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2014 Game ON Bowling Organization Tournament Rules


1.    Game ON Bowling Organization Tournament (GO-BOT) is a USBC certified tournament. The tournament is a mixed handicap competition, open to men and women by invitation only, and maintains a Moral Support Certification for non-USBC members affiliated with IGBO.  Non-USBC members may by purchase an optional annual membership for $22.00 or a $5.00 participation fee (Rule #300c).


2.    GO-BOT is also affiliated with the International Gay Bowling Organization (IGBO) and non-IGBO members may purchase an IGBO annual Associate Membership for $25.00.


3.    All sanctioning fees are remitted directly to IGBO or USBC.


Event Participation

4.    The tournament events shall be handicap events and are as follows: Teams, Doubles and Single.

a.    Doubles Matches will start 11 AM on Saturday September 10th, 2015

b.    Team Matches will start 20-minutes after the last bowler complete the Doubles Matches

c.    Singles Events will start 11AM on Sunday September 11th, 2015

5.    Each participant shall bowl three (3) games per event and must enter all three 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 bowl only once in each event.

7.    All bowlers must initial their scores on the recap sheet after each event. All scores will be verified against bowling center computers.

8.    There are a maximum of 30 teams allowed for this tournament.

a.    The Bowling House would be at:

Country Club Lanes

2600 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821

(916) 483-5105

9.    Each team captain MUST sign the entry form acknowledging he/she has read the rules.


Entering Averages

10. Bowlers are to use the highest of the following scenarios when electing their entering average:

a.    Bowlers will use Bowl.com 2015/2016 composite average based off of minimum 21 games or rule “B” whichever is greater

b.    (For IGBO bowlers) Tournament Average Database (TADS minimum 21 games) is five (5) pins, or more, higher than the highest average from rule 10A then their entering average will be re-rated to the higher average of the two. USBC Rule #319 applies in its entirety.

c.    If 10A and 10B are not applicable, the bowler shall use their composite average for 2014/2015 (minimum 21 games) .

d.    If 10A, 10B, and 10C are not applicable, the bowler shall use their highest Summer 2016 or Summer 2016 League Standing Sheet average that consists of a minimum of 21 games.

i.    League Standing Sheets must be verifiable with League Secretary

ii.    A copy of the League Standing Sheet in it’s entirely, must be scanned or photographed and mailed or emailed to the destination mentioned in Rule 25.

e.    All others will enter at 225. Refer to USBC Rule #319b.

f.     The handicap for the tournament shall be based on 90% of the difference between the bowler’s entering average (as determined above) and a scratch score of 225. (Negative handicap will NOT be used for GO-BOT)


Re-rate Policy

11. The tournament committee has the authority to adjust the entering average of any bowler or assign a provisional average pending verification (USBC rule #319e). Average adjustments will be applied as set forth under USBC rules. All average adjustments will be completed prior to any event. A bowler unwilling to accept an average adjustment is entitled to an event refund.

a.    GO-BOT has the right to use a bowler's 21 game IGBO tournament average.

12. If a bowler has a minimum (21) game (IGBO) tournament average that is five pin or higher than their entering average for the tournament, they will use that average (September 1, 2015 to September 1, 2016).

13. Sport Bowling - USBC Rule 205 will be applied. A bowler must submit and use their adjusted Sport Bowling league average utilizing the USBC Average Adjustment Scale (see rule USBC 203). Failure to comply may result in disqualification.

14. It is the bowler’s responsibility to verify the accuracy of his/her entering average, whether originally submitted by the bowler, his/her team captain or others. Failure to use the correct average, if the submitted average is lower than the correct average, will result in disqualification. (USBC Rule #319a-3).


Professional bowlers

15. Professional bowlers identified shall be permitted to bowl the tournament as follows:

a.    Not more than one professional bowler in a four-player lineup.

b.    Not more than one professional bowler in a two-player lineup.

c.    Professional bowlers MUST identify themselves at the time of registration.

d.    In the event a professional bowler does not provide proper identification prior to bowling, they will be disqualified from that event.


Awards and Prizes

16. All cash awards shall be based on the total pins plus assigned handicap for each event (with the exception of the Optional Side Pots).

17. Awards will be given in the Handicap Division for the best Singles, Doubles, Team and Individual All Events. Individual All Events is defined as the nine (9) game total plus handicap of an individual bowler. There shall be separate awards for each category for both men and women. Each bowler is eligible for only one award.

18. The award ratio for the handicap division shall be at a minimum of 1:10 (In 2015, everyone got money back!)

19. Cash 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.


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 20 and 21 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 23). 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 directors. Their entering average must comply with Rule 10, 11, 12, and 13. Substitutes must complete an entry form.

24. Bowlers will be allowed two (2) practice balls on each lane per event.


Entry Requirements

25. The entry fee must be paid through the online registration process or in U.S. funds by CHECK (No Personal Checks accepted after August 22nd, 2015), MONEY ORDER, or CERTIFIED CHECK.

a.    Checks should be made payable to “Game ON Bowling Organization Tournament”. All entries should be mailed “CERTIFIED, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED” or comparable international postal regulation. Entries are to be mailed to:


2619 River Plaza Drive #340

Sacramento, CA 95833

i.    League Standing Sheets in its entirely should be mailed to the address in Rule 25a, or scanned/photographed and emailed to tom@tommynguyen.com, by August 22nd, 2015.

26. Entries shall be accepted at the US $90.00 fee until September 9th, 2016. Entries postmarked after this date shall incur a $10.00 late fee.

a.    The breakdown per entry fees are as follows:

$20.00 Each Event Fee will go towards its respective Prize Fund

$30.00 Registration Fee

$20.00 (Average) Linage

$0.50  IGBO Fee

$3.00  Trophies

$6.50  Operational Cost and or for the Banquet

b.    There is a $3.00 (per transaction,) PayPal Processing Fee for Online Registration

27. Entries shall be limited to the maximum of 120 bowlers. Once this maximum has been reached, no more entries can be accepted. The FINAL entry deadline is September 9th, 2016. Entry acceptance will be based on the date postmarked or payment received through on-line registration. Once an entry has been accepted, NO REFUNDS will be issued except as stated above in Rule 11.

28. Special Note: Any changes to any submitted entry after September 4th, 2016 will be imposed a $10 administrative fee on each occurrence that must be paid at registration.

29. Partial team entries will be accepted. The tournament committee will make every effort to fill any vacancies.



30. Any claims of errors or disputes must be submitted in writing to a tournament committee member or their appointed representative within two (2) hours of the error/dispute. The protesting bowler (s) or team, the tournament committee shall settle the dispute according to USBC Tournament rules.



31. Any person attending and requiring special needs MUST notify a committee member in writing.

Tommy Nguyen, Director, tom@tommynguyen.com, (916) 262-6501

Chris Norwood, Board Member, norc69@sbcglobal.net

David Caldera, Board Member, janetrocks@yahoo.com

Shon Gates, Board Member, shongates@yahoo.com