additionally, bowlers will be allowed to use isopropyl alcohol, more commonly known as rubbing alcohol, to clean their bowling ball during competition. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists isopropyl alcohol as an approved disinfectant for use against COVID-19.

“As bowling centers around the country are reopening, USBC intends to give operators the most flexibility possible to resume bowling within their local guidelines,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “We have been listening to proprietors and members as they prepare to resume certified play and made these changes based on that input. Our goal is to facilitate bowling again in a way that meets the need locally and USBC is ready to quickly consider and activate additional changes based on feedback from centers and associations.”

The USBC Board has the authority to temporarily amend or suspend league and tournament rules in emergency cases. With the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USBC reviewed its rules and policies to identify areas of concern relating to player safety and to determine how it could promote efforts while centers adjust operations to meet local guidelines.

Effective immediately, USBC has temporarily waived USBC Playing Rules 106a, 106b, 320a and 320b, which state two lanes must be used for competition and bowlers must alternate lanes – bowling five frames on each lane of the pair. It also waived the requirement that both lanes must be used for a bowler to be eligible for awards and average recognition.

The temporary waiver allows competitions to use one lane for the entirety of a game and allows recognition of scores bowled on a single lane for USBC High Score Awards and for a bowler’s official average.

USBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and can rescind the waiver of Rules 106a,106b, 320a and 320b at any time.

USBC also created an exception for Rule 18, which restricts the use of liquid cleaners to clean the outer surface of the bowling ball during USBC certified competition. The exception for Rule 18 applies only to isopropyl alcohol – no other USBC-approved cleaners will be allowed during competition.

The USBC Board, which has the authority over General Playing Rules, was able to make the rules waivers following the adoption of General Playing Rule 14 – Emergency Authorizations. Rule 14 states USBC may authorize temporary modifications to the General Playing Rules, Award, League and Tournament Rules in cases of emergency and that such authorizations will be for a specified period.

Visit BOWL.com/Rules for more information on USBC Rules.

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Initial thoughts on this are mixed to be honest and it's hard for me to put my thoughts into words.

In the grand scheme of things bowling seems so unimportant right now, so the fact that the USBC feels they need to officially "allow" us to use alcohol on our bowling balls seems at best a superficial token effort to appear that the USBC and its rules still matter.  Whatever's left of league bowling come September is going to care a whole lot less about the USBC's rules and a whole lot more about doing what they can FOR THEIR PARTICULAR SITUATION to try and make things safe enough so they can bowl.

What we're not seeing the USBC do (yet) is postpone the deadline for eliminating balance holes in bowling balls since all the pro shops are closed and will be for the foreseeable future.  Being able to sanitize a bowling ball we can't have made legal doesn't really do a sanctioned league bowler much good.

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Good point on the balance holes.
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I can see a lot of prebowling. I may just sit out next year.
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The USBC. (ABC) has been detrimental to the integrity of bowling since 1975, we should give a rodents rear what they think or that they pretend to care.
Their only real concern is that there are no bowling ball profits to be made at the moment.
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If the USBC would fold bowling would survive.
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If the USBC would fold bowling would survive.


Yup...seems like the BPAA has been calling a lot of the shots over the last few decades anyway so having them provide the rules for the league bowling wouldn't change things much.  

I could see people argue that having those trying to make money in the sport be the ones creating league rules could be a conflict of interest though.  Maybe it's true but at this point it seems the damage is already done.


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It doesn't look like bowling will start up in Ky until maybe July, if I read this right.

"Also Thursday, Beshear announced an expedited Phase 2, which will allow restaurants to open May 22, but only at 33-percent capacity. Unlimited outdoor seating is OK as long as restaurants can maintain proper spacing between tables.

The governor said movie theaters and fitness centers can open on June 1, with limited capacities as well. Campgrounds can open on June 11.

On June 15, child care facilities will be able to reopen, and youth sports can begin, but at heavily reduced capacities. Beshear will announce a July date for when bars can open and groups as large as 50 can gather. He didn’t sound optimistic about pools reopening anytime soon."


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It doesn't look like bowling will start up in Ky until maybe July, if I read this right.

"Also Thursday, Beshear announced an expedited Phase 2, which will allow restaurants to open May 22, but only at 33-percent capacity. Unlimited outdoor seating is OK as long as restaurants can maintain proper spacing between tables.

The governor said movie theaters and fitness centers can open on June 1, with limited capacities as well. Campgrounds can open on June 11.

On June 15, child care facilities will be able to reopen, and youth sports can begin, but at heavily reduced capacities. Beshear will announce a July date for when bars can open and groups as large as 50 can gather. He didn’t sound optimistic about pools reopening anytime soon."




And when they reopen how many will show up. I'm considering 
sitting out next year. If a second wave appears in the fall leagues'will 
likely quit anyway.

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And when they reopen how many will show up. I'm considering 
sitting out next year. If a second wave appears in the fall leagues'will 
likely quit anyway.


I'm with you.  My bowling buddy has sleep apnea, severe COPD, asthma, and uses inhalers on a good day.  I'm not willing to risk his life just to bowl leagues.  Afternoons when nobody is around is fine, but not leagues.

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It would be much easier to socially distance in a singles league, and a substantial number of bowlers skipping next season due to virus fears does make it easier for those who remain to make that switch.  Certainly not saying that's a good thing for either bowlers or the center but a singles league would be done in an hour so there could be more of them.  Just a thought.
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Not bowling related but I wonder what going to happen to
buffets? I can't see sharing the serving utensils  being a good thing

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Not bowling related but I wonder what going to happen to
buffets? I can't see sharing the serving utensils  being a good thing


I agree.  I can't see us going out to eat any time soon, be it buffet or dine in.  I won't even risk take out at this point.  Frustrates me to try so hard to protect my family and see people hanging out, ignoring the distancing rules like they are immortal.  The next 2 months are critical according to what I am reading.

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I think buffets will be a thing of the past, going forward.  Don't know what this means for places like Golden Corral, or in Las Vegas, where the buffets are wonderful.  

It is a personal choice as far as what everyone will do going forward, but personally, I do not see myself going to restaurants for dine for quite some time.  
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I was talking to a bowling buddy of mine who gave not a far fetched scenario, of imagining a bowler who is asymptomatic, and doesn't know it, goes to bowl, wipes his brow, etc, uses the pin reset button, gets sweat on it.  Then the next shot, you bowl, need to use the button, and then contract the virus that way.  It's a bit scary if you think about it, not to mention we are crammed and jammed in our center.  Social distancing is impossible, even with this proposal of staying on one lane.  

I'm probably going to go back to what I was doing in the early 90s, and that was using a golf glove, aka PDW.   I used to emulate PDW.  Cut out the thumb on the glove, and keep the fingers in tact.  You can throw the ball just fine, and even better, get better lift on the ball.  On the right hand, I can wear disposable glove, etc.  Those should cut down on risk of spread through finger touch.  The habit that needs to be broken is scratching your face, etc.

Should be interesting to see what happens.  
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