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TBA Confirms Position on String Pins

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tenpin Bowling Australia will establish a separate category within its rules to approve the use of string pin machines in TBA registered centres commencing 1st January 2018.

After receiving a request from the industry seeking a ruling on the use of string pins in registered centres, TBA sought the advice of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and World Bowling (WB) due to the highly technical nature of the matter.  

To date neither USBC or WB has made a ruling on string pins and therefore TBA, in consultation with key industry representatives, has made the following determinations -

- TBA will allow string pin centres to be registered - however they will be recognised in a separate category with a rule book to be established for string pin centres.  

- TBA reserves the right to review the approval of string pin centres moving forward should USBC/World Bowling deem these machines and pins to be non-compliant.  

- TBA registered string pin centres must adhere to both the technical requirements of the sport and other registered centre requirements - particularly sports registration.  TBAs technical committee will develop a set of recommendations for any specification changes that are required (if any) for any pin deck measurements or the like that form part of the lane certification process.  

- Bowlers in registered string pin centres will have access to the same membership benefits as other TBA members.  This includes the entitlement to awards, however all achievements will be recognised in a separate category.

- Bowlers with only a string pin average that enter tournaments in traditional venues where an average is required must provide an entering average obtained from participating in a traditional registered bowling centre.  An average obtained in a string pin venue cannot be used as the bowlers entering average.
 
TBA CEO Cara Honeychurch said "the introduction of string pins is the latest innovation to impact the sport.  Reactive balls, synthetic lanes and the evolution of lane conditioning machines have all had significant impacts on the sport over the past 20 years," Honeychurch said.
 
"This is one of those divisive subjects that many bowlers and people within the industry have an opinion on and Im sure this will generate plenty of discussion."  

"We will continue to work closely with the World governing bodies of the sport to ensure that a thorough technical analysis and a definite decision on the place of string pins in our sport is undertaken."