ARLINGTON, Texas – The Skilled Ladies’s Bowling Affiliation (PWBA) has canceled its 2020 PWBA Tour season, together with its two main occasions, the USBC Queens and the U.S. Ladies’s Open.
The PWBA is a joint operation of the Bowling Proprietors’ Affiliation of America (BPAA) and the USA Bowling Congress (USBC), and management for each organizations decided workability considerations associated to the COVID-19 pandemic and ranging nationwide restrictions wouldn’t enable the PWBA to conduct full-field tour occasions.
A number of operational elements have been thought-about, most significantly the feasibility of offering standardized well being and security protocols for PWBA Tour athletes and employees whereas touring all through the nation throughout a time with always altering situations. The PWBA made the choice now, so athletes, host facilities and ball producers not could be in a holding sample and may plan accordingly.
“Once we regarded on the means different skilled sports activities leagues are resuming play, the constant method is common testing whereas isolating athletes and employees from outdoors contact,” USBC Government Director Chad Murphy mentioned. “Sadly, we don’t see a workable technique to function a nationwide tour in 2020 throughout various venues and states in a way that meets requirements for knowledgeable sports activities league.”
Bowling facilities are going through various rules as they reopen from the shutdowns of the previous couple of months. Whereas many facilities have began to reopen, some are working at a restricted capability to observe state tips. With skilled sporting occasions at present unable to function with spectators, PWBA can not present its major host middle worth of buyer engagement by way of Bowl with the Professionals occasions.
The potential restricted capability of facilities additionally would have an effect on the flexibility of the PWBA Tour to conduct occasions. For the 2019 season, the PWBA averaged 78 opponents for every of its first three occasions, and the USBC Queens drew a subject of 192 opponents.
The PWBA has mentioned, and can proceed to discover, the potential for conducting particular occasions later in 2020.
“We’ll proceed to discover the potential for conducting PWBA occasions in 2020 for the gamers, the followers and the business,” BPAA Government Director Frank DeSocio mentioned. “If situations enhance to permit particular occasions to be an possibility for the PWBA, we wish to discover a technique to make that occur.”
The 2020 PWBA Tour season was scheduled to start out April 23 with the PWBA Tucson Open at Fortunate Strike Bowl in Tucson, Arizona, however the PWBA introduced the indefinite postponement of the 2020 season on March 16.
The PWBA Tour relaunched in 2015 after a 12-year hiatus. It continues to attract opponents from all through the world every and has held 14 occasions every season since 2016. Twenty-seven athletes have gained a PWBA title throughout the tour’s 5 seasons since its relaunch.