Chris Beans breaks down the letter from USBC Executive Director and reviews discrepancies in the released FAQ. Join the discussion and lets continue the conversation!



The United States Bowling Congress and Storm Products have agreed on a national tournament exclusion rule and ball exchange program for six Storm Products manufactured ball models. The agreement comes after USBC identified the models having a percentage of balls produced below USBC minimum 73D hardness specification.


USBC’s investigation showed a percentage of these ball models measured below the USBC-required hardness level of the approval samples submitted by Storm. Storm collaborated with USBC after being notified of this testing.

The affected models include:

Effective March 30, 2022, these balls models are prohibited from use in USBC national tournaments, including, but not limited to, the USBC Masters, U.S. Open, USBC Open Championships, USBC Women’s Championships, all PWBA Tour events, USBC Junior Gold and Youth Open Championships, USBC Intercollegiate Championships, USBC Team USA Trials, USBC Senior Masters and USBC Senior Queens.

Essentially, this mostly impacts the people who bowl the USBC Open Championships, USBC Women’s Championships and USBC Junior Gold & Youth Open. Only a small percentage of players compete in the other events like the USBC Masters and Team USA trials. 

These ball models remain USBC approved. Each USBC competition, whether tournament or league, has the option to adopt USBC’s national tournament rule prohibiting use of these balls or to continue to allow their use.

STATE, CITY & LOCAL tournaments and events may adopt the rule but I would imagine most to not adopt the rule due to hurting potential entries from members. 

Can I continue to use my bowling balls in league? 

YES! Also any honor score that has been shot will be allowed and all future awards will also be allowed using the bowling balls in question.

SANCTIONED LEAGUES can not adopt any rule changes without 100% written consent of every team captain USBC RULE 102C #2 Page 28. Moving forward also leagues can choose to allow or disallow before the start of new leagues to allow or disallow these bowling balls.

What if I purchased these bowling balls to use in the USBC National events? How do I exchange them? 

Storm will offer owners of the affected balls the option to exchange their balls for a new product. Information about the exchange program will be published later this week on

Can I still purchase these bowling balls and use them if this rule does not affect me? 

YES – Pro shops and online retailers with inventory can sell them until inventory is gone but as part of the agreement, Storm Products will discontinue sales of the affected balls. Storm will not be making any new ones for sale so the supply will be limited. 

USBC has concluded its investigation and will not be taking action on additional balls related to this production issue.

“Storm appreciates USBC working with us on this agreement, so we can put the issue behind us and focus on our customers,”

Storm Products President Dave Symes said. “Customer satisfaction has always been our top priority, and we will take care of our customers.”

This agreement does not change the status of the Storm Spectre. The Spectre remains unapproved and on USBC’s non-conforming ball list.

Go to to learn more about the equipment specifications.

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  1. Daniel Hodack says:

    I just purchased a Global 900 Altered Reality and had it drilled for the USBC Nationals. How do I send it back for a replacement ball & $50.00 Drilling Certificate.

    • Steve Eichler says:

      What about us who bought the hammer purple urethane 2016-2017? No one is saying anything about that. Is storm more interested in there customers then hammer

  2. Vic says:

    So, if I were to own one of these balls and have my local pro shop guy check the hardness and it says 74-76 why shouldn’t I be able to use it wherever I bowl or in any tournament?? I just think usbc will be the death of bowling if they start overreaching into the manufacturing of equipment. I also want to know what they think is a large portion of what they checked? 3 of 5 or 7 of 50 and were they all from the same lot number? I’m going to say this out loud but we need people running usbc that have vision to move forward.

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