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18th Annual Greater Miami International - 2005

1. The Greater Miami International begins Saturday, May 7, 2005 and ends Saturday, May 14, 2005.  Bowling competition begins Sunday, May 8, 2005 and ends Friday, May 13, 2005.

2. Competition is open to all players under the guidelines for each division.

   a.   All competition for Regular adult division will be on a scratch basis. The lowest age limit for players entered for competition will be 15 years of age as of January 1st of the tournament year, unless a junior division is added to the tournament.  

   b.  Those players who wish to qualify for American Zone Ranking may only enter in Regular adult divisions; no ranking points will be given in the Senior handicapped divisions. Ranking entry and points are to be determined by WTBA American Zone rules for ranking.

   c.  Senior Division players must be age 50 or older on the first day of competition (men's or women's division). All competition for senior division bowlers shall be on a handicapped basis. Bowlers in the senior division will receive a one pin handicap per game, for each year of age above the age of 56 (Fifty-six), (e.g.-age 57 = 1 point per game; age 58 = 2 points per game.) The maximum handicap given will be 20 pins, regardless of age.  The age of senior bowlers must be verified with tournament officials. 

3. Winners in doubles, singles and all events shall be determined by total pinfall of all games played in the catagory. The top five players from the “All Events” will play in the Masters Event.  The winners of the "Masters Event" shall be determined by the stepladder finals – one game roll-off of top five players in stepladder format starting with zero scores (positions determined by "all events" scores bowled during the week.
Masters Event winners in each division will be declared “Tournament Champions” of the year.

a. The term "all events" shall include all games bowled in singles and doubles.

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 will be provided when possible.

4.TIES:  In the event of a tie for 1st Place trophy position in doubles or singles, there will be a one game roll-off with the winner determined by total pinfall. Roll-off time will be chosen by the Tournament Director and/or the Tournament Coordinator.  In the event of a tie for 1st Place trophy position in All Events, bowlers will bowl and extra 10th frame until the tie has been broken with the winner determined by total pinfall.  In the event of a tie in any games of the Masters Event, bowlers will bowl and extra 10th frame until the tie has been broken with the winner of that game determined by total pinfall.

5. AWARDS: Trophies will be awarded for singles, doubles and all events – in men’s and women’s Regular and Senior Divisions – 1st, 2nd and 3rd places if the division meets the minimum number of players. Duplicate trophies will be awarded to all members of doubles finishing among the top three places. The number of  Division trophies awarded will be dependent upon the number of entries.  Divisions must have a minimum of twelve (12) to bowl as a separate division. If there are less than twelve, all will bowl in available divisions, however the Highest All Events Score after 30 games for a player registered for a division short of bowlers will be awarded an All Events trophy for their entered division. Masters Event awards 1st place winners in each division will be declared the Tournament Champion of the year and will receive the traditional Champions white jacket as an award.

6. High score awards will be given for the men’s and women’s divisions for highest set (3 games) and highest game score bowled during singles or doubles only. Should any event be conducted in sets of more than three games, only the total score of the first three games or the total score of the second three games of any set will count toward high set honors.

NOTE: ABC/WIBC members are also eligible for their organization's award program.  Bowlers must request from the tournament office the needed forms and return them completed on the day the score was rolled to the tournament office to have them submitted. 

7. Bowling balls will be checked for compliance with weight and balance regulations and must be on the "approved ABC" ball list within time limits as set forth by the Federation Internationale des Quilluers 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 or official practice will be disqualified for use in competition play.  Bowling balls will not be allowed to have surface changed in any way during the period of each day's competition, beginning with the practice time.

8. Participants are to report to Cloverleaf Lanes in time to start daily competition promptly. During Singles and Doubles competition, 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 except for Masters Event. Bowlers will NOT be permitted to make up missed frames or games. For Masters Stepladder Finals, participants must report 1/2 hour before scheduled start of competition to place announced. In the event that a bowler fails to report on time for stepladder finals, the bowler will be disqualified from competition and the alternate (6th place bowler) will bowl in the 5th position.

9. Entry fee will be $250.00 (U.S.) for bowlers, which includes all activities on Official Schedule of Events. Regular lane fees will apply during unscheduled practice sessions.

10. No food or drinks will be allowed in the bowlers' circle during participation in tournament competition. Smoking is not permitted in the building at any time.  Only competing bowlers, authorized scorekeepers and official tournament personnel are permitted in bowlers circle during competition.

11. Proper bowling attire should be worn during all competition. Please wear a bowling shirt with your name and country's name displayed prominently. There will be no official uniforms for competition.

12. Bowlers will move one pair of lanes to the right in their division after three games of a six game block. Bowlers using the last pair for men's or women's division will move to the first pair of lanes in their respective division.

NOTE: An effort will be made to vary pairs of lanes for different sets as much as possible.

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

a. He or she identifies himself or herself as a professional.

b. His or her conduct is detrimental to the best interests of the Greater Miami International Bowling Tournament.

PLEASE NOTE: The  State of Florida law specifically states that no alcoholic beverages be served to any person under 21 years of age.  The tournament will not condone anyone  under legal drinking age to consume alcoholic beverages during the tournament.

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

15. Each bowler in singles, or team captain in doubles will be given a scoresheet at the beginning of each squad for the event scheduled during that squad.

a. Bowlers will keep their own score if designated official scorekeepers are not available and fill in scoresheets. Bowlers are responsible to see that scoresheets are filled in completely, accurately and signed.

b. With automatic scoring, the computer score will be considered correct unless an obvious machine error is brought to the immediate attention of the tournament staff. Computer game score entries will be considered correct and official. Errors must be brought to the tournament officials attention as soon as occurs and in any rate no later than before the end of the day of bowling in which the error occurred.

16. The Greater Miami International generally operates in accordance with rules and guidelines issued by the United States Bowling Congress and the Federation Internationale des Quillers. This tournament will be sanctioned by WTBA.  All WTBA rules and regulations will be followed accordingly with the exception of specific Greater Miami International tournament rules as allowed by WTBA for sanctioned tournaments and stated in this document.  The tournament also obtains a Moral Support sanction from USBC.  Non-members may participate in a Moral Support sanctioned tournament with award recognition automatically extended to USBC members. Eligible non-members may qualify for WIBC-ABC award recognition at their option by paying a non-member fee set by WIBC-ABC for which the respective congress will issue an unattached membership card. This tournament is open to players of all countries and their territories of the world.  Non-member countries are eligible for entry under WTBA Rule 204: Players from countries whose federation is not a member of FIQ may participate not more than twice within 24 months following the first entry in WTBA sanctioned tournaments, after which the federation must obtain FIQ 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 herein.

a. The Tournament Director or designated Tournament Official reserves the right to rule interpretation and all decisions. The settlement of any question, which may arise and/or is not covered in these rules will be left to the Tournament Director's discretion and shall be considered final unless an appeal is made in accordance with ABC/WIBC/FIQ rules.

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

c. ABC, WIBC and FIQ members have right of appeal in accordance with those organizations' applicable rules.

17. When competition begins, coaching will be permitted off the lanes as long as it does not interfere with the bowler being ready to bowl in turn.

18. Closing date for entries will be May 8, 2005 or as soon as squads are full, whichever occurs first. The tournament reserves the right to accept late entries or schedule additional squads.



Paulette Watson, Tournament Director 

Bowling Tournaments of the Americas Association
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