Vacation Invitational Mixed League - RULES 2008 – 2009

Officers
PRESIDENT : William Seidman
(Also a Back-up sec/treas when both the sec/treas and asst sec/treas are absent)

VICE-PRES : Linda Gray
(Acts as the President when the president is absent.

SEC/TREAS (USBC=Secretary): John O’Dell
Primary responsibility for managing the league.

Assistant Sec/Treas (USBC=Treasurer): Kitty Santistevan
Acts as Secretary Treasurer when the Secretary/Treasurer is absent.

SGT/ARMS: Charles Roach
Acts as the primary mediator when a disagreement occurs. Also helps to enforce the Profanity rule.

Rule A
Have Fun.

Rule B
The league rules are established at the team meeting prior to the start of the league in the Fall. A majority vote of the league members present is required to create, edit or delete a rule.

Rule C
All contested elections (more than one person running for an office) shall be by paper ballot. The tabulation shall be verified by all league officers present (at least two league officers).

1 - General
1 This league will consist of 10 teams.
2 Handicap will be based on 90% of the team average difference.
3 League will use a 4 pt win system, with a split season.
4 First and second half winners will have an overall roll-off for first place on sweeper night.
5 All roll-offs based on a 3 pt win system. (Total Pins doesn’t count in the roll-off).

2 - Legal Team Mix
A 4 to 1, 3 to 2 and 2 to 3 are legal (men to women, women to men).

3 – Dates
League bowling will begin Friday, Sept 5th at 6:30 p.m. (shadow begins at 6:20).
The League Schedule is as follows:

Bowling dates:


1 Sept 5
2 Sept 12
3 Sept 19
4 Sept 26


5 Oct 3
6 Oct 10 (Position Round #1)
7 Oct 17
8 Oct 24
9 Oct 31


10 Nov 7
11 Nov 14 (After Bowling this week - End of Cycle 1 - All Teams have bowled every other team once +1 Position Round)
12 Nov 21 (Position Round #2)

No Bowling the day after Thanksgiving Nov 28th


13 Dec 5
14 Dec 12
15 Dec 19
Dec 26 No Bowling the day after Christmas Dec 26th


16 Jan 2
17 Jan 9
18 Jan 16 (Position Round #3)
19 Jan 23
20 Jan 30



21 Feb 6
22 Feb 13
23 Feb 20 (After bowling this week - End of Cycle 2 - All Teams have bowled every other team twice + 3 Position Rounds)
24 Feb 27 (Position Round #4)


25 Mar 6
Last two weeks are due by this date (March 6th )
26 Mar 13
27 Mar 20
28 Mar 27


29 Apr 3
30 Apr 10
31 Apr 17
32 Apr 24


33 May 1 (Position Round #5)
34 May 8 Roll-Off and Singles Sweeper



4 - Time and Start of League Each Week
1 Teams must be ready to bowl at the scheduled time, when the first bowler on the opposing team has bowled the first ball of the first frame or the forfeit game or games. (USBC Rule 109c A team that refuses to bowl with less than a full lineup forfeits any games it declines to bowl – i.e. Everyone must start bowling at the assigned time. If a team refuses to start, they forfeit the game). This means that a team may not try a delaying action so that a team member can show up late and still bowl to make a legal lineup.
2 A determined forfeit is to be brought to the League President immediately and they will put it on the books.
3 Legal lineup is two (2) bowlers and must be present and ready to bowl to complete the first frame. (USBC Rule 109a)
4 Tardy bowlers will be allowed to bowl if they are present by the end of the 3rd frame, providing the anchor person of the opposing team has not bowled.
5 All bowlers must be off the lanes by 9:15 p.m.
6 When a game is declared forfeited, the team present must bowl the games for that session.
7 When a team fails to have a minimum legal line-up, the opposing team must bowl within 50 pins of their current average in order to win points by forfeiture.
8 Points not won for failing to bowl the prescribed score will not be credited to either team. (That means you must bowl at least your team average-50 pins to win a game point and that you must bowl at least 3*team average-150 to get the total pins point).

5 - Bowling Fees and Payments
1 Bowling Fees: $20.00 per bowler, per week, distributed as follows: ($10.75 lineage estimate– any increase will decrease the misc fund by the same amount as the increase in league fees), .50 sec/treas (USBC=League Secretary), .20 asst sec/treas (USBC=League Treasurer) $1.25 prize fund, .05 misc. fund, $7.25 trip fee.
2 Miscellaneous Fees are for miscellaneous expenses incurred by the league and the work of the Secretary-Treasurer and Assistant Sec/Treasurer. Any excess Miscellaneous Fees left after all miscellaneous expenses are paid are to be added to the Sweeper Awards Fund at the end of the League season.
3 No Bills higher than $20 are allowed as payment in the league pouch.

6 – Bank Accounts
1 All league fees will be deposited in a recognized financial institution (Guaranty Bank). The bank account status should be verified by the league president pursuant to the USBC rules.
2 All withdrawals shall be signed by two (2) of the four (5) signatures that are on file at the bank (president, vice-president, sec/treas, asst sec/treas, sgt/arms, (USBC Rule 102f).
4 Account is an interest paying checking account.
5 When the bank account totals sufficiently enough to transfer a portion of the funds to a higher interest paying Liquidity CD, it should be done as soon as possible.
6 All weekly checks for fees to be made out to PACIFIC AVENUE BOWL. No checks shall be made out to Vacation Invitational Mixed League.

7 – Last 2 Weeks Bowling Fees Pre-Payment
1 Last two weeks (33rd and 34th week) must be paid by the first Friday in March (Mar 6th).
2 If this money is not in the secretary's hands by the first Friday in March (Mar 6th) all games will be forfeited by the team until money is paid. (This will be enforced).
3 If a bowler is a member of a team and does not bowl the Sweeper on the 34th week, the bowler that paid the sweeper fee gets the bowling fee money only (estimated at $10.75 this year) returned to them.
4 If a bowler quits the league with approval of a majority vote of the board of directors before April 18th and has paid the sweeper fee, they get the full amount ($40) back. The replacement bowler then, if any is obtained, is responsible for the last two weeks fee ($40) payment. If the replacement bowler starts immediately after the member quits, the member does not pay for two additional weeks and does get the last two weeks payment back if the member has already paid the last two weeks. If the replacement bowler starts after March 6th , that replacement bowler must pay the sweeper night fee by the second night that they bowl. The sweeper is not guaranteed to the bowl.
5 If a bowler quits the league after April 18th , only the bowling fees is returned to the bowler ($10.75 for week 33 and/or $10.75 for week 34).

8 – Raffle
50/50 Raffle funds will be collected for:
1 Support Youth Bowling ($1.00 per bowler). Lump sum will be given to Pacific Avenue Bowl YABA.
2 League will support BVL 100% ($1 .00 per bowler).
3 Excess Raffle money available after the above are paid is added to the Sweeper Award Fund.
4 The person (The Raffle Ticketeer) doing the raffle is allowed one free raffle ticket. The free raffle ticket is held by one of the league officers while the raffle drawing is being conducted.

9 – First Night Averages
1 All bowlers shall establish an average the first night (normally 3 games).
2 If a new bowler establishing an average only completes 1 or 2 games and due to injury or other reason has to quit, the league beginning average shall be computed on the games actually bowled that night.
3 If a new bowler establishing an average starts late and is only able to bowl 1 or 2 games, the league beginning average shall be computed on the games actually bowled that night. The average used for the initial games before the new bowler starts to bowl shall be the league blind bowler score.

10 - Pacers
Not Allowed

11 - Substitutes
Not Allowed.

12 - Individual Awards and Qualification
1 A member must bowl 2/3 of the league season to qualify for Individual Awards.
2 An individual may win one (1) of these awards.
3 High Series will take preference over High Game, High Scratch over High Handicap.
4 Most Improved bowler will be calculated from the 21st game.
5 Individual awards handicap will be based on 90% of 240.
6 Individual awards may be given to members that have bowled at least 2/3rds of the league but have had to quit the league for a legitimate reason approved by a majority board vote.

13 - Prize Fund and Point Money Distribution
1 The entire amount of the Prize Fund will be awarded in cash or check.
2 Prize money will be awarded to each team according to their win points (1/2 point wins will be awarded as a full win) at the end of the season.
3 Point money will not be awarded to a vacancy on a team. That portion of the point money will be added to the Sweeper money available.
4 Money will be awarded to men and women for Individual Awards.
5 Ties for any of these individual awards will be awarded to both members in full.
6 1st and 2nd place Team special awards of $50 ($10 for each non-vacancy member). for first place and $25 ($5 for each non-vacancy member). for second place.
7 1st and 2nd place Team special award money will not be awarded to a vacancy on either team. That money will be added to the Sweeper money available.

14 – Postponements
1 Requests for postponements must be made to the league secretary 48 hours prior to scheduled match in writing or by email.
2 If the team captains affected cannot agree on a date and time, the requesting team may request a post-bowl date and time for their team and the opposing team bowls at the scheduled time for the league.
3 Teams who postpone a match must bowl the make-up within 3 weeks past the date of the scheduled match, or by the 16th or 33rd week, whichever comes first.
4 The Requesting Team is charged $5.00 for the Postponement arrangements. The fee is added to the Miscellaneous Fund.

15 – Post-Bowl
1 Requests for Post-Bowl must be made to the league secretary 48 hours prior to scheduled match in writing or by email.
2 Teams who Post-Bowl a match must bowl the make-up within 3 weeks past the date of the scheduled match, or by the 16th or 33rd week, whichever comes first.
3 The Requesting Team is charged $5.00 for the Post-Bowl arrangements. The fee is added to the Miscellaneous fund.

16 – Pre-Bowl
1 Requests for Pre-Bowl must be made to the league secretary 2 weeks prior to scheduled match in writing or by email.
2 The Requesting Team is charged $5.00 for the Pre-Bowl arrangements. The fee is added to the Miscellaneous fund.

17 - Absent Bowlers
1 When a bowler with an established average is absent, their average is used as long as the league payments due that week are paid at least by the following week.
2 If you know that you are going to be gone, you need to pay in advance or get an agreement with the secretary treasurer.

18 - Absent more than 2 weeks
1 Member who is unpaid for 2 weeks will be dropped by the league on the 3rd week (before bowling begins on 3rd week).
2 Vacancy score of 150 will be used for 3rd week unless team has a new bowler replacement.
3 Member that is absent is responsible for 2 weeks of full fees ($20 per night) if they do not return to the league. If a member does not pay for the two weeks, charges will be filed through USBC for non-fee payment.

19 – Injury, Operation and other Extended Absences
1 In certain cases when there is cause for a lengthly absence from the league (injury, operation, temporary job reassignment or any valid reason approved by two league officers (the sec/treas or the asst league sec/treas and at least one other league officer) in advance, a bowler may temporarily quit the league and be replaced by a vacancy score while they are gone.
2 When and if a bowler returns, that bowler must get caught up with all funding including (Prize Fund and Trip Fees only).
3 Extended absence notification are due two weeks in advance (the league bowler is responsible for all fees ($20) for two weeks following the notification in writing or by email).
4 The team has the option of replacing a bowler on an extended absence and the absentee bowler does not have to agree to it. If a bowler on an extended absence is replaced by the team, that new bowler is responsible for paying all fees for the vacant bowler up to and including the night that they start bowling (Prize Fund and Trip Fees only for the absent dates and $20 for the first night they bowl plus USBC card if needed). In this case the original bowler cannot come back to the team.

20 – New Bowler Starting after the beginning of the League
1 If a bowler replaces a vacancy on a team after the league starts, that bowler is responsible for paying all fees for the vacant bowler up to and including the night that they start bowling (Prize Fund and Trip fees only for the vacant dates in three weeks and $20 for the first night they bowl plus USBC card if needed).

21 – New Bowler Replacing a League Member after the beginning of the League
1 If a bowler replaces a league member on a team after the league starts, the Trip Fees only for the bowler leaving the league are totally refunded to the bowler leaving the league.

22 – Point Money for Team Member Leaving the Team
1 At the end of the league the Team is awarded Point Money for their participation in the league and has been replaced by a new bowler. It is up to the Team to allocate a portion of the team winnings Point money for the percentage of the weeks that the bowler replaced actually contributed to the winnings of the team.

23 - Vacancy Score
Vacancy score is 150, man or woman.

24- Team Bowler Assigned Spot on a Team
1 Until a bowler actually bowls on a team a vacancy score is used for the spot on the team assigned to that bowler.

25 – Sweeper (USBC Sanctioned Individual Tournament on the 34th week of the League)
1 Sweeper is a Sanctioned USBC Tournament on the 34th week of the League with 2 separate divisions Men and Women.
2 Sweeper will be not be guaranteed to the establishment
3 Sweeper is 3 games bowled with handicap based 90% of high average in the league.
4 The Sweeper is an Individual Awards Sweeper.

26 - Sanction Cards
1 Sanction cards must be purchased the first week of the season or the bowler will not be considered a member of the league.
2 Sanction cards must be filled out by each bowler regardless of their bowling in another league already.
3 The cost of the cards is: USBC Men $18.00 USBC Women $17.
4 Lost cards will be charged $2.50 replacement fee.
5 This league and the Sweeper will be sanctioned.

27 - Team Captain Responsibility
1 Team captains are responsible for collecting bowling fees and giving Team Pouch to league secretary by the end of the 5th frame of the FIRST GAME.
2 Secretary and team captains must verify the amount contained in the pay envelope, or the secretary may refuse payment and the team held liable.

28 - Delegate Dinner
1 A $7.00 fee for the SBA(USBC) delegate dinner & meeting will be set aside and paid when the sanction is applied to SBA(USBC).
2 The delegate will be the Secretary of this league, provided this officer is a member of USBC.
3 If this officer is not a member of USBC, the Board of Directors will decide who the delegate will be.
4 This years’ delegate will be _John O’Dell.

29 - Children and Visitors
1 No children or guests will be allowed in the seating area assigned to the bowlers.
2 Bowler area is defined as the bowlers seating area forward.
3 Visitors must be sitting in the concourse area. The counters and setee area directly behind the scoring device are reserved for the bowlers but visitors may sit in the area if approved by both team captains.
4 If a complaint is lodged against a team, the officers of the league will give verbal warning.
5 If a second complaint is received during the same match, the team in question will forfeit the game they are currently bowling.

30 - Ties at the end of the League
1 In the event of a tie for any position, the money will be added together and divided equally.
2 However, when a tie occurs for 1st Place, the teams will bowl a playoff of one (1) game after league session if lanes are available, on the 16th and 33rd week (due to split season).
3 The winners of the 1st and 2nd halves will bowl each other on sweeper night to determine who will receive championship.
4 If still tied after one (1) game roll-off, a sudden death one (1) frame roll-off will be bowled until the tie is broken.

31 - No Pay-No Bowl
If a bowler doesn't pay, they don't bowl. No exceptions unless covered by a previous rule (Rule 17).

32 - Bowling Out
Bowling out is not permitted.

33 - New Bowlers Near End of the League
No new bowlers are allowed the last three (3) weeks. (i.e. after the 3rd game on week#31 Apr 11th is complete for a team, that team cannot add a new bowler either replacing a bowler or a vacancy).

34 - Quitting the League
1 Any team or bowler quitting the league must give two weeks written notice to the league secretary.
2 Any team or bowler quitting the league without sufficient cause, forfeits all rights to prize money and individual awards.
3 Any bowler who quits the league without sufficient cause will be determined by a majority vote the Board of Directors as soon as possible after the time of the quit.
4 No bowling fee refunds are due a bowler who quits unless they have paid more than two weeks in advance from the quit date.

35 - Profanity
Profanity will not be tolerated in this league.
1 Warning by a team or bowler first and let the Sargent-at-Arms know.
2 Two league members who have heard profanity, will report to the league president.
3 If the president becomes involved, the bowler reported using profanity may be given "0" for that frame of his current game (frame declared by president).

36 - Number of Bowling Balls on Ball rack
1 Each bowler is allowed only one at a time on the top ball return rack
2 An additional ball may be placed on the bottom ball return rack.
3 Any additional bowling balls must be placed on ball cups away from the ball return in safe location (not interfering with the normal walking path to the approach area).

37– Prize Fund
1 All distribution of finances are covered by the attached Financial Distribution Guide.
2 The Secretary-Treasurer (USBC=Secretary)and Assistant Secretary Treasurer (USBC=Treasurer) are required to follow the Guide as much as is possible.
4 The Financial Guide is an estimate. Any major change deviating from the Financial Guide requires majority approval of the Board of Directors of the league.
5 Trip Fees collected are totally refundable to the bowlers that actually paid the Trip Fees except for any pre-paid deposits that are imposed by a Trip Site Vacation that is selected.
6 Prize Fund Fees collected pay for the Point Money, Individual Awards and Individual Sweeper Awards.
7 Excess Miscellaneous fees collected are to be added to the Sweeper Awards Fund for increasing Individual Awards.

38 – Trip Fees Detailed Explanation
The whole concept for the league is to bowl together and go on a vacation at the end of the league, preferably together as one group.

The Trip Fees are always the property of the bowler saving the trip fee money. The league acts as a banker for accumulating the Trip Fees for a vacation that the member desires to take.

The league must decide as a group when and where the league vacation should be taken by majority vote of all of the league members. Members may choose to join the group taking the chosen vacation or not. No member is required to go on the chosen vacation but as a group the vacation is planned for the group. Any member may go on a different vacation. If that is true the full amount of the Trip Fees is returned to the bowler Sweeper night.

Members that choose to go on the chosen vacation destination may make their own reservations. If that is the case, the entire Trip Fees are returned to that member on Sweeper night.

Members may choose to have the Secretary/Treasurer make the reservations. If that is so, the deposit for the reservation may not be refundable (example some hotels and cruise lines do not refund after a certain date). Any reservation that requires a deposit imposes a non-refundable rule on that portion of the member Trip Fees collected. The Secretary Treasurer will always try to get a refund if this case arises.

When a member quits the league, that member gets a full refund of the Trip Fees collected to that date and pays only $12.75 for the required two weeks. (Only the Trip Fees are not paid).

39 - Default Rules
The Board of Directors will be the league officers and team captains and shall decide all conditions not covered in these rules, using USBC Playing Rules as a guide.

40 – New Bowlers and Teams
1 Individual teams may select new bowlers to be on their teams.
2 New Teams added to the league after the start of the league are required to be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the League.