New Balance Hole Rules Now In Effect

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.

May 2020 Letter to Members

GrGrUSBC Bowlers,

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.

May 2020 COVID-19 letter to members

2020 Nomination Form

Grand Rapids City Tournament/Covid Update

Grand Rapids Bowlers,
Due to the Governor’s “stay at home” order for the next 3 weeks, during that time we will no longer be coming into the Association Office to check mail and phone messages. However, you can still reach us through our email ( and/or our facebook page which can be reached through our website:
With information changing daily on both the state and federal level, all City Tournaments are still postponed. We will continue to monitor legislation to make a decision on whether to cancel or further postpone this year’s tournaments, but we are not there yet..
We are also extending the deadline for our eligible youth bowlers to get their scholarship applications turned in. The new deadline will be June 1.
Thanks to all of you for your patience during these unprecedented times. We will do our best to keep you up to date with any new developments in our Grand Rapids bowling community.
Greater Grand Rapids USBC
Board of Directors
March 23, 2020

All City Tournaments Postponed

GrGrUSBC Bowlers:

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

FAQ’s for COVID-19

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.


Welcome Back Bowlers!

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.


Please follow our Facebook page to get notified of other upcoming events.  Good luck and high scores!

Final Standings – Women’s City Tournament

The Women’s City Tournament hosted at Spectrum Lanes has concluded.  Standings are unofficial.

Shortcuts Team | Doubles | Singles | All-Events

Summary of Titles

Handicap – Hustle & Flo
Scratch – Hustle & Flo

Handicap – Amy SaLee & Brittany Holt
Scratch – Clustelle Henry & Stacey Timmer

Handicap – Kady Stephens
Scratch – Kady Stephens

Handicap – Amy SaLee
Scratch – Amy SaLee

Final Standings – Open City Tournament

The Open City Tournament hosted at Spectrum Lanes has concluded.  Standings are unofficial.

ShortcutsTeam | Doubles | Singles | All-Events

Summary of Titles

Regular Handicap – Sparta Sport Shop
Classic Handicap – Apple Men
Regular Scratch – The Legacy at Hastings
Classic Scratch – 2018 All City Team

Regular Handicap -James Hyatt III & Austin Cross
Classic Handicap – Dennis Smith & Jacob Pomorski
Regular Scratch – James Hyatt III & Austin Cross
Classic Scratch – Andy Cooper & Matt DeHaan

Regular Handicap – Nathan Carpenter
Classic Handicap – Ryan Lomonaco
Regular Scratch – Steve Kuzma
Classic Scratch – Tony Buck

Regular Handicap – Ken Jones
Classic Handicap – Brian Momber
Regular Scratch – Steve Kuzma
Classic Scratch – Brian Momber