Lee Evans Tournament of The
Rules and General Information
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 5, 2018 and ends
Saturday, August 11. 2018. This tournament
will be sanctioned by USBC and PABCON.
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 24.
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.
Junior division representation shall
consist of two boys and two girls for each
designated nation or
territory participating in each age
The Junior Division will have two age
a. Juniors in
“A” Division should be at least sixteen (16) years
of age as of January 1 of the year of
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
Junior conduct is the responsibility of each
delegate. Delegates are required to enforce rules
their junior bowlers. Any delegate who cannot
control their junior representatives subjects
their bowlers to disqualification from the
Smoking and drinking during the competition or
any activities of the tournament is prohibited
for all juniors.
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
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.
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 their
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.
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.
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.
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.
The term "all events" shall include all games
bowled in mixed foursomes (8), mixed doubles (6),
(6) and singles (12); Adult, Senior, and Junior
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.
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.
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 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. An
additional medal will be awarded to the team's
Federation for National All Events in the first
three places if a full team of two men and two
women was entered by a Federation or organization.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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. 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 any way.
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
Senior and Junior bowlers will move one pair of
lanes to the right after each game of a six game
Note: An Effort will be made to vary
pairs of lanes for different days as much as
19. A bowler shall not be eligible to participate in the
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 Americas.
19-4. also applies to Delegates and Coaches.
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.
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
the computer. Games score entries will not
be changed other than for obvious errors in
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
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
for first offense (no penalty).
2. For a second offense in the
tournament, the player will be disqualified from
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 anappeal 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.
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.
Federations/Associations will be given first
option to enter teams.
If the deadline date is not met to elect to
send teams in any division, or team member
names are not provided by the tournament's
deadline, 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 for any of
the divisions not filled by a Federation.
National Acceptance form for invited
Federations/Associations is due by February 15,
Names of tam 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,
If any discrepancy occurs due to
translation or omissions in rules in another
language, the rules in English will take