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USBC Tournament/General Playing Rules Update . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Tournament Managers Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Obtaining an Application — Applying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sample Copy – USBC Tournament Certification Application . . . 8 Tournament Definition – Benefits — Types of Tournaments. . . . 9 USBC Sport Bowling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 USBC Youth Tournaments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Sample Rules – Entry Forms (USBC Adult Tournaments) . . . . 22 Sample Rules – Entry Forms (USBC Youth Tournaments) . . . . 26 Guaranteed Prizes –Free or Reduced Entries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Tournament Prize Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Scheduling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Eligibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Averages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Average Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Tournament Prize Winnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 USBC Awards Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Guidelines for Distribution of Prize Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Appeals — Protests; Procedures for Disqualifications . . . . . . . . 40 Worthless Checks — Invalid Credit Card Procedure . . . . . . . . . 41 Sample Forms ★ Parental Consent Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 ★ USBC Adult and Youth Membership Application . . . . . . 44 ★ USBC Associate Membership Fees Collected . . . . . . . . . . 45 ★ Tournament Participation Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 ★ USBC Tournament and Prize/Award List Report . . . . . . . 47 ★ Prize/Award List Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Sample Disqualification Letters ★ Rule 319a-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 ★ Rule 319d . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 ★ Worthless Checks and Credit Cards… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Sample Chart – Prize Fund Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Questions and Answers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
CONTENTS – 1
USBC Tournament/General Playing Rules
The following changes were approved by the delegates at the 2006 USBC Convention. Tournament Rule Revisions Rule 301d – Pro-Am Tournaments ★ Requirements changed to allow pro-am events to be conducted for any charitable organization. ★ Payment of prizes revised allowing for participants identified as professionals by tournament management to have a separate prize fund. They may not share in the amateur prize distribution. ★ Scoring format revised to allow professionals or organization members' scores to count for any designated amateur. Therefore, amateurs and professional or organization members no longer have to compete on the same pair of lanes in order for their scores to be paired together. ★ Pro-am style format which concedes pin count to either an amateur or professional can now be certified by USBC as a modified format. Rule 304 – Authority of Team Captain ★ Revised to require team captains to pay each member his/her portion of prize money within 30 days of receipt. Rule 306 — Fees and Prizes: All-Events Rule 307 — Fees and Prizes: Special Features ★ Revised to allow tournament management the flexibility to determine its own prize ratio for all-events and special features. If a prize ratio is not listed, the default would be at least one to 20 or a major fraction thereof. Rule 308 – Fees and Prizes: Distribution of Prize Funds ★ This revision allows the tournament flexibility to modify or change by rule any or all of the requirements as listed in Rule 308. For example, tournament rules could provide a ratio of 1 in 15 will be paid in one of the events. It is important to note that in cases where tournament rules do not state otherwise, the default would be the specific requirements as currently stated in Rule 308.
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Rule 310b – Entry Rules: Entry Close Prior to Last Squad ★ Revised whereby the number of entries to date, and the high score in each event or division of each event, no longer have to be posted, but must be made available upon request. Also, tournament management is no longer required to post a complete current list of entrants. When entries close prior to the last scheduled squad, tournament management shall include in the rules the exact time the last squad is scheduled to start and the exact time for closing of entries. Rule 313 – Entry Rules: Free or Reduced Entries ★ Tournament management may offer free or reduced entries without having to identify this information in the tournament rules. However, an amount equal to the prize fee for such entry must be paid into the tournament prize fund by management. Rule 315 – Entry Rules: Multiple Participation ★ This revision allows tournament management the option of determining how many times an individual can participate and cash in each event. For example, an entrant, in a singles event, by tournament rule, could bowl multiple times and cash more than once on that prize list. If tournament rules do not state otherwise, the conditions of Rule 315 with regard to multiple participation apply. Rule 326a – Tournament Playing Rules: Tie Scores ★ With this revision, in tournaments other than those with match play or elimination formats, only one game is now required in deciding all ties unless tournament rules state otherwise. However, under no conditions may the playoff consist of less than one delivery.
General Playing Rules Revisions: New Rule 4e – Average Relief ★ This rule allows a player who has become injured or disabled to request relief of his/her USBC average by providing the following information to USBC Headquarters: ✩ A doctor’s certificate describing the: • Disability or injury. • Length of disability or injury. • Reason for downward average adjustment.
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✩ A copy of current league standing sheet(s). Standing sheets must be
submitted from each USBC certified league in which the player participates.
If average relief is granted by USBC, the player will be notified of the minimum average that may be assigned to them and the time limit for the relief. Tournament management may, prior to participation: ★ Accept the bowler’s highest current USBC certified league average, provided it meets or exceeds the minimum established by USBC. ★ Assign the bowler an average that meets or exceeds the minimum established by USBC. ★ Deny the relief and require the bowler to use the average as stated in tournament rules. Permission may be withdrawn for cause. Note: Authorization by USBC, if granted, does not obligate tournament management to issue relief. Rule 7a – Pins-Improperly Set The revision to this rule now covers any standing pin(s) that are outside the range of the sweep bar and provides the pin(s) will be respotted where it (they) originally stood before the delivery. Rule 9 – Bowling on Wrong Lane The revision to this rule provides that if more than one player on the same team bowls on the wrong lane in turn, all deliveries stand as bowled. Upon discovery, bowlers shall complete subsequent frames on the correct lane. Rule 14 – Supplemental Fees This revision removes the requirement that a minimum entry fee cannot exceed $2 per entry for Mail-o-graphic leagues and tournaments and also provides that operating costs shall not exceed 10 percent of the entry fee.
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Your interest in certifying your upcoming tournament(s) through USBC is greatly appreciated. Certifying a tournament with USBC is a benefit to you and to all participating USBC members. Our members realize that USBC tournaments ensure uniformity in the basic tournament rules, entitle them to awards and give them an avenue to settle disputes. This publication is designed to assist you in preparation of your future tournament(s). Additional resources include: ★ USBC Playing Rules and Commonly Asked Questions ★ Your local association ★ The Tournament Certification Team ★ Bowl.com ✩ Tournament and results listings ✩ Tournament Managers Manual ✩ Tournament Certification Application ✩ Tournament Prize/Award List reports ✩ Scholarship/Recognitions/Award reports Contact the Tournament Certification Team should you have questions regarding the enclosed information by: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (800) 514-BOWL, ext. 3157 ★ FAX: (414) 421-1650 TTY, TTD (414) 423-3465 (hearing impaired line)
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This checklist is a quick review of tournament management’s operational duties. The basics of getting your tournament up and rolling…. ❏ Decide dates — contact center ❏ Contract with center ❏ Date(s), fees, time, number of lanes, etc. ❏ Staffing needs ❏ Rules (See sample rules, pages 22-27) ❏ Entering Average (See Rules 319a and b) ❏ 319a, item (2), 319d, 319e apply or waive ❏ Handicap, Classified or Scratch ❏ Decide fee breakdown, i.e., prize/award fee, expense fee ❏ List special prizes ❏ USBC members associate or participation fee ❏ ❏ Design advertising/entry form Submit tournament certification application, entry form and rules at least three weeks prior to start date Set up a schedule/Send confirmations
The basics of keeping your tournament rolling…. ❏ Check membership cards at registration ❏ Make announcements prior to each squad ❏ Emphasize verification of averages ❏ Highlight important rules or rule changes ❏ Verify averages ❏ File award applications ❏ Within 30 days of the tournament ending date ❏ Award prizes ❏ Submit financial statement ❏ Submit prize/award list ❏ Submit participation report (associate cards and participation fees) ❏ Wrap-up/Review tournament
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Applications can be obtained by contacting USBC Tournament Certifications: 5301 S 76th Street Greendale, WI 53129-1128 FAX: (414) 421-1650 Phone: (800) 514-BOWL, ext. 3157 E-mail: email@example.com or download from our Web site: bowl.com
Applying 1. Submit a completed tournament certification application and a copy of your rules and entry form to USBC at least three weeks prior to the start of the tournament. Remember, coverage will be granted only if the application is received before the start of the tournament. This process takes approximately five (5) working days. However, this may take longer in the peak season. 2. 3. 4. 5. Guarantees — submit written assurance from person responsible for any first time guaranteed prizes. If the tournament is open to USBC Collegiate members, it must be certified as adult/youth. If you are conducting a youth scholarship tournament, you must submit information in accordance with the requirements of USBC Rule 301c. Always remember, if a tournament date and/or site is changed, coverage is not extended unless we are notified of the change before the tournament is conducted. Also, in the event a tournament is cancelled, please let us know so we can mark our file accordingly.
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TYPES OF TOURNAMENTS
Tournament Definition A tournament is a competition, other than a league, in which the game of American Tenpins or a modified format of the game is played. Competition consists of one or more events and two or more teams. Total pins decide the champions and other prize winners in each of the events unless another system, based on merit pinfall, is stated in the tournament rules.
Benefits You can perform a valuable service both to your participants and your organization by conducting USBC tournaments. It is a free service that means you and the bowlers in your tournament benefit from the whole range of USBC services. These are: 1. Guidance on rules for your particular competition 2. Standardized rules. 3. Expert assistance in resolving misunderstandings and problems if they arise. 4. Systematic average adjustment procedures. 5. Special recognition for high scores and other achievements. 6. Assurance of equitable distribution of prize funds.
Types of Tournaments. To better serve tournament organizations and our members, USBC certifies the following types of tournaments: Regular Tournament This is the most common type of tournament that covers the widest range of formats. A regular tournament certificate will be issued provided: 1. The tournament consists of two or more teams or a singles event of two or more individual entrants. 2. Tournament rules and advertising material comply with USBC rules. 3. The lanes used are USBC certified for the current season. 4. Competition among entrants in an event, except all-events, is held in the same establishment. When an event is divided in two or more divisions, competition in each division is held in the same establishment.
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TYPES OF TOURNAMENTS
Moral Support A moral support may be issued provided the tournament is conducted by one of the following types of organizations: ★ Civic ★ Fraternal ★ Benevolent ★ Military Service ★ Union ★ Religious 1. 2. 3. It must also meet all the requirements for tournaments granted a regular tournament certification (Rule 301a). Entry is limited to those affiliated with the organization conducting the tournament. Anyone under suspension from, or who has been refused membership in USBC, is not allowed to participate.
For additional information concerning moral support events, contact USBC Tournament Certifications - (Phone: (800) 514-BOWL, ext. 3157, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Modified Formats High score recognition for 300, 299, 298 and 11 Strikes-In-A-Row is in effect provided the score was accomplished by one participant, whereby a full setup of pins (10) is knocked down with the first delivery in each frame and without the benefit of any type of artificial strike. In order for the High Score Recognition to be in effect, tournament management must maintain a scoring system whereby both the natural and artificial pin counts are kept on a scoresheet. A copy of the scoresheet must be submitted with all high score award claims. Also, awards can be provided for conversion of the 7-10 and 4-6-7-10 splits. Examples of some of the modified formats are: 9-Pin No-Tap, 8-Pin No-Tap, Best Ball, Scotch Doubles, Baker Format, Mail-O-Graphics, etc. (See pages 11-13 for details.) The great thing about bowling is that it can be played at any level, as a recreational activity or as a competitive sport. Modified formats offer many alternatives to traditional tournament bowling. Using modified formats, bowlers must interact much more, thereby creating a more social atmosphere. With
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today’s fast paced lifestyles, modified formats allow the game to move along faster, thereby reducing the time a person would have to devote to his/her bowling. FYI: When tournaments use a modified format, all USBC rules apply except those directly affecting the modified format. Averages established in modified formats cannot be used for entry in USBC league and tournament competition where the standard game of American Tenpins is played. Note: Tournament formats encouraging participants to bowl less than their ability to win prizes are not eligible for USBC certification. If you’re looking to give your bowlers a new bowling experience, try some of these modified formats: No-Tap Tournament There are two types of no-tap formats commonly used, and tournament management must determine by rule which procedure will be followed. 1. A strike is recorded when an individual knocks down a designated number of pins or all 10 pins on the first delivery. For any other pin count, the individual receives the actual value and a second delivery is required. 2. A strike is recorded when an individual leaves a specific pin(s) (such as a 5-pin or a 7-pin) or knocks down all 10 pins on the first delivery. If any other pin(s) remain standing, the bowler receives the actual value and a second delivery is required. 3-6-9 Tournament In a 3-6-9 tournament, each bowler automatically receives a strike in the third, sixth and ninth frames of each game as designated by tournament rule. Baker System In the Baker Scoring System, each bowler rolls two frames per game. The play is fast-paced. The Baker scoring system also is very popular for doubles tournament competition. The Baker System places the emphasis on team effort, rather than the individual accomplishments of the team members. When the Baker System is used and teams are comprised of five members, all team members follow each other in regular order to bowl a single game.
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The leadoff player rolls the first complete frame followed by the No. 2 bowler rolling the second frame; the No. 3 bowler, the third frame; the No. 4 bowler, the fourth frame; and the No. 5 bowler, the fifth frame. The leadoff bowler then continues the game by bowling the sixth frame, followed by the No. 2 bowler rolling the seventh frame; the No. 3 bowler, the eighth frame; the No. 4 bowler, the ninth frame; and finally the fifth bowler, all balls in the 10th frame. Headpin Bowling Tournaments In some localities, the entrants count 100 as the highest possible score, allowing the rolling of 10 balls to a game, or one ball to a given frame. When this procedure is followed, they generally require the player to hit the headpin on each delivery for scores to count with no extra ball being allowed in the 10th frame. Another method of playing the game is to count 120 as the highest possible score, allowing the rolling of 12 balls for a perfect game of 120. In the first nine frames, one ball is permitted for each frame. In the 10th frame, three balls may be bowled provided the player scores a strike on his first two attempts. When this system of scoring the game of headpins is followed, the tournament does not insist upon the individual actually hitting the headpin. As long as the headpin is knocked down, the particular frame is considered legal. Scotch Doubles Tournament Any combination of two bowlers is allowed. The most successful promotions have been husband-wife or “family” scotch doubles where competition is open to father-son, mother-daughter, etc. A three-game series is bowled with Bowler A bowling first in each frame and Bowler B bowling at whatever pins are left. If a strike is bowled, the same bowler would continue. Bowler A starts the first and third games, Bowler B starts the second game. Scoring is the same as regulation Tenpins. Note: If Bowler A strikes on the first ball in the 10th frame, Bowler A would then bowl again. If Bowler A strikes again, Bowler A would roll the last ball. If no strike on the second ball, Bowler B rolls the last ball. Since the second player only bowls if pins remain standing after the leadoff bowler’s delivery, it is possible that the leadoff player could bowl the entire game without the second player participating in the game.
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Best Ball Tournament Again, a combination of any two bowlers is allowed. Each bowler rolls one ball each frame. The better of the two balls rolled is the score entered for the team. There are no spares recorded since the pins are reset after each ball thrown. The exception to this is the 10th frame where scoring is regulation for each bowler; i.e., if a strike is bowled on the first ball, the bowler would then roll two extra balls. Mail-O-Graphic Tournament competition in which a supplemental fee is charged and scores bowled in different centers are compared to qualify for prizes in one common prize list. All scores are submitted to the tournament manager who enters the scores and determines teams and/or individual standings. All scores used must be from USBC certified competition. (Rule 302b) Pro-Am Tournament competition conducted for any charitable organization whereby an entrant’s scores are paired with a professional or designated organization member for prize consideration. Note: USBC Association championship tournaments cannot utilize a modified, league or mail-o-graphic format.
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Get away from it all!
2007 – CHARLOTTE, N.C.
Kick back and relax on one of Charlotte’s numerous awardwinning golf courses or ride a roller coaster until your stomach spins at Paramount Carowinds. Other unique activities in the Charlotte area include panning for gold, visiting Lowe’s Motor Speedway, walking through a real rainforest, taking historical tours and seeing a Broadway play. Not to mention world-class shopping and dining options. POPULATION – metro area: 1,500,000 WEATHER – Average high and low temperatures to expect during the tournament’s run: March 64/42; April 71/48; May 78/56; June 86/66; July 89/70.
2008 – DETROIT, MICH.
Discover the new Detroit, a city that has influenced American culture with everything from the invention of the automobile to the Motown sound. Metro Detroit bustles with activity from sports, art, culture and music to three Las Vegas-style downtown casinos and more. Or, head over to Canada – just a quick trip across the Detroit River. POPULATION – metro area: 4,000,000 WEATHER – Average high and low temperatures to expect during the tournament’s run: March 44/27; April 58/37; May 69/47; June 79/56; July 83/61.
America’s largest sports competition
2007 – RENO, NEV.
Experience the beautiful Sierra Country and bowl in the National Bowling Stadium. From exciting casinos to the world-class beauty of Lake Tahoe, the Reno area has it all. Known as America’s adventure place, you will be enchanted by all that you will experience in Reno in 2007. POPULATION – metro area: 375,000 WEATHER – Average high and low temperatures to expect during the tournament: February 54/27; March 56/29; April 65/38; May 74/43; June 87/53; July 96/61.
2008 – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.
Enjoy the beautiful Southwest! Albuquerque combines a unique blend of natural beauty, profound historic attractions, a spectacular climate with four distinct seasons, museums, galleries and shopping to create an unforgettable visit. POPULATION – metro area: 700,000 WEATHER – Average high and low temperatures to expect during the tournament: February 53/27; March 61/33; April 70/41; May 79/50; June 89/50; July 92/64.
USBC Sport Bowling is an optional level of certified league and tournament competition that offers bowlers the chance to experience a new challenge and satisfy their competitive nature. Conducted on the most competitive lane conditions in the sport, Sport Bowling leagues and tournaments emphasize a bowler’s ability to deliver the ball accurately and consistently, make adjustments, read lanes and convert spares — evening out the competition to create an exciting tournament atmosphere. A tournament certificate will be issued provided these steps have been completed: 1. The tournament application is approved by USBC prior to the start of the tournament. 2. 3. All competition takes place in a center complying with USBC Rule 211. All rules and specifications for Sport Bowling are adhered to (see Sport Bowling Chapter 5 of the USBC Playing Rules book for additional information).
Running a Sport Bowling tournament requires a couple of additional steps and the cooperation of the host center management. Together, you can offer bowlers the opportunity to experience USBC’s hottest competition. If the proposed tournament site is not a Sport Bowling certified center, the proprietor must register the center online on the Sport Bowling section of bowl.com and send tapes or graphs at least two weeks prior to the start of the tournament. The proprietor must follow these simple steps to certify the bowling center for Sport Bowling: 1. Register the center — Go to the Sport Bowling section of bowl.com and click on the “Centers” tab. Then click on the “Register your center for Sport Bowling” link. Fill out the short form and hit “Submit.” You will need to know the center certification number, type of lane surface, lane installation or resurface date, and type of lane machine to complete this form. Proof of compliant lane condition — This step is only required if your center was not Sport Bowling certified the previous year!
Once you have registered your center online, you will need to oil a pair of lanes with the Sport pattern you plan on using and pull tapes on that pair of lanes. This must be done at 22 feet and two feet before the end of the pattern.
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Use that tape to generate graphs for both lanes and send the graphs to USBC Headquarters. If you do not have access to a reader and software to make graphs, you may send the tapes to USBC Headquarters and USBC will read them for you. USBC requires this step to assure that the center is capable of putting down a Sport compliant pattern in advance of Sport Bowling leagues and tournaments. The graphs or tapes must be sent to USBC Headquarters at least two weeks before the start of leagues and tournaments. If needed, USBC will provide technical support to assist the center in meeting this requirement. Once the pattern is in compliance, graphs are to be sent to USBC Headquarters via fax at (414) 421-5860 or mailed to: USBC Headquarters Attn: Specifications/Certifications 5301 S. 76th St. Greendale, WI 53129. At the completion of these two simple steps, your center will be certified for Sport Bowling leagues and tournaments until the end of this bowling season. You will be sent USBC Sport Bowling certified decals for the center doors. Once the center is Sport Bowling certified, the tournament application is processed similarly to a standard USBC tournament and should be submitted at least two weeks before the tournament start date. For more information regarding Sport Bowling tournaments, contact USBC at (800) 514-BOWL, ext. 3177 or visit the Sport Bowling section of bowl.com.
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There are key differences tournament managers must be aware of when conducting a USBC Youth tournament. All USBC tournaments must comply with Rule 400 and the Special Eligibility Rules. A USBC Youth member cannot participate in a tournament where ANYONE is awarded any cash, bonds, gift certificates or merchandise prizes exceeding $500 in value; or gambling is involved. Trophies, medals, ribbons and certificates (symbolic) may be awarded. Entry fees and reimbursement of actual travel expenses (receipts must be presented for reimbursement) into the next higher level of youth competition or any youth tournament or event are permissible. Bowlers may not transfer his/her entry. The entry fee must be paid directly to the tournament director/manager, not to the youth member. USBC Youth members may participate in PRO-AMS as long as they bowl in a separate division and youth awards comply with Rule 400. They may also participate in Team USA competitions with adult competitors provided their awards comply with Rule 400. Youth members may participate in side competitions/brackets, provided that all the entries be returned 100% and in the form of scholarships only and awards comply with Rule 400. Youth may bowl in singles competitions (including side competitions/brackets) offering cash, bonds or merchandise exceeding $500, provided, prior to bowling: 1. The competition agrees to award the youth’s prize in the form of a scholarship; or 2. The youth signs a form waiving his/her rights to any prize in violation of this rule. Other key differences: 1. One absentee score is allowed for four- or five-player teams, unless otherwise stated in tournament rules. (See Rule 322b) 2. 3. Protests and appeals must be filed in writing within 72 hours (See Rule 329). USBC Youth membership fees/participation fees may or may not be required for non-members. (See Rule 300c).
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All USBC scholarship tournament applications must contain the following: (Rule 301c) 1. List of scholarship prizes being awarded. 2. Tournament rules and entry form.
In accordance with USBC Rule 309, within 30 days after the completion of the tournament, management must forward any funds to be administered by the SMART program to USBC Headquarters. Note: Any special eligibility requirements pertaining to scholarships must be clearly stated in the tournament rules.
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Achieve your goals with USBC SMART
The Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins program is designed to help organizations set-up, manage and disburse youth bowling scholarships as well as help USBC Youth members locate and ensure scholarship dollars for their continuing education. SMART oversees 2,600 different bowling organizations and 95,000 individual scholarship funds totaling more than $17 million. More than $4 million is awarded annually to USBC Youth members, with complimentary assistance for recipients and providers.
Make sure your tournament is SMART safe!
Only scholarships administered through SMART protect the collegiate eligibility of recipients.
Amanda Burgoyne, a current collegiate bowling star at Nebraska, received more than 100 scholarships from USBC’s scholarship program.
For more information about USBC SMART and youth scholarships, go to bowl.com, click on the Youth tab and then go to the USBC Smart logo or call (800) 514-BOWL.
USBC Adult Handicap Tournament
King Pin Lanes Mixed Team & Doubles/Singles Tournament USBC Certification applied for Tournament Dates: August 24-25, 20___ Entry Fee: (per event/per bowler) Saturday Saturday Sunday 1:00 P.M. Doubles 4:00 P.M. Singles 1:00 P.M. Team Prize Fee Expense Fee Total Optional All-events – Entry Closing Date: August 19, 20___ King Pin Lanes, 300 River Road, Frame City, Missouri Prize Fee Returned 100 percent Prize Ratio (Team, Doubles/Singles at least 1 in 10) Prize Ratio (All Events at least 1 in 15) First Place in Team, Doubles & Singles: $200 (Based on 75 entries) King Pin Lanes will donate $100 to prize fund for each event. $ 6.00 $ 9.00 $15.00 $ 5.00
Tournament Rules 1. Eligible participants who are not USBC members can qualify, prior to participation, in one of two ways: ★ By paying the appropriate associate membership dues. ★ By paying a participation fee (Rule 300c). 2. Competition in each event will be limited to ____(number) time(s) (Rule 315). (List formats to be used — tournament will consist of three games in each event.) Handicap will be 100 percent of 230.
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4. Entering average: a. Last season highest USBC league average of 21 or more games. b. If no average last year, use highest current season USBC average at the time of entry for 21 or more games. c. Bowlers with neither of the above averages must bowl scratch. d. If current season average for at least 21 games at the time of bowling exceeds last season’s average by 10 or more pins, current season average must be used (Rule 319a, item 2). It is each bowler’s responsibility to verify the accuracy of their own average in handicap or classified tournaments, whether originally submitted by the bowler, the team captain or others. Failure to use the correct average may disqualify the score if submitted average is lower than correct average, thereby resulting in a lower classification or more handicap. Prize winnings will be based on the submitted average, if it is higher than the correct average. (Rule 319a, item 3). Reporting of previous tournament winnings ________(will/will not – select one) apply. (Rule 319d). The average adjustment rule _______(will/will not – select one) apply. (Rule 319e). Teams may be composed of all men, all women or mixed. All decisions of the tournament manager are final unless an appeal is made in accordance with Rule 329.
Participants Entry Form Entry Fee: Per Event – Per Bowler =$15.00 Optional All Events – Per Bowler = Doubles/Singles List in lineup order (order will not be changed): Name 1. 2. Doubles
Bowler ID #
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Team List in lineup order (order will not be changed): Name 1. 2. 3. 4. Total Amount: Doubles Singles Bowler ID # Amount
Send entry and full payment to:
Sally Bowler, Tournament Manager 1234 Split Avenue Frame City, MO 54321
Entries must be postmarked by August 19, 20___
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USBC Scratch Tournament
Oxford’s Bowling Club Scratch Team Tournament Silver Lake Bowl USBC Certification Applied for Tournament Dates: July 18 and 19, 20___ Friday 6 p.m. Saturday 1 p.m. Entry Fee: $15 per bowler Prize Fee $ 10 Expense Fee Total $ 5 $ 15
Entry Closing Date: 12:55 p.m., July 19, 20___ or until lanes are full 1. Eligible participants who are not USBC members can qualify, prior to participation, in one of two ways: ★ By paying the appropriate associate membership dues. ★ By paying a participation fee (Rule 300c). 2. Teams must be composed 4 bowlers with at least one man or one woman on each team. 3. Participation is limited to one time and all participants will bowl three games. 4. Prize money returned 100% at a ratio of at least 1 in 10. Submit reserved entries to: Don Roy 300 W. Bowling Pin Lane Silver Lake, WI 54591 Bowler Name: __________________________ Bowler USBC Number: __________________ Bowler Name: ______________________ Bowler USBC Number: __________________ Bowler Name: __________________________Bowler USBC Number: __________________ Bowler Name: __________________________ Bowler USBC Number: __________________
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USBC Youth Tournament
Summer Jamboree Handicap Scholarship Tournament USBC Youth Certification applied for Tournament Dates: July 6, 20___ 1 p.m. Entries close: July 1 XYZ Lanes will add $500 to the award/scholarship fund 2 Divisions: ★ 11 and under ★ 12 and older Location: XYZ Lanes 100 Any Street Greendale, WI 53129
Eligibility All USBC Youth bowlers are eligible to enter this tournament. Non-USBC Youth members may qualify by paying an associate fee. Divisions Divisions are based on age as of ________________ (date) - (proof of age required). Entering Average All bowlers will enter using their highest current USBC Youth league average, minimum of 9 games as of ________________ (date). (A standing sheet showing your USBC Youth average or a signed average verification by a responsible league official or association secretary/manager at the bottom of the Entry Form will be proof of average.) If no current season average use previous season USBC Youth league average, minimum nine games. Bowlers without a nine game minimum USBC Youth average may enter scratch. Handicap Handicap will be 100 percent of the difference between the bowlers’ average and a scratch score of 200.
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Tournament format Both divisions. A three (3) game qualifying round begins at 1 p.m. After the qualifying round, the field will be cut in half, with the top half (50 percent), advancing to a three (3) game semi-final round. Immediately after the semi-final round the top five (5) bowlers advance to a stepladder roll-off. In the event of a tie to determine the semi-finalists or finalists, an extra ninth (9th) and tenth (10th) frame roll-off will be held on a pair of lanes to be determined by the tournament directors. An extra ninth (9th) and tenth (10th) frame roll-off will be held if necessary to break a tie in the stepladder roll-off. Entry fee Entry fee will be $15 - $7 Expense fee and $8 Scholarship fee. Mail entries and fees to Cindy Bowler at XYZ Lanes, 100 Any Street, Greendale, WI 53129. Questions, contact your tournament manager: Cindy Bowler at (000) 111-2222. Scholarships Scholarships will be awarded at a ratio of at least one for each 10 entries in each division. The number of tournament entries in each division will determine amount of scholarships. The $500 donation by XYZ Lanes will be prorated based on the percentage of entries in each division. All scholarship money will be returned 100 percent to the bowlers. The funds will be held and managed by SMART (ACCOUNT #0000) c/o USBC, 5301 S. 76th St. Greendale, WI 53129. Bowler’s Name: Circle One: BOY or GIRL Address: Area Code and Phone Number: Highest USBC Youth league average as of Highest previous season USBC Youth league average: Date of birth USBC Bowler I.D. #: League Name: Bowling Center: Association or League Official signature: Phone #: Mail entries and fees to: XYZ Lanes 100 Any Street Greendale, WI 53219 Office Use Only: Total fees enclosed: Accepted By: Average Verified By:
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USBC cautions against the use of guaranteed prizes. It is recommended that guaranteed prizes not be offered. It is a better procedure to estimate all prizes as being based on a specified number of entries. Then, if the anticipated number of entries is not received, you can pay your prizes on a direct percentage basis to the number of entries received as opposed to the number of entries on which such prizes are based. Of course, it is tournament management’s prerogative to proceed with the guaranteed prizes. However, if you do, you should be aware that you are obligating yourself to pay these prizes in the exact amounts shown in the tournament literature regardless of the number of entries received in any event. Guaranteed prizes are recommended only for tournaments with long records of success. Unless tournament rules state otherwise, Rule 308, Item e states, when there are 100 or more entries in an event or division of an event, first place shall not exceed 40 percent of the total prize fund. Second place shall be equal to at least one-half of first place or 20 percent and the balance of prizes 40 percent. A $1,000 first place guarantee means a total prize fund of at least $2,500. Fewer entries than you expected means that you pay the difference. Total minimum return is 100 percent. An example follows: First Place $1,000 = 40% Second Place (at least one-half of first place) $ 500 = 20% Balance of prizes $1,000 = 40% Total minimum return $2,500 = 100% Remember: Guaranteed prizes cannot be based on number of entries received in the tournament.
Free or Reduced Entries Tournament management may offer free or reduced entry fees. We recommend the reduction or free entry and how it is obtained be clearly stated within the entry form or rules. When free entries are offered or fees are reduced, management must add the equivalent prize portion to the prize fund. In instances where a tournament charges a higher fee for late or walk-in entries, the additional amount charged is designated as a late fee within the rules or entry
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form. The amount may be added to the prize fund, but must be designated as a late fee or charge. Tournament Prize Information Top-Heavy Prizes, Unrealistic Distribution of Prize Money One “rich” winner never took the place of several unhappy entrants who did not get their fair share of the prize money! Overestimating “Shooting for the moon” can capture attention, but it could also create resentment which years of sound operation cannot erase. It’s better to pay out more prize money than you advertised than the other way around! Merchandise Prizes Unless tournament rules state otherwise, the amount expended from the prize fund for a merchandise prize determines the application of the formula in Rule 308, Item e. For example, an automobile purchased for $6,000 as a first place prize requires at least a $3,000 second position prize and no less than $15,000 in total cash and merchandise prizes. Sample prize list Be sure of a balanced prize list like this one, based on 100 entries at a $5 prize fee each:
1. $200. (40% Maximum) 2. $100. (Half of first place) 3. $60.. 4. $40. 5. $25. 6. $20. Total prize fund, $500 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. $15. $12. $10. $7. $6. $5. (Equal to prize fee including all last place ties.)
(Can be adjusted for any size tournament)
Special Features Optional prize fees are permitted in Rule 307 for special features, such as high single game score, in an event or division of an event. The following provisions must be observed unless tournament rules state otherwise: 1. Entry in the optional feature must be open to all tournament entrants. 2. USBC prize formula applies. 3. At least one prize for each 20 entries or major fraction thereof is awarded. Note: Any changes in fees should be listed separately on the financial report.
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Scheduling a tournament can be a difficult and time-consuming task. In preparing the tournament schedule the following should be observed. 1. Begin scheduling immediately upon receipt of the first entries. 2. In multiple events and multiple entry tournaments, check entries for those bowlers who are entered more than once or in other events; group entries accordingly. Group entries according to times requested, if possible. Group entries according to the entering averages; high average bowlers with high average bowlers, low average bowlers with low average bowlers, etc. Assign lanes. Form additional squads until all teams are assigned. Recheck schedule to make certain the same team or individual is not scheduled more than once for each squad. Schedule one team alone if you have an uneven number of entries. Allow up to three hours for each team squad. Allow a minimum of two hours and 15 minutes to a pair of lanes for two sets of doubles and singles. If three sets of doubles or singles are on a pair of lanes, allow three hours.
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10. Notify team captains and/or individual entrants of their scheduled time and date. This could be done by posting a schedule. 11. Start all squads on time. 12. Allow enough buffer time, 15-30 minutes between each squad, for announcements, late registrations, slow bowling, equipment failure, general maintenance, etc. 13. If you anticipate you may need to add squads, you must include a statement in your promotional literature or tournament rules allowing for additional squads. Suggested wording is: “Additional squads may be added during the course of the tournament as deemed necessary by tournament management, but no squad shall be added after the last advertised squad time.” 14. If you want to allow for more flexibility with the entry closing date the following wording can be used: “Reserve entries close (include date) and walk-in entries will be accepted until squad time if openings are available.”
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USBC RULE 300C
All entrants in a tournament certified by USBC must qualify under the rules of the tournament. The tournament rules shall require all participants to be USBC members or they may establish eligibility as follows: (See Rule 300c or bowl.com for more information.) 1. Associate membership. An individual may apply for associate membership. 2. Participation fee. Payment of the fee entitles the entrant to participate in the specific tournament only and subjects the bowler to USBC rules and jurisdiction for that tournament. Note: Participation fee is not applicable for moral support or association championship tournaments. USBC Youth tournaments only: 3. Participation Fee/Membership Fee may be waived. By rule the participation fee/membership fee can be waived allowing all youth bowlers to participate in the tournament and subjects them to all USBC and tournament rules. Note: Only entrants who are USBC members before participation in the tournament are eligible for USBC awards. Youth Bowlers in USBC Adult tournaments Unmarried grade or high school students under the age of 18 must have parental consent to participate in USBC Adult tournaments. A copy of the Parental Consent form must be filed as stated in Rule 13. (See Page #42 in this manual for a copy of the Parental Consent Form.)
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AVERAGES & WINNINGS
Averages, Adjustments and
Averages Definitive average rules are important to a tournament. Any rules that refer to averages or have an effect on an entrant’s average should be included in tournament rules. Note: As of Aug. 1, 2004, the Canadian Tenpin Federation (CTF) is recognized as the governing body of the game of tenpin bowling in Canada. The CTF provides services to bowling centers and leagues located in Canada that were previously serviced by USBC. USBC and the CTF have entered into a mutual average recognition agreement for competitions by the other’s organization. Averages of 21 games or more, established in CTF leagues will be recognized by USBC for entry into USBC tournaments unless the tournament rules exclude CTF averages. In return, the CTF will recognize averages of 21 games or more, established in USBC leagues for entry into CTF tournaments where tournament rules do not exclude USBC averages.
Entering Average Rules – USBC Rules 318, 319a & b A clear and concise entering average rule is essential in any handicap or classified tournament. Averages from the previous season are recommended as a first choice, because they are on record with each local association and can be verified. Define the entering average you want the participants to report first, but give an alternative — in case they cannot meet the first rule. (See sample Rule 4 on page 23.) USBC Youth entering averages are based on current averages after nine games, unless another rule is adopted. (See Entering Average Rule on page 26.)
Average Adjustments – USBC Rule 319c Tournament management has the authority to adjust any entrant’s average upward prior to participation in any event. It is permissible to adjust an average between events.
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AVERAGES & WINNINGS
If a bowler’s average is adjusted, they have the right to decline the adjustment and receive a refund of entry fees paid for any and all events the adjustment is made for.
Tournament Prize Winnings – USBC Rule 319d Rule 319d allows tournament management the opportunity to adjust an entrant’s average based on games bowled in a previous tournament(s) where the entrant won $600 or more in any event. This rule automatically applies to all USBC handicap and classified tournaments unless waived by tournament rules. Prize winnings from certified and uncertified tournaments including those using a modified format (example: 9 pin tap), must be used in application of this rule. We recommend that tournaments provide in their rules as to whether or not Rule 319d will apply. Tournament management also has the authority to modify the requirements of Rule 319d for their tournament. For example, the $600 amount could be lowered or raised to another amount such as $100, $500 or $1,000 for example. The 12-month period timeframe also can be amended (six months, 24 months, etc.) The obligation to report and the responsibility of compliance rests with the bowler. As part of the rule, all bowlers, regardless of average, are responsible for reporting any prior winnings of $600 or more in an individual tournament/event earned within the past 12 months. We recommend that prize winnings be reported to the tournament in writing and that tournament management issues a written receipt acknowledging acceptance of this information. The last 12 months is defined as the date and time the tournament officially ended (completion of the last squad or round of competition) or payment of prizes whichever comes first. The rule defines prize winnings as cash and/or merchandise prizes of $600 or more in the position standings prize list in any event in a tournament, including all events, special features, special prizes and donated prizes. This would include optional events such as brackets, strike jackpots and any other side events. This rule also requires the bowler to list the name of the tournament, the amount won, the prize position, and the actual scores bowled to qualify for the prize.
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Bowlers must disclose this information prior to participation in the tournament for possible adjustment. If a bowler neglects to report the information required in Rule 319d, they are subject to disqualification, forfeiture of entry fees and prize winnings. (See procedure for disqualifications, page 40).
Average Adjustment – USBC Rule 319e Rule 319e is an average adjustment rule that requires a bowler to change their entering average when their accumulative tournament average of 21 games or more is 15 pins higher within the previous 12 months. This rule applies to all tournaments, unless waived by tournament rule. Whether Rule 319e is waived or applies, we recommend it be stated in the tournament rules. All bowlers are responsible for adjusting their entering average if their accumulated tournament average for 21 games or more exceeds the average to be used for entry by 15 or more pins within the previous 12 months. For example, the bowler has a league entering average of 150 and an accumulated tournament average of 170 for 21 or more tournament games. The bowler must use the 170 accumulative tournament average for entry into the tournament. Tournament management also can modify Rule 319e to suit their particular tournament needs. For example, the 15 or more pin average requirement or 21-tournament game requirement could be changed to be more or less restrictive (five or more pins; 20 or more pins; 15 tournament games; 30 tournament games; etc.). The 12-month period timeline can also be amended (six months, 24 months, etc.). A bowler whose tournament scores require an adjustment must submit the adjusted average in writing before the end of the first game in a tournament, unless tournament rules allow for such adjustment to be made within a specified time after bowling. The bowler is responsible for keeping a record of the names, dates, scores and prize winnings in all tournaments entered in the previous 12 months, including those still running. On appeal, protest, or if tournament management believes there is a violation of the rule, the bowler can be requested to supply this information within a reasonable deadline.
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AVERAGES & WINNINGS
Failure to use the adjusted average is cause for forfeiture of entry fees and prize winnings. (See page 40 for disqualification procedure and page 46 for a sample report form for tournament manager’s to provide to entrants.) Note: Scores from certified and uncertified tournaments using an American Tenpins format must be used in application of this rule.
Note: Rules 319a (Items 1 through 4, 319c, 319d and 319e) do not apply to USBC Youth members unless otherwise provided by tournament rules.
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USBC tournaments provide USBC members with awards for high scores and other achievements. USBC members of all ages are eligible to earn a greater variety of awards in a standardized awards program for men, women and youth. Achievements are based on skill level and not age or gender. All members have an opportunity to strive for the next achievement level. All achievements can be earned once per season. (August 1-July 31) The Awards Programs Recognize Achievement of:
Individual Game Awards 300 299 298 250 to 297 with a 170 average or below 200 to 249 with a 160 average or below 180 to 199 with a 140 average or below 160 to 179 with a 120 average or below 140 to 159 with a 100 average or below 120 to 139 with a 90 average or below 100 to 119 with a 70 average or below 80 to 99 with a 50 average or below Eleven (11) strikes in a row when the score is 297 or less; 100 pins over game average 75 pins over game average Series Awards 900 series 800 to 899 700 to 799 with a 210 average or below 600 to 699 with a 175 average or below 500 to 599 with a 140 average or below 400 to 499 with a 115 average or below 300 to 399 with a 90 average or below 200-299 with a 50 average or below 140 pins over series average
National Team High Game and Series During each fiscal year, an award will be issued by USBC to each member of the team who bowls one of the three highest scratch game and series scores in the nation for men only, women only, mixed and youth teams. No team is entitled to receive more than one fiscal year award in each category. See Rule 51c for classifications and additional information. Baker 300 Game Award All Baker System teams that bowl a game of 300 are eligible to receive a sponsor’s award. Each team is eligible for one award during the fiscal year.
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Special Achievement Awards ★ 7-10 – Conversion of the 7-10 split. ★ Big Four Split – Conversion of the 4-6-7-10 split. ★ All Spare Game – Ten consecutive spares in a single game. ★ Dutch 200 Game – A game of alternating strikes and spares with a game total of 200. ★ Triplicate Series – Three consecutive games of the same score in a series. The appropriate award application must be completed. Applications are included in the Tournament Certification Packet. Copies also can be obtained from local associations, USBC, or bowl.com. Once completed, the award applications should be forwarded to the local bowling association or USBC, Membership/Awards for processing. Please refer to the USBC Playing Rules books for achievement eligibility criteria and award details. For award information, contact: USBC (800) 514-BOWL, ext. 3151 e-mail: email@example.com or bowl.com
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Guidelines for Prize
When you conduct a tournament, you undertake a moral and legal obligation that all tournament prize money (excluding interest) is held in trust for the exclusive benefit of tournament participants. This prize money cannot be used for any other purpose. In addition, the prize fund must be paid to the participants as follows: 1. All prize money collected in an event or division of an event must be returned to the participants in that event or division of that event, except where replacements or correction of averages require a change of classification. In that case, prizes are distributed to reflect the actual number of participants in the event or division of the event. Example: If you have $1,000 in prize money in the doubles event and $500 in the singles event, you must return at least $1,000 back to the doubles participants and $500 back to the singles participants. You cannot pay out $750 in doubles and $750 in singles prizes. Prize money shall not be transferred from one event to another. In other words, you cannot co-mingle prize funds of two or more events. (Rule 308, Item a) 2. The last place prize, including those paid for each last place tie, must be equal to at least the amount of the prize fee in the event unless tournament rules state otherwise. Example: The prize fee portion of the entry fee is $10. Based on this rule, the last place position prize would have to be $10 or greater. Even if you had a tie for last place, the teams or individuals tied would have to receive a minimum of $10 each. 3. In team, doubles and singles events, there shall be at least one prize for each 10 entries or major fraction thereof unless tournament rules state otherwise. (Rule 308, Item c) The key words here are “at least.” We recommend they be added to any tournament prize ratio. This allows you to pay more position prizes than the advertised prize ratio. We do not recommend a prize ratio that locks you in. Example: “One prize for every 10 entries or 1-10.” Based on 100 entries, you would be obligated for 10 position prizes. No more — no less.
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4. In an all events feature or special events feature, the ratio of return must be at least one to 20 or major fraction thereof unless tournament rules state otherwise. (Rule 306, 307) If special prizes exceed 25 percent of the prize fund in an event or division of an event, and a bowler or team can qualify for both a special and position prize, all prizes won by a bowler or team count as one prize to determine the ratio of one prize for each 10 entries unless tournament rules state otherwise. (Rule 308, Item d) 5.
Special prizes may include, but are not limited to, the following: A. Scratch prizes in a handicap event. B. Single game prizes. C. Limited group prizes, such as early bird, average category, sponsor and weekend prizes, etc. Squad prizes to which all participants in an event are eligible are not defined as special prizes. Note: For reference regarding tournament prize payout based on a one to five prize ratio, see chart on page 52.
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Appeals, Protests and
PROCEDURES FOR DISQUALIFICATION
Appeals – Protests – USBC Rule 329 Rule 329 requires written protests or appeals affecting eligibility or playing rules in USBC Adult tournaments be filed with tournament management, the local association, or to USBC Headquarters before tournament prizes are paid. In USBC Youth tournaments, Rule 329 requires written protests regarding a claim, controversy or violation in a tournament involving any USBC or tournament rule be filed with the tournament manager with copies to the local association and USBC Headquarters within 72 hours. Appeals affecting tournament management’s decision in USBC Youth tournaments must be confirmed in writing within 72 hours to the local association or USBC. Any appeal to the decision of the local association must be sent to USBC within 72 hours of notice of the decision, briefly stating the grounds for the appeal and shall be signed by the individual(s) submitting it.
Procedures for Disqualification When violation occurs that requires disqualification of an individual or team, the following procedure should be followed: ★ The individual(s) and/or team captain should be notified in writing of the disqualification. ★ The letter should state the reason(s) for disqualification. ★ The letter should inform the individual that they have the right to appeal in writing to USBC Headquarters, Attention: Rules within 10 days. (See sample letters on pages 49-51) Note: Upon notification of a protest or appeal, tournament management must withhold all affected tournament prizes or awards until a final decision is made. If you have any questions concerning disqualifications, protests or appeals, contact the Rules Department at USBC at (800) 514-BOWL, ext. 3155 before rendering a decision and/or distributing the tournament prizes.
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Worthless Checks and Invalid Credit Cards
Tournament management should attempt to resolve matters concerning returned checks/credit cards for entry fees by notifying the participant and requesting payment by certified check or money order. If attempts to collect these fees fail, further action can be taken through USBC as follows: 1. Tournament management must send a certified or registered letter advising the participant that the check(s) was/were returned or the card deemed invalid and request payment. 2. If no response, tournament management must forward the following information to USBC, Attention: Rules in order for further action to be taken: a. Copy of the letter of notification sent certified or registered mail. b. c. d. Copy of the certified or registered mail receipt. Copy of the worthless check (front and back) or credit card notice. Copy of any bank fees charged.
Tournament must provide printed documentation if tournament has any additional worthless check fees. Note: If tournament charges a fee for worthless checks, you will need to include a copy of the tournament rules. (See sample letter on page 51.) 3. Upon receipt of the above information, USBC will notify the member charged that they have 30 days to pay the amount owed or request a hearing. If no response, a suspension letter is sent to the member. If an appeal is received or a hearing is requested, USBC will direct the local association in which the individual holds membership to conduct a hearing. Following the hearing, the file will be forwarded to USBC, Attention: Rules for a decision.
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Parental Consent I, _______________________ , am the parent or legal guardian of ________________________ , an unmarried grade school or high school student under the age of 18. By signing this form I am authorizing my child to bowl or substitute in the ___________________ (competition’s name), a league/tournament that offers merchandise over $500, cash or bonds. I verify I have read and reviewed USBC Rule 400 (see below) and understand the competition I have authorized my child to participate in violates the rule jeopardizing his/her USBC Youth eligibility. I recognize that by bowling or substituting in competition which violates Rule 400, his/her amateur status may be jeopardized. I understand that to |ensure compliance with high school and collegiate rules I should check with a compliance officer and/or academic counselor at his/her school.
Parental Signature: ________________________________________ Date: ____________________
Rule 400: Youth Member A. Except as provided in Item B, a youth may not bowl or substitute in any bowling activity which offers any of the following as prizes: 1. Cash or bonds. 2. Merchandise exceeding $500 in value. B. Youth may bowl in singles competitions (including side competitions/brackets) offering such prizes, provided, prior to bowling: 1. The competition agrees to award the youth’s prize in the form of a scholarship; or 2. The youth signs a form waiving his/her rights to any prize in violation of this rule. Buying or selling of earned prizes is prohibited. Any youth bowler deemed in violation of this rule is subject to disciplinary action including the potential loss of youth membership.
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NOTE: There are no limits on scholarship amounts or entry fees (must be paid directly to the tournament director/manager) and reimbursement of actual travel expenses into the next higher level of competition or any tournament or event. (Receipts must be provided upon request.) The prizes authorized by a state high school athletic association or a collegiate athletic association recognized by USBC and USBC Collegiate are not subject to the limitations of this rule.
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Sample: USBC Adult Membership Application
Sample: USBC Youth Membership Application
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USBC Associate Membership Fees Collected Those listed paid — indicate appropriate USBC Associate product purchased in proper column.
Name 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Total Adult Assoc. Members: Total Youth Assoc. Members: TOTAL ASSOC. FEES REMITTED: $ Membership cards will be mailed only to those individuals who have paid Associate dues. Check One: Adult Youth Bowler’s Street Address City/ State/Zip Purchase Date
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Bowler’s Street Address
TOTAL PARTICIPATION FEES REMITTED: $ Membership cards will not be issued to bowlers who paid USBC Participation fees. Forward to: USBC – ATTN: Membership/Awards Team 5301 S. 76th St. Greendale, WI 53129-1128 Please complete the information on this form and return it as soon as possible with the completed associate membership applications and appropriated fees to USBC, ATTN: Membership/Awards.
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(Fill in the Name of your tournament here) Tournament Participation Report This form must be completed and submitted to the tournament manager before bowling.
For Tournaments Using Last Season Averages for Entry Purposes (To be reported as of date of bowling unless rules for tournament state otherwise.) (Ref. Rule 319a, Item 2) 1. Is your current high USBC league average for 21 or more games higher by 10 or more pins than last season’s high average for 21 or more games? ❏ Yes ❏ No If “Yes,” you must use the current high league average. 2. My entering average for this tournament is .
For All Tournaments (To be reported immediately prior to bowling.) (Ref. Rule 319d) 1. Have you won $600 or more in any tournament event in the past 12 months? This includes all tournaments which have ended prior to your participation in this tournament even though the prize payment has not been received. ❏ Yes ❏ No If “Yes,” list name(s) of tournament(s), scores, position(s) and amount(s) won on reverse side. (To be reported immediately prior to bowling.) (Ref. Rule 319e) 2. During the past 12 months have you bowled 21 or more tournament games: ❏ Yes ❏ No If “Yes,” was your average for all such tournament games higher by 15 or more pins than your entering average for this tournament? ❏ Yes ❏ No If “Yes,” you must use an adjusted average as calculated under Rule 319e procedures. The bowler assumes total responsibility for submission of correct adjusted average. Failure to do so shall be cause for disqualification.
Contestant's Signature Date 46 – TOURNAMENT PARTICIPATION REPORT Address bowl.com
Cindy Bowler 06/15/06 12345
Cindy Bowler Manager 1234 Zero St., Greendale, WI 53129 (000) 111-2222
8/30/06 cbowl bowl.com (000) 111-2222
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Strike Force, Greendale WI Dream Team, Greendale WI High Rollers, Greendale WI Wrecking Crew, Greendale WI The Dovers, Greendale WI Four and One, Greendale WI
3288 3140 3107 3092 2968 2871
$100 $ 60 $ 50 $ 35 $ 25 $ 15
300 – 300
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Sample Letter for Disqualification (Incorrect Average, USBC Rule 319a, Item 3) (Date) Dear (Bowlers Name): This is in reference to your participation in the _________________________ Tournament and the question of your compliance with the provision of tournament rule _ _ _ _ _ ____ and USBC Rule 319a, Item 3. According to the information which we have, you entered the tournament with a _________ average. Upon verification of your average, it was found by tournament management that you had a USBC league average of _________ . In view of this, we have no choice but to disqualify your handicap scores for prize consideration. This does not affect any scratch prizes you or your team may have qualified for. You have the right to appeal this decision to USBC Headquarters with a copy to tournament management. Your appeal must be in writing and postmarked within ten (10) days of the date of this letter. Send to: USBC – Attn: Rules 5301 S. 76th Street Greendale, WI 53129 Fax: (414) 421-1650 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org If the appeal is not received in the time period indicated, prizes will be paid to those teams/individuals next in line. Sincerely,
Note: This letter can be modified and used for disqualifications under Rule 319a, Item 2 (ten pin provision) and Rule 319e (failure to adjust average).
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Sample Letter for Disqualification (Failure to Report Previous Prize Winnings, USBC Rule 319d) Dear (Bowler’s Name): This is in reference to your participation in the ________________________________ Tournament and the question of your compliance with the provision of tournament rule _________ and USBC Rule 319d. According to the information which we have, you entered the tournament with a ________ average. After you competed, it was found by tournament management that you had participated in the ________________________________ Tournament and qualified for a prize of $___________ which was not reported to tournament management in accordance with Rule 319d. In view of this, we have no choice but to disqualify your scores for prize consideration. You have the right to appeal this decision to USBC Headquarters with a copy to tournament management. Your appeal must be in writing and postmarked within ten (10) days of the date of this letter. Send to: USBC – Attn: Rules 5301 S. 76th Street Greendale, WI 53129 Fax: (414) 421-1650 e-mail: email@example.com If the appeal is not received in the time period indicated, prizes will be paid to those teams/individuals next in line. Sincerely,
Tournament Manager Note: For the association championship tournament, replace the third paragraph of this letter with the following: In view of this, we have no choice but to disqualify your handicap scores for prize consideration. If you or your team qualified for any scratch prizes, you are still entitled to receive them.
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Worthless Checks and Credit Cards Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested (Date)
Dear (Bowler’s Name): As you are aware, you issued a check no. (s) _________ in the amount(s) of $ __________ to pay entry fees in the _________________________________________ Tournament. This/these check(s) was/were returned due to the fact that your account _______________________ ______________________. OR As you are aware, you used an invalid credit card to pay entry fees in the tournament in the amount of $_____________. Failure to pay entry fees to participate in a tournament is a violation of USBC Rule 17b, Item 3, which can result in disqualification from the tournament and/or suspension of membership. In order to resolve this matter, it will be necessary for you to send us a certified check or money order in the amount of $ __________ (which includes a $______ service charge) made payable to the _________________________________________ Tournament. (Personal checks will not be accepted.) Should you fail to respond to this letter by _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _, your file will be forwarded ________ to USBC Headquarters for further action.
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SAMPLE PAYOFF CHART
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1. My tournament starts tomorrow can I still send in my application and rules to certify my tournament with USBC? The USBC tournament certification application must be sent to our office prior to the start of the tournament along with a copy of the tournament rules and entry form and/or poster (if available). If the application and rules are faxed in or postmarked prior to the start of the tournament, USBC will recognize your intent to certify the tournament. It is recommended the information be submitted at least three weeks prior to the start of the tournament or before you go to print. This allows us the opportunity to advise you of any changes that may be necessary before the literature is printed. 2. Is there a cost to certify a tournament with USBC? No — there is no fee charged to certify your tournament with USBC. Just submit a tournament certification application and the rules prior to the start of the tournament. 3. After receiving my tournament certificate, I found the need to make a change to my printed rules. What should I do? If it becomes necessary to make changes to the rules, you must notify Tournament Certification at USBC with any revisions you wish to make before the start of the tournament. In addition, the change(s) must be posted in a prominent manner in the registration/check-in area and also included in announcements made prior to each scheduled squad. 4. After reviewing my tournament certification, a conflict arose regarding the scheduled dates for the tournament what should I do if either the tournament dates and/or the center at which the tournament is scheduled must be changed? You would need to contact Tournament Certification at USBC with any changes in schedule/center(s) prior to the start of the tournament. New credentials would then be issued for your event. 5. My tournament was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday and there was a bad snow storm on Sunday and I had to cancel the tournament. Can I reschedule the Sunday squads? In the event inclement weather makes it necessary to cancel or reschedule a tournament squad(s), you must notify Tournament Certification at USBC for an extension. This can be done only if the complete operation of the tournament is shut down for an entire day or weekend. Only those individuals originally entered to bowl on the cancelled squad(s) are permitted to bowl on the date it is rescheduled for.
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6. I am starting a new tournament and would like to guarantee payment of the first place prize money. The only problem is that I am not confident that there will be enough entries to cover what I plan to pay out. What recommendations can USBC provide to me? Any advertised guaranteed prize(s) must be paid regardless of the number of entries received. Therefore, USBC recommends that prizes be estimated based on a specific number of entries instead of offering guaranteed prizes. Then, if the anticipated number of entries is not received, you can pay your prizes on a direct percentage basis to the number of entries received as opposed to the number of entries on which such prizes are based. 7. My tournament rules are the same as last year do I need to send them in again? Yes, a complete tournament certification application and rules must be submitted to Tournament Certification each season. 8. One of the teams in my tournament had a bowler who failed to show up and a substitute was not available. Can they use the bowler’s average minus 10 pins? No, according to USBC Rule 322b, the team would receive a zero for the missing player. In USBC youth tournaments, Rule 322b provides that an absentee score must be accepted for a prepaid four or five-player team unless otherwise stated in the tournament rules. Only one absentee score per team may be used and the score will be the absent member’s entering average less 10 pins plus handicap. 9. How much time do I have to pay out prizes for my tournament? The prizes must be distributed within 30 days after the end of the tournament as required under Rule 309 unless USBC has authorized delay in payment. Tournament management should contact Tournament Certification at USBC when it is necessary to request an extension for payment of prizes beyond the 30-day requirement. 10. I am conducting a tournament and there is a possibility I will have additional entries and may have to schedule additional squads to accommodate them. How can additional squads be added? Additional squads can only be added if your rules include a statement such as “additional squads may be added during the tournament prior to the last scheduled squad. However, no additional squads may be added after the last advertised squad.”
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11. I am conducting a house tournament for bowlers who only participate in leagues at our center. Would this qualify for a moral support certification? No, according to Rule 301a, a moral support tournament is one in which the tournament is conducted by a single civic, fraternal, benevolent, military service, union or religious organization. This would include groups such as Firefighters, Elks, Eagles, Lions, Moose and Military. Participation must be limited to members of these groups. At the discretion of USBC, a tournament may be granted moral support status when: ★ It meets all of the requirements of Rule 300b such as: ✩ Participation is restricted to those affiliated with the organization conducting the tournament. ✩ International competition is provided for bowlers not served by USBC, as long as the equipment conforms to USBC equipment specifications. 12. I need to disqualify a bowler for a rule infraction from the tournament. What do I need to do? When a violation occurs that requires disqualification of an individual or team, the following procedure should be followed: ★ The individual(s) or team captain should be notified in writing of the disqualification. ✩ The letter should state the reason(s) for disqualification. ✩ The letter should inform the individual that they have the right to appeal in writing to USBC. See Page 40 for more information. ✩ Payment of prizes affected must be withheld until:
USBC has notified the tournament that a timely appeal has not been filed; or USBC has resolved a timely appeal that was filed.
13. I would like to hold a tournament that includes a form of gambling in its format. Is this allowed? USBC Rule 15 covers gambling and provides that the operation of any gambling scheme which is in violation of any applicable law(s), where all or part of a score bowled in USBC play determines the winner(s) is(are) not permitted in USBC competition. 14. What do I do with the award applications for bowlers who qualified for a USBC award? The award application can either be submitted to the bowler’s local association or to the USBC awards department for processing.
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15. I want to hold a tournament each month; do I have to send in an application and rules for each tournament? You can apply for a comprehensive certification to cover the tournament by providing USBC Tournament Certification with a completed tournament certification application, rules, the scheduled dates, and a list of centers that will be used. 16. I have a problem with the bowlers getting their entries in on time. Can I charge a late fee? Yes, a late fee can be charged. However, the amount of the fee and deadline must be stated in the rules. 17. I plan on conducting a youth tournament and want to award scholarship prizes. Is this okay? Effective August 1, 2006, all youth tournaments that pay out scholarship prizes are mandated to use the USBC SMART (Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins) program for all scholarship awards assigned to USBC Youth members from USBC certified tournament competition. All scholarship funds must be forwarded to SMART at USBC Headquarters within 30 days of the completion of the tournament.
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