Banned Balls: Jackal and Jackal Carnage Deemed Illegal by USBC

Banned Balls: Jackal and Jackal Carnage Deemed Illegal by USBC

Jackal, Jackal Carnage, USBC -

Bad news for Motiv and Jackel owners today. The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) just revoked certification approval of two of Motiv’s balls, the Jackal and Jackal Carnage. The USBC determined that they do not comply with current specifications and requirements in the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Manual, specifically that the Jackal and Jackal Carnage exceeded the maximum 0.060" differential radius of gyration standard specification.

Both balls had been approved from test balls submitted by Motiv.

What does this mean for Motiv?

Motiv is being placed on probation for one year and are subject to a $16,000 fine. Also, Scott Wilbur, the president of Motiv said: They will comply and will discontinue them. Adding that the ruling will cost Motiv around $1 million.

What does this mean for you?

Well, If you were planning to use your Motiv Jackal at the next USBC tourney? Better think again.

None of the Jackal or Jackal Carnage bowling balls are allowed to be used in USBC certified competition. Bowlers who used the balls in competition on or before March 15, 2016—with no prior knowledge of their ball being out of specification—would not be subject to forfeiture under USBC rules.

What should you do?

There isn’t much you can do at the moment, but Motiv has said they are working on creating a form on their website that will allow bowlers who own a Jackal or Jackal Carnage to submit their balls into a database to become eligible for a replacement.

If you’re an unlucky owner of a Jackal or Jackal Carnage and looking for an alternative, here are a few of our favorites.

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