## Pot Bowling Tournament RulesThese
rules are subject to membership review once we have 10,000 members. At that time, a member will be
eligible to submit recommended changes and vote on permanent adoption of the
rules. They are intended to allow us to initiate the tournament and give it
an opportunity to grow. Once the tournament is in place, rule change
recommendations will be accepted and submitted to the general membership for
adoption or rejection. Additional formats, variations and Divisions may be added
in the future if enough of the members wish them. ## 1. Participation1.1. Participation in the Pot Bowling Tournament
for the United States and its territories is limited to League Bowlers over
the age of 18. 1.2. Participation in the Pot Bowling Tournament
for the rest of the World is limited to League Bowlers whose recognized
governing organizations are in alignment with United States Bowling Congress
(USBC) rules and must be over the age of 18 to participate in any event where
there are Cash prizes. ## 2. Refusal Rights2.1. World Wide Sports Promotions reserves the right to refuse entries submitted from
any Bowling center or any bowler for any reason. ## 3. Divisions, Sub-divisions, Categories3.1. World Wide Pot Bowling consists of, but is not limited
to, two Divisions, four Sub-divisions and three Categories of competition 3.1.1.
The Divisions are: · Team Pot Bowling · Singles Pot Bowling 3.1.2.
The Sub-divisions in each Division are: · State or Province . Bowlers compete only within their own State or
Province within a Country. · Time Zone . Bowlers compete only within a time zone, but across
countries. · Country . Bowlers compete only within a country. · World. . Bowlers compete from every country that is in alignment
with USBC sanctioning requirements for League play. NOTE:
The Tournament will commence with only United States Sub-division available.
The other Sub-divisions will become available as soon as there is enough
interest. 3.1.3. The
two Categories within each Sub-division are: · Winner take all – Highest score plus ties share the
‘Pot’. · One winner for every forty participants 3.1.4. Bowlers may choose
one or two Categories to compete in. ## 4. Entry Fee4.1. Until we have determined the program is consistant, bug free and running smoothly, there is no fee but no prizes either.
4.2 The cash fee entry will be $6 initially. Cash prizes
will be awarded at 80% of entries. We have the ability to add higher entry
fees which will expand the size of the Pot. As entry fee’s go up, our
administrative percentage will drop. There is a $6 entry fee for each of the
possible combination of events. 4.3 ## 5. Singles Pot Bowling Division5.1. Singles Divisions will be open to any qualified
league bowler who has signed up for at least one Team event. 5.2 Singles events will be limited to scratch bowlers with
averages beginning at 200. 5.3 Singles events will begin after the successful implementation
of the Team events. 5.4 Payouts for each game plus series high score will
be awarded. 5.5 Format for Singles Division is the same as Team
Division with the following exception: 5.5.1. Scoring for Singles is strictly Pincount. ## 6. The Pot6.1. The ‘POT’ is 80% of entry fees. ## 7. Prize Distribution7.1. All prize distributions, scores and teams will be
public records and accessible to anyone wishing to see them. 7.2. Bowlers not wishing to have their Series average,
scores or prize winnings in the public domain should not participate. 7.3. Formula for prize distribution is based on the sum of
the numbers. See FAQ’s for detailed description. ## 8. Definition of Terms
8.1. Winner – Any person scoring well enough to share in
the ‘POT’. 8.2. Roster – The list of Bowlers signed up to compete in a
Pot Bowling event. 8.3. Average – The average pincount a bowler scores in 10
frames of a game of bowling 8.4.
Series Average – 3 times a bowlers average -The average pincount a bowler
rolls in three games based on a history of a bowlers league play. Once
posted, the Series Average will be maintained based on the Series pincounts
submitted in tournament play. 8.4.1. Averages will be carried to 6 decimal points. 8.4.2. Averages greater than 6 decimal points will be
rounded up. 8.5.
Series pincount– The total pincount rolled in three games during League play.
This is the number the league bowler submits to the Pot Bowling
Tournament. 8.6.
Individual Score – The difference between a bowlers Series Average and the
Series pin count they roll. An example: Bowlers
average is 150. Series Average would be 3 times 150 or 450. The bowler rolls
a 500 series in League play. The Series pincount submitted is 500. The
individual score would be 50; 500 minus 450. 8.7.
Team Score – The sum of the individual Scores on a team. This is the score
used to determine whether a team is in the money. 8.8.
Category – United States, World, State or Province, Timezone or Region. We
will begin with just the United States. Each of these is a separate event 8.9.
Day of the week – Bowlers can only compete in an event that occurs on the
same day their league is held. Each of these is a separate event 8.10
Division – Team or Singles – each of these is a separate event. 8.11
Fee – Fees can range to whatever the member want them to be. We can hold $6
events, $10 events, any amount the members choose to compete for, so long as
there are enough of them to warrant the addition of different fee levels.
Each of these would be a
separate event 8.12
Ratios – We will begin with 2. Winner take all, 1 team winner for every 40 teams. We can add different ratios too.
As we grow, we could have a 1 in 50,
1 in 100, 1 in 250 and so on. Each of these would be a separate event. 8.13
Time Zone – We can hold events within time zones. Each of these is a separate event. 8.14
Additional Tournament types – 8.14.1
8.14.2
8.15.
Event – An event is a combination of the above listed elements. If all of
these elements are activated, we could be holding 30 or 50 events on a daily
basis. ## 9. Registration
9.1. A bowler may belong to more than one league in any
house. 9.2. A bowler may bowl in more than one house. 9.3. Bowlers will signup on the date they are bowling on the signup sheet at www.potbowling.com
9.4. To signup for an event, find your House number in the members only button, and enter it in the signup button page. Then select the tournaments you would like to submit scores for. Thats it. 9.5. An event day will begin at 12 am EST and run for 24 hours. 9.6. SSN is required by the IRS for 1099 reporting
purposes when a bowlers winnings exceed $600. No check will be sent until the
SSN is provided. This may be mailed in, or you may submit it online. 9.7
Bowlers will us their USBC ID as their Pot Bowling ID. Just as you use your
USBC ID to identify you in any other tournament. ## 10. Scoring10.1. Score is determined
by subtracting total pincount rolled from the average maintained by www.potbowling.com 10.2. Pot bowling averages will
be carried to 6 decimal points and will be calculated by the rule of 7's.
10.3. Bowlers must submit Series Pincounts up to 1am the following day, Eastern Standard Time of the day of an event. Scores
posted after 1 am est. will be recorded on the following days event (temporary rule for now) ## 11. Creating the Teams
11.1. Teams will be created using a method which ensures equity
for all skill levels and teams
11.2 The team assignments will ensure that all teams are very close to
equity. One of the reasons we
are running all the events for free is for members to get comfortable with this
method.
11.3. Teams will be created once members have submitted scores. 11.3.1. For Country events, the teams will be created at
noon of the day following the event in the timezone of the state/province
furthest West geographically.
11.4. Bowlers on the Roster will be placed on teams by the computer based on the
series average maintained for them and their Ranking on the roster for that event on that day. 11.4.1. Total Team entering averages will be prominently
displayed once the teams have been created. 11.4.2. It is possible that out of the total number of
bowlers on a roster, when we make the teams, there could be one, two or even
three bowlers left over, not enough to make a team. Those bowlers scores will be
carried over to the following days event. ## 12. Maintaining Averages12.1. Established USBC Book averages will be accepted
from a bowler at initial registration.
12.2. Series Averages will be maintained based on Pot Bowling Tournament
participation only. 12.3. Series Averages will be maintained for the Pot Bowling
Tournament regardless of the leagues they bowl in
or other tournaments they submit scores from
12.4. A Bowlers average will be calculated using a weight
factor of 7 events. An example, A bowlers initial book average is 151.
Three times that is 453. They roll a 500 series. 6 times 453 is 2718. Add the
500 equals 3218. Divide 3218 by 7 equals 459.714285 This new average will carry the decimals out 6 places.
This will assist in determining more accurately a persons ranking in the
roster, there assignment to teams and reduce ties. 12.5. A bowler in the money and in the top ten percent
twice in a 2 month period from the same league will assume the winning series
score of the last winning event as their average for future events. ## 13. Determining the prize amounts13.1. Basic Prize Amount (BPA) – This is the heart of our
prize distribution system. It is the smallest unit awarded to teams in
the money. It works this way – lets just use low numbers for our example,10
teams. Lets also say that the pot was $10,000. To determine the BPA we sum
the total number of teams in the money. 10 plus 9 plus 8 plus 7 plus 6 plus 5
plus 4 plus 3 plus 2 plus 1 equals 55. We divide $10000 by 55. That’s going
to give us the BPA of $181.82. Lets say there are NO ties. Top score gets 10
times the BPA, that’s $1818.20. The second highest score would get 9 times
the BPA - $1636.38. Third highest score gets 8 times the BPA - $1454.56, 4th
highest gets 7 times the BPA - $1272.74. 5th gets 6 times BPA -$1090.92, 6th
gets 5 times BPA - $909.10, 7th gets 4 times BPA - $727.28, 8th gets 3 times
BPA - $545.46, 9th gets 2 times BPA - $363.64 and 10th gets the BPA of
181.82. 13.2. What about ties – We simply add the BPA’s to the
number of teams that score the same and divide that total by the number of
teams. Let’s say there were 2 teams that scored highest in the previous
example. We add the prize BPA’s 10 plus 9. 19 divided by 2 is 9.5. Each team
would get 9.5 times the BPA – $1727.29. Say the 2nd highest score is shared
by three teams so they get 8 plus 7 plus 6 which equals 21. 21 divided by 3 =
7. 7 times the BPA of $181.82 equals $1272.74. Lets say third highest score
is posted by only one team so they get 5 times BPU $909.10. Lets say the last
4 teams had the same score so they share the remaining pot divided by 4
equals $454.55. 13.3. All teams share their winnings equally among the team
members. In the first example $1818.20 would be divided by 4 so that each
team member received $454.55. ## 14. Awarding of the ‘Pot’14.1. You will be sent your winnings via Pay Pal. For those winning over $600, we will confirm your score with you league secratary. This allows us to verify scores which may be bogus. 14.2. Winner take all 14.2.1. Only one winning score. All teams that roll the
highest score split the pot equally. If only one team rolls the top score
they win it all.
14.3 One winner in 40. 14.3.1. The number of places is determined by the total number of teams divided by the Category ratio. An example: If
we have 2520 teams and the Category is 1 team winner for every 40 teams, then 63 teams are in
the money (2520 divided by 40). 14.4. Ties: The numbers of teams posting the same score share the purse for those places equal to the number of teams tied. An example: If two teams tied for the highest score, each would share the purses for 1st and
2nd place. If three teams tied with the highest score they would share 1st,
2nd and 3rd place. If 2 teams posted the second highest score in this
example, then they would share 4th and 5th place money and so on through the
Categories until all places are accounted for. This prevents a situation
where a team that scored low is awarded more of a prize than others scoring
higher, only because they were not tied. ## 15. Bowling outside the US.15.1. Bowlers outside the United States must provide the
WWPBT with information concerning the Bowling Centers within their countries
during registration. 15.1.1. Leagues in countries outside of the United States
must be aligned with sanctioning rules of the ABC or WIBC of the United
States in order to compete beyond their borders. ## 16. Bowler Acceptance.16.1. Bowlers must agree to these rules prior to signing up
for the Roster and competing in a Pot Bowling Tournament event. |

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