The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved in its July conference call two optional experimental rules in bowling for the 2013-14 season concerning oil-ratio applications on the lanes and the malfunction of foul detection devices.

In regards to the oil ratio guidelines, they can be adjusted from 1.5:1 (minimum) and 4:1 (maximum), with recommended ranges of 2.5:1 - 3.5:1. The maximum oil ratios that are currently being used are higher than what the national governing body considers to be challenging.

The United States Bowling Congress established the terminology "sport compliant" two decades ago to identify playing and scoring conditions which will challenge the players and place more emphasis on sport-specific athletics skills, adaptability and repeatability.

An additional component to this experimental rules proposal is the implementation of a total volume of oil application range of 20 milliliters (minimum) and 25 milliliters (maximum). Applying a total volume of oil standard in conjunction with lowering oil application ratios will provide a greater test to teams and student-athletes by requiring them to demonstrate a broad range of physical skills, adjustments and consistency during their performances.

Verification of applied oil ratios and the total volume of oil will be accomplished by industry tools currently available.

The experimental rules dealing with malfunctioning electronic equipment states that if the foul detection device is engaged (the foul light is set off), a foul is posted for the player's attempt.

Previously, coaches and student-athletes have protested that no foul occurred despite the engagement of the foul detection device. Foul detection devices should be tested thoroughly before the competition begins to ensure that it is working properly.