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Tournament of The Americas
Rules

Lee Evans Tournament of The Americas – July  2017

Rules and General Information

1. The 55th  Annual Lee Evans Bowling Tournament of the Americas officially begins Sunday, July 23, 2017 with Registration, Official Practice, pictures and Opening Ceremonies. Competition begins Monday, July 24, 2017 and ends Saturday, July 29, 2016. This tournament will be sanctioned by USBC and PABCON.

2. All competition will be on a scratch basis.

3.  A maximum of two teams in Adult, Junior A and Junior B divisions may be entered for any represented country.  A maximum of one team in Senior or Super Senior divisions may be entered for any represented country.  In the case of more than one team representing a country, once a team roster has been entered at registration time there will be no change in the members of a team except where substitutions are allowed by rule 24.

4. Adult division representation shall consist of two men and two women for each designated nation and territory participating .

       4S. Senior division representation shall consist of two men and two women for each designated nation and territory participating in each age division.  The Senior Division will have two age divisions.   

              a. Senior men must be at least 50 years of age and women at least 45 years of age before the first day of the tournament.  

              b. SuperSenior men must be at least 60 years of age and women at least 55 years of age before the  first day of the tournament.

        4J.  Junior division representation shall consist of two boys and two girls for each designated nation or  territory participating in each age division.  The Junior Division will have two age divisions.

             a.  Juniors in  “A” Division should be at least sixteen (16) years of age as of January 1 of the year of    year of the competition.

             b.  Juniors in “B” Division should be at least twelve (12) years of age as of January 1 of the year of   competition and must be no older than fifteen (15) and 364 days on January 1 (under 16) of the  year of the competition.

             c.  Junior conduct is the responsibility of each delegate. Delegates are required to enforce rules for   their junior bowlers. Any delegate who cannot control their junior representatives subjects their bowlers to disqualification from the competition.  

             d.  Smoking and drinking during the competition or any activities of the tournament is prohibited     for all juniors.

Note: If a country does not have a complete team in any division, they may field an incomplete team to represent their country.  These bowlers will participate in all scheduled events in order to be eligible for awards in Singles, Individual All Events and the appropriate Doubles or Mixed Doubles event. 

5. A participating bowler must be a citizen or native by birth in the country they represent or be a permanent resident although not a citizen of that country. In any case, a bowler must have the approval of any recognized entity invited to enter bowlers.  The Bowling Tournaments of The Americas Association reserves the right to refuse any entry  or extend an invitation to bowl to an entity or individual.

 NOTE: Qualification for representation shall be determined by the invited national federation, an organization  given responsibility by the Bowling Tournaments of The Americas Association for organizing participating bowlers or the Bowling Tournaments of The Americas Association itself. All participating countries must be in good standing with PABCON/WTBA. Non-member countries are eligible for entry under WTBA Rule 3.3: Players from countries whose federation is not a member of PABCON may participate not more than twice within 24 months following the first entry in WTBA sanctioned tournaments, after which the federation must obtain PABCON membership for its members to again be eligible for sanctioned competition. The WTBA Presidium may authorize further participation by players from such non-member federations as described in their rules. If a country wants to participate in the tournament and is not affiliated with PABCON, they should apply for membership to PABCON for corresponding affiliation in accordance with PABCON rules.

 NOTE: United States citizens permanently residing in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are eligible to represent the commonwealth or territory of their residence but may not represent the 50 states.

6.  Upon submitting an entry, participants agree that the  BTAA, or portions there of, may be photographed, broadcast, recorded, televised, or otherwise exhibited to the public and they hereby consent and agree there to and to the use and the license to others to use their respective names, voice, sketch, photo, rebroadcast, or other exhibition or reproduction of the tournament or reproduction of the tournament or any part there of and in any advertisement, publicity or promotion thereof to release all rights, title and interest they or any of them may have hereafter, waving forever and claim or right to compensation or other consideration on account of such use, exhibition or reproduction.

7. Entry fees will be $200.00 (U.S.) for Adult, Senior and Junior bowlers to compete in official tournament events. Regular lane fees will apply during unscheduled practice sessions. Delegate/Coach/Guest fee will be $100.00 (U.S.): Guests may pay less depending on services, events provided by the Tournament of The Americas.  All entry fees must be paid prior to Official Practice and Opening Ceremonies.

8. Winners in mixed foursomes, mixed doubles, doubles, singles, all events and national all events shall be determined by total pin fall. This rule applies to Adult, Senior and Junior bowlers.

            a. The term "all events" shall include all games bowled in mixed foursomes (8), mixed doubles (6), doubles (6) and singles (12); Adult, Senior, and Junior divisions.

           b. The term "National All Events" shall include all games bowled in mixed foursomes, mixed doubles,  doubles and singles by each country's team members; Adult, Senior and Junior divisions.

NOTE: Bowlers who cannot compete in an event due to their team's incomplete representation will bowl at the same time the regular event is rolled. Every bowler will be assigned a lane so his or her score will count toward the number of games required for all events. For equal representation on the lanes, pacers may be provided.

9. In the event of a tie for medal position in first place in mixed foursomes, mixed doubles, doubles, singles and all events, two first place medals will be awarded with a third place medal awarded but no second place award.  Second and third place ties will be awarded appropriately - a tie in second place will result in each team/bowler receiving identical second place medals and no third place will then be awarded, a tie in third place will result in each team/bowler receiving identical third place medals.

10. Medals will be awarded in each division to those finishing among the first three placed in each event. Duplicate medals will be awarded to all members of doubles, mixed doubles and foursomes teams finishing among the top three only if a full team is in competition. An additional medal will be awarded to the team's Federation for National All Events in the first three places if the team was entered by a Federation or organization and a team has full membership.

11. Hi score awards will be given for men and women - Adult, Senior, Super Senior and both Junior divisions - for highest set and highest game score bowled during the tournament. Scores for awards given by USBC to its members will be filed by the Tournament office if following conditions are met: bowlers/delegates must make tournament office aware of USBC eligible award scores bowled immediately following game set in which award scores were bowled. Bowlers must complete and return required application forms to be eligible for these awards. Should any event be conducted in sets of more than three games, only the first or second set of three games for each day of competition will count toward high set honors. Where 6 games per day are bowled it will be considered to be two sets of three games. Where 4 games are bowled in a day, only games 1,2,3 will be eligible for the award.

12. Bowling balls will be checked, or certified by the teams official coach or delegate, for compliance with weight and balance regulations and must be on the "approved ABC" ball list within time limits as set forth by the WTBA and may be called for checking at any time during the tournament at the discretion of tournament officials. Bowling balls found not in compliance at any time during the competition will be disqualified for use in competition play and scores bowled that day will be counted at zero. Altering the surface of the bowling ball is allowed in a designated area during the official practice session, during the practice session, immediately preceding a competition round, and between competition rounds. A player may not alter the surface of the bowling ball during a game.

13. Participants shall report to Lanes in time to start competition promptly. A bowler arriving late will be permitted to bowl with his or her score beginning with the frame being bowled when he or she is ready to bowl. Bowlers will NOT be permitted to make up missed frames or games and will receive a "0" score for each frame missed.

14. Slow bowling (in accordance with WTBA rules) - Players preparing to step on the approach and deliver a ball shall have the right to claim right of way only over a player moving to the approach or preparing to bowl on the lane immediately to their left; they shall yield to a player on their right. Players shall be ready to bowl when it is their turn. If a player does not observe the procedures, it may be construed as slow bowling. A player failing to observe these procedures shall be warned by an authorized tournament official as follows:

      a. A white card for the first offense (no penalty).
      b. A yellow card for the second offense (no penalty).
      c. A red card for the third and each succeeding offense in any block of games (six games for singles, doubles, mixed doubles or team). The penalty shall be zero pin fall for the frame.

For interpretation of the enforcement of this rule, the Lane Marshal shall specifically monitor any player or team that gets more than four frames behind the leader in singles, doubles or mixed doubles or more than two frames behind in team. Whenever there is any question concerning the enforcement of this rule, or lack thereof, the final decision shall be made by the Tournament Director or her designee, notwithstanding the reference to the Lane Marshal in WTBA Rule 4.21.

15. DELEGATES: Each country shall appoint an official Delegate, who will be deemed by the tournament to represent the interests of the entered country's team, in all matters. Their responsibilities will include registering their team, insuring that all fees due from each team are paid before tournament opening, insuring the entered team is aware of and follows all tournament rules, attending meetings, seeing that score sheets are signed by their bowlers, any paperwork required and score sheets are completed and turned in promptly, and requesting substitution of players. Delegates shall wear official tournament uniform. This rule will apply to any Team Captains appointed, in the absence of a Coach or Delegate, to represent a team or teams.

16. No food or drinks will be allowed in the bowlers' circle during participation in tournament competition. No smoking or drinking of alcoholic beverages will be allowed by any participant during competition.  Smoking and/or the consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited by Florida law at any time.

17. Official tournament shirts must be worn during tournament competition and for Opening Ceremonies. The "Official shirt" is that which has been designated by the Tournament Director.  Allowed badges, pins, ribbons and patches must not obscure names on tournament shirts. Badges, patches, or pins must be authorized by the tournament officials. In general, only Tournament of The Americas or our sponsors' logos will be allowed on shirts.   Men/Boys are to wear black trousers or black athletic pants.   Men/Boys will not be permitted to wear shorts.  Women/Girls are to wear black skirts, black dress shorts, or  black "split skirts" to match tournament shirts. Women/Girls will not be permitted to wear slacks.   In the case of Women's/Junior Women's/Senior Women’s divisions, all members of a team must be dressed in like garments on any given day - that is, if one women wears shorts, both must wear shorts on that day, however, each division may be different or same by their choice.

18. Adult, Senior and Junior bowlers will move one pair of lanes to the right after each game of a six game block. 

Note: An Effort will be made to vary pairs of lanes for different days as much as possible

19.  A bowler shall not be eligible to participate in the tournament if:

           1.  He or she does not qualify under Rule 17.
           2.  He or she is a junior not qualifying under Rule 3J.
           3.   He or she is entered as a senior not qualifying under Rule 3S.
           4.   His or her conduct is detrimental to the best interest of the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas.

      Rule 19-4. also applies to Delegates and Coaches.

20. Beginning with the second day of competition in any event, bowlers will be grouped, when possible, according to standings through the previous day of that event of the competition.

21. Each bowler in singles, or team captain in doubles and foursomes events, will be given a score sheet at the beginning of each squad for the event scheduled during that squad.

     a. Official scorekeepers, or if not available then bowlers or Delegates, may fill in appropriate results and   totals on score sheets.

     b. Bowlers are responsible to see that scores are correct on the overhead scoreboard and score sheets are   filled in properly, completely and accurately. Do not leave your assigned lanes before completely checking your score sheet. It will be the responsibility of each delegate to see that their bowlers sign their individual score sheets and have them returned to the designated place.

     c. Game score entries will be considered correct and official once the scores are automatically entered into  the computer.  Games score entries will not be changed other than for obvious errors in addition. 

22. The Tournament of the Americas will operate in accordance with rules and guidelines issued by the World Tenpin Bowling Association, PABCON and United States Bowling Congress, except where the Tournament of The Americas has made a specific rule.

     a. Penalties for rule violations, when the rule does not specify a penalty, are governed as follows:

          1. A player failing to observe a rule(s) shall be warned by an authorized tournament official with a yellow

              card for first offense (no penalty).
          2. For a second offense in the tournament, the player will be disqualified from the tournament.
          3. All red card offenses shall be reported by the Tournament Director to PABCON.

    b. Problems and questions of rule interpretation should be brought to the immediate attention of the Tournament Director as they occur.

    c. The tournament director reserves the right to rule interpretation and their decisions shall be final unless an appeal is made to PABCON or USBC in accordance with applicable rules.

23. Only competing bowlers, official scorekeepers, delegates, official coaches and official tournament personnel are permitted in bowler's seating area during competition. When competition begins, coaches will be permitted in the bowler seating area. In no case, is bowling to be held up because of coaching.

24. Substitution of entered players unable to bowl by reason of accident or illness will be allowed during competition. Substitutes may not be members of another entered team. The official Delegate, or in the absence of such, a coach or Team Captain, must make a request for substitution to the Tournament Director or Coordinator. All required forms must be in order and submitted by the delegate to the Tournament Office before a substitute may bowl. A substitute bowler’s scores will not be added to the originally entered player's scores during any event being bowled when the substitution occurs or for individual All Events, however, the score will be added for National All Events. Once a substitute player is entered on a team, the original entrant may not return for the balance of the competition.

25. Federations/Associations will be given first option to enter teams.  If the deadline date is not met to elect to send teams in a division, or we have no response from a Federation/Association to our invitation, the Tournament of The Americas reserves the right to extend an invitation to other entities of a county or to individuals to represent their country in the Tournament.

National Acceptance form for invited Federations/Associations is due by APRIL 15, 2017.  All other forms should follow promptly or as required by dates designated on forms.  In general, all forms should be submitted by July 1, 2017.

26.  If any discrepancy occurs due to translation or omissions in rules in another language, the rules in English will take precedence.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Paulette Watson, President   E-mail: toa@bowlingamericas.com

en espanol:  David LaConcha, Tournament Coordinator:  david.laconcha@ybowlingamericas.com

10097 Cleary Boulevard  #122
Plantation, Florida, 33324 U.S.A.
Telephone:  (954) 577-9948
Fax: (954) 688-2045
 E-mail: toa@bowlingamericas.com