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-USBC/ABC/WIBC/YABA/US Bowling Association:
  1. How can I ask a question about a USBC, ABC, WIBC, or YABA bowling rules?
    Bowling Headquarters has requested that we refer bowlers inquiring about rules to their local governing bowling associations for an official ruling on or explanation of any of USBC rules. We have agreed to honor this request, therefore, we cannot reply to any rules questions.

    Your bowling center, league secretary, or tournament director should be able to provide you with the contact information for your local governing bowling association if you are unable to locate them in the white or yellow pages.

    If you are still unable to contact your local association or if you should need further clarification you can e-mail Bowling Headquarters' Rules Staff at: [email protected].

    You can also take advantage of the BowlingCommunity.com's Leagues & Sport Bowling Forum which is provided for the discussion of league issues and rules. The community is filled with bowlers who thrive on helping each other out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


  2. Where can I find a copy of bowling's rules?
    Bowl.com, the official web site for Bowling has a complete copy of bowling's rules.


  3. Can I download a searchable copy of bowling's rules?
    CDE Software, offers a free, downloadable, and searchable USBC/ABC/WIBC/YABA Electronic Rulebook.


  4. Where can I find a list of approved ball cleaners?
    For a list of USBC/ABC/WIBC/YABA approved and unapproved cleaners visit: Bowl.com.


  5. Under USBC/ABC/WIBC rules how many gripping holes may a ball have?
    A bowling ball may not have more than five holes for gripping.

    The USBC/ABC/WIBC Equipment Specifications further state:
    "The following limitations govern drilling holes in a ball:
    1. Holes or indentations, not to exceed five, for gripping purposes.
    2. One hole for balance purposes, not to exceed 1-1/4 inch in diameter.
    3. One (1) vent hole to each finger and/or thumb hole, not to exceed 1/4 inch in diameter.
    4. One mill hole for inspection purposes, not to exceed 5/8 inch in diameter and 1/8 inch in depth."


  6. Where can I find individual and team records?
    You'll need to contact Bowling Headquarters for information on bowling's record highs. Some information on Top Team Scores is available on Bowl.com


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