INYS Guidelines & Regulations
These guidelines are subject to change with additions and/or omissions based on NYS COVID-19 Guidelines
• A hand sanitizing station is just inside the front door and we ask that you utilize it upon entry. Other hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the building.
• When entering the building please go directly to your assigned table/lane
o If you have items in a locker you may gather your items and then proceed directly to your lane
• If you are sick/under the weather/displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 please stay home.
o Any league bowler(s) that do not bowl due to sickness precautions and/or can’t get a sub during any type of absence will receive a 3 Game Coupon for Open Bowling, compliments of 281 Bowl
• You are REQUIRED to wear a mask whenever you are standing
o When bowling, please use bowling etiquette. Do not go up to bowl on your lane at the same time as the person on the adjacent lane, either on your pair or the pair next to you. Alternating bowlers on the approach will ensure proper social distancing.
o You must wear a mask on the approach
• Please refrain from personal contact at this time - no high fives, hugs, etc.
• Food/Beverage Service
o There is no counter service at this time. Please do not approach the counter or you will be asked to return to your table, and someone will be over to serve you.
▪ The Waitress & Bartender will be around regularly throughout the night to assist you with making change along food/beverage orders
▪ Please do not shout out/yell for their attention. They will visit your table in a timely manner. If for any reason you need their attention, we ask that you use the D/Drink Button on the Bowling Console.
o When ordering alcohol, a food item must be purchased
o A Credit Card is REQUIRED to be held if running a tab
▪ When closing out your tab you can then pay with the credit card or cash
o If you are not running a tab, cash is required at the time of order

USBC to Implement Tiered
Center Certification Program 

NOVEMBER 25, 2019 -- Following a recent study of the lane certification process and analyzing data from lane inspections, the United States Bowling Congress determined it will implement a center certification program, featuring tiered levels of certification and a national staff of lane inspectors, over the next five years.

Details of the tiered center certification program will be announced at the 2021 USBC Convention. The USBC Equipment and Specifications Committee, which made the decision to implement the program, has delegated authority from the USBC Board to make changes to equipment specifications.

USBC also determined it will not require local associations to perform annual lane inspections as the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team continues its work to fully develop the program. The decision means all bowling centers will be certified until the national staff begins center certifications in 2022.

Once the tiered center certification program is in place, centers will be inspected and assigned to a tier based on the level it meets in regard to USBC specifications. The decision to make any necessary improvements, based on the results of an inspection, will be left to the center and no longer mandated by USBC.

“The research and the discussions with stakeholders made it clear that a tiered center certification program is the right direction for USBC,” said Andrew Cain, chair of the USBC Equipment Specifications Committee. “It is our responsibility as the National Governing Body to deliver efficient and consistent inspections for all centers and allow members to see the certification level of the center.”

During the last three years, as USBC began to compile data from lane inspections, it also looked at how a national program could manage the inspection of the nearly 4,000 centers. It required evaluating staff needed and the tools required. During the evaluation, the focus turned to the time required for an inspection.

The USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team is examining the tools to streamline the inspection process. Additional testing of the tools will continue.

USBC also plans to hire and train a small team of national inspectors, who will coordinate with centers to efficiently conduct lane inspections throughout the country.

In recent years, USBC set out to improve the center certification process, studying the process over a three-year period and publishing its study of 64 centers and more than 1,000 lanes across 20 states. The results led to changes in the center certification process that were announced at the 2017 USBC Convention.

Data collection and analysis, including spot-checks to determine the accuracy of the data collected, confirmed a new approach to center certification was needed.

The USBC Equipment Specifications team, in coordination with the committee and a third-party consultant, then spent the next 12 months working on a tiered center certification model. It enlisted several focus groups of industry stakeholders to evaluate and build the model.

Additional education and awareness, including an ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders, will be important as the process moves forward.

It is important to understand USBC’s Registered Volunteer Program (RVP) Policies and the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies of the U.S. Center for SafeSport, from which USBC’s polices were created.


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