TBA COVID-19 UPDATES: IMPACT ON THE SPORT

By Tenpin Bowling Australia
April 28, 2020

Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) would like to issue the following information regarding the Coronavirus and the impact on the sport. This web page will be continually updated as new information is received.

We do not take this issue lightly and will continue to act in accordance with the guidelines from the World Health Organisation and the Australian Federal Government.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the situation, we would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience as we work through this difficult period. Although disappointing, we must ensure the health and wellbeing of bowlers, coaches, staff and venues are maintained.

Decisions related to all aspects of the sport are being discussed and monitored.

All future updates will be provided on this web page as new information is received.

UPDATED PAGE ON 28th APRIL – TBA CEO & Chairman statement, Australian Junior Championships, Ranked/Accredited Events

TBA Statement 6th May 2020

TBA Statement 28th April 2020

National Championships

27th April 2020: As per the notification on the 16th March, the 2020 Australian Junior Championships had been cancelled until further notice. 

We can now confirm this event has been cancelled with no rescheduling to occur in 2020. The process of refunding entry fees paid for this event has now been completed. If you have any questions regarding refunds or this event, please contact Kortnee Morcus on events@tenpin.org.au

16th March 2020: TBA in conjunction with the Australian Disability Tenpin (ADT) have made the decision to cancel the upcoming National Tenpin Bowling Championship for Persons with a Disability in June 2020 at ZONE BOWLING Mt Gravatt. This event will not be run in 2020.

TBA is currently working with Australian Disability Tenpin (ADT) on ensuring refunds for entries are processed. Due to the high number of entrants, please allow some time for this process to be completed. All bowlers will receive correspondence from ADT or TBA in the coming weeks updating you on this process.

30th March 2020

The 2020 Australian Adult Championship has been cancelled.  

Whilst clearly disappointing we are already focused on 2021 which will bring the Junior, Youth and Adult National Championship together with Devil’s Lair and the new Strike 3 event.  Read more here

The 2020 Devil’s Lair Tasmania event has also been cancelled.  Strike 3 is encouraging ticket holders to retain their existing tickets as they will be honoured for the new corresponding event dates. The 2021 rescheduled dates will be Friday July 30, Saturday July 31 and Sunday August 1. Read more here

Ranked Events

27th April 2020: TBA’s previous advice on 17th March indicated that all scheduled accredited and ranked events between March and May are to be cancelled or postponed.  This has now been extended until 30th June with further extensions highly likely given the ongoing requirements for indoor sporting venues to be closed.   TBA will continue to monitor restrictions and keep you informed of any further changes. If you have any questions regarding transferring your tournament accreditation fee or a refund on a fee for a cancelled event, please contact tenpin.bowling@tenpin.org.au

Scheduled Ranked Events for the month of June that will not be running :

  • Melbourne Tenpin Cup – June 6th
  • Queensland Junior Cup – June 20

The following ranked events have been cancelled or postponed. Please contact tournament organisers for more information.

  • 16/3/20– Australian Open – 10th April 2020 – Postponed until further notice – link
  • 16/3/20– Vic150 – 10th April 2020 – Postponed until further notice – link
  • 17/3/20– Sydney Youth Cup – 23rd-24th May 2020 – Postponed until further notice – link
  • 17/3/20– South Australia Seniors Classic – 25th and 26th April – Postponed until further notice – link
  • 17/3/20– Queensland Ladies Classic – 16th & 17th May – Postponed until further notice – link

Accredited Events

27th April 2020: TBA’s previous advice on 17th March indicated that all scheduled accredited and ranked events between March and May are to be cancelled or postponed.  This has now been extended until 30th June with further extensions highly likely given the ongoing requirements for indoor sporting venues to be closed.   TBA will continue to monitor restrictions and keep you informed of any further changes.

20/4/20

  • 2020 Holt Bowling Carnival & Challenge – 8-20/8/20 at Townsville Tenpin – has been cancelled and rescheduled for August 2021

If you have any questions regarding transferring your tournament accreditation fee or a refund on a fee for a cancelled event, please contact tenpin.bowling@tenpin.org.au

Due to the federal government enforcement of indoor sporting venues to be closed, all accredited events are postponed/cancelled until further advice is provided by the government.

League Bowling

23/03/2020

Indoor sporting venues have now been directed not to operate from midday 23rd March 2020.  As a result of these restrictions, all league bowling will be postponed indefinitely.   It is possible that these measures may last up to six months however reviews will be undertaken on a regular basis and we will continue to update you as more information comes to hand. 

Bowling centre’s that do not adhere to these restrictions risk substantial fines for continuing to operate.  We encourage you to reach out to your bowling centre with any specific questions related to your league bowling.

TBA statement on impact of COVID-19 on the sport

International Championships

1/04/2020

After considering advice from the federal government and health authorities, TBA has made the difficult decision that no Australian teams will be competing in international competitions in 2020. Read more here

Bowl Patrol & Bowl Abilities Participation Programs

23/3/20

Bowl Patrol and Bowl Abilities term 1 programs have now been postponed. Term 2 program registration will remain available but are also currently postponed. An update closer to the scheduled start of term 2 programs will be provided.

If you have any questions related to these programs, please contact Emily Rennes (Bowl Patrol) at emily.rennes@tenpin.org.au or Carrie Prosser-Shaw (Bowl Abilities) at carrie.prosser-shaw@tenpin.org.au

State Championships

  • 16/3/20 – Queensland Adult and Youth State Championships – 21st-29th March – Cancelled with view to reschedule- link
  • 17/3/20 – ACT State Championships – 21,22,28,29/3/20 – cancelled – link
  • 17/3/20 – Tasmanian State Championships & State Junior Championships – 21,22,28,29/3/2020 – Postponed with view for reschedule
  • 19/3/20- Northern Territory Bowling Championships-18/4 to 3/5 /2020- Cancelled

How can everyone help minimise the risk of COVID-19

To protect yourself and others from infection, practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

  • cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
  • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
  • avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms such as fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, and shortness of breath
  • staying home if you are unwell.

You should also try and stay at least 1.5 metres away from people coughing or sneezing.

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