1. ELIGIBILITY - Participation in the Alabama USBC Association Mixed Championship Tournament shall be available to all USBC chartered association members within the area served. All entrants will be required to present their USBC membership cards. All participants must be an Alabama USBC member of a certified Alabama USBC League at least 30 days prior to entry closing.
2. MULTIPLE PARTICIPATION - Multiple participation will be allowed in both the Team and Doubles events, providing you change two (2) members in Team and one (1) member in Doubles. The first series in each event will count towards All-Events. ON SITE RE-ENTRY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.
3. FIRST DOUBLES AND SINGLES events may be entered only if participants are entered in both events. Doubles and/or singles only will not be allowed except as stated above in rule #2.
4. PARTICIPANTS - The tournament will consist of Mixed Team Events (two women and two men). Mixed Doubles Event (one woman and one man), and separate women's and men's division on Singles and All-Events. All participants must be sanctioned through USBC. No more than one member holding a professional membership card (national or regional within the last 12 months) shall bowl on any team or doubles event.
5. HANDICAP - 90% of the difference of the bowler's average and 220 will be used.
6. TOURNAMENT AWARDS - a. CASH AWARDS Handicap Division: Cash awards will be made on a basis of one of eight places in teams, singles, and doubles events and one of ten places in paid all-events entries. Prize Fund returned 100%. Scratch Division: Cash awards will be made on a basis of one of eight places in teams, singles, and doubles events and one of ten places in paid all-events entries. Prize Fund returned 100%. CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES & USBC CHAMPIONSHIP Magnets will be presented to the champion in team, singles, doubles, and all-events in both handicap and scratch divisions.
7. ENTERING AVERAGES - Bowlers will use their highest USBC certified (book) average based on a minimum of 21 games for the 2011-12 season.
a. A bowler having a current season average (2012-13) of 21 games or more as of January 1, 2013 that is 10 pins or more higher than the prior season's average, must use the current average (Rule 319a).
b. A bowler without a 2011-12 average may use the highest current season (2012-13) based on 21games or more as of January 1, 2013. Written Verification is required.
c. A bowler who does not have a 2011-12 winter league average or current 2012-13 winter season average may use a 2012 summer league average of 21 games or more.
d. A bowler who does not qualify under the above conditions must enter with an average of 220.
e. All bowlers will be required to verify and initial their submitted averages as correct prior to the end of the first game bowled. It is each bowler's responsibility to determine that the submitted average is correct. Failure to use the proper average shall disqualify score if the submitted average is lower than the actual average thereby resulting in more handicap or position standings will be based on submitted average if it is higher.
f. Average corrections can be made up to the end of the first game of a series. Or, if an extension of time is granted in writing by tournament management before the end of the first game of a series, the corrections can be made within 48 hours after the end of the series.
8. USBC Rule 319d & e - will apply to all bowlers. (Average adjustment for entering tournament.)
9. AVERAGE RESPONSIBILITY - It shall be each entrant's responsibility to verify the accuracy of his/her average in handicap tournament (Rule 319a3) whether originally submitted by the entrant, his/her team captain, or anyone else. Failure to use the proper average shall disqualify the score if the submitted average is lower than the actual average. Prize winnings shall be based on the submitted average if it is higher than the actual average.
10. PREVIOUS PRIZE WINNINGS - Any entrant who has qualified for cash and/or merchandise prizes of $600.00 or more in the position standings prize list in any event in any tournament, including All-Events, special features, special prizes and donated prizes within the previous 12 months, must report their actual score, position, and amount won to the tournament manager at the time of bowling in a handicap or classified tournament for possible re-rating (Rule 319d). Failure to comply with this rule shall result in forfeiture of the tournament entry fee(s) and prize money.
11. AGE REQUIREMENT - Unmarried grade and high school students who have not attained the age of eighteen (18) must have written consent of their parents and/or guardian in order to participate (USBC Rule 13).
12. DRESS CODE - Men and women may wear casual slacks, trousers, jeans and shorts. The jeans should not have worn, cut or tattered openings in inappropriate areas that show skin or underwear. Shorts should fall within 3 inches of the knee. During participation in any event, bowlers are not permitted to wear hats, bandannas, or any type of head wear. If any bowler has a medical condition requiring some type of bandage or headgear they should contact the tournament manager for permission to wear. Tournament management or designee will enforce the dress code. He/she will make judgment calls to the dress code question or concerns, and any circumstances surrounding such issues. His/her decision shall be final.
13. PROBLEMS/DISPUTES - Any problems and/or disputes which may occur and are not covered by the above tournament rules or USBC rules shall be decided upon by the Tournament Manager.
14. PAYMENTS - Make all checks payable to Alabama USBC. A $30.00 fee will be charged for Returned Checks. Entries with returned checks shall lose their place in the tournament schedule and will not be rescheduled until acceptable payment is made.
15. FOREIGN SUBSTANCE: the application of any foreign substance on any part of the approach is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, such substances as talcum powder, pumice, etc. Also soft rubber soles or heels that rub off on the approach. No rosin bags, hand conditioners, easy slides, etc. will be allowed in the pit (seated) area.
16. ALTERING THE SURFACE OF A BOWLING BALL by the use of abrasives while bowling in sanctioned competition is prohibited. All bowling balls so altered must be removed from the competition. Any entrant in violation of USBC Rule 18 will forfeit game(s) in which the violation occurred and is subject to dismissal from the tournament as well as suspension of membership.
17. This tournament will use the recommended USBC White #1 oil pattern.