The NYSDOH has determined that bowling is a low-risk sport (greatest ability to maintain physical distance and/or be performed individually; greatest ability to (1) avoid touching of shared equipment, (2) clean and disinfect any equipment between uses by different individuals, or (3) not use shared equipment at all).
- Communicate in advance with bowling center on policies, procedures and permitted time frames for practice and competition.
- Communicate with teams and leagues to ensure schools are following the same competition protocols during practice and competition.
- Communicate with section coordinators and local departments of health if any issues arise.
- Teams should follow all procedures and protocols of the bowling center hosting the competition.
- Each team shall get their own table or area to sit in. Consider signage for competition noting Reserved For “lane # or team #”.
- Rule 18 Bowling Ball-Altering Surface Exception – The use of isopropyl alcohol only to disinfect balls. No other performance cleaners are permitted.
- During league warm up, mark on floor where bowler should stand “on deck”; only one “on deck” bowler at a time.
- If teams are competing together on the same pair of lanes for a match, practice times should be staggered.
- Any changes to the format of the leagues which may have a direct, or indirect, impact on qualifying for the state championship composite division, should be brought to the attention of your section committee for review.
Suggested Competition Format:
- Conduct league bowling as normal. Team on odd lane is assigned bowlers area and team on even lane is assigned a table or area on the concourse. Still bowling cross lane.
- Conduct league bowling with two teams on a pair but with no cross lane—team on odd lane is assigned bowlers area and only bowls on odd lane and team on even lane is assigned a able on the concourse and only bowls even lane.
- Conduct league with one team per pair of lanes—one team bowls on a pair of lanes, normal cross lane.
- Conduct league with one team per pair of lanes—one team bowls on a pair but only using odd lane, no cross lane.
- Conduct league with skipping pair between teams—teams 1 and 2 bowl on lanes 1 and 2—teams 3 and 4 bowl on lanes 5 and 6—lanes 3 and 4 are dark.
Considerations for Coaches:
- Communicate your guidelines in a clear manner to students and parents.
- Consider conducting workouts in “cohorts” of same students always training and rotating together in practice to ensure more limited exposure if someone develops an infection.
- Keep accurate records of those athletes and staff who attend each practice in case contact tracing is needed.
Considerations for Students:
- Consider making each student responsible for their own supplies.
- Students should wear their own appropriate workout clothing (do not share clothing)
- Individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout immediately upon returning home.
- Bring own water bottle.
Considerations for Parents:
- Provide personal items for your child and clearly label them.
- In accordance with NYSDOH guidance (Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Sports and Recreation), only two spectators per participant are permitted.
- Spectators should not congregate around the scoring area.
VIRTUAL BOWLING COMPETITION
- Conduct the league using entirely pre and post bowling, or USBC Rule 111. Stipulate in the league rules the exact procedure on how to conduct such a match. Example: Team A is scheduled to Bowl Team B. Team A agrees with Team B on a schedule, and then schedules a time to bowl at the scheduled bowling center on X date/time. Team B schedules their date time to bowl at the scheduled bowling center on Y date time. Both scores are kept confidential and sent to the league secretary and a winner is determined.
- Leagues may conduct virtual competitions. With section/league approval, teams may permit matches to be bowled at separate venues as long as scoring follows USBC Rule 111 where scores are kept confidential and sent to a predetermined league secretary.
(Approved by NYSPHSAA Officers 11-16-20)
Note: Any changes to the format of the leagues which may have a direct, or indirect, impact on qualifying for the state championship composite division, should be brought to the attention of your section committee for review.