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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
The National 600 Bowling Club, Inc. is conducting their annual mail-o-graphic singles tournament for its members. This tournament will be held beginning January 23 through February 12, 2022. Copies of the entry form, score verification form and tournament rules are available on the National 600 Bowling Club website.
There are two parts to the form to be used. The entry form with entry fee(s) must be returned postmarked no later than January 20, 2022. If you have your entry in by November 30, your name goes into a drawing for Christmas Table runner.
League scores for the dates of January 23 through February 12, 2022 will be used. You may enter in each league that you are a member, however, you may cash only once in each division entered. The score verification form must be returned postmarked no later than February 19, 2022. Please remember to include a copy of your league recap sheet with current average and signed verification form. The scratch division is open to all members regardless of average.
The entry fee is $10.00 PER ENTRY PER DIVISION: Prize fund $7.00 and $3.00 for expenses. The prize fund will be returned 100%. Checks should be made payable to National 600 Bowling Club, Inc. Results will be posted on the website: www.national600.com If you would like a copy please send a stamped self addressed envelope along with your scores.
For more information, please see the National 600 Club Mail-O-Graphic Tournament web page.
Changes to Rule 18, which allows for the use of isopropyl alcohol to clean a ball during competition, and Rule 113a, which allows for the use of a single lane during competition, have been extended for the 2021-2022 season. Click here to view the USBC press release on this.