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Alabama USBC Association

Alabama
 USBC Association
State Scratch Championship

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2017 Tournament Rules

1. RULES and REGULATIONS: United States Bowling Congress rules and regulations will govern this tournament.
2. ENTRANCE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Participation in the Alabama USBC Association Scratch Championship Tournament shall be available to all members of USBC-chartered local associations served by the State Association and each participant must be a member of a certified Alabama USBC league where he/she has an established average of at least 21 games in that league.  All entrants will be required to present their USBC membership cards.
3.  TEAM ENTRIES:   Team event has two divisions: an open division consisting of any combination of men and women bowlers, and a women’s division.  Teams shall consist of 4 bowlers.  Bowlers may bowl unlimited team events, but must change at least two bowlers each time.
4. DOUBLES/SINGLES ENTRIES: Doubles and singles are separate squads.  Bowlers may enter doubles unlimited times and singles one time.  Must change partners in doubles event.
5.  ALL EVENTS ENTRIES:  All Events shall consist of the first Team Event, first Doubles Event and the Singles Event, for a nine-game total.
6. TOURNAMENT AWARDS: Cash awards will be made on a basis of one of eight places for each event in both divisions.  Prize fund will be returned 100%.  Additionally, trophies will be presented to the winners of each event in both divisions
7. SCHEDULING: Entries will be scheduled for the shift requested (or if such shift has been filled, on the next shift available) in order of receipt in the hands of the tournament manager or by a post office as evidenced by postmark. The tournament may cancel a shift when deemed in the best interest of the bowlers. Additional shifts and times may be added upon entries and lane availability. If there are more entries than spots available the fees will be refunded to the team captain and it will be his responsibility to return to the team members. 
8. LINE UP CHANGES/REPORTING TIMES: Team captains will be required to make line-up changes at least one hour prior to schedule bowling time. The substitute will bowl in the line-up position of the bowler being replaced. If no changes are to be made in the line-up team captains must report at least thirty (30) minutes prior to schedule bowling time. AUSBCA policy concerning prize fund payments is to pay the person who bowled the event without regard to how the entry fee was paid. Any arrangements between bowlers concerning the actual bowling and payment of entry fees are beyond AUSBCA’s ability to control.
9. STUDENTS PARTICIPATION:  Unmarried grade and high school students who have not attained the age of eighteen must have written consent of their parents and/or guardian in order to participate (USBC Rule 13).
10. 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 are not permitted. No rosin bags, hand conditioners, easy slides, etc. will be allowed in the pit (seated) area.
11. 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.
12. THE COMPUTER MAKES ALL LANE ASSIGNMENTS.
13. PAYMENTS:  Make all checks payable to AUSBCA.  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.
14. DRESS CODE:  Men and women may wear casual slacks, trousers, shorts, or jeans. In addition, women may wear skirts and Capris. Jeans or any other attire should not have worn, cut, or tattered openings in inappropriate areas that show skin or underwear. Shorts and skirts must come to within 3 inches of the knee. During participation in any event, bowlers are not permitted to wear hats, bandannas, or any type of headwear.  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.

15. AUSBCA LIABILITY: The entrants whose names appear on the entry form or their authorized replacements hereby agree that the AUSBCA, its officers and agents shall be liable only to the extent of returning entry fees if, and when, these entrants shall be prevented from bowling in any event in the tournament through delay, unexpected yet necessary schedule change, or premature termination of the tournament, which may be brought about by war, national emergency or causes relating thereto or resulting there from fires, strikes, lockouts, labor difficulties or other causes beyond the control of AUSBCA.

 





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