Tournament of The Americas
Rules and General
1. The 56th
Annual Lee Evans Bowling Tournament of the Americas
officially begins Sunday, August 5, 2018 with
Registration, Official Practice, pictures and Opening
Ceremonies. Competition begins Monday, August 6, 2018 and
ends Saturday, August 11, 2018. This tournament
will be sanctioned by USBC.
2. All competition
will be on a scratch basis.
A maximum of two teams in each 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
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
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.
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
competition and must be no older than nineteen (19)
and 364 days (under 20) on January 1 of the
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 Team, Doubles or Mixed Doubles
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.
The Bowling Tournaments of The Americas Association
reserves the right to refuse any entry or extend an invitation to bowl to any entity or individual.
NOTE: Qualification for representation shall be determined by the invited
given responsibility by the Bowling Tournaments of
The Americas Association for organizing participating
bowlers or the Bowling Tournaments of The Americas
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.
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 $215.00 (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, or 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
The term "individual 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" (if presented) shall
include all games bowled in singles, team doubles, and
mixed doubles, by each country's team members; Adult,
Senior and Junior divisions.
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 full teams
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.
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 with a disqualified ball
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
daily 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.
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
c. A red card for the third and each
succeeding offense in any block of games (six games for
doubles, mixed doubles or team). The penalty shall
be zero pin fall for the frame.
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
Each country or team shall appoint an official Delegate,
Coach or Team Captain, 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 and Coaches 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
If a full team is sponsored by another entity, permission
must be granted by the Tournament Director before any
patch is permitted to be placed on shirt or displayed in
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.
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
A bowler shall not be eligible to participate in
the tournament if:
1. He or she does not qualify under Rule 17.
or she is a junior not qualifying under Rule 4J.
He or she is entered as a senior not qualifying
under Rule 4S.
His or her conduct is detrimental to the best
interest of the Lee Evans Tournament of the
Rule 19-4. also
applies to Delegates and Coaches.
20. Beginning with
the second day of competition in singles and team events,
bowlers will be grouped, when possible, according to
standings through the previous day of that event of the
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.
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
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 generally 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 that differs.
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 USBC in accordance with applicable
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.
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
25. 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 for any of
the divisions not filled by a Federation.
Acceptance form for invited Federations/Associations
is due by February 15, 2018.
Names of team
members are due March 15, 2018.
All other forms should follow promptly or as
required by dates designated on forms. In general, all
forms should be submitted by July 1, 2018.
26. If any
discrepancy occurs due to translation or omissions in
rules in another language, the rules in English will take