22nd Annual Guys & Dolls Tournament Rules


1. The Tournament is open to any bowler providing proof of a 2021-2022 USBC Membership and book average from the prior 2 seasons, or a final 2021-2022 league standings sheet if no prior years.


2. Bowlers must present a USBC membership card at the tournament check-in 30 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Lineup will be as shown on entry form.  Teams or bowlers failing to appear on the lanes, prepared to bowl at the scheduled time, shall forfeit their entry unless sufficient reason is given to warrant postponement.

3. Bowlers entered in the singles event must also enter the doubles event and visa-versa.

4. The Team captain, or his legal representative, has the privilege of substituting other bowlers for those originally entered.  Only same sex substitutions will be accepted.  In the doubles event, the names of both entrants must be given.  Entries with the word “PARTNER” will not be accepted.  Each Team MUST consist of 2 Men and 2 Women, and Doubles MUST consist of 1 Male and 1 Female.

5. The Doubles event will be bowled immediately following the Singles event.  SINGLES is Bowled First.

6. All entrants will bowl 3 games on one pair of lanes in each event, unless mechanical failures dictate otherwise.  No entry money will be refunded if it is discovered that a team or individual has failed to comply with all rules of the United States Bowling Congress and all rules and requirements of this tournament.

7. Handicap will be 90% of the difference between the bowler’s entering average and a scratch figure of 230   All handicaps will be calculated on a 3 game basis.  It shall be the responsibility of each bowler to verify his or her average. Failure to use proper average shall disqualify scores bowled if submitted average is lower than actual average.  Prize winnings will be based on submitted average if it is higher than the actual average.  Average corrections must be made prior to the completion of the FIRST GAME. 

8.  ENTERING AVERAGE:   Your Highest USBC Average over the past 2 years of 21 games or more.   If your average this season is 10 or more pins higher than the last 2 seasons, this year’s average will be used.  USBC RULE 319a(2) WILL APPLY.  10 PIN RULE 

9. If a bowler does not have a yearbook average for the last 2 years, the bowler may use the highest current certified average (of 42 or more games) as of the closing date for entries of the tournament (May 27, 2022), otherwise they must enter with an average of 230.  If using current average, a league sheet showing average as of May 30, 2020 must be provided to Tournament Officials at check-in or emailed with entry form.  If bowler does not have a yearbook or current average and competed in a summer league, that average, of at least 30 games, may be used provided it is verified at the tournament office.  USBC Rules 319 c, d, & e will apply.

10.      The prize ratio for each event will be one prize for each five entries.  Lineage and Expense = $15.00, Prize Money = $15.00 per bowler per handicap event.  PRIZE MONEY WILL BE RETURNED 100%.

11.      In the event of a tie for first place (team, doubles, singles) the tied contestants will bowl 3 games in accordance with the rules of the tournament at such time and place as decided by the Tournament Manager.  Total pins, including handicap, for the 3 games will determine the winner.  In the event of a tie for first place in the All Events, USBC Rule 326a will apply. When there is a tie for any championship in a tournament, it is optional with tournament management to have a playoff or declare co-champions.

12.      Entrants must report any previous tournament prize winnings in the last year of $ 500.00 or more in total.  If entrant has won $500.00 or more in total prize winnings for a tournament, he/she must submit all his/her tournament scores and winnings PRIOR TO BOWLING.  USBC  Rule 319e


a.        All Bowlers must wear shirts with collars or MOCK Collars, NO EXCEPTIONS!!.  

b.        NO T-SHIRTS may be worn on the lanes. 

c.        NO CLOTHES WITH HOLES may be worn on the lanes. 

d.        Bowlers may enter doubles 2 times as long as partners change.  Bowlers may only cash once in scratch

           singles, (Highest Score). Bowlers may enter the team event 3 times, as long as 2 members of the team change.

e.        Only one professional (PBA or PWBA) member allowed per doubles pair, and only 2 per team.

14.       Scores lost due to malfunction of automatic scorers shall be re-bowled if the scores cannot be verified by other scoring means.

15.       Scores for ALL-EVENTS will be taken from the FIRST series bowled in each event. (Team, Doubles, & Singles)

16.       USBC Rule 330 will apply. (A bowler must use the same hand to deliver the bowling ball throughout the tournament).

17.       USBC Rule 329, a protest or appeal involving eligibility or playing rules must be filed with Tournament Management, the Local Association or USBC up to 5 Days before tournament prizes are paid.  The protest or appeal must be in writing and the grounds for the protest or appeal briefly stated.


19.      SCRATCH EVENTS;   Bowlers must compete in regular tournament to enter scratch event.  Scores from handicap event will be used to determine winners of the scratch event.


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