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Old 07-29-2017, 01:48 AM
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Question about look for competing in the PBA

So I have a beard and have had it for the past four years some people who have known me before I grew it say I look better with it and I don't plan on shaving it off unless I have to but I'm competing in the WSOB this year and the guy who runs my local center who was on tour awhile ago said I might need to shave before the World Series anyone know any PBA rules on facial hair

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Old 07-29-2017, 03:19 AM
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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

Half the times he is On TV, Belmonte has about three days growth, so there must not be any rules for facial hair.

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Old 07-29-2017, 02:42 PM
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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

I just downloaded the official pba rule book, and it dosent say anything about facial hair. It just states that the appearence should be professional, and since they allow kyle troop to dress like a clown, and wear a 24" afro, im guessing a beard would be ok.

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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

Was watching Pro Bowling on the tube the other day and saw beards displayed there. One top notch 2 handed bowler in particular. But, I cannot answer your question though. Sorry.

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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

Belmos beard isnt really wild tho. Although there is no rule against it, im sure someone would say something if you had a Billy Gibbons beard or lumber jack type.

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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

according to PBA rules
RULE 13 - APPEARANCE GUIDELINES
13.1 General. All members must maintain a professional appearance in both clothing and personal
grooming while in the tournament host center. The Tournament Director shall have final authority to
interpret this regulation.
OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP GUIDE & RULEBOOK – August 1, 2014
13.1.1 PBA Tour. When competing on the PBA Tour, a professional image should be
maintained at all times, subject to the discretion of the Tournament Director.
PENALTY: $100

so it looks like Tournament Director has the final say.
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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

One has to ask what a "professional appearance" might be. As mentioned, it's at the discretion of the Tournament Director. Now, if that tournament director is a fashion model from San Fransisco it will be interpreted one way. If they happen to be from Duck Dynasty, it might be interpreted in another.

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One has to ask what a "professional appearance" might be. As mentioned, it's at the discretion of the Tournament Director. Now, if that tournament director is a fashion model from San Fransisco it will be interpreted one way. If they happen to be from Duck Dynasty, it might be interpreted in another.

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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

ask Rob Johnson from Lane Side Reviews. I don't remember if he had his beard when he bowled the WSOB previously

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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

In all seriousness, Motiv staff member, Brett Spangler has full facial hair. Beards do not seem to be an issue. The people I've seen sporting a beard have it trimmed. Bottom line though, it would be at the transgression of the tournament director.

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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

WRW sported a beard in the early/mid 90's.

Tom Daugherty has a beard.

Belmo has considerable scruff.

As long as it is reasonably groomed it would be hard to imagine the PBA objecting. If they do, they would have to tell all participants to grab the Barbasol and get rid of the beards.
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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

Years ago the PBA had a no beard policy along with a fairly rigid dress code, including no hair below the bottom of the collar. Before a regional in the Chicago area ('78 or so), I remember walking into the restroom of a center as Arnie Goldman was shaving off his beard, with a disposable razor. He did go on to win the event for a Grand so I guess it was worth it.

The rules were fairly strict and the only person I remember during that period that was allowed to bowl a PBA (regional) event with a beard, was a sailor at the Navy Base on the North Shore who had a skin disorder as a result of being exposed to something in 'Nam and could not use a razor.

I believe they have caught up to the times.

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Re: Question about look for competing in the PBA

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Years ago the PBA had a no beard policy along with a fairly rigid dress code, including no hair below the bottom of the collar. Before a regional in the Chicago area ('78 or so), I remember walking into the restroom of a center as Arnie Goldman was shaving off his beard, with a disposable razor. He did go on to win the event for a Grand so I guess it was worth it.
...did you know Arnie personally?

It's amazing all he had to do was shave off some facial hair.

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...did you know Arnie personally?

It's amazing all he had to do was shave off some facial hair.
Personal friends? No more like we ran across each other at tournaments regularly and hung around with a few of the same people.

As far as just shaving the beard to win is a little incorrect. Not that Arnie couldn't win any tournament any time.

The tournament was held the weekend after the Brunswick Worlds in Glendale Heights, Ill as the tv stepladder was being held. I think it may have been 1978 and the owner of River Grove Bowl, Frank Huspen was livid at the shot at the Worlds. So he slotted the lanes at his house for the lefties, even to the point Richie Weber (among others) resorted to a back up ball. I think the final round robin consisted of 14 lefties and 2 righties.

If I'm not mistaken,after 10-12 years of hosting a regional that was the last PBA tournament Frank ever hosted. And, yes Frank was a southpaw.
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