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Rules & Details (BM)

League: Businessmen

League Type: Handicap

Handicap: 90% of 230

# of Games: 3 games (Peterson point system – 20pts)

# of Teams: 10 Teams (4 person)

# of Weeks: 35 weeks ( 3 – thirds with a playoff)

League Fee: $20 per week


League Rules 2015-2016 (BM)

Businessmen – League Rules 2015-2016 – PDF Version

  • 1. SANCTION: The Businessmen bowling league will be sanctioned with U.S.B.C through Contra Costa County Bowling Association. U.S.B.C. membership fees are $20.00. Sanction fees are required to be paid the first night of bowling. All bowlers must complete U.S.B.C. sanction application even if no sanction fees are due.
  • 2. TEAM COMPOSITION & LEGAL LINE-UP: The league will consist of teams with a playing strength of 4 bowlers per team. Minimum number to constitute a legal line-up is 2 bowlers. You must have a legal line-up by the end of the 1st frame by the opposing team or that game and total pins be declared a forfeit by absent bowlers and points are awarded to the opposing team regardless of score. A FORFEIT IS A FORFEIT. Late bowlers will be considered absent after the 3rd frame is completed by anchor person from opposing team. A bowler starting the first frame cannot be replaced except in an emergency to be determined by the board of directors.
  • 3. BLINDS: Blind score will be 170.
  • 4. HANDICAP: League will use handicap scoring. Handicap will be determined on an individual. Basis and will be calculated by subtracting bowler average from a scratch score of 230 and then multiplying the difference by 90%. Fractional results will be dropped and not rounded.
  • 5. LEAGUE SCHEDULE: League will bowl a 35 week season with three thirds. Each third will consist of 9 weeks of league play, 1 position round and 1 roll-off. On the 34th week there will be a divisional playoff and mini sweeper. Sweeper will be on 35th week. Practice starts at 6:50pm. League will bowl at 7:00pm. First night of bowling will be Tuesday, September 1, 2015 and league will end sweeper on Tuesday, April 26, 2015
  • 6. HOLIDAYS: None
    • Linage/record service $13.50
    • Secretary (house) $ .00
    • Point Money/Prize fund $ 3.50
    • Individual points $ 1.50
    • Sweeper $ 1.50 = 2 Sweeper Pots
      • = .65 to go to week 34 sweeper
      • = .85 to go to week 35 sweeper
    • Total $20.00
    • (Total of $20.00 per team must be paid each week regardless of number of vacant bowlers)
    • League envelopes must be turned into the league secretary by the 5th frame of the first game.
    • Note: TEAM CAPTAIN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COLLECTING LEAGUE FEES. Only 1 Week Grace period. If the dues are not paid in full the following week bowler will not bowl unless team pays. If the bowler bowls without paying that night, the team will forfeit team points and the individual points from that bowler.
    • PRIZE FUND COMMITTEE: The prize/sweeper committee will submit one or more prize lists for consideration within 5 weeks of start of season to the President. The prize/sweeper list must take into consideration any rules that have been adopted to govern the eligibility of teams and individuals for prizes. Within 1 week after receipt of recommended lists the President will provide each bowler with a ballot for voting. These ballots must be returned to President the same league night. NO EXCEPTIONS. Results of voting will be published the following league night. (John Hill, Tim Pato, Chris Raymundo)
  • 8. AWARDS
    • 1st Place-4 awards provided by house $100.00
    • 2nd place $ 60.00
    • High Series Scratch $ 50.00
    • High Game Scratch $ 50.00
    • High Series Handicap $ 50.00
    • High Game Handicap $ 50.00
  • 9. AWARD ELIGIBILTY: Individuals awards will be handicapped after 21 games. To be eligible for an individual award, a bowler must bowl a minimum of 60 games. In case of a two way tie, league will supply an additional award or money will come from sponsor fund. If more than a two way tie in a game, the tie breaker will be determined by the highest series from the night of bowling and two places will be paid. If more than a two way tie in a series the tie breaker will be determined by the highest game from that night of bowling and two places will be paid. A bowler can not win more than one individual award. If a bowler is eligible for both scratch and handicap awards, the scratch award will have precedence over the handicap award: series will take precedence over game, Most improved will be determined from businessmen entering book average, If none, highest 2014-2015 book average, if none average after 21 games.
  • 10. SPONSORS: Sponsor fees will be $60.00 per team and must be paid by the 4th week. Money collected goes to individual awards, team awards. Any money left goes into sweeper fund.
  • 11. SCORING: Team wins will be determined on Peterson point system. 1 point for each individual match, 2 points for each team game and 2 point for total pins (total 20 points). Left side sets line-up first.
  • 12. POSITION ROUNDS/ROLL-OFFS: On the second to last week of each third (10, 21 and 32 ) there will be a divisional position round. 1st place will bowl 2nd place, 3rd place will bowl 4th place and so on in each division will bowl each other. On the last week of each thirds (11, 22 and 33) then the two 1st place team in each division will roll-off the champions for that third. The other teams will roll-off for the other positions. The two 2nd place teams will bowl each other for 3rd an 4th places, the two 3rd place teams will bowl each other for 5th and 6th place, the two 4th place teams will bowl each other 7th and 8th place, the two 5th place teams will bowl each other for 9th and 10th place and so on. On week 34 roll-off each of the division winner and one wild card team (team with the most points for the year and that have not won a division) will bowl each other (wild card team will bowl the team with the most year to date wins out of the 3 third champions) as well as mini sweeper for entire league. The winner of those matches will bowl each other for the league championship on week 35 (sweeper). If a team has won two thirds, then the other division winner and wild card team will bowl each other. The winner of that match will bowl the other team for the championship on week 35. If a team has won all three then they are declared the league champion and all the second place team and a wild card team will be rolling off for second place the league. (The same format as it was for first place).
  • 13. AVERAGES: Individual entering averages will be based on 2014-2015 Businessmen book average. If none, highest 2014-2015 book average. If none, highest verifiable average of 21 games or more within 2 years. If none, will be determined on the first night of bowling after completion of 3 games. Entering averages will be used for handicap purposes until 9 games have been bowled at which time current average will be used to determine handicap.
  • 14. ABSENT BOWLERS: League will drop an absent bowlers average by 10 pins on the 2nd consecutive absences. Every consecutive week after additional -10 pins. Bowlers are responsible for league fee when absent. If more than one absent bowler per team you must use the absent bowlers average with the most games. Sub will bowl for the bowler with the least amount of games.
  • 15. NEW BOWLERS: No new bowler may be added during the last 2 weeks of either third. In case of an emergency league board of directors will make final decision. A team must be allowed to add a replacement when it’s roster is less than the playing strength of the league.
  • 16. SUBSTITUTES: Team subs are allowed. 2 Rostered subs per team. If sub is dropped they may not be a sub anymore for any team.
  • 17. PRE-BOWL/POST-BOWLS: Team pre-bowls are allowed only if both teams can bowl on the same day due to Peterson point system. Team post bowls are not allowed. No individual pre-bowls or post-bowls are allowed. No pre-bowl allowed for position rounds or sweeper night. For pre-bowls you must let the opposing team know by giving 24 hour notice and a league officer must be present.
  • 18. SWEEPER: Sweeper will be individual and will be handicapped. To be eligible for sweeper, bowler must have bowled 60 games and PAID SWEEPER FUND for 35 weeks. Sweeper will be paid out in one division. A midseason replacement bowler is eligible if they have 30 games as a team member and sweeper fund is paid for 35 weeks. Dropped bowlers forfeit paid sweeper fees.
  • 19. PRE-PAID LEAGUE FEES: The last two weeks (34th&35th) of league must be prepaid by the 28th week.
  • 20. BOWLERS QUITTING LEAGUE: Bowlers quitting the league should give a two (2) weeks WRITTEN NOTICE to Delta Bowl and should pay for those two weeks whether they bowl or not. If a replacement is found before two weeks expire, unearned pre-paid league fees will be refunded. Bowlers quitting league in “Good Standing” are entitled to their earned point/prize money at end of league.
  • 21. PRACTICE BOWLING: no practice allowed on same lanes that you are scheduled to bowl on that night after lanes have been conditioned. PENALTY—Forfeit 1st team game total and total pins plus the individual(s) point(s).
  • 22. YOUTH BOWLERS: Any bowler under the age of 18, or currently in high school, will be allowed to become a member of this league with approval of the board. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • 23. PACERS: No pacers are allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • 24. OTHER:
    • A. Any rule not covered above will be covered by U.S.B.C. rule book.
    • B. Make all checks payable to BUSINESSMEN. Returned checks will be assessed a $20.00 service fee. No checks during last 3 weeks of league.
    • C. Smoking is only permitted outside. This is a State Law.
    • D. League bowlers ONLY in bowlers area. Sgt at Arms will enforce this rule.
    • E. Be ready to bowl when it’s your turn. Meet previous bowler as they come off approach. If you get 3 bowlers behind team captain needs to let league officer know. 1st time warning, 2nd time $5.00 fine, 3rd time $10.00 fine and after that bowler gone for the night. All money due next night of league.
    • F. At least one team member must be present at annual league meeting to guarantee team spot in the league.
    • G. Bowling against an absent/vacant bowler score(s), your score plus handicap has to beat the absent/vacant score(s) handicap to win your individual point(s). If you tie then you will split the point.
    • H. If both teams have an absent/blind bowler(s), you have to match up those two bowlers against each other. The winner of the team game will win the individual point on their record.
    • I. When bowling a vacant team you will draw another team to oppose against and your team can match up line up.
    • J. If a team has a vacant it will drop 10 pins every 3 weeks with a max drop of 50 pins.
    • K. Divisions are based 1st third by odd/even team numbers by blind draw. 2nd and final 3rd based off top 1/2 of teams based off total points from prior thirds.

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  1. ron case

    Hi Chris Great stuff here, but our league is done in thirds with playoffs after each third and a sieres of playoff on week 34 and 35.

    thanks Ron.
    keep up the great site I enjoy i t a lot.

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