KANSAS CITY OPEN

2019-2020 TOURNAMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS


    1. Sanctioning
    2. Entering Average
    3. KCO Average for all Bowlers 
    4. USBC rule 319
    5. KCO Calculated Average Errors
    6. Refusing Entries/Average Re-rating
    7. KCO Divisions by Average
    8. Handicap
    9. Divisions Not Full 
  10. Back to Back Squad Bowling
  11. Membership Fee
  12. Entry Fee
  13. Ways to Enter
  14. Pre-Registered Entries and Squad Times
  15. Award Fund Returned and Brackets
  16. All Ties
  17. Scoring Issues
  18. Dress Code
  19. Alcohol and Tobacco Products
  20. Bowling Area
  21. Food Consumption
  22. Foul; Abusive Language; Usage
  23. Abusing Center’s Equipment
  24. Violation of Tournament Rules
  25. Protests and Appeals 
 Awards
  26.
Monthly Division Champions
  27. Stepladder Finals

  28. Individual USBC Honor Awards
  29. Season Point Leader in each Division
  30. Perfect Attendance

  31. Invitational Scholarship Tournament

 

YOUTH/ADULT 

  YA1. Rules Additions                               YA7.   Squad Times

  YA2. Sanctioning                                      YA8.   Dress Code

  YA3. Entering Average                             YA9.   Format

  YA4. Entry Fee                                           YA10. Stepladder Finals

  YA5. Division Placement                         YA11. Champions Award

  YA6. Handicap                                           YA12. Legal USBC Clause

KANSAS CITY OPEN

                TOURNAMENT RULES – 2019 / 2020

 

 

Entry & Competition Rules / Fees

  1. The Kansas City Open is a USBC Youth Sanctioned tournament.  All entrants must have a USBC Youth Sanction Membership.  If necessary, USBC Youth sanction standard membership can be purchased through the KCO on the day of the tournament.  All bowlers must fill out a sanction card at their first tournament of the current season for our records.  All tournament rules follow in accordance with and comply with and are governed by USBC Youth rules.  
  1. Only one entry per bowler per tournament is allowed.

 

  1. Falsifying membership will result in disqualification and loss of any scholarship awards and entry fees for all tournaments bowled while found ineligible.

 

  1. ENTERING AVERAGE for KCO tournaments will be: 

a.   KCO Carryover: Average for bowlers who qualified for the 2019 invitational scholarship tournament provided USBC Rule 319a2 does not apply.  This states, “When the previous season’s average is used, and at the time of bowling an entrant has a current average for 21 or more games that is 10 pins or more higher than the prior season’s average, the current average must be used.”

 

b.   New Bowler:  Defined as a first time KCO tournament bowler or bowler that did not qualify for the previous season’s invitational scholarship tournament.  Your entering average will be based on:   

  • 2019 - 2020 Highest sanctioned league average at time of participation based on a minimum of 12 games bowled; if not, use:
  • 2019 - Summer highest sanctioned league average of 21 or more games bowled; if not, use:
  • 2018 - 2019 Highest sanctioned league average of 21 or more games bowled.
  • Verifiable Sanctioned High School Highest Average from 2019-2020 school year are accepted as last resort with minimum of 12 games bowled.

If none of these above apply, the bowler must bowl scratch until a KCO average is established.

 

  1. Falsification/Error on an entering average for ALL bowlers:  Bowlers are responsible for verifying their own average, whether submitted by themselves or others.  If the submitted entering average is lower than required and results in a lower classification or more handicap, the bowler’s score is disqualified.  If the submitted average is higher than required, prize winnings will be based on the submitted average.

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  1. KCO Average for All Bowlers: After a bowler’s first tournament of the current season, their KCO average will be established or reestablished based on the total scratch scores of those games bowled.  Entry into all subsequent events of the current season, bowlers will use their KCO average.  All subsequent averages will be calculated and based solely on the current season’s total pin fall/games bowled in all events.  Only exception is bowlers who have signed to be re-rated to a higher average which includes handicap change and higher division placement. 

 

  1. USBC Rules 319a 4, 319d, and 319e do not apply.

 

 

  1. KCO Calculated Average errors will be corrected immediately upon discovery.  This includes bowler’s average, handicap, and division placement.

 

  1. Tournament Officials reserve the right to refuse any entry; the right to re-rate an average prior to the bowler’s participation/start of the current tournament which includes bowler’s handicap, and division placement.  The right to make an interpretation and decision on any rule, discrepancy and/or conflict that might arise.

 

7.      KCO Divisions by averages:  

Division 1 – 200 and Over – Scratch

Division 2 – 180 – 199 – Handicap

Division 3 – 160 – 179 – Handicap

Division 4 – 140 – 159 – Handicap

Division 5 – 139 and below – Handicap

 

  1. Handicap for divisions 2 through 5 will be based on 90% from the top of their division’s.

 

9.     If Less than 6 Bowlers are in a division, the bowlers will be combined with another division.   Handicap for consolidating division will be 90% of higher division.  If division 1 needs combining, it will be combined with division 2.  The new division 2 handicap will be from 210.

 

10.   “Back to Back” squad bowling will not be permitted.  Pacers will not be allowed.  No bumpers allowed either.

 

11.    Membership Fee of $10.00 per bowler - payable at first season tournament bowled (this money is used as expenses primarily to pay for website and mailing cost).

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12.    Entry Fee Breakdown:  Bowling Fee $12.00, Award Fee $16.00, Expense Fee $2.00 = $30.  The tournament entry fee is due and payable at tournament check in.    

 

13.   Entries: For all tournaments EXCEPT for the Invitational scholarship tournament, bowlers may enter the KCO via: 

  1. Website Entries: Bowlers may enter by using the entry form on the Internet at www.kansascityopen.com.  This entry method is available until closed, normally midday of the Thursday prior to the current tournament.
  2. Entry at any KCO Tournament.  Bowlers may register for the next tournament during the current tournament.
  3. In case a tournament is canceled for any reason(s), all entries meeting KCO Rule 13a or 13b will count towards invitational scholarship tournament qualification.
  4. Late Registration: Only entries not meeting KCO Rule 13a or 13b deadlines will be deemed late registration and assessed the late registration fee the day of the tournament of $5 plus tournament entry fee.  All additional fees collected from late registration will be added to the award fund for the current tournament season.  Walk-on registration will be permitted only if spots are available.  If no spots are available a waiting list will be established.  If spots become available prior to squad time they will be filled in the order bowlers are placed on the list.  Spots will be considered available based on KCO Rule 14.

 

14.   Pre-registered Entries: Will hold a spot in monthly tournaments up to 10 minutes prior to squad time. If you have reserved a spot and have not checked in 10 minutes prior to squad time you will be considered a “no show”.  Officials may then fill your spot with bowlers from the waiting list established per KCO Rule 13.  If you are not going to bowl and you have reserved a spot, you must notify before your reserved squad start time or you will be charged a $5 “no show” fee.  This fee must be paid prior to your participation in future Kansas City Open Tournaments.  All “no show” fees collected will be added to the award fund for the current tournament season.

            a.  “A” squad starts at 9:00am, check in begins at 7:45am                           *BOWLERS must check in wearing competition attire*

        

  1.      “B” squad starts at 10:30am, check in begins at 9:15am   *BOWLERS must check in wearing competition attire*

 

 

 

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15.    All Award Funds that count toward the invitational scholarship tournament will be returned 100% in awards and scholarships at a ratio of at least one award for each ten entries.

  1. The Kansas City Open directors reserve the right to run optional handicap brackets at any or all tournaments except the Youth/Adult tournament.  Handicap will be based on 90% of 220.  When brackets are run, the Bracket Award Fund will be returned 100% in scholarship awards at the end of each tournament.  Funds will be deposited into each winners USBC SMART account.  There will be a first and second place winner in each bracket.  Brackets will be comprised of eight bowlers.  The cost will be $3.00 per bracket.  A bowler can bowl in as many brackets as they like.  First place in each bracket will be $18.00 scholarship and second place will be $6.00 dollar scholarship.  Brackets are only open at initial check-in for each squad.

 

16.   All ties for “stepladder finalists” including stepladder games will be decided by a 9th and 10th frame roll-off to include two-tenths of the bowler’s total game handicap if applicable.

 

17.   Scoring or tournament procedure issues: Scoring errors or obvious pin errors must be corrected by a center employee or tournament staff immediately upon discovery.  If any questionable errors occur, play needs to stop immediately and tournament staff must be notified to resolve the problem before bowling continues.   

 

18.   Dress Code:  All youth competitors shall wear an appropriate bowling shirt.

  • All shirts must have finished sleeves. 
  • All youth competitors will be required to wear full-length slacks or pants. 
  • Youth competitors shall not wear apparel or use equipment depicting alcohol, tobacco, and/or gambling during competition.  Images, products and/or activities containing profanity, inflammatory or obscene language or imagery will not be allowed. 

        All apparel worn by competitors shall:

  • Be free of rips, tears and holes;
  • NOT be constructed from denim, fleece, or Lycra/Spandex fabrics.

        Coats, jackets or any type of outer garments cannot be worn over the bowling shirt while competitor is on the bowling approach.  Hats, sunglasses,  and/or any type of headgear, including electronic devices, cannot be worn or used while competitor is in the bowling area.  Bowlers will be required to change if attire is deemed inappropriate.  Tournament officials have the final decision.

 

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19.   Alcohol and Tobacco Products.  Competitors are not allowed to use any type of tobacco products during competition while in their bowling attire.  Failure to comply with this rule will result in a verbal warning.  A second offense will result in disqualification from the tournament.  Consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or use of illegal drugs by any participant at any time will result in disqualification from the tournament.  No youth bowlers may enter the bar area without a parent or guardian present.  Tobacco & Alcoholic Consumption by spectators will be restricted to DESIGNATED AREAS ONLY IF AVAILABLE. 

 

20.   Bowling area: Limited to bowlers competing in current qualifying squad or active match play, scorekeepers, and tournament officials.  Tournament officials will define the bowler’s area during announcements.

 

21.   Food: Will not be permitted in bowling area.

 

22.   Foul, Abusive Language, Gestures and/or Threatening Behavior will not permitted at any time.  Violation is subject to KCO Rule 24 enforcement.

 

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23.   Abusing the Center’s Equipment will not be permitted at any time.  Violation is subject to KCO Rule 24 enforcement.

 

 24.    Competitors who violate tournament rules and/or participate in conduct derogatory to USBC YOUTH rules are subject to immediate ejection and disqualification, disqualification from one, or all remaining tournaments for the current season and/or permanent suspension from the KCO and/or USBC.

 

25.   Protests and Appeals:  All decisions of the tournament officials are final unless appeal is made in accordance with USBC Rule 329.

 

AWARDS

26.    Monthly Division Champions will have the option to purchase a bowling shirt or a jacket selected by the Kansas City Open directors.  Payment for these shirts or jackets must be made in full before the shirt or jacket can be ordered.  The lettering on each garment will include the KCO logo, champion, the year of the current tournament season, and the name of the bowler.  Only one shirt or jacket purchase is allowed for each monthly division winner but a bowler will be allowed to purchase a shirt or jacket each time they are a monthly division champion.  If a bowler does not purchase a shirt or jacket at the time they win a division, they will be allowed to purchase a shirt or jacket until the end of the current season.  Exception is invitational champions extended purchase through the October tournament of the following season.  The KCO directors will make every effort to have the shirts or jackets available at the next point tournament.

 

 

27.    All Stepladder finalists (1 – 5) will receive a scholarship award.  The breakdown for each division will be $100 dollars for first place, $60 dollars for second place, $40 dollars for third place, $30 dollars for fourth place and $20 dollars for fifth place.  If fewer than 82 bowlers participate, the amounts in each division will be adjusted down based on the total number of bowlers for that tournament except for first place which will remain at $100.00.  All monthly stepladder finalists will receive a plate indicating the place and division they finished in for that tournament.  Each stepladder finalist will have the option to purchase a plaque with their name on it.  Only one style plaque will be offered.  The KCO will make every effort to have the plaque at the next point tournament.

 

28.    Individual USBC Honor Score Awards the KCO will provide appropriate documentation of the award that can be taken to the bowler’s regular youth center.  If a bowler does not bowl in a regular league, they can send the documentation in to USBC themselves.

 

29.    The Season Point leader in each division will receive a scholarship award provided they have qualified for invitational scholarship tournament.  All participants will receive 10 points per point tournament bowled, plus stepladder points if in stepladder finals.  Participants in 4 or more point tournaments will receive 10 additional points per tournament for all tournaments beyond and including #4.  If a bowler participates in 7 or more point tournaments, they will receive 20 additional points per tournament for all tournaments beyond and including #7.

Example: 

Susan bowls in 7-point tournaments.  She receives 70 (10 for tournaments #1 – 10) + 40 (10 points for tournaments #4 – 7) + 20 (for tournament #7) = 130 points.

John bowls in 4-point tournaments.  He receives 40 (1 –4) + 10 (for tournament #4) = 50 points.

         Points will be awarded in stepladder finals as follows:

            1st = 40, 2nd = 31, 3rd = 22, 4th = 13 & 5th = 9.

  1. If a bowler bowls a majority of their point tournaments in a division, the bowler will compete for season point awards in that division.  If they bowl an equal number of point tournaments in more than one division, bowler will compete for season point awards in the division where they accumulated the most points.

 

  1. All tournaments are Point Tournaments with the exception of Youth/Adult and Invitational Scholarship tournaments.

                     

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30.   Bowlers with Perfect Attendance will receive a scholarship award.  Perfect attendance is defined as participating in all point tournaments in a season.

                     

                  

31.  The Invitational Scholarship Tournament in June will be by invitation only.  To qualify for an invitation, you must have participated in at least five point tournaments or four point tournaments and one youth/adult tournament during current season.  If more than one youth/adult tournament is held during this season, only one will be counted towards invitation qualification.  KCO Rule #9 is waived.      

       

Please Note:  Invitation letter/form for entries must be MAILED in, turned in at the May Point Tournament, or Emailed to: entries@kansascityopen.com, website entries not available All mailed entry forms must be received by Thursday before the tournament or they will be deemed as late and assessed a late registration fee. 

 

NOTICE: Any bowler having an invitation will not be refused the day of the tournament if a spot is available but will pay double for walk-on fees of $10.00 plus entry fees.

a.  The amount of scholarship money awarded at the annual invitational scholarship tournament could vary from year to year.

 

           b.   Bowlers not qualifying for the step-ladder finals ("non-qualifiers") are eligible for a scholarship award generated from each division award fees collected at this invitational tournament.  KCO will payout scholarship awards separately by divisions to those bowlers of at least a ratio of 1:3.  Value of this invitational scholarship award could vary from year to year.

 

 

 

 

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Youth/Adult Rules

YA1.   In additional to all rules for the KCO Tournament Rules applying to the youths in the Youth/Adult Tournament, the following will also apply except where noted for adults only.

 

YA2.   Sanctioning: The Kansas City Open Youth/Adult tournament is an USBC/USBC YOUTH Sanctioned Tournament.  Adult bowlers must be USBC members and show a membership card before each tournament.  Adult sanction cards for Kansas or Missouri local associations must be purchased through the KCO if not in a sanctioned USBC League.  Tournaments will be governed by USBC/USBC Youth rules.

 

YA3.   Tournament Entry: Only one entry per bowler is allowed.  This means a youth bowler can only bowl with one adult and an adult bowler can only bowl with one youth in the tournament.

  1. ADULT ENTERING AVERAGE:
  • Last years highest sanction average of 21 or more games bowled as listed on bowl.com; (if none then use,)
  • Current hhighest sanction league average of 21 or more games bowled; (if none then,)
  • Bowl scratch which is 220

 

  1. Adult bowlers must show proof of average at check-in or bowl scratch if average has not already been verified by tournament official.

 

  1. USBC rules 319a 2, 319a 4, 319d, and 319e do not apply for adults   

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YA4.   Entry Fee Breakdown:  Bowling Fee $20.00, Award Fee $36.00, Expense Fee $4.00 = $60

 

YA5.   Division Placement: The division the Youth/Adult team bowls in will be determined by the youth’s average like any KCO youth point tournament.

 

YA6.   Handicap: Youth handicap will be based on KCO rule 8.  Adult handicap will be based on 90% of 220.

 

YA7.   Squad times will be at 9am and 12:00pm.  Check in time for each squad will be at 7:45am for A-squad and 10:30am for B-squad.  There will be 10 minutes of practice before the start of each squad.  No practice or shadow rolls will be allowed after the start of the block.

 

YA8.   Adult participants are not required to comply with KCO rule #18 as required for youths however, it is encouraged.  Please no hats and no tee shirts. 

 

YA9.  Format: Each Youth/Adult team will bowl one 5-game qualifying block.  There will be two 5-game qualifying squads.  Each qualifying block will be bowled across five different lane pairs in a sweeper format.  At the end of each game, bowlers will move right one pair as soon as it’s available and immediately begin their next game.  Position standings will be posted after the completion of each squad.  After both 5-game qualifying blocks are completed, the field will be cut to the top four youth/adult teams for each division.  Youth bowlers will bowl all ties.  The higher seeded youth bowler will select whether his/her team finishes first or last.  The team finishing last will start first on the left lane with the adult bowler for each team bowling first and the youth bowler bowling last.  First round match qualifiers will have the opportunity for 5 minutes pratice before match begins.  All subsequent qualifiers will get 2 practice rolls on each lane before their match begins.  The team that advances will not receive any additional practice rolls.  Check-in time for the finals will be immediately following the posting of final qualifying scores and any ties (if applicable) have been decided.  The steplader finals will begin immediately following check-in.

 

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YA10. Youth Stepladder finalists (1 - 4) will receive a scholarship award.   The breakdown for each division will be $120 dollars for first place, $80 dollars for second place, $60 dollars for third place and $40 dollars for fourth place.  If fewer than 86 bowlers (43 teams) participate, these amounts for each division will be adjusted down based on the total number of bowlers-teams for that tournament except for first place which will remain at $120.00.  All youth stepladder finalists will receive a plate indicating the place and division they finished in for that tournament.  Each youth stepladder finalist will have the option to purchase a plaque with their name on it.  Only one style plaque will be offered.  The KCO will make every effort to have the plaque available at the next tournament.

 

YA11. Youth/Adult Champions will have the option to purchase a Youth/Adult Winner bowling shirt selected by the KCO directors.  Payment for these shirts must be made in full before the shirt can be ordered.  The lettering on the garment will include the KCO logo, Youth/Adult winner, the year of the current tournament season, and the name of the bowler.  Only one shirt or jacket purchase is allowed for each Youth/Adult division winner but a bowler will be allowed to purchase a shirt each time they are a Youth/Adult division winner.  If a bowler does not purchase a shirt at the time they win, they will be allowed to purchase a shirt until the end of the current season.  The KCO directors will make every effort to have the shirts available at the next point tournament.

 

YA12. All participants in addition and exception to the above stated rules will be governed by the rules in Chapters II, V, VI, and VII of the current season’s USBC/USBC Youth Family Rulebook.  This includes all participants must abide by USBC YOUTH Rule 400 of the current season’s USBC/USBC Youth Family Rulebook in regard to USBC YOUTH Membership Eligibility.  A copy of the current season’s rulebook is on file with the tournament directors and is available for inspection upon request or visit bowl.com.

 

 

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