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ISBPA Guidelines & Best Practices

ISBPA has agreed to a settlement offer with the State of Illinois on their Restore Illinois Phase 4 policies with bowling, moving our sport and industry to a more appropriate “all sports” guidance rather than the “indoor recreation” guidance originally posted by DCEO on June 22.

Here are the basic details of the agreement:

  • Bowling Centers will be governed by the All Sports guidelines under the Restore Illinois Plan, rather than the indoor recreation guidelines. The current All Sports guidelines were adopted by the Governor on July 30, and can be found at the link below.

DCEO All Sport Guidelines: https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/youthsports.pdf

  • Bar or restaurant services offered at bowling centers will be governed by the guidance for bars and restaurants.

  • The All Sports guidelines require a 30 foot distance between groups of 50. This may be accomplished by maintaining at least two unused lanes between groups of up to 50, which is consistent with guidance previously provided by local public health departments.

  • Bowling centers will adhere to a maximum capacity of 50% of occupancy or 200 people, whichever is less, with the understanding that if COVID-19 cases should decrease and there continues to be no outbreaks associated with bowling centers, the Governor is willing to revisit that limit.

  • In the event the applicable guidelines are changed in the future for all businesses covered by the applicable category, bowling centers will comply with the amended guidelines. So, if guidelines for All Sports become more restrictive, that will apply to bowling centers. Likewise, if the guidelines become less restrictive, that also will apply to bowling centers.

You can read the latest guidelines that specifically address bowling here...

https://dceocovid19resources.com/assets/Restore-Illinois/businessguidelines4/bowling.pdf

Chicagoland USBC's League Officer's Workshop was held virtually this year on July 19th due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions on large gatherings. League season packets will be delivered to the centers by Directors before the first weekend in August assuming the center is open and we are able to deliver them. If you missed the virtual workshop and would like to review the PowerPoint slides that were presented please click HERE. You can contact the office with any questions regarding the material that was presented.

To review the USBC League Operation Handbook with guidelines for running a certified league click here.

USBC headquarters has released some facts to help leagues with navigating this unprecedented situation. To read that information see their website https://bowl.com/USBCCOVID19Update/

and view FAQ's to assist local and state associations for more detailed league information.

To view the minutes of the 2019 Annual Meeting click HERE.

To view Chicagoland USBC Bylaws click HERE.


Ever wonder how your local association completes a lane inspection? This short video outlines the process and tools needed to properly conduct a bowling center lane inspection per the current USBC specifications.

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