Tournament Rules

  1. The San Francisco Golden Gate Classic (SFGGC) is a mixed competition open to men and women by invitation only. All entrants must hold a current USBC membership card or they may purchase a membership card for $20.00(US). The SF Golden Gate Classic is affiliated with the International Gay Bowling Organization (IGBO). Active card-carrying members of the PBA must state so on their entry form. Maximum of 1 PBA member allowed per team. IN THE BEST INTEREST OF TOURNAMENT COMPETITION, THE DIRECTOR(S) RETAIN(S) THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR REJECT THE MAKEUP OF ALL TEAMS.
  2. The San Francisco Golden Gate Classic Invitational Tournament is USBC-certified. The following rules apply to averages:
    1. Bowlers must submit proof of their USBC 2016-2017 composite average (minimum 21 games). Entries submitted without averages for ALL bowlers WILL NOT BE PROCESSED and as such do not guarantee placement of the team into the tournament. Paper entries must clearly indicate if any averages do not exist by recording N/A in that average box.  Proof of average is defined as: 1) a copy of a league sheet with name and average highlighted; 2) a signed paper with average from the League Secretary with their name and phone number; 3) a current printout from bowl.com showing the bowlers average.  All composite averages will be pulled from bowl.com
    2. If no USBC 2016-2017 composite average is available, the bowler's highest current average as of January 1, 2018 (minimum 21 games) will be used.
    3. If no current average is available, the highest USBC 2015-2016 season composite average (minimum 21 games) will be used.
    4. If a bowler's tournament average (minimum 21 games) is five (5) pins, or more, higher than the highest average from rule 2A, 2B, or 2C, then their entering average will be re-rated to the higher average of the two. USBC Rule #319 applies in its entirety.
    5. All others will enter at 225. Refer to USBC Rule #319b.
    6. SFGGC handicap is based on 90% of the difference between a bowler’s entering average and 225.
  3. SPORT BOWLING: USBC Rule #205 will be applied. A bowler must submit and use their adjusted Sport Bowling League average using the USBC Average Adjustment Scale (Rule #203) if this average is higher than their standard league average. Non-compliance may cause disqualification.
  4. The bowler is responsible for the accuracy of their average, be it submitted by the bowler, the team captain, or someone else. Use of an incorrect average will result in disqualification unless corrected before the end of the first game of competition. Prize winnings will be based on the submitted average if higher than the correct average (USBC Rule #319a-3).
  5. If a bowler has qualified for winnings of $600.00 or more in any tournament event in the previous 12 months, the actual scores and winnings from the tournament must be reported for possible re-rating. Re-rating must be done before the entrant bowls.
  6. The average of any bowler may be adjusted at the discretion of the Tournament Director(s). Any average adjustment must be made before the completion of the entrant's first game of competition. Any bowler unwilling to accept the average change will be given a refund for the tournament.
  7. There will be NO REFUNDS after acceptance of an entry by the tournament committee.
  8. Entries must be accompanied by full amount of fees in the form of personal checks, certified checks, or money orders payable to “SF Golden Gate Classic” or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard only). Personal checks will not be accepted after January 30, 2018. Entries must be POST MARKED by January 30, 2018 or received by FAX by February 6, 2018. See Rule 2 for additional requirements. A late fee of $10 will apply after January 14, 2018.
  9. Bowlers may bowl only once in each event. Each event consists of three (3) games, for a total of nine (9) games. Singles and Doubles will be bowled back-to-back.
  10. All claims of error must be submitted, in writing, to the Tournament Director(s) within one (1) hour after the bowler or team has bowled. In matters of dispute, the decision(s) of the Director(s) will be final, unless an appeal is made in accordance with UBSC Rule #329.
  11. Substitutes are able to bowl with the Director(s) approval. Substitutes must register at least one (1) hour before the start of competition and must bowl in the same line-up position as the bowler they are replacing. The use of substitutes may not alter the “50% team membership in a gay league” required as stated in Rule 1. Use of a substitute in an emergency that lowers the team ratio to less than 50% must be approved by the Director(s).
  12. Late bowlers will start bowling in the frame they are ready to bowl; prior frames will be scored zero (0). Absent bowlers will be scored zero (0).
  13. Cash prizes: A bowler may win only one (1) special awards prize. Each event has its own prize list, based on at least a 1:10 ratio. All prize fees collected for an event will be returned 100% to the participants of that event. This does not include optional events.
  14. Captains must check-in their teams at least thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of competition.
  15. Bowlers will not be permitted to practice on their assigned lanes on the scheduled day of bowling. Bowlers will be allowed two (2) practice balls per lane before the start of each of the three (3) events. All bowling events will be held at Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, CA.

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