Safesport, USBC make bowling better


Columnist Lee Owen Bowling


By Lee Owen

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

We have all been in that bowling center on league night, and there is that one bowler that loves drama and thinks they are still in high school, and continuously mock or bully other bowlers.

We have all seen the case of the bowler who drank too much and got physical with another bowler. We also may know someone that is bowling league that likes to flirt a little too much, making others feel uncomfortable.

The USBC has decided that this will not happen anymore on their watch.

In 2012, the United States Olympic Committee developed SafeSport to tackle issues concerning conduct that made sports an unsafe environment.

With the USBC striving to entice the Olympic Committee to see bowling as a sport and potentially add it to a future list of events, they too jumped onboard the SafeSport train, agreeing to adhere to the guidelines set by the Committee.

Chapter 2-17G of the USBC Bylaws discusses this and addresses the process of filing a claim against someone.

Article XI discusses these violations, referring people with questions to the SafeSport website, www.safesport.org.

On the website, the safesport code is outlined in a lengthy PDF, but it hits on a few major points that define what is misconduct under the code.

There are three types of prohibited conduct in the code, sexual misconduct, retaliation, and other conduct. While sexual misconduct is fairly self-explanatory, and retaliation is just that, retaliating against someone after a legal and justified action is taken, the other conduct area is wide open.

Other conduct is defined as both physical and emotional misconduct.

One big topic in American today, that is covered as prohibited behavior is bullying. It goes on to define bullying as rude, mean or conflict enticing behavior.

Harassment, while sometimes an element of bullying, is also defined as prohibited conduct.

Hazing and any other unwanted physical contact wraps up the “other” category, and ultimately leaves the code up to common sense. If you feel that your bowling experience Is being negatively affected by another bowler’s actions, and they fall anywhere in the outlined code, then you have recourse.

Violations of this code can be reported in one of two ways.

The first is to go directly to the safesport website and file the report online or through their phone line 720-524-5640.

The second, and most applicable to our situation, is to contact the USBC Director of High Performance at tennelle.milligan@bowl.com or 817-385-8226.

With the new season under way, it is taking some time to get scores updated for me to bring to you. Hopefully by next week I can start reporting on weekly rollers.