TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR YEAR 2018
RESERVED ENTRIES CLOSE FEBRUARY 2, 2018 - BUT, ENTRIES
ACCEPTED AFTER FEBRUARY 2nd, IF SPOTS AVAILABLE.
NORTH and SOUTH SECTIONALS are separate and distinct tournaments.
YOU MAY BOWL IN ONE, OR BOTH SECTIONALS. The prize list will be based on entries received for each sectional.
The ILLINOIS USBC BA STATE TOURNAMENT is certified by the United States Bowling Congress and as such will be governed by their rules and regulations. Only members of the USBC are eligible to compete, but any eligible non-member may purchase an associate membership for $25.00, for which USBC will issue an associate membership card. We reserve the exclusive right to make any rule or issue any opinion not covered by the USBC and this judgment will be final, unless an appeal made to the USBC.
USBC MEMBERSHIP CARD: EACH BOWLER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HAVING A VALID USBC CARD. A BOWLER FOUND NOT HAVING A VALID USBC CARD, ALL FEES ARE FORFEITED. EACH BOWLER’S I.D. NUMBER MUST BE LISTED ON THE ENTRY.
A CURRENT ILLINOIS RESIDENT who purchased an USBC membership in another state would not have to pay an additional membership fee.
NON-RESIDENTS to be eligible must establish membership in a local association in Illinois at least 30 days prior to the date they would be competing in any event of the Illinois USBC BA State Tournament.
MULTIPLE PARTICIPATION allowed in the five-person event only. Not more than three (3) players on the same team can place more than once in the prize list. In regular All-Events, the first five-person team score is used.
Emergency situation, i.e., if a bowlers partner does not show , a bowler who had already bowled doubles, may sub for that absent bowler doubles only, with permission of the tournament office.
NOT MORE THAN TWO (2) PROFESSIONALS may compete on a five-person team, and only one on a two-person team.
SINGLES/DOUBLES: No singles or doubles only, must bowl both events.
SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED. If needed after the entry blank mailed, please arrive early, for the tournament personnel to make the changes.
LATE ARRIVAL. A bowler arriving late will be permitted to bowl, but the score will start in the frame in which bowlers on that pair of lanes are in. No score allowed for frames missed. Teams or individuals that do not appear as scheduled forfeit their entry, unless management finds another opening.
NO UNREASONABLE DELAY, I.E., SLOW BOWLING. Unless there are mechanical problems, the team event should be finished in two hours and 45 minutes; singles/doubles, in three hours and 15 minutes (six to a pair). If it appears that this is not being met, tournament management will inform the offenders that their lanes will be shut off after 2:45 for team; and 3:15 for singles/doubles, and their scores at that time will be final. However, mitigating circumstances will be considered by tournament management.
WE ADHERE TO THE ONE LANE COURTESY RULE, AND BEING READY TO BOWL WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN.
RE-RATE AND REPORTING OF $600 PRIZE MONEY. It is each bowler's responsibility to comply with USBC Rules. Failure to comply could result in forfeit of tournament fees and prize winnings, and a possible suspension initiation. If re-rate applies, send data with the entry form.
E-Z CHECK IN
PROCEDURE. An alphabetical list will be
the tournament office. Bowlers find their name, lane assignment, then report to their lanes when time to bowl. If need of a change, check in at the office.
AUTOMATIC SCORE MACHINES will be used. Bowlers should certify their score as being correct with the transition of posting scores to the recap sheet. This will be the only opportunity for correction, as scores will be erased. It is the bowler’s option if wishes to sign the recap sheet.
LOST GAME OR FRAME(S) within a game that is irretrievably lost in the scoring process may be re-bowled with approval of management. The decision of management shall be final unless an appeal is made to USBC.
LANE DRESSING will be what each establishment normally provides, and in compliance with USBC rules. Lanes stripped and dressed for first squad, then after the second squad, only, of each tournament day
HANDICAP will be based on a “team” concept, i.e., 90% from 3300 in the five person, 1320 in two person and 660 in one person, using each bowler's highest sanctioned USBC average (i.e., men, women or youth) for 21 or more games during the 2016-17 season, including 2017 SUMMER LEAGUE SEASON. A bowler with no qualifying average for the 2016-2017 season, the current USBC average for 21 or more games at time of bowling first event of tournament will be used. If not qualified via above, the bowler must bowl scratch (220).
UNSANCTIONED LEAGUE AVERAGE. Any entrant having a higher unsanctioned league average for the 2016-17 season, which is higher than the USBC sanctioned average, must report it prior to bowling for possible re-rating. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
ABC SPORT LEAGUE AVERAGE: A bowler with only an
league average”, the USBC Sport League average adjustment chart will be
used. However, such bowler must send their highest non-sport sanctioned
league average of at least 21 games, for their two most recent bowling
seasons with this entry, for possible re-rate.
TEN PIN RULE requires that if a bowler's most currently published average (minimum 21games) at the time of bowling the first event of this 2018 tournament, is ten or more pins higher, that higher average must be used, and for the remainder of the tournament, unless re-rated.
AVERAGES are subject to verification. Averages will be shown on the recap sheets and it will be the responsibility of each bowler to verify the accuracy of the average shown. Any failure to use the proper average or make correction prior to the completion of the first game of a series, shall be cause for disqualification of the score, if the submitted average is lower than the actual average; or the prize will be based on the submitted average if it is higher, as it cannot be lowered.
UNCERTAIN OF AN AVERAGE? DO NOT DELAY YOUR ENTRY. YOU MAY MAKE THE AVERAGE CORRECTION AT THE TOURNAMENT SITE.
AVERAGE VERIFICATION required for scores w/handicap of: Five-person 3350 or higher; Two person: 1425 or higher; One person: 775 or higher.
AVERAGE AND HANDICAP adjustments not made in the tournament
office will be made by office personnel or scorekeepers in the pit area.
EACH SECTIONAL PRIZE LIST is based on the handicap score, with a ratio of at least one prize for each five entries in the five, two and one person events; and one prize for each twenty entries in the All-Events. Prize letters will only be sent to team captains receiving prize checks for entrants. The complete prize list will be posted on our web site: ibabowl.com
IMPORTANT: USBC ADVISES THE IRS REQUIRES THAT WE REPORT PRIZE WINNINGS IN EXCESS OF $600. WE MUST ABIDE BY THIS DECISION. IF IT APPEARS YOU WILL RECEIVE $600 OR MORE, WE MUST HAVE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.
OPTIONAL SCRATCH PRIZE LIST: For each event a bowler is entered in the regular tournament, a bowler can enter the optional scratch events with an additional payment of $5.00 per person, per event. Five person team total $25.00; two singles, one double pair, total $20.00, (must enter both); and all-events total $5.00 (all events based on six games, using single and double scores). Optional scratch money, less $1.00 expense fee, will be used for the optional scratch prize list. The prize ratio will be the same as the regular prize list. Scores qualify for both scratch and handicap divisions.
AWARDS. The Illinois USBC B.A. provides, from expenses, an appropriate award to the first place winners (scratch and handicap) of each regular Sectional event. Additionally, both regular tournament sectionals actual scratch All-Events winner shall receive a paid entry for the 2017 USBC Masters tournament, upon their making request. No additional awards for the optional scratch events.
Regular tournament, a bowler with nine games (T-D-S) is automatically entered
without additional payment. Prize money taken from tournament
NORTH AND SOUTH SECTIONALS - (TOTAL PER PERSON, PER EVENT)
NORTH: PRIZE $11.75 BOWLING and EXPENSES $13.25
SOUTH: PRIZE $13.25 BOWLING and EXPENSES $11.75
INQUIRIES TO: DONA
REININK BOX 724 - DEKALB, IL 60115
877.422.8687 (Illinois Only) 1.847.741.7880 (outside Il) Fax 847.960.5714
2019 TOURNAMENT SITES
Seasons Lanes - Freeport
SOUTH: Bel Air Lanes – Belleville