2020 Adult/Youth Doubles Tournament (Nov. 21-22, 2020)
2020 Seniors Tournament (Dec. 5, 6, 11 & 12, 2020)
Due to the restrictions put into place by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, these tournaments have been cancelled.
We are hoping to re-schedule these tournaments if dates can be worked out with the Proprietors.
Any entry fees that have been submitted for these tournaments will be refunded.
As this bowling season is getting underway, along with it comes the new regulations on balance holes. Starting now all holes placed into a bowling ball need to be used for gripping purposes. Any hole not used to deliver the ball will need to be plugged before it can be used in any certified play.
Per the documentation posted by the National USBC:
The specification eliminating the use of balance holes will go into effect Aug. 1, 2020. Balance holes, also known as weight holes, are meant to correct static imbalance in bowling balls, but more recently have been used to change the design intent of balls. By allowing bowling balls (for balls weighing more than 10 pounds) to have up to three ounces of static side, thumb and finger weight – which is up from one ounce – and up to three ounces of top weight, there no longer will be the need for a balance hole to correct static imbalance in the typical ball layout.
The specification increases in static weights take effect Jan. 1, 2020, which will allow bowlers the opportunity to plug balance holes prior to the elimination of balance holes starting Aug. 1, 2020.
With the elimination of balance holes, bowlers may have up to five holes for gripping purposes and all gripping holes must be used on every delivery.
You can find this information along with a full write up in the link to the initial rule changes below.
Due to our extended “Stay at Home” orders the board of directors has decided to cancel this year’s city tournaments. This will include the Open, Women, and Youth. We also have some updates on our banquets, scholarships, and annual meeting. Please read the attached letter for all of the updates on the remainder of the 2019-2020 season.
Complying with the newest regulations our Adult and Youth City Tournaments are postponed until further notice. With regulations and information changing hour by hour, there is a chance that the tournaments will be cancelled completely. We will update everyone as soon as we have enough information to make further decisions.
– Greater Grand Rapids Board
Earlier today the national USBC created a document answering some of the common questions that are occurring around COVID-19 and USBC events. Please review the document and stay informed with the options surrounding leagues and tournaments.
The unofficial results from this year’s tournament held at Park Center has been posted on the tournament page.
Below is the schedule for this year’s upcoming City Tournament being held at Fairlanes.
As this new 2019 – 2020 season gets started The Greater Grand Rapids USBC would like to welcome back all of our members across our organization. We would also like to especially welcome the bowlers of Hastings Bowl to the GRGRUSBC! We already have tournament entry forms out for the Officer’s Jamboree, and the 700/800 tournament which moved from December to October. Please refer to their tournament pages to download an entry.
Also, this year the new “Dry Towel” rule goes into effect. This rule states that at no point once competition begins can a bowler use any substance on a bowling ball without league or tournament official’s approval. This is not just for cleaners, but also means that if you powder or rosin bags you cannot apply the substance to your the gripping holes on the bowling ball. In order to continue using these substances it must be applied to your fingers/thumb.
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