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SFBC 2003 2nd Conference
League Bowling Tournament


1. Timetable

1.1 The Sharjah Filipino Bowling Club League shall be played at the Dubai Bowling Center.

1.2 The 2nd Conference of 2003 shall commence tentatively on June 20, 2003.

1.3 League games shall start at 6:00pm.

1.4 Schedule and lane assignments shall be determined after the first week wherein the first week lane assignments shall be drawn by lots.

1.5 Postponement and advancement of scheduled games are not allowed except for reasons that are approved by the SFBC League Director and officially announced in advance.

2. Management

2.1 The Management of the League shall be vested upon the League and Technical Committee consisting of the League Director and his officers/assistants. Any related disputes should be settled and decided upon by the LTC and shall be considered final.

3. Tournament Format

3.1 5-A-Side Team handicap tournament

3.2 Single Round Robin in case of 16 or less participating teams.

3.3 Grouped Round Robin in case of more than 16 teams. Teams shall be divided into two groups after the preliminary round.

3.4 Team points after the preliminary round shall be carried forward to the positioning round.

3.5 In case of tie, the team with the higher total pinfalls plus handicap shall prevail.

3.6 Positioning round to be played after the round robin games.

3.7 Top 5 teams shall advance to the match games.

3.8 Match Game Rules - A maximum 2-step climb will be used as a general rule.

3.8.1 Team ranked no.1 after the positioning round shall wait for the match game winners.

3.8.2 Team ranked no.5 will play 1 game against no.3 ranked team. Team ranked no.4 will play 1 game against no.2 ranked team.

3.8.2.1 In case teams ranked no.4 and no.5 prevailed over their opponents, then team ranked no.4 shall be declared as 1st Runner up and team ranked no.5 as 2nd Runner up. Team ranked no.1 shall automatically be declared as Champion.

3.8.2.2 In case teams ranked no.2 and no.3 prevailed over their opponents, then a 1-game match shall be played to decide on who will play against the no.1 ranked team.

3.8.2.3 Of the 2 teams beaten, the team with the higher ranking wins the consolation prize.

3.8.3 Winner of the match will play against team ranked no.1 in Best of 3 games format.

3.8.3.1 The Team who wins the first two games shall be declared the Champion.

3.8.6.2 In case of tie after 2 games, the match shall proceed to the final 3rd game.

3.8.6.3 In case of tie in the final 3rd game, the tie shall be broken by:

- 2 frames (9th and 10th) roll-off

- the least difference between the team's scratch high game and low game

- the team with the higher total game handicap output in any game

- the team with the 2nd higher total game handicap output in any game; and so on.

- the team with the player scoring the highest handicap individual game

- the team with the player scoring the 2nd highest handicap individual game; and so on.

3.8.4 In case of grouped round robin, there shall be one positioning round in the first round and another positioning round per group in the second round.

3.8.5 Top 3 teams of each group shall be considered for the semi final round. Team rankings shall be based on the Total Earned Points (TEP). In case of tie, the team with the higher total pinfalls shall prevail. The 6th ranking team shall be dropped. The top 5 ranking teams shall advance to the match round.

3.8.5.1 Match games rules - Refer to rules 3.8 to 3.8.3


4. Tournament Conditions

4.1 The team registration fee is set at AED One Thousand Five Hundred (1,500.00) and shall be inclusive of team's contributions towards accumulators and elite bowler's prize fund.

4.2 Non-payment of registration fees and lane fees shall be penalized as set out in Section 14: Penalties.

4.3 Only SFBC members may play in the tournament. Penalty applies if bowler plays with expired membership. (see Penalties - 1.)

4.4 Team shall pay a non-refundable 700 Dirhams as partial payment of the Team registration on or before the first week of the conference. Full settlement to be paid on the 6th week of the conference otherwise penalty applies. (see Penalties - 6.)

4.5 The team captain shall bear all of his/her team liability.

4.6 Team Captain's agreement to all rules and regulations of this league tournament

5. Team Composition

5.1 All team members must be duly registered members of the Sharjah Filipino Bowling Club. No team members shall be allowed to play unless his membership fee has been duly paid. Should there be an oversight to this rule, the player's score shall be invalidated and replaced with a blind score without handicap.

5.2 Adding, replacing, or removing team members shall be allowed only until the 5th week of the tournament.

5.3 A player who has already played in another team during the ongoing conference shall not be allowed to play for another team. However, a team member can still transfer to another team if he/she has not yet played.

5.4 Replacement of any player shall be allowed after the deadline if:

5.4.1 Player has been relocated beyond the 100 mile radius of Sharjah/Dubai for prolonged period of time; the replaced player shall be not allowed to re-join his/team or any other team should he/she is relocated back to Sharjah.

5.4.2 Player is permanently leaving the UAE on exit;

5.4.3 Player is injured or deemed incapable of playing;

5.4.4 Player has voluntarily renounced his/her participation as a team member

5.5. Any replaced player of a team shall not be allowed to re-join his/her previous team or any other team after he/she was officially replaced.

5.6 Each team shall be composed of a maximum of 8 players in the roster. A team captain shall be designated to represent the team in official matters relating to the SFBC League and other SFBC-related activities and business.

5.7 There shall be a maximum of 4 combined Class O and Class A players, male and female, in the team roster.

6. Players Classification

6.1 A new classification shall be used wherein the following averages shall form the basis of bowler's classification:

Classification 2003 Average
Class O 200 - above
Class A 185 - 199
Class B 170 - 184
Class C 169 - below

6.2 Bowler's entering classification for this conference shall be based on the previous conference's last held classification.
6.3 Bowler's classification shall be and shall remain Unclassified until 15 games of this conference are completed.

7. Handicapping

7.1 Handicap will be computed as follows:

7.1.1 Male: 190 minus current average X 80% max. 28
7.1.2 Female:200 minus current average X 80% max. 36

7.2 Handicaps shall be computed weekly on a floating basis with limitation on maximum of drop of 5 only in the temporary entering average.

7.3 No bowlers shall be given a handicap above the maximum handicap even if his/her average falls below his/her current classification. Re-classification of bowlers shall only be done every year.

7.4 Decimal numbers of the total handicap per game shall be omitted. A game won or lost shall not be decided by the handicap decimal point difference.


8. Entering Average

8.1 Bowler's entering average for this conference shall be based on the previous conference's last held current average.

8.2 Unclassified bowler's temporary entering average shall be computed after completing 3 consecutive games. Temporary handicap shall be based on the 3 games total series score. No temporary handicap will be given to an unclassified bowler who did not complete the mandatory 3 consecutive games.

8.3 Unclassified bowler's entering average shall be computed after completing 15 league games. Drop of 5 rule shall be applied when computing average and handicap. The final entering average shall be the actual average of the 15-17 games played.

9. Mechanics

9.1 A team shall field in a maximum of 4 Male bowlers and minimum 1 Female Bowler every game.

9.2 Substitutions are allowed before any game but not during the game.

9.3 A team must have a minimum of 3 players in order to proceed with the game. A team with less than 3 players shall be considered as default.

9.4 Each team shall play 3 games against the opposing team.

9.5 Should a player be unable to continue the game due to injury, illness, disability, emergency, force-majeure, and other unforeseen causes, the unfinished frames shall be credited with zero (0) pinfalls and applicable handicap shall be pro-rated accordingly.

9.6 Win points shall be awarded during the preliminary, positioning, and match rounds as follows:

9.6.1 Two (2) win points shall be awarded for every game won. Win points shall be divided between opposing teams in case of tie
9.6.2 Two (2) win points shall be awarded to the team with higher total series score.
9.6.3 One (1) bonus point for each game shall be awarded to a team that beats the combined current averages of the fielded players plus 75 pinfalls without handicap.

10. Fielding of Players

10.1 A playing team may field in players, Male and Female, within the bounds of the regulations mentioned in the table below:
A 100-point rule will be used in team line up, regardless of player's division whereas:
Class C = 8 pts.; Class B = 16 pts.; Class A = 24 pts.; Class O = 28 pts.
Based on this, the best line up of a team would be 3 class O players and 2 class C players. (3 x 28)+(2x8) = (84)+(16) = 100.
Any combination that does not exceed the 100-point mark is acceptable. In case the 100-point mark is breached, deduction of 15 pinfalls will be applied for every set of 8-points with 1 point in excess of 100 counted as part of the set of 8, 1 point in excess of the first set of 8 points counted as part of the second set of 8 points, and so on.
Example:
101 - 108: Deduction = 15 pinfalls
109 - 116: Deduction = 30 pinfalls

10.2 All combinations shall be applicable regardless of the player's division (m/f).

11. Blind Scores

11.1 A blind score shall be given to any team playing with only 3 or 4 players.
11.2 Maximum team's blind score is 260.
11.3 The blind score is fixed at 130 per game (both male and female) without handicap.
A blind team situation caused by the class restriction rules (see Section 10:
Fielding of Players) may be averted by fielding a higher class bowler to play instead of a lower class bowler.

12. Team Uniform

12.1 In recognition of the FBF, the team uniforms must have an official logo of the FBF.

12.2 Team uniform must be the same for all players of the team, male or female.

12.3 Only 1 set of team uniform must be worn by the fielded bowlers, regardless of the number of sets of uniform that the team may have.

12.4 SFBC 2003 bowling shirt or SFBC bowler of the week shirts are considered as an official uniform in this conference, however, limited to 2 players only. The rest of the players in the line up shall wear the official team uniform.

12.5 Wearing of the official uniform commences at the start of the games of the 4th week. Penalty applies on non-compliance. (see Penalties - 2.)

12.6 Uniform is not mandatory during pre-bowl and make-up games.

13. Tardiness and Default

13.1 A team shall be given a grace period to proceed with the game from the official roll-off time provided that the opposing team has not completed their third frame to complete its line up before being declared in default for any particular game.

13.1.1 Any team that is declared in default shall no longer play the remaining games of that week.
13.1.2 The team present shall play its regular game as though the game is being contested and shall be awarded win points provided the team beats the combined current averages of the fielded players.
13.1.3 For each missed frames by the late bowler/team, a score of 9 shall be awarded per missed frame.

13.2 Late bowlers/team shall be allowed to play in an ongoing game provided that the anchor bowler (fifth bowler in the line-up) of the opposing team has not completed its turn on the third frame.

13.3 Late bowlers shall be allowed to bowl on the frame being played. The bowler shall be credited with a score of 9 for every missed frame.

13.4 No practice ball shall be allowed for any late bowler.

13.5 Any team who fails to play in three consecutive league matches shall not be allowed to continue the league games. Paid fees shall be forfeited and outstanding league fees shall remain collectible. Opposing team of teams who have discontinued the league shall use Rule 13.1.1 as the basis to play the matches.

13.6 Bowlers or teams who are found guilty of deliberately defaulting a game or entire league match to favor the opposing team shall be penalized. A special committee composed of the LTC and the council of team captains shall discuss and decide the appropriate penalty of this offense.

13.7 Any bowler whose team has been declared in default for the rest of the conference may be allowed to play as a pacer for purposes of achieving individual awards. His scores however shall not be credited as a team output.

14. Penalties

14.1 The team captain shall pay 5 Dirhams penalty for every game played by a bowler with expired SFBC membership otherwise scores will be invalidated and a blind score of 130 shall be applied.

14.2 Bowler shall pay 6 Dirhams penalty for every game played not in team uniform. In case the 3rd frame of the game is played and the penalty is not paid yet, then a deduction of 15 pinfalls per game shall be applied.

14.3 Bowler shall pay 1 Dirham penalty for every open 3rd, 6th, and 9th frames.

14.4 Team to pay 120 Dirhams for every week played without settling the Team Registration Fee. Penalty must be paid before starting the game. The 100 Dirhams penalty will be credited to the Team Registration Fee.

14.5 A team who has not paid the registration fee for 3 consecutive weeks after the mandatory 6th week settlement shall be barred from playing further league games until such time that the registration fee has been paid. All games during the barred period shall be considered forfeited with the opposing team getting the advantage of playing against a defaulted team. Teams playing against defaulted teams shall apply Rule.13.1.1.

14.6 Lane fees shall be settled by the team captain directly to the DBC counter.


15. Team Captains Meeting

15.1 A team captains meeting shall be called before the start of the tournament.
15.2 A special meeting will be called by the League Director as and when necessary. In case a team captain is unavailable, any of the team members shall be called in to represent the team.

16. Special Awards
Unclassified bowler is not eligible to any of the awards listed below.

16.1 Bowlers of the Month (BOM)

16.1.1 BOM qualifying games shall be open to all league bowlers, Male and Female division, without regard to the bowler's classification. However, handicap shall be applied as follows: 200 - Current Average

16.1.2 Top 3 High Series Hcp score Male and Female Bowlers shall advance to the stepladder games.

16.1.3 In case of any tie during the qualifying round, it shall be broken by the following criteria (in order of importance):

16.1.3.1 Player with the least difference between the highest and the lowest handicap games in that particular series.

16.1.3.2 Player with a higher average

16.1.3.3 Player with a higher number of games played in the current league

16.1.4 20 AED entry fee will be collected from the qualifying bowlers vying for the BOM award.

16.1.5 Top 3 bowlers of shall in a stepladder match game. The No. 1 ranked player will be given the "twice-to-beat" advantage.

16.1.6 Any bowler who wishes to forfeit his/her right to vie for the BOM award shall notify the LTC. The opponent shall automatically be declared as winner of the match.

16.1.7 Bowlers playing the stepladder games shall pay his/her lane fees directly to the DBC counter.

16.1.8 Winner qualifies for Bowler of the Year award.

16.2 Bowler of the Year (BOY) - Male or Female

16.2.1 Only one Bowler of the Year for each division shall be determined.

16.2.2 All Bowlers of the Months shall play 6 games with handicap.

16.2.3 Handicap computation will be the same as in qualifying games.

16.2.4 Top 3 bowlers shall advance to a stepladder match. Top ranked player of each division shall be given the "twice-to-beat" advantage.

16.2.5 In case of any tie during the qualifying round, it shall be broken by the following criteria (in order of importance):

16.2.5.1 Player with the least difference between the highest and the lowest handicap games.

16.2.5.2 Player with a higher handicap game.

16.2.5.3 Player with a higher average.

16.2.5.4 Player with a higher number of games played in the current league

16.2.6 A tie in the first stepladder match shall be broken by re-bowling 9th and 10th frames with handicap (pro-rated computation). A tie in the championship match is a win for the No. 1 ranked player.

16.2.7 Entry fee is set at 100 Dirhams inclusive of lane fees.

16.3 Bowlers of the Week (BOW) - (M/F)

16.3.1 Male / Female bowlers with the greater difference using the following calculation, will automatically be declared the Bowlers of the Week: (3-games series scratch score) - (3 x current average).

16.3.2 Winners shall be limited to 2 wins only.

16.3.3 In case of any tie, it shall be broken by the following criteria (in order of importance):

16.3.3.1 Player with the least difference between the highest and the lowest handicap games in that particular series

16.3.3.2 Player with a higher scratch game

16.3.3.3 Player with a higher average

16.3.3.4 Player with a higher number of games played in the current league

16.4 Most Improved Bowlers (M/F)

16.4.1 Selection of the SFBC 2003 Most Improved Player will be based on criteria set forth: logarithmic ascending of improvement points format to be used.
((Ent.avg./90) x (ent.avg/300)) x (curr.avg-ent.avg) = Imp. Pts.

16.5 Elite Bowlers (M/F)

16.5.1 Selection of the Male and Female SFBC Elite Bowlers will be based on the following criteria:

16.5.1.1 Bowler must have played 50% + 1 of the total number of games of SFBC 2003 season

16.5.1.2 Bowler must be in the top 24 male with over 184 average and top 12 female with over 169 average

16.5.1.3 Bowler must have the highest number of pin-falls in an 8-game series handicap to be played after the 2nd conference of 2003 season.

16.5.1.4 Handicap will be given per class as follows:
Class O = 0
Class A = 5
Class B = 10
Class C = 15

16.6 Accumulator Fund Prize

16.6.1 Accumulator fund winner will be based on the following calculation:

16.6.1.1 Male: (Current Avg. + 70) or 279 whatever is reached.

16.6.1.2 Female:(Current Avg. + 60) or 259 whatever is reached.

16.6.2 Accumulator fund prize shall be AED 5.00 multiplied by the number of teams (but not lower than 75AED), multiplied by the number of weeks lapsed.

 

17. Major Awards and Prizes

17.1 Team Awards and Prizes (60% of Registration Fee)
Team Champion : Cash plus Team Trophy + individual medals
Team 1st Runner Up : Cash plus Team Trophy + individual medals
Team 2nd Runner Up : Cash plus Team Trophy + individual medals
Consolation Prize : Cash

17.2 Other Team Awards and Prizes

17.2.1 Team High Series Scratch - Cash

17.2.2 Team High Series HC - Cash

17.2.3 Team High Game Scratch - Cash

17.2.4 Team High Game HC - Cash

17.3 Individual Awards and Prizes
An unclassified bowler is not eligible to any of the awards listed below until he/she had completed a minimum of 15 games.

17.3.1 High Average(O/A/B/C) - Cash (M/F)

17.3.2 High Series Scratch - Cash (M/F)

17.3.3 High Series HC - Cash (M/F)

17.3.4 High Game Scratch - Cash (M/F)

17.3.5 High Game HC - Cash (M/F)

17.4 Other Individual Awards and Prizes
An unclassified bowler is not eligible to any of the awards listed below until he/she had completed a minimum of 15 games.

17.4.1 Most Improved Bowler - Cash plus trophy (M/F)

17.4.2 Elite Champion - Cash plus trophy (M/F)

17.4.3 Bowler of the Year - Cash plus trophy plus jacket

17.4.4 Bowler of the Month - Jacket

17.4.5 Bowler of the Week - T-Shirt

17.5 Players are limited to 2 wins only in the Individual Awards. The order of priority for individual/team awards shall be as follows:

17.5.1 High Average

17.5.2 High Series

17.5.3 High Game

17.6 A player/team cannot win both High Series and High Game Awards.


18. SUPPLEMENTARY RULES

18.1 Lane rules as per FIQ standards.

18.2 Foul line sensors shall be activated.

18.3 Obvious foul rules i.e. touching the inside of the lanes or stepping on the catwalk after releasing the ball shall be strictly monitored and 0 pin fall shall be credited to the bowler's score.

18.4 It is also strongly advised to bowlers, not to approach for delivery until the bowlers of either side of the playing lane are on their way back to the players' area, to avoid possible injury to self and other bowler(s).

18.5 DBC rules and regulations applies.