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  1. The Dallas Area Masters Invitational Tournament (DAMIT) is a USBC certified tournament. The tournament is a scratch competition open to men and women by invitation only. Therefore, the Tournament Director reserves the right to refuse any application. Space is limited to 144 bowlers. Doubles will consist of 2 members, any mix of men and women. Partial entries will be accepted as long as they can be accommodated.
  2. Averages & Scores:
    1. This is a scratch tournament by divisions as pre-determined by the DAMIT directors.
    2. Only 10-pin averages can be used.
    3. Any bowler entering the Dallas Area Masters Invitational Tournament must use a ten-pin average acceptable to USBC. Please review items #1-7 below to determine the applicable average. Averages will be determined by tournament officials, but for rule 7 below, additional input is required from the bowler on the registration form.
      1. USBC sanctioned 2015-2016 Standard Composite average (minimum of 21 total composite games). Sport averages are not accepted.
      2. If rule C.1 is not available, USBC sanctioned 2014-2015 Standard Composite average (minimum of 21 total composite games).
      3. If none of the above averages is available, a USBC sanctioned Fall 2016 league average as of 12/31/2016 will be used with a minimum of 21 games.
      4. Bowlers with an average from a non-sanctioned league must submit a complete average list from all leagues bowled, including number of games, and a secretary signed letter or league sheet from the league with the bowler's highest average
      5. If none of the above is available, then the entering average shall be 230.
      6. If a bowler has an IGBO Tournament Average Database (TAD) average for the current year that is 15 pins or more above their league average (determined from above), the bowler will use their TAD average to enter this tournament.
      7. If a bowler has won more than $600 in a single event, the bowler must note this in the comment section of the online entry. If a bowler has averaged 15+ pins over their league average in tournaments over the past year, or has another tournament re-rated higher average being used elsewhere, the bowler must note this in the comment section of the online entry. The bowler should follow-up with any additional details in an email to damitdirectors@gmail.com .
    4. Averages will be verified on the  www.bowl.com  database. A correct USBC number must be provided on the entry form. Any averages that are unavailable or inaccurate on this site must be noted in the comments section of the entry form, with separate verification provided by the league secretary (letter or standing sheet). It is the entrant's responsibility to supply complete and accurate information.
    5. USBC permits the Tournament Directors to assign an average higher than minimum average prior to participation (USBC Rule 319b). A bowler's average may be adjusted upward before the entrant bowls. If the bowler, upon registering, does not accept the assigned average, he/she is entitled to a refund of the entry fee.
  3. All entrants must be members of USBC and provide proof of membership and certification number on the entry form. Proof of membership in the 2016-2017 season (sanction card or renewal receipt) must be available during tournament registration. Non-members shall pay a Participation Fee of $5.00 (USBC Rule 301b). Any bowler not a member of an IGBO league shall pay an Associate Member Fee to IGBO of $25.00.
  4. Each participant shall bowl five (5) games per event. Men and women will compete on an equal basis. Doubles Partnerships may consist of any combination of men and/or women.
  5. Check-in time for all events is no later than fifteen (15) minutes prior to starting time.
  6. Late bowlers will begin in the frame in which they are ready to begin bowling. A "zero" score will be entered in each frame missed. Also see Rule #7.
  7. Bowlers will be allowed ten (10) minutes of practice per event unless they are late. Late bowlers will forfeit practice time for the shift that they are late.
  8. Substitutes will be allowed to participate at the Tournament Director's discretion.
  9. Entry fee is $140 per bowler. If a bowler only wants to enter the singles or baker doubles, he/she may do so for an entry fee of $80. The regular entry deadline is Saturday, March 18, 2017. The final entry deadline is Wednesday, March 22, 2017, with an entry fee of $170 (or $90 to enter one event only). Additional fees for late entries will go to the prize fund. All registration and payment is online at  http://www.igbo-reg.com/tournaments/damit-2017 . Send any necessary documentation via email to  damitdirectors@gmail.com .
  10. Full payment of fees must accompany entries. All payments are online through PayPal. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use the secured payment method.  An entry is not considered official until full payment is received.
  11. Entry fees, once received, will not be refunded unless at the Tournament Director's discretion.
  12. DAMIT format is as follows:
    Singles Divisions:
    A
    205+ 
    B
    185-204
    C
    165-184
    D
    0-164
    Baker Doubles Divisions: 
    AA
    410+ with a maximum of 450 
    BB
    360-409
    CC
    0-359

    NOTE: The Baker Doubles format is defined one teammate bowling the odd-numbered frames and the other teammate bowling the even-numbered frames.

    1. Singles: There will be five (5) games of qualifying bowled across a set of lanes. Based on number of entries per division, a designated number of bowlers will advance to the stepladder finals. See rule 12C for specific number. Ties for advancing to stepladder will be broken by a 9th and 10th frame roll-off. Ties for positioning will be broken by highest qualifying game getting higher seed.
    2. Baker Doubles: There will be ten (10) games of qualifying bowled across a set of lanes. Bowlers may only switch team order after moving to each new pair of lanes.  Based on number of entries per division a designated number of teams will advance to the stepladder finals-see rule 12D for specific numbers. Ties for advancing to stepladder will be broken by 9th and 10th frame roll-off. Ties for positioning will be broken by highest qualifying game getting the higher seed. 

      For both Singles and Baker Doubles-the bowler(s) starting on the left lane will move one pair to the left and the bowlers on the right will move one pair to the right after each game for singles or two (2) games for doubles. 

    3. Singles:

      • 3-21 entries : 3 bowlers advance
      • 22-27 entries: 4 bowlers advance
      • 28 or more entries: 5 bowlers advance
    4. Baker Doubles:

      • 3-21 entries: 3 teams advance
      • 22-27 entries: 4 teams advance
      • 28 or more entries: 5 teams advance
      • Stepladder matches in Doubles are two (2) game total pin matches.
    5. Practice:  For the qualifying rounds, practice will only be on the bowler's starting pair and will be 10 minutes.  For the stepladder finals, practice will be allowed two balls per lane before the bowler's first match bowled..   
    6. Lane assignments will be drawn randomly on the day of the tournament.
  13. All incomplete entries will be returned, unprocessed. A complete entry package consists of the following:
    • Completed Entry Form.
    • Appropriate fees in U.S. funds (see Rule # 9)
    • Completed average verification form (see Rule # 2).
    • If using online registration, payment shall be made via PayPal or emailed to the tournament address. If required, any additional average verification information must also be submitted, in-person, during registration.
  14. Each event has its own Prize List. There will be 100% cash return on all prize fees. The payout ratio will be 1:6 for Singles and 1:6 for Doubles. Payouts will occur immediately after completion of each event.
  15. Premature termination or interruption of the tournament brought about by war, national or local disaster/emergency, or emergency causes relating to or from fire, natural disaster, or any other reason beyond the control of DAMIT committee shall cause, to the extent required thereby, all advertised prizes guaranteed or otherwise, to be pro-rated in accordance with the number of entrants who have bowled in each of the respective events up to the time of such termination.
  16. Tournament Dates: March 25-26, 2017. All events will be held at AMF Richardson, 2101 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX  75080.  Phone:  (972) 231-2695
  17. Total Entry Fee $140 per bowler. Entry fee breakdown:
    Prize Fund
    $110
    Lineage
    $24
    Expenses
    $6

    Entry for one event only is $80:

    Prize Fund
    $65
    Lineage
    $12
    Expenses
    $3

  18. Rules subject to change upon 2017 USBC sanction approval. Any rules changes will be posted at registration.
  19. Equipment rule: Bowling balls must be USBC approved and drilled, meeting all USBC requirements. Pre-release bowling balls will be allowed.