Registered Centre Policy

Lane Registration/Certification Policy

From 2018, centres that have agreed to sell TBA Sports Registration to all league bowlers by one of two Sports Registration methods will be deemed Registered Centres of Tenpin Bowling Australia, provided they continue to abide by the requirements as outlined in the Lane Registration/Certification Policy.


Tenpin Bowling Australia Limited (TBA) has a pivotal role in the management and development of the sport across the country.  This policy outlines the terms and conditions of the relationship between the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) and its Registered Centres.

The purpose of this policy is to clearly outline the terms and conditions under which Tenpin Bowling Australia Ltd works cooperatively with its registered Centres to ensure that lanes in all registered Centres are approved to be technically correct by World Standards, and to deliver its missions statement to: work with industry to continually improve the tenpin bowling experience.

A Centre becomes a Registered Centre by:

  • Agreeing to sell TBA Sports Registration to all league bowlers by one of two methods (Traditional or Lane Levy), and
  • Complying with the requirements of Clause 5 in relation to Lane Certificates and Clause 6 in relation to Lane Certification.

Unregistered Centres forfeit the right to:

  • Host or tender for Accredited Tournament
  • Receive support services including clarification of rules or other general enquiries
  • Host accredited TBA Accredited Coaching and Officiating courses
  • Provide TBA awards including High Game recognition
  • Have their lanes inspected and measured
  • Participate in the Sporting Schools and Bowl Patrol Junior Participation programs or other TBA endorsed participation program.

Lane Inspections

TBA no longer charge a lane certification fee.  Therefore to retain the the status of being a registered Centre, all Centres must successfully meet the requirements of the lane inspection and comply with the TBA member registration process outlined in clause 4.2.  Therefore no additional payments other than travel costs under certain circumstances will be required to be arranged with the lane inspector by the Centre.  

Inspections for a Lane Certificate will only be carried out by persons who have been Licensed and approved by Tenpin Bowling Australia (herein referred to as a registered lane measurer).  They will measure and inspect the lanes on which approved leagues and/or tournaments may be scheduled.

The completed application form will be forwarded to Tenpin Bowling Australia with recommendations and if all specifications of TBA have been complied with, a Lane Certificate will be issued.

Tenpin Bowling Australia will advise a centre when their lanes are due for certification.  For more detailed information regarding the lane accreditation process please refer to the Lane Registration/Certification Policy.