SPIT 2018 TOURNAMENT RULES

1. SPIT (St. Patrick’s Invitational Tournament) is an USBC certified tournament and maintains a Moral Support Certification for non-members of USBC. In part, the Moral Support Certification permits the use of FIQ recognized league averages and tournament scores to determine a bowlers entering average for the tournament. All participants are subject to the USBC rules and jurisdiction for the event. The tournament is a mixed handicap competition open to men and women by invitation only.

2. All participants must be a member of IGBO or qualify under the Moral Support Certification. If the participant is not a member of USBC, he or she must pay the appropriate participation fee of $5.00 in accordance to Rule 300C of USBC.

3. If the participant is not a member of IGBO, in any of its membership classes, he or she must become an IGBO Associate Member and pay the appropriate Associate Membership fee. The participant shall have the opportunity to apply for Associate Membership at the time of registration. 

Event Participation

4. The tournament events shall be handicap events and are as follows: Singles, Doubles, Team and Individual All-Events. Optional Scratch and Scratch Masters events will also be offered.

5. Each participant shall bowl three (3) games per event and must enter all three events.  Individual All Events will be the aggregate of all 9 regular games bowled during the Tournament.  Any games not bowled during regular tournament play will be scored as zero for the purpose of All-Events.   Teams will consist of four (4) members comprising any combination of men and women. Men and women will compete on an equal basis. Doubles partners must come from the same team.

6. Each participant may only bowl once in each event. 

7. A professional bowler may not bowl in SPIT. A professional bowler is defined as any person who has been a “card-carrying” member of a professional bowling organization within the past twelve months preceding SPIT.

Awards and Prizes

8. All cash awards shall be based on the Total Pins PLUS assigned handicap for each event (with exception of the Optional Scratch Divisions). Awards will be given, in the Handicap Division, for the best Singles, Doubles, Team, and Individual All Events. 

9. The award ratio for the Handicap Division shall be at a minimum of at least 1:8. 

10. Special Awards shall be given for male and female, scratch & handicap for the Best Single Game (from any of the events), Best Three (3) Game Series (from any of the events).  A participant cannot receive more than one special award.  If the participant qualifies for more than one special award, the scratch award will take priority before handicap and series before game. 

11. The award ratio for the Optional Scratch Divisions shall be at a minimum of at least 1:8 per division. 

12. Prizes will be distributed via check payable in US currency within thirty (30) days of the completion of the tournament, barring any protests. A tie in any position will result in the sum of the prizes being aggregated for the tied positions and divided equally by the number of ties for that placing. 

13. 100% of the entry fee from each division in the Optional Scratch Divisions shall be returned to that division and 100% of the entry fee shall be returned for Scratch Masters (less lineage for the games, unless a sponsor is found to offset the cost of the Scratch Masters lineage).

Entering Averages

14. Bowlers shall use their highest regular season (winter) USBC 2016-2017 certified average (minimum 21 games).

a. If no average per rule 14, use highest 2015/16 certified average (minimum 21 games).

b. If no per rule 14 or 14a, use highest 2017 summer certified average (minimum 21 games). 

c.  If no per rule 14a or 14b, use highest 2016 summer certified average (minimum 21 games).

d.  If none of the above is available, then the entering average shall be determined by the tournament committee. 

RERATING

15 If highest current average as of Feb. 1, 2018 is greater that the entering average, the current average will be used.

a. If the tournament average (21 or more tournament games from Jan. 31 2017-Feb. 1, 2018) is higher than the entering average, the tournament average will be used.

b. Reporting if previous tournament winnings (USBC Rule 319d) will not apply.

16.  Averages will be verified on www.bowl.com database and IGBO TAD. Correct USBC number must be provided on entry form. Any averages that are unavailable or inaccurate on these sites must be noted in the comments section of entry form, with separate verification provided by the league secretary (letter or standing sheet). It is the entrant's responsibility to supply complete and accurate information.  

17. The handicap for the tournament shall be based at 90% of the difference between the bowler’s entering average, as determined above, and a scratch score of 225. Negative handicaps shall not apply.

18. The tournament committee has the authority to adjust the entering average of any bowler. Average adjustments will be applied as set forth under USBC rules. All average adjustments will be completed prior to the start of each event. A bowler unwilling to accept an average adjustment is entitled to a full refund for that event.

19. USBC rules regarding the BOWLER’S responsibility to verify the accuracy of his/her entering average, whether submitted by the bowler, the team captain, or other, applies to all bowlers. Failure to use proper average shall disqualify scores if the submitted average is lower than the actual average, thereby resulting in a lower classification or more handicap. Prize winnings shall be based on the higher average if it is higher than the entering average.

Attendance and Substitutes

20. It is solely and entirely the bowler’s responsibility to be present at the assigned lanes at the time of bowling. Each bowler shall have the total responsibility to arrive in time to bowl. Mechanical failures, transportation irregularities, improper directions and related reasons DO NOT alter the application of Rules 21 and 22 below (USBC rules will apply).

21. Complete doubles and team entrants must be present for bowling each event. If a team member is not present, the team

may use an authorized substitute (Rule 26). If no substitute is available, a zero score will be used for the missing bowler or bowlers.

22. Late bowlers will begin bowling in the frame in which they are ready, with prior frames being scored as zero. No practice balls will be allowed for late bowlers.

23. Substitutes may bowl at the discretion of the tournament committee. Their entering average must comply with the rules previously stated. Substitutes must complete an entry form.

24. Ten minutes of practice will be allowed prior to each event.

Entry Requirements

25. The $110 entry fee is payable in US funds, made payable to SPIT.  Personal Checks are only acceptable before February 19, 2018 after which the entry fee is payable by ONLY BY MONEY ORDER, CERTIFIED CHECK, CREDIT CARD OR PAYPAL.  An early bird entry fee of $99 is available through February 15.   The standard entry fee deadline is March 1st, 2018. After this date, a $10 late fee will be added to the entry fee. No entries will be accepted after March 10th. Entry fee must be paid by the March 10th Deadline. All completed entries including payment will have consideration over unpaid entries. Entries can be made online or via paper.  Paper entries are to be mailed to the SPIT tournament address:

SPIT

Kent Warren

4507 Shadow Ridge Dr.

Horn Lake, MS 38637

PAPER ENTRIES MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN the entry deadline of March 1st, 2018. Entries are limited to 152 bowlers. Once this maximum has been reached, a waiting list will be created.  Entrants’ acceptance will be based on the order in which received. Once an entry has been accepted, refunds will only be issued at the Tournament Committee’s discretion.

Entry Breakdown

22.50 Lineage

35.00 Banquet

0.50   IGBO

14.00 Trophies

7.00 Tournament Expenses

31.00 Prize Fund

110.00 Entry Fee

26. Partial team entries will be accepted and the tournament committee will make every effort to fill vacancies.

Scoring Errors

27. After a score has been recorded, it cannot be changed unless there has been an obvious error in scoring or calculation. Obvious errors must be corrected by a tournament official immediately upon discovery. Questionable errors must be reported to a tournament official within two (2) hours of the error, and will be decided by tournament committee. (USBC Rule 328).

Protests

28. Protests and appeals must be in writing, stating the grounds for the protest or appeal. 

a. A protest involving eligibility or playing rules must be filed with the tournament management before tournament prizes are paid. 

b. The decision of the tournament committee shall be final unless a written appeal is filed with the local association or USBC headquarters prior to tournament prizes being paid. Upon notification of a protest or appeal, tournament committee must withhold all affected prizes until the protest or appeal is resolved.

29. All other USBC rules will apply. 

30. Any person attending and requiring special needs MUST notify the tournament management in writing. 

31. The team captain MUST sign the entry form acknowledging he/she has read the rules.

32. Optional Scratch and Scratch Masters Events

Divisions for these events will be assigned based upon the averages of the entries received and will be available for sign up beginning at registration on Friday March 17th and Saturday Morning March 18th (prior to the start of bowling)

Optional Scratch Rules

Optional Scratch entry fee is $20 for all divisions. Scratch scores (without handicap) from the handicap portion of the tournament will be used to determine winners. The winner of the optional scratch for each division shall be determined by the Highest Scratch All Events (from the nine game total of all three events).  The award ratio for the Optional Scratch Divisions shall be at a minimum of at least 1:8 per division. 100% of the entry fee from each division in the Optional Scratch Divisions shall be returned to that division.

Scratch Masters Rules

Scratch Masters Entry fees varies by division as follows: A $50, B $40, C $35, D $30, E $25. Scratch scores from the first 6 games of SPIT (singles and doubles) will be used to determine the top 6 qualifiers in each division. In case of a tie for sixth place, the bowler with the highest three game series from any event will be the sixth bowler.  Six bowlers must enter the division to conduct the Scratch Masters for that division.  If six bowlers do not enter a given division, the event for that division will be cancelled and the entry fee for each bowler returned.  Scratch Masters will be an Elimination Event.  All bowlers from the same division will bowl on the same pair of lanes for the each game.  The bowler with the lowest score in each game will automatically be eliminated.  Each game will subsequently have one less bowler, until the final game will be between the remaining two bowlers of that division.  The highest score in the final game will determine the winner for the division.  If a tie occurs for the lowest score, no one will be eliminated until the next game is bowled. The 2 bowlers with the lowest scores will be eliminated in that following game.  If a tie occurs between the 2 finalists on the last game, a three frame roll-off will occur (and subsequent frames if necessary) to determine the winner.

The Scratch Masters will start practice immediately starting after the Team Event on Sunday afternoon. Check in for qualifiers will be immediately after the Team Event. ALL QUALIFIERS MUST CHECK IN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING BOWLING THE TEAM EVENT, OTHERWISE HIS/HER QUALIFING POSITION WILL BE GIVEN AT THAT TIME TO THE HIGHEST QUALIFING ALTERNATE BOWLER IN-HOUSE. NO EXCEPTIONS. If a qualifying bowler does not check in on time but no alternates (who entered scratch masters in that division) are in-house and available to bowl, that bowler will still be allowed to bowl as long as he/she is in- house by the start of the first game. Once the first ball is thrown in competition, missing bowlers will not be allowed to join at that point.  The two finalists in each division will earn the entire prize fund unless 13 or more entries for a division are submitted, in which case, a 1:6 distribution will apply.


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