CLICK HERE to learn about recent changes to the lane inspection program.

In addition to setting and enforcing specifications for bowling equipment, the team also helps uphold the credibility of the sport and makes competition fair by analyzing lane inspection data to ensure that USBC standards are equitable.

USBC local association officials visit bowling centers in their areas annually and use a variety of tools and instruments to perform a physical inspection of the lanes and their adjacent components such as the channels, channel depths, pin spots, and pin deck. Center inspections may begin April 1 and must be completed by Aug. 31.

As part of the certification process, associations also perform inspection of the oil applied to lanes in bowling centers to ensure they meet USBC guidelines for oil application; lane oil inspections may also be done randomly outside of the certification process. Sometimes referred to as conditioner, lane oil protects the lane surface and affects the difficulty level of the sport. Lane oil inspections ensure playing field uniformity per USBC guidelines so that USBC league bowlers in Maine are competing on lanes in the same shape as bowlers in California.

USBC rules state that bowling centers must renew their certification by Sept. 1 to host any USBC certified competition for that season.


Center Inspection Report (Previous: "Application for Certified Bowling Center Certification")
Center Re-Inspection Report
Lane Dressing Inspection Report
Accident Insurance for Lane Inspectors 
Computer Lane Monitor - Manual Read Set-up and Zero Tape Procedure 
Lane Measuring Tool Instruction Manual 
Tape Reader and Take-up Device Operators Manual 
USBC Local Association Center Inspection Manual
Lane Inspection Program Training Manual - New! - Includes instructional video links

Lane Inspection Video
A look at the tools needed and how to perform the lane inspection process starting in 2018.


Order equipment