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TOURNAMENT RULES APPLY TO ALL PARTICIPANTS PLEASE READ CAREFULLY



A - This tournament is open to you if you are:

  1. A postal or federal employee, member of the armed forces (Reserves must be drawing pay), retired postal or federal employee (drawing an annuity) or retired member of the armed forces (drawing pension).

  2. A non-federal bowler who has bowled in at least five (5) PFENBA National Tournaments will be issued a card and granted special status (non-fed average rules waived). (Bowler must provide Proof of bowling in 5 tournaments before card is issued.)

  3. Non Federal bowlers who have not participated in the last two (2) Postal-Federal National Bowling Tournaments or are not 5 year non federal may not enter with an average over 220. Execption, see rule A2

  4. Each team must have at least three (3) Postal-Federal, Military, or five (5) year Non-Federal bowlers.

  5. Members of the PBA or LPBT, former members whose membership has not been terminated more than two (2) years from date of entry or non-members or former professionals whom the Tournament Director may determine to be professionals will not be permitted to enter this Tournament.

  6. Unmarried grade and high school students (boys and girls) who have not attained the age of eighteen (18) must have written consent of their parents or guardian in order to participate in this tournament. Said written consent must be on file with the Tournament Director at least one week before the bowler is eligible for tournament competition unless the student is accompanied by his or her parents or legal guardian, in which case the parental consent form may be filed up to the time the student starts to bowl.
B - Each bowler must check in with Tournament Office at least one hour prior to their scheduled bowling time on Saturday and have ready for inspection their USBC cards, proof of employment for postal employees, federal employees or proper identification if non postal-federal.
Bowlers do not have to check in the Tournament Office on Sunday for the Team Event.

Bowlers not having a USBC membership card may become eligible to participate by one of the following methods:

  1. Adults obtain USBC membership: National dues($10.00) plus actual dues charged by the local and state assn. the bowler is joining. $21.00 if state and local dues are not known. ($10.00 National, $10.00 local and $1.00 state.
  2. Pay a participation fee of $5.00 men/ladies and such bowlers become subject to USBC rules and jurisdiction for the tournament. Only those entrants who are USBC members prior to participation shall qualify for USBC high score recognition. All bowlers who do not have an USBC card to present upon checking in to bowl must purchase either an unattached membership card or pay the participation fee.
C - A bowlers average will be used to establish handicaps. Handicap is 80% of 220. Bowlers with an average over 220 will bowl scratch.
When the previous season's average is used, and at the time of bowling an entrant has a current average for 21 or more games that is 15 pins or more higher than the prior season's average, the current average must be used.

D - A bowler having no acceptable entering average will be assigned an average no less than 150 for women and 170 for men. Tournament management has the authority to assign an average higher than the minimum average prior to participation.

E - Rule 319c. The average of a bowler may be adjusted upward before participation in any event. If the assigned average is not accepted by the bowler, the entry fees shall be refunded. (Any bowler who has been rerated by the USBC, State Association, City Association or any Tournament Manager must report this fact to the PFENBA Tournament Manager.)

F - Rule 319a-3. Bowlers are responsible for verifying their own average, whether submitted by the bowler, the team captain or others. The submitted average is lower than required and results in a lower classification or more handicap, the bowler's score is disqualified. If the submitted average is higher than required, prize winnings will be based on the submitted average. In the case of a team of two or more bowlers, the averages will be combined to determine if the correct total is higher or lower than the submitted total.

G - Rule 319e applies to all participants (average adjustment requirements) Upon appeal or protest, the bowler must promptly supply the record of the names, dates, scores and prize winnings in all tournaments in which bowler competed within the previous 12 months. Nothing in this rule will be deemed to supersede the authority of tournament management or local association to adjust a bowlers average upward.

PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
Corrections In averages can be made within 72 hours after completion of a series If the Tournament Manager prior to the completion of the first game of the series, has given written consent to the bowler authorizing such extension of time to correct bowler's average.

H - Unless otherwise scheduled by the Tournament Manager. Singles and doubles will be bowled on Saturday (doubles to follow immediately after the singles) and the team event will be bowled on Sunday. Be sure to indicate date and time preferred on entry blank. The Tournament Manager will assign all lanes.

I - Bowlers may not compete more than once in any one event. Bowlers may not bowl in one minor event only (Singles or Doubles) Bowlers must bowl in both or neither. The Tournament Manager will make every effort to find partners for extra bowlers. List extra bowlers on your entry. If a bowler is listed alone in Singles and Doubles, it will be assumed that bowler needs a partner and will be assigned one.

PLEASE DO NOT LIST A BOWLER ON MORE THAN ONE ENTRY BLANK IN SINGLES AND DOUBLES.

J - All claims of error in scoring of handicap must be made within 48 hours and received in writing within 72 hours after bowling or they will not be allowed.

K - Top winners, and others that the Tournament Manager requests must submit average verification from their city association no later than ten days after receiving the form. Winners not returning average verification within ten days are subject to disqualification.

L - Violation of Tournament or USBC rules may void a bowler's eligibility for any prize.

M - After entries have been received and the dates assigned by the Tournament Manager are not refused by the team or individual entrant prior to preparation of the schedule, no fees shall be returned.

N - Teams must consist of 5 men or 5 ladies. No mixed teams.

0 - The Tournament Manager has the authority to turn the lanes off after 4 hours in the singles and doubles if he feels there is no reason for the delay except the bowlers taking unnecessary time.

P - Payment must be made by Money Order, Cashier's Check or Certified Check.

No personal checks accepted.

All payments returned to the Treasurer for nonpayment will be subject to a $25.00 service charge.

Q - Rule 323-This Rule regarding pacers is not in effect in this Tournament.

R - Rule 327c-This Rule regarding scores lost in the scoring process is not in effect in this Tournament.

S - Rule 319a2 does not apply in this tournament (ten-pin rule).

T - Rule 319d does apply in this tournament (Tournament Prize Winning).

U - All substitutions must be made at lease one (1) hour before the bowler is scheduled to bowl. If the Tournament Manager does not have the change at least one (1) hour before the scheduled bowling time, the substitute will not be allowed to bowl. The only exception to this rule is when the Tournament Manager deems it an emergency that the change could not have been made in the allotted time. There will be no substitutions during a game or series except for injury.


V - ADDED EVENTS

  1. A 6 Game Combine Event is the bowler's scores in Singles & Doubles Events plus handicap. Fee is $5.00. This event replaces the nine (9) game scratch all events.
  2. A Mixed Doubles Tournament is held on Friday nights during the National Tournament. Entry fee is $40.00 per couple. {$16.00 prize fee - $8.00 tourney expense}. A separate entry blank is used for this tournament.
TENTATIVE RESERVATIONS

W - Tentative Reservations will not be held later than February 1, 2020 unless fully paid. The person who makes the tentative reservations must also mail in all entry blanks and fees for the tentative reservations he/she made.

NOTE: Premature termination of the tournament brought about by war, national emergency, fire, labor difficulties or other reasons beyond the control of the PFENBA shall cause the foregoing prize schedules to be pro-rated in accordance with the number of entrants who have bowled up to the time of termination.

USBC CERTIFIED

AVERAGE RULES: Use highest average of 21 games or more from the 2018-2019 season. If no 2018-2019 average use highest average at time of bowling (21 games or more, 2019-2020 season. Most recent league sheet must be presented) At the time of bowling if your average is 15 or more pins higher than last year's average, the current average must be used.

If your average has been 15 or more pins higher in the last 10 years you MUST report it to the tournament manager before bowling.


Rule #18
Bowling Ball - Altering Surface
Effective August 1, 2019

While bowling in USBC competition, a bowling ball cannot:

a. Have the surface altered by the use of an abrasive.
b. Be cleaned with any liquid substance or cleaning agent.
c. Have any foreign material on it including, but not limited to, powder, rosin, marker or paint.

All bowling balls so altered or cleaned must be removed from the competition.
Note: Should a foreign substance appear on the outer surface of a bowling ball which cannot be removed with a dry towel, an approved cleaner may be used with consent from a league or tournament officer.



If a bowler has a sport or challenge league average, It must be converted to a "house" condition average. That adjusted average must be used if, after adjustment, it is the highest league average.



No summer league averages or composite averages will be used.


PLEASE NOTE: Bowlers should be prepared to prove that they qualify to bowl in this tournament by showing proper identification when they check in for bowling. Postal and Federal Employees must have proof of employment. Non-postal or non-federal employees must bowl in Team Event and Singles & Doubles to be eligible. Any bowler who violates this rule will be subject to immediate disqualification.


PLEASE READ RULE A-3.

Non-Postal or Non-Federal Employees must have proper identification to be able to bowl in this tournament.