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.
competition will be on a scratch basis.
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
division representation shall consist of two men and two
women for each designated nation and territory
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
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
for all juniors.
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
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.
Qualification for representation shall be determined by
the invited national federation, an
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 white card for the first offense (no penalty).
b. A yellow card for the second offense (no
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.
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.
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
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
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
A bowler shall not be eligible to participate in
the tournament if:
He or she does not qualify under Rule 17.
or she is a junior not qualifying under Rule 3J.
He or she is entered as a senior not qualifying
under Rule 3S.
His or her conduct is detrimental to the best
interest of the Lee Evans Tournament of the
also applies to Delegates and Coaches.
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.
Official scorekeepers, or if not available then bowlers or
Delegates, may fill in appropriate results and
totals on score sheets.
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
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.
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
Penalties for rule violations, when the rule does not
specify a penalty, are governed as follows:
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.
Problems and questions of rule interpretation should be
brought to the immediate attention of the Tournament
Director as they occur.
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
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.
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
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.
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