From USBC..............

Equipment Rule Changes starting Aug. 1

The rule eliminating balance holes in bowling balls took effect Aug. 1, the start of the 2020-2021 bowling season. The rule states all holes in a bowling ball must be used on every delivery; any hole not used is considered a balance hole, making the ball illegal.

Bowlers who do not use their thumb no longer can have a thumb hole, as it now is considered a balance hole. They also need to mark their ball to show where they place their palm on delivery.

Click here for an FAQ on balance holes and gripping holes.

USBC Youth Age Division Change

The maximum age for USBC Youth membership will be 18 starting Aug. 1, 2020, which is the start of the 2020-2021 season.

The decision to lower to the maximum age from 20 to 18, with agreement from the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, was announced last year and will align bowling with other youth sports. Click here to read more.