Specification & Certification

USBC Equipment Specification

08/10/16

USBC affirms decision to revoke approval of two Motiv balls

2016MOTIVJackalCarnageandCarnage_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has affirmed the decision to revoke USBC approval of the Motiv brand Jackal and Jackal Carnage bowling balls. Motiv requested an appeal of the March 15, 2016 decision to revoke approval of the balls. The USBC Equipment Specifications Committee heard the appeal, reviewed the facts and circumstances, and has affirmed the revocation decision.

United States

07/02/16

Jaryszak Laneman Award winner John Forst dies at Bowl Expo

PBA Tour titlist's final day includes surprise award, reunion with friends, colleagues, former competitors

2016JimJaryszakLanemanAwardJohnForst2_small.jpgA matter of hours after he was surprised as the 2016 recipient of the Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award at International Bowl Expo on June 29, LaGrange, Ill., native John Forst was found unresponsive on the Mandalay Bay property. Forst, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer, was 55. At Bowl Expo, Forst (pictured in the middle of a Storm group) had a final opportunity to reunite with a horde of friends, colleagues and former competitors from his days working with Storm Products, Kegel, USBC and PBA competition.

USBC News

06/30/16

John Forst selected for 2016 Jaryszak Laneman Award

2016JimJaryszakLanemanAwardJohnForst_small.jpgJohn Forst of West Jordan, Utah, who worked several national championships as a lane technician for Kegel, is the 2016 recipient of the Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award. The award was presented at Bowl Expo on Wednesday. The award, determined by the United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications team, recognizes a person for their behind-the-scenes work as a laneman. Forst is the sixth recipient of the award, presented annually at Bowl Expo.

USBC News

06/01/16

Nicholas Hoagland to direct lane pattern development for USBC events

2016USBCLanePatternDevelopmentNicholasHoagland_small.jpgNicholas Hoagland of Indianapolis will lead the lane pattern development program for the United States Bowling Congress, working with USBC tournament directors and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC events, to set lane patterns for competitions. Hoagland has been involved in bowling most of his life, and worked for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) from 2001-2005 as Manager of Consumer Programs. During that time, he was responsible for the launch of the PBA Animal lane patterns.

USBC Equipment Specification

05/18/16

USBC explains specification related to new gripping layouts

2016USBCEquimentSpecificationLogo_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications Team recently analyzed new ball gripping layouts being used to create different ball reactions and how it affects specifications for bowling balls. These layouts allow bowlers to grip the balls in different configurations, which create different ball reactions depending on which holes the bowler uses to deliver the ball. This has led to questions concerning USBC's gripping-hole specification.

USBC News

03/16/16

USBC revokes certification approval of two Motiv balls

2016MOTIVJackalCarnageandCarnage_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has revoked approval of two Motiv brand bowling balls and removed them from the list of balls approved for competition effective today, March 15, 2016. The revocation comes after USBC determined that the Jackal and Jackal Carnage balls do not comply with current specifications and requirements in the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Manual. Customers were informed that Motiv will replace the bowling balls.

USBC Specs

05/07/14

USBC modifies rule on Bowling Ball Gripping Holes

Rule change, effective August 1, strictly addresses the use of the thumb hole and only affects bowlers who do not use their thumb for gripping the ball during a delivery

2014USBCEquimentSpecificationLogo_small.jpg In a move to add greater clarity and fairness to ball specifications related to bowlers not using their thumb while delivering the ball, the United States Bowling Congress has modified the specifications on bowling ball gripping holes. The rule change strictly addresses the use of the thumb hole and only affects bowlers who do not use their thumb for gripping the ball during a delivery. The change will go into effect at the beginning of the winter bowling season, Aug. 1.

United States

06/27/13

Kegel Founder John Davis recognized with Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award

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Kegel founder John Davis was posthumously honored with the 2013 Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award on Wednesday during Bowl Expo in Las Vegas. Jonathan Davis, John's son and the Chief Business Development Officer at Kegel, was presented the award by Herman Glenn, the United States Bowling Congress Director of Equipment Specifications. The award recipient is determined by a committee consisting of USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team members.

WTBA News

02/14/13

Hong Kong Sports Institute added to WTBA-USBC scoring study

20081009HKSILogo_small.jpgThe World Tenpin Bowling Association's study on factors that influence scoring in the sport will now be joined by the Hong Kong Sports Institute in addition to the United States Bowling Congress. The study is being conducted to determine new lines of specifications at the sport of bowling's elite level. WTBA, USBC and the Hong Kong Sports Institute will work jointly on the project and make recommendations to the WTBA Congress. A status report will be given on all items in August 2013.

USBC Equipment Specifications

11/27/12

World Tenpin Bowling Association partners with USBC to study new specifications

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In an effort to determine new lines of specifications at the sport of bowling's elite level, the United States Bowling Congress will join with the World Tenpin Bowling Association to look at factors that influence scoring. A background study and hypothesis testing will begin immediately, with lab and field testing beginning next year.

USBC Equipment Specifications

08/05/12

Ball testing key benefit for USBC members

By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications

20120805BallTesting_small.jpg Each year, hundreds of new bowling balls are put on the market and before they reach consumers, prototypes are inspected thoroughly by the United States Bowling Congress to ensure they meet specific standards. The USBC Equipment Specifications team has developed a battery of tests to make sure every bowling ball that makes it to the consumer market is legal based on USBC rules.

USBC Equipment Specifications

03/03/12

New Ball Marking Regulation designed to enhance equipment integrity

USBCLogow_small.jpgA primary goal of the United States Bowling Congress as the sport's National Governing Body is to protect the integrity of the game and ensure that equipment performs correctly. USBC recently issued new specifications for ball marking designed to protect bowlers and pro shop operators from errors that can lead to incorrect drilling. Effective January 31, 2012, USBC is requiring ball manufacturers to accurately mark the key axes on the ball in order to receive USBC approval.

USBC News

07/29/11

USBC test robot E.A.R.L. makes engineering media headlines

EARLtheRobot_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress (USBC) test robot E.A.R.L. recently made headlines as the cover story of  Design News magazine’s Mechatronics supplement. Design News is a leading technical resource, providing technology news, opinion, and analysis, for engineers and engineering managers. The article detailed how designers created E.A.R.L. (Enhanced Automated Robotic Launcher) with the ability to release a ball with precise accuracy under a wide range of velocity, loft and axis rotation variables.

USBC Equipment Specifications and Certification

07/07/11

USBC retains static weight specification for bowling balls

Research study shows limits remain relevant

EARLtheRobot_small.jpgAfter completing a comprehensive research study, the United States Bowling Congress will retain its current specifications for static weight limits in its approved bowling balls. The recently-finished study showed that if the current static weight limits were eliminated or increased, the typical three-phase motion of bowling balls as they travel down a lane (skid, hook, and then roll) would be significantly altered. A fourth phase of unpredictable motion begins to occur that would cause problems for bowlers and likely have an undesirable effect.

USBC Equipment Specifications and Certification

05/26/11

Herman Glenn named USBC Director of Equipment Specifications

2011USBCSpecsHermanGlenn_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress has named Herman Glenn (pictured) to the position of Director of Equipment Specifications for the sport's national governing body. Glenn will oversee the USBC team which primarily performs advanced testing and research on bowling balls, lanes, pins and lane dressing to ensure that all equipment meets guidelines set by the organization before it is used in USBC competition. Glenn, a USBC Bronze coach studied electrical engineering at the University of Toledo.

USBC Equipment Specifications and Certification

10/21/10

Bowling robot makes first public appearance at International Bowling Campus

Chris Barnes beats EARL in an epic battle of man versus machine

USBCBowlingRobotEARL2_small.jpg2010EBT15ChrisBarnesChampion2_small.jpgIn an epic battle of man versus machine, the newest member of the Equipment Specifications and Certifications team at the USBC showed off its skills against USBC spokesperson and PBA star Chris Barnes (r.) at the International Bowling Campus on Tuesday. Barnes prevailed, 259-209, but he knows the score does not reflect how significant E.A.R.L. ultimately will be in industry research.

USBC Equipment Specifications and Certification

10/14/10

Bowling robot E.A.R.L. set to be unveiled at International Bowling Campus

USBCBowlingRobotEARL_small.jpgAfter months of calibrations and testing, the newest member of the Equipment Specifications and Certifications team at the United States Bowling Congress is ready to be introduced to the world on Oct. 19. The new addition isn't a scientist, however, it's a state-of-the-art ball-throwing robot named E.A.R.L. (Enhanced Automated Robotic Launcher), which is designed to be able to simulate any type of bowling style with an accuracy and consistency on the lanes that no human bowler can achieve.

USBC Equipment Specifications and Certification

03/02/10

USBC announces new Verification Requirements for Pin Manufacturers

USBCLogow_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress has approved a new specification for bowling pin permit renewals. The change is designed to ensure that pins manufactured annually are comparable to the material of the originally approved pin. The new specification requirement will be enforced for the 2010-11 season and only affects manufacturers. "This specification will confirm that the materials within an approved pin do not change from year to year," USBC Vice President-National Governing Body Neil Stremmel said.

USBC Equipment Specifications and Certification

12/20/09

Introducing the Ball Motion Analysis Form and video tutorials

USBCTDSteveKloempken_small.jpgKeeping up with the modern and complex work of ball drilling and ball motion is now easier than ever with the Ball Motion Analysis Form and accompanying video tutorials by the USBC Equipment Certification and Specifications team. Let USBC Technical Director Steve Kloempken (pictured) guide you through a series of helpful video and written instructions that detail the process of identifying key bowling ball dynamics such as axis tilt and axis migration.


USBC Equipment Specifications and Certification

12/17/09

Red, White and Blue Open results affirm equity of new oil patterns

USBCLogoRed_small.jpgFor the past several months, the United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications team has been testing the new USBC Red, White and Blue patterns, newly created "house" oil patterns designed to present bowlers with conditions of varying difficulty as they progress from beginning bowlers to USBC Sport Bowling members. To date, the results of all field tests have fallen in line with USBC's intended and predicted ranges regarding scoring pace and equity to bowlers of all styles.

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