The United States Bowling Congress has revoked approval of the Storm Spectre bowling ball and removed it from the list of balls approved for USBC competition effective March 14, 2022. The revocation comes after USBC determined through its spot-checking procedures that a significant percentage of the balls produced do not comply with specifications and requirements outlined in the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Manual.
USBC testing showed a significant percentage of the Storm Spectre do not meet the minimum 73D hardness specification during spot checks of bowling balls in the field. The ball originally was approved based on samples submitted by Storm. The Spectre had been approved for competition in December 2021.
The statistical analysis of the Storm Spectre indicated a defect rate of 98.6%, meaning that 98.6% of Spectre balls are projected to be outside USBC’s hardness specification limit. USBC tested balls from multiple batches, and the non-conformance was not limited to a specific batch.
Bowlers who used the Spectre in competition before March 14, 2022, with no prior knowledge of their balls being out of specification would not be subject to forfeiture under USBC rules.
The official announcement from USBC can be found here.
Effective immediately, USBC is instituting a tournament rule at all USBC national tournaments prohibiting Purple Hammers manufactured in 2016 and 2017 from being used in these competitions. The tournament rule reads:
Purple Hammer bowling balls manufactured during 2016 or 2017 (identified by serial numbers that start with either a “6” or “7”) are prohibited for use.
USBC has shared this national tournament rule with Hammer’s current owner, Brunswick, and has Brunswick’s support. Brunswick will offer owners of 2016 or 2017 Purple Hammers the option to exchange their balls for a new Purple Hammer that can be used in all tournaments or a product of their choice. This can be done on-site at the 2022 USBC Open Championships or USBC Women’s Championships, or by contacting Brunswick at: email@example.com or 800-937-2695.
The Purple Hammer, including the 2016 and 2017 models, remain USBC approved. USBC’s equipment specification manual allows for revocation of ball approval when balls at the time of manufacture demonstrate non-compliance to specification. USBC has no such evidence and is unable to locate enough blank balls from 2016 and 2017 to conduct conclusive testing.
Each USBC competition, whether tournament or league, has the option to adopt USBC’s national tournament rule on the Purple Hammer or other rules related to equipment restrictions.
The official USBC announcement can be found here.
Annual Meetings are open to all GRAUSBC members.
LOCATION: Rocky Mount Bowling Center, 1555 North Main Street, Rocky Mount, Virginia
TIME: April 2, 2022 @ 1:00pm
TOPICS: Review of 2021 Annual Meeting Minutes, current Annual Reports, any new business and election of Officers and Directors whose terms expire in 2022 (1 Vice-President and 4 Directors). Applications for open positions are available under our Forms page.
CONTACT: Michelle Martin, Association Manager, Tel. 540-793-1394, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greater Roanoke Area, Lynchburg Area, New River Valley, Southern Piedmont, South Boston and Central Shenandoah Valley USBC Associations have combined to bring you the 2022 Fifth Annual Multi-Association City Championship Tournament. The format is Doubles & Singles; bowlers must participate in both. The event will be held the weekends of January 29/30 and February 5/6, 2022 at AMF Lynchburg Lanes, 4643 Murray Pl., Lynchburg, VA. Entry forms will be available at the bowling centers and under our Forms page (at the bottom of the page under the “Other” heading). Please read the rules on the second page of the entry form. Questions should be directed to Johnny Harris (434-660-1780) . ENTRIES CLOSE JANUARY 25, 2022. Re-entries will be accepted if lanes are available.
|November 7, 2021||Lee-Hi Lanes|
|December 5, 2021||Vinton Bowling Center|
|February 6, 2022||AMF Hilltop Lanes ***|
|March 6, 2022||Rocky Mount Bowling Center|
|April 3, 2022||Lee-Hi Lanes|
*** CITY/COUNTY will he held with the February Tournament (Additional Fee Required).
For more information contact your league coach. All tournaments are USBC Sanctioned.