Sport Bowling Tougher Than the Real Thing

By Ruble, Leonard | The Florida Times Union, September 9, 2001 | Go to article overview

Sport Bowling Tougher Than the Real Thing


Ruble, Leonard, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Leonard Ruble, Times-Union correspondent

Sport bowling is a new game in town, and an excellent way to test your bowling skills.

But sport bowling is not for everyone. Results so far reveal that higher average bowlers have more of a drop in average than average bowlers. The sport bowling lane condition allows the bowler to experience a lane condition similar to what the PBA/PWBA bowlers encounter each week in tournament play.

The lane dressing rules are simple. There cannot be more than twice the oil in the center of the lane, meaning from 10 board to 10 board, than there is on the outside 10 boards. As an example, if there is 30 units of lane dressing in the middle of the lane, then there must be at least 15 units of dressing on the outside 10 boards on each side lane.

Prior to the lanes being dressed for the league, the lanes must be stripped to eliminate carrydown from previous leagues or open bowling. Also, the lanes must be inspected prior to league bowling to ensure the league is bowling on a legal condition, which could present logistic problems for bowling centers, the local associations and league officers.

There are unique sport bowling awards from ABC/WIBC for all honor scores in addition to the traditional awards, but any award scores bowled on conditions not pre-inspected will not qualify for the sport bowling awards.

As part of the technical requirements for ABC/WIBC sport bowling, the program will have no equipment restrictions at this time. Sport bowling patterns and requirements have been tested across North America over the last two years. The bottom line is you can use any ABC/WIBC approved bowling ball.

During the 2000-2001 bowling season, sport bowling was tested in 47 leagues across the country using four different oil patterns, with a varied degree of difficulty. No one pattern came out as the designated oil pattern to be used, but it gathered enough information to warrant the creation of the lane-dressing rule.

The leagues tested included 2,110 bowlers (300 were women), who bowled a total of 47,597 games for a composite average of 178.51. The highest average was 223.52 for men and 193.22 for women. Only 10 men averaged over 210 and only two women averaged over 190.

In the award score category, only two 300 games were bowled and the woman's high was 289. No bowler rolled an 800 series or better.

When is the last time you saw a 203 game win a jackpot or a 650 series win an award? …

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