Breaking News: We’re receiving word that urethane bowling balls are going to be banned on the Professional Bowlers Tour.
While it is unclear at the moment, sources say that it would appear beginning at the World Series of Bowling, no urethane bowling balls manufactured before 2020 will be allowed for use on the PBA tour.
Also rumored is that moving forward, urethane bowling balls can not be more than 2 years old to be used on the national tour.
Confirmed: It has been confirmed that a letter has been sent out to PBA Tour players stating that on March 7, 2022, any “traditional urethane” bowling balls manufactured prior to 2020 will not be permitted in PBA National Tour competition.
The PBA will maintain the right to spot check any bowling balls for compliance with any specifications, at any time.
Again, no “traditional urethane” balls manufactured prior to 2020 will be permitted in PBA National Tour competition, beginning March 7. Bowling balls in this category that were manufactured from 2020 to date, are eligible for use.
Moving forward, this category of “traditional urethane” bowling balls will be permitted in PBA competition for a period of 2 years from its manufacturing date. For example, in the 2023 National Tour season, the oldest manufacturing date will be 2021. For 2024, bowling balls in this category manufactured in 2022 and more recently will be permitted.
This rule is currently for PBA National Tour competition only.
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We will be sure to update this story as we receive more information. Be sure to check back for additional details.
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