USBC has been dancing around this issue for a long time. They can't control 98% of bowling, so they need to do something that makes them relavent. Proprietors spoke loudly about their desire to cut down on oil use, primarily because of what it does to their equipment. It's not the cost, oiling lanes is very cheap no matter the volume. The average cost of oiling is about 45 cents a lane, more or less. But the cleaning and maintenance of the setters and everything else is a task.
So now it's static weights and drilling, neither of which will impact oil volumes. If proprietors wanted to use less oil, they are free to simply cut it down, as is the case in most house shots. From what I've heard, no current balls would fail the absorption test, or at most very, very few would. Ball makers probably threatened all sorts of retaliations if they went after the RG limits.
Of note, three board members are in place now without a single delegate voting for them. As Jeff Richgels pointed out, they were elected by affirmation, denying delegates a choice to vote, or even protest the lack of choices. Then the PR work started online where dedicated establishment types spread fear amongst bowlers that the world would end if people didn't sanction. I have to admit he was spot on, it's an organization now that champions the art of bullying. Fact is, if people didn't need an average for tournaments, sanctioning would be far less prevalent.
The mere fact that bowling has so many different views and factions makes it nearly impossible for real change to occur. The USBC cannot control the BPAA, it's proprietors, nor in any real way the ball makers themselves.
The utter irony of the entire debate is that the USBC run tournaments have arguably the most laughable oil patterns out there. I think the uproar over the ball specs announced come from those that don't fully understand the minimal impact, plus a lot of folks that just see the USBC as a joke institution that has little power in reality, and is simply not functional as a National Governing Body. The vast majority of their work focus is to get more entries in their own tournaments, and try to stem the losses every year in members. When you forecast a loss of 5% to 7% of membership base every year, something's not right.
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