What Events are offered?
The Lilac No-Tap Tournament is now a "Singles" only event where Men and Women compete for the same Prize Fund.
Are there any bowling ball issues to be aware of?
Yes! First is the CLEANING of a bowling ball and the second regards WEIGHT or BALANCE HOLES.
CLEANING: First, there are products illegal to use on a bowling ball at any time. These include products such as Acetone, Cutex, Armor All and WD-40. A complete list can be found here: https://bowl.com/getattachment/897689cd-5a7e-4b7d-970f-34b106d0f977/Non-approved-cleaner_polish-list-for-website-8-16-22.pdf?lang=en-US
Also, as of 8/1/2019, you cannot clean the surface of a bowling ball AT ANY TIME once competition has begun, with anything but a CLEAN TOWEL. No cleaners, approved or not. Any ball cleaned with anything but a clean towel will be removed from play. Can you pat the finger holes with a rosin bag and wipe it off? NO! Can you clean a ball between games? NO! A note that since our Doubles and Singles are bowled consecutively as one set, cleaning is not allowed between these events. You can clean, sand or polish your ball prior to starting and during practice. Once a ball is thrown by the bowler for score, competition is deemed as started.
I want to point out that during COVID, the USBC allowed Isopropyl Alcohol to be used during play but has since rescinded that option. In addition, should a foreign substance or residue get on your ball that cannot be removed with a towel, such as from the machine, you may request from the tournament management to be allowed to clean it. Approval from management must be obtained first.
BALANCE/WEIGHT HOLES: As of 8/1/2020, Balance and/or weight holes are illegal. Any hole in a bowling ball must be used for gripping, and all holes must be utilized during, and for each delivery. If a bowler choses to not use his thumb, there can be no thumb hole in the ball. A bowler cannot have a thumb hole in the ball for certain shots, i.e. spares, and not use it other times. Any hole not used with each delivery is considered a balance hole and deems the ball illegal.
Note: I do not make the rules, but as a USBC Certified Tournament, must and will enforce these rules from USBC. If uncertain about something, please ask!!
The USBC has banned some bowling balls. Are you enforcing this?
(UPDATED as of 4/2/22) Yes and No! For example, in March 2022 the USBC removed the Storm Spectre and certain Purple Hammers from the Approved Ball list for use in USBC Certified events. As a USBC Certified tournament, we must enforce these decisions. Note that while this ban includes ALL Spectre bowling balls, the Purple Hammer in this case only affects those manufactured by Ebonite in 2016 and 2017. These are designated by having a 6 or 7 as the first digit in the serial number. A couple of weeks later, 6 more bowling balls were affected. They are the Storm Phaze 4, Storm Electrify Solid, Storm Trend 2, 900 Global Altered Reality, 900 Global Wolverine and Roto Grip UFO Alert. The difference is, they are only banning these 6 for use in USBC National events. I have a feeling that this may be an ongoing practice, so in an effort to provide some clarity with respect to the Lilac City Tournament,
I will take the following stance.
We are only banning those bowling balls that the USBC has deemed illegal for use in ALL USBC Certified competition. (ie Spectre and 2016-17 Purple Hammer to date) If they just enforce the ban for their national events, but allow a ball’s use in league competition, and at the discretion of other events such as ours, I’m good with that and will allow them here.
All bowling balls non-approved by USBC will be listed in our tournament office. We encourage everyone to check their equipment and if in doubt, seek out the advice of your local pro shop prior to bowling our events. If in doubt, feel free to call our office. There is also a list of non-conforming bowling balls can also be obtained from the USBC at http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/usbcongress/bowl/equipandspecs/pdfs/NonConformingBallList_032122.pdf
Where can I find a list of Bowling Balls not approved for use?
Here is the link at the USBC Website for that:
Where can I find a list of Approved and Non-Approved bowling ball cleaners?
Here are the links at the USBC Website for that: