Sanctioning

  1. The International Gay Bowling Organization (IGBO) Mid-Year Tournament is a USBC-certified tournament through a Moral Support Certification. This Moral Support tournament is a mixed handicap competition open to men and women who are affiliated with IGBO or by invitation.
  2. IGBO requires each participant to be a member of IGBO. If a participant is not a member, in any of its classes, they must become an IGBO Associate Member and pay the appropriate membership fee. The participant shall have the opportunity to apply for Associate Membership at the time of registration. IGBO’s General Membership must approve Associate Membership applications prior to participation.
  3. USBC and CTF members in good standing may participate in a Moral Support tournament with award recognition automatically extended to their national organizations; however, you must be a member of USBC to be eligible to receive USBC honor score awards. Eligible non-members may qualify for USBC award recognition by paying USBC associate membership dues before participation. You can join USBC as an associate member at tournament registration by filling out the appropriate form and paying the membership fee. All participants are subject to USBC rules and jurisdiction for the tournament.
  4. Event Participation

  5. The tournament events shall be handicap events and are as follows: Singles, Doubles, and Team. Optional Individual Scratch divisions will also be offered.
  6. Each participant shall bowl three (3) games per event and must enter all three (3) events. Teams will consist of four (4) members comprising any combination of men and women. Men and women shall compete on an equal basis. Doubles partners must come from the same team.
  7. Each participant may only bowl once in each event.
  8. A professional bowler who is not a current IGBO league member or current organizational member, with a minimum of 21 games, may not bowl in the Mid-Year Tournament. Only one (1) professional bowler per team will be allowed. A professional bowler is defined as any person who has been a “card-carrying” member of a professional bowling organization within the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the IGBO Mid-Year Tournament.
  9. Employees of bowling centers being used by the Host City who are not current IGBO league members shall not be permitted to participate in the IGBO Mid-Year Tournament.
  10. Twisters Optional Scratch and Cyclone Scratch Masters Events

  11. Bowlers will have the opportunity to participate in a Twisters Optional Scratch and/or a Cyclone Scratch Masters event for an additional fee. Participants will compete in one of six divisions as determine by their entering average (see Rule 18). The divisions and fees are as follows:

    Twisters Optional Scratch

    Division Average Range Fee
    F0 0 - 144 $25
    F1 145 - 159 $25
    F2 160 - 174 $25
    F3 175 - 189 $25
    F4 190 - 204 $25
    F5 205 and up $25
    The Twisters Optional Scratch shall use the scratch scores (without handicap) from the handicap portion of the tournament to determine winers. The Twisters Optional Scratch shall have three separate awards within each division as follows:
    1. Highest Single Scratch Game (from any of the handicap portion of the tournament)
    2. Highest Scratch Series (from any of the events from the handicap portion of the tournament. Three tames required)
    3. Highest Scratch All Events (from the nine-game total of all three events of the handicap portion of the tournament)

    Cyclone Scratch Masters

    Division Average Range Fee
    F0 0 - 144 $30
    F1 145 - 159 $30
    F2 160 - 174 $35
    F3 175 - 189 $40
    F4 190 - 204 $45
    F5 205 and up $50
    1. The Cyclone Scratch Masters event shall be a round robin format of the highest eight (8) scratch All- Events bowlers from each division. In case of a tie for eighth place, the bowler with the highest three (3)-game series from any event will be the eighth (8th) bowler. Two bowlers per division will be designated as alternates in case one of more of the eight qualifying bowlers is unable to participate. The alternates will be the ninth (9th) and tenth (10th) highest scratch All Events bowlers from each division.
    2. The round robin format shall consist of seven matches played in four games, as described below. Participants will be allowed ten (10) minutes of practice across the division's round robin lanes only.
      Game Opponents Opponents Opponents Opponents Opponents Opponents Opponents
      #1 1 vs 8 8 vs 4 4 vs 5 5 vs 6 6 vs 3 3 vs 7 7 vs 2
      #2 4 vs 6 6 vs 2 2 vs 3 3 vs 1 1 vs 7 7 vs 5 5 vs 8
      #3 5 vs 3 3 vs 8 8 vs 7 7 vs 4 4 vs 2 2 vs 1 1 vs 6
      #4 7 vs 6 6 vs 8 8 vs 2 2 vs 5 5 vs 1 1 vs 4 4 vs 3
    3. During games 1 and 2, bowlers 1, 3, 6, and 8 shall bowl on lanes 1 and 2, while bowlers 2, 4, 5, and 7 shall bowl on lanes 3 and 4.
    4. During games 3 and 4, bowlers 1, 3, 6, and 8 shall bowl on lanes 3 and 4, while bowlers 2, 4, 5 and 7 shall bowl on lanes 1 and 2.
    5. Opposing bowlers will not necessarily be bowling on the same pair of lanes. If not on the same pair of lanes, the opposing bowler will be on the pair of lanes next to the bowler.
    6. For each match, the winning bowler will receive 30 bonus pins. In the event of a tie, each bowler receives 15 pins.
    7. There will be a stepladder final after the round robin, consisting of the top four (4) bowlers from the seven matches, including bonus pins. All previous scores are dropped, and the stepladder format will consist of three matches: fourth place bowls third place; winner advances to bowl second place; winner advances to bowl first place for the title. During the stepladder no bonus pins are used and scores are dropped after each match. In the event of a tie, a ninth and tenth frame roll-off will take place to determine the winner of each match. Participants in the stepladder finals will be allowed to throw two (2) practice balls on each lane prior to their first match. No other practice is allowed. These matches will occur on a new set of lanes, lanes 5 and 6.
    8. Scores bowled during the Cyclone Scratch Masters will not be used to calculate the All Events category.
    9. Any claims of error in the Cyclone Scratch Masters competition must be submitted before the start of the next match. In case of an error in the final match, any claims of error must be reported within one (1) hour of the completion of the final match.
    10. Entry into the Cyclone Scratch Masters event must be submitted before rolling the first ball in the handicap division of the tournament.
  12. Scores used for the Twisters Optional Scratch and the Cyclone Scratch Masters Divisions shall be those scratch games (without handicap) as bowled in the handicap division of the tournament.
  13. Prizes and Awards

  14. All cash awards shall be based on the Total Pins PLUS assigned handicap for each event (with the exception of the Twisters Optional Scratch and the Cyclone Scratch Masters Events).
  15. Awards will be given, in the Handicap Division, for the best Singles, Doubles, Team, Individual All Events, and Team All Events. Individual All Events is defined as the nine game total PLUS handicap of an individual bowler. Team All Events is defined as the nine game total plus handicap of the four (4) members of the same team who actually bowled the team event. In the event that any member of the team does not bowl the nine games the team shall be ineligible for Team All Events recognition.
  16. The award ratio for the Handicap Division shall be a minimum of 1:10. Individual All Events and Team All Events shall be at a minimum of 1:20.
  17. Awards in the Twisters Optional Scratch Divisions shall be given for the Best Single Game (from any of the handicap portion of the tournament), Best Three (3) Game Series (from any of the events in the handicap portion of the tournament) and Best All Events (nine game total for the handicap portion of the tournament).
  18. The award ratio for the Twisters Optional Scratch Divisions shall be at a minimum of at least 1:20.
  19. 100% of the entry fee from each division in the Twisters Optional Scratch Divisions shall be returned to that division, and 100% of the entry fee less linage and trophy expenses shall be returned for each division of the Cyclone Scratch Masters event. A first place trophy shall be awarded for each division in the Cyclone Scratch Masters event.
  20. 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. Prize funds will be based on 100% participation.
  21. Entering Averages

  22. Any bowler entering the IGBO Mid-Year Tournament must use a ten-pin average acceptable to the USBC. The following rules shall be used to determine the entering average:
    1. The 2016-17 book average (minimum 21 games). If bowler competed in more than one league, the bowler MUST submit the COMPOSITE average of all leagues bowled, even if a league has less than 21 games bowled.
    2. If “a” is not available, use the 2017 final summer league average (minimum 21 games). If bowler competed in more than one league, the bowler MUST submit the COMPOSITE average of all leagues bowled, even if a league has less than 21 games bowled.
    3. If neither “a” nor “b” is available, use the 2015-16 book average (minimum 21 games). If bowler competed in more than one league, the bowler MUST submit the COMPOSITE average of all leagues bowled, even if a league has less than 21 games bowled.
    4. If neither “a”, “b” nor “c” is available, a current season league average (minimum 21 games) as of the deadline date for accepting entries will be accepted. If bowler competed in more than one league, the bowler MUST submit the COMPOSITE average of all leagues bowled, even if a league has less than 21 games bowled.
    5. Non-certified bowlers shall use a minimum of 130 and must submit all league averages and tournament scores (for the 12-months immediately preceding the entry cut-off date) for possible average adjustment.
    6. If none of the scenarios above is applicable, then the entering average shall be equal to the Tournament Scratch Score (See rule 19). USBC Rule 319a(2) does not apply.
    7. The above averages MUST be verified by the use of:
      1. League standing sheet, signed and dated by League Officer, or
      2. Letter from League President or Secretary,
      3. Photocopy of book average (with year noted), signed and dated by League Officer.
    8. Averages from “Sports Condition” leagues are not acceptable at any time.
  23. The Tournament Scratch Score will be set equal to the highest entering average (as outlined in rule 18) as of the entry cut-off date for the tournament. Should a substitution and/or bowler replacement be necessary after the entry cut-off date, the Tournament Scratch Score will NOT be affected.
  24. The per game handicap for the tournament shall be based at 90% of the difference between the bowler’s entering average (as determined in Rule 18) and the Tournament Scratch Score. Negative handicaps shall not apply.
  25. 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 any other individual, apply 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. Event placement and/or prize winnings shall be based on the higher average should the submitted average prove to be higher than the bowler’s actual average.
  26. Average Adjustment

  27. The tournament management 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 shall be entitled to a full refund for that event.
  28. If a bowler has a current tournament average (comprised of a minimum of 21 games bowled during the 12 months immediately preceding the official start date of this tournament) that is one or more pins higher than their entering average (as outlined in Rule 18), they must use the higher tournament average as their entering average. Per Rule 21, it is the bowler's responsibility to report ALL tournament scores that are relevant in calculating their current tournament average. Failure to report this information may result in AUTOMATIC disqualification and loss of all prize winnings, subject to Tournament Management discretion.
  29. Attendance and Substitutes

  30. 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 25 and 26 below (USBC rules will apply). Tournament offered transportation and catastrophic events will be subject to Tournament Management discretion.
  31. Complete Doubles and Team entrants must be present for bowling for each event. If a doubles partner or team member is not present, the team may use an authorized substitute (see Rule 26). If no substitute is available, a zero score will be used for the missing bowler or bowlers.
  32. 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.
  33. Substitutes may bowl at the discretion of the Tournament Management. Their entering average must comply with the rules previously stated. Substitutes must complete an entry form.
  34. Bowlers will be allowed two (2) practice balls on each lane per event.
  35. Entry Requirements

  36. IGBO Mid-Year 2017 registration will be available only online, with payment available only through PayPal (a PayPal account is not required). Registration will close at midnight on October 26, 2017 – two weeks prior to the first bowling event of the tournament. Non-bowling participants may enter the event up until the close of tournament registration, provided banquet accommodations are available. Entries received after October 5, 2017 11:59pm CDT will incur a late fee of $16. However, no late entries will be accepted, unless at the discretion of the tournament registrar.
  37. Entries shall be limited to a maximum of 608 bowlers. Once this maximum has been reached, no more entries can be accepted. Entrants’ acceptance will be based on the order in which received. Once an entry has been accepted, refunds will only be issued at the Host Committee's discretion.
  38. Partial team entries will be accepted and the tournament directors will make every effort to fill vacancies.
  39. Scoring Errors

  40. After a score has been recorded, it cannot be changed unless an obvious error in scoring or calculation has occurred. 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 management. (USBC Rule 328)
  41. Protests

  42. Protests and appeals must be in writing, stating the grounds for the protest and/or appeal.
    1. A protest involving eligibility or playing rules must be filed with the tournament management before tournament prizes are paid.
    2. The decision of the tournament management shall be final unless a written appeal is filed with the local USBC association or USBC Headquarters prior to tournament prizes being paid. Upon notification of a protest or appeal, tournament management must withhold all affected prizes until the protest or appeal is resolved.
  43. Miscellaneous

  44. All other USBC rules will apply.
  45. Any person attending and requiring special needs MUST notify the tournament management in writing.
  46. The team captain MUST sign the entry form acknowledging he/she has read and agreed to the rules. In the case of online registration, the timestamp will be considered the team captain’s acknowledgment.