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In addition to setting and enforcing specifications for bowling equipment, the team also helps uphold the credibility of the sport and makes competition fair by inspecting lane beds in bowling centers to ensure that they meet USBC standards.

USBC local association officials visit bowling centers in their areas annually and use a variety of tools and instruments to perform a physical inspection of the lanes and their adjacent components such as the channels, channel depths, pin spots, and pin deck. Center inspections may begin April 1 and must be completed by Aug. 31.

USBC rules state that bowling centers must renew their certification by Sept. 1 to host any USBC certified competition for that season.

Associations also perform random inspections of the oil applied to lanes in bowling centers to ensure that they meet USBC guidelines for oil application. Sometimes referred to as conditioner, lane oil protects the lane surface and affects the difficulty level of the sport. Lane oil inspections ensure playing field uniformity per USBC guidelines so that USBC league bowlers in Maine are competing on lanes in the same shape as bowlers in California.


Application for Certified Bowling Center Certificate
Lane Dressing Inspection Report
Accident Insurance for Lane Inspectors 
Computer Lane Monitor Manual and Zero 
Lane Measuring Tool Instruction Manual 
Tape Reader and Take-up Device Operators Manual 
USBC Center Inspections Manual
Lane Inspection Program Manual
Center Certification Process

Lane Inspection Video
A look at the tools needed and how to perform the lane inspection process starting in 2018.


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