The change allowing only a dry towel to clean bowling balls during competition becomes effective Aug. 1, 2019. It eliminates the use of liquid cleaners of any kind during competition, which aligns with other changes to ensure equipment is not manipulated during competition.

Starting Aug. 1, 2018, bowling balls weighing more than 10 pounds will be allowed to have up to three ounces of static side, thumb or finger weight and up to three ounces of top or bottom weight, provided the ball does not have a balance hole. Bowlers still can have a bowling ball with a balance hole until Aug. 1, 2020, but any balls with a balance hole must stay within the current static weight specification of one ounce for finger, thumb or side weight, and three ounces for top or bottom weight. The specification eliminating the use of balance holes will go into effect Aug. 1, 2020.

Youth bowlers of the age of 18 and up MUST take the Safesport Training in order to bowl in the Youth Leagues effective as of August 1, 2019.  If you are bowling in a Generation Gap League, all Adults of the league must take the Safesport Training in order to bowl.  Certificates when finished MUST be printed and turned into the League Official.  The League Official must keep a copy on file.  This will be verified by the Association Manager and USBC.

Any one not taking the course will be ineligible to bowl in the said leagues.  Bowlers have 2 weeks in order to complete the course.

All youth league and tournament officials MUST be Safesport Trained and RVP screened in order to hold the position of official.

All board members and officers must be Safesport Trained and RVP screened in order to hold an office.

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