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Rule on cleaning
« on: September 07, 2019, 09:01:10 AM »
With all the new rules coming down  what is the rule on cleaning your ball during league play?
Can you use an approved cleaner? Can you use a shammy? Can you even use a dry towel? 



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Re: Rule on cleaning
« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2019, 04:14:53 PM »
I asked the USBC to further define what constitutes a "foreign substance".  They responded with the following:

The prohibition on adding a foreign substance to the outer surface of the ball are specific to items a bowler may possess that they introduce to the outer surface of the ball.  It does not refer to the lane oil that the ball may pick up on its trek down the lanes or to anything that the ball may pick up through the actions of the pinsetter or ball returns.

So lane oil, grease, belt burns/waxy substances are not considered "foreign substances".  The ball can continue to be used with those substances on the surface and still be considered acceptable for use during competition.

Thanks for the clarification. Now those giant belt marks will only affect your score not get you DQ'ed.  Woot?
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