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The 11th Frame: Before the First Frame webcast shows stupidity of USBC Open Championships ball surface altering rule

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:00 am

Kyle Troup uses an Abralon pad on Ryan Whitney's ball during practice of their team event Friday night, which was webcast on BOWL.com.
I believe that most serious bowlers know that USBC rules prohibit the sanding of a bowling ball once competition begins. Rule 18 in the 2013-14 United States Bowling Congress rulebook states this: "Altering the surface of a bowling ball by the use of abrasives while bowling in USBC competition is prohibited. All bowling balls so altered must be removed from the competition." And it states this: "If it is shown the bowler had prior knowledge his/her actions were in violation of Rule 18, the...

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