Beginning June 1, the 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. doubles/singles squads will push back to 1:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. The day’s other squads, 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., will remain as previously scheduled.
The change will continue through the end of the 2021 USBC Open Championships on July 18. Competition at the 79-day tournament began May 1.
All team captains will be notified by email, along with the traditional schedule notices sent out prior to their competition dates. Captains who already have received notices will be sent updated versions reflecting the adjusted times.
Information collected during the first four weeks of competition at the South Point Bowling Center has indicated that doubles and singles squads are running an average of nearly 30 minutes longer than the allotted two hours and 30 minutes.
The change, which only pertains to doubles and singles competition, is being made to be more efficient with everyone’s time and minimize any inconvenience to the competitors.
All squads of team competition, being held at the South Point Bowling Plaza, will remain at their original times – 8 a.m., noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. – with bowlers having three hours and 20 minutes to complete their three games.
“Bowler feedback during the first few weeks of the tournament has indicated that the bowlers are as excited to be back on the lanes competing as we are to have them, and we appreciate everyone’s patience with some of the unique aspects of running a tournament of this size this year,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “We’ve kept an eye on some of those things and feel that adjusting the squad times will go a long way toward the quality of the overall experience for our bowlers.”
The schedule for this year’s Open Championships was created based on running the event across two venues for the first time in tournament history, along with limiting team competition to one team per pair of lanes.
When the event returns to Las Vegas and South Point in 2022, all bowling will take place at the 60-lane Bowling Plaza, with team squads at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. and doubles/singles squads at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.
Team competition in 2022 is expected to again include two teams per pair of lanes, while doubles/singles will continue to feature four bowlers per pair, where they’ll remain for all six games.
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