[EXCEPTION] We will be hosting Jr/Adult tournaments. This will be the only time Adults can bowl in the GLJGT. (2) Jr/Adult events for this season, in which a Adult Sanction bowler can bowl In the GLJGT Tour. The Adult bowler will forfeit any/all earnings/winnings (cash) not trophies to the youth partner/bowler they are Teamed up with which will be converted to SMART Funds. All Scholarships to any youth bowler will be in the form of SMART Scholarships. NO youth bowler will ever be awarded - Cash. Adult bowler will receive their own trophy for the Jr/Adult events. For our Jr/Adult events, Adult partners will need to hold a current USBC Sanction card. USBC National Youth membership sanctions cards can be purchased on Bowl.com online, through a local association or league,or through GLJGT at any event. Bowlers must be 18 years or younger as of July 1, 2021. Any U20 Bowlers will be bowling on seperate lanes apart from the youth bowlers. All rules of USBC will be Enforced. GLJGT reserves the right to change rules, staying within USBC rules.
There are 4 age divisions: GLJGT is not responsible if a bowler checks/competes in the wrong division. Any bowler in wrong division/ or Illegal bowler will not receive a refund of their entry fee.
- U12 Aug 1, 2008 ----- Current date
- U15 Aug 1, 2005 ----- July 31, 2008
- U17 Aug 1, 2002 ----- July 31, 2005
- U20 Aug 1, 2000 ----- July 31, 2002 ( This division is considered an ADULT division and will bowl separate from the youth
USBC JR GOLD OFFICIAL D.O.B FOR ALL JR GOLD QUALIFIERS. NO BOWLER CAN TURN 18 PRIOR TO JULY 31, 2021. Ages pg 3 JR Gold handbook
Entry Fee /Breakdowns/Format :
GLGJT will have 5 different formats thru the 2020-21 season. Attached at the end of the rules are 5 different Entry forms and formats. Included is the locations, member and non member entry fee, breakdown of entry fee, and other information in the Form. Different locations have different entry fees, with different formats, with different breakdowns in the entry fee. Be sure to pay attention to this, as the cost of each event changes, so do the payouts in Scholarships from each event. Bowlers can bowl just for scholarship only if they either don’t want to qualify for Jr Gold or have already qualified for the Jr Gold Nationals. Bowlers cannot just bowl for Jr Gold Spot without Scholarship opportunity.
Jr Gold Qualifiers:
All GLJGT events are a Jr Gold Qualifier opportunity. Meaning, bowlers have the opportunity to compete for a Jr Gold Spot (JG). Entry fee does NOT include the JR Gold opportunity. Entry fees do NOT include the Jr Gold Membership. These are a separate cost. Per USBC rules, any bowler who is competing for a JR Gold Spot, must be a current 2020-21 USBC sanctioned youth bowler, and not possess a current 2021 Jr Gold Spot to Jr Gold Championships in Indianapolis Indiana. There must be at least 4 bowlers bowling for a spot in any separate division or the division may become a mixed group of Boys and Girls.
USBC Jr Gold Membership cost:
U12- $10. U15, U18, U20- $30. Annual membership, August 1st thru July 31st. (includes any Jr Gold qualifiers that are listed as Qualifiers for 2020-21 season). Any bowler competing for a JG spot must hold a current 2020-21 USBC Youth Jr Gold membership.
Jr Gold Spot cost/ratio for 2020-21 GLJGT season:
- U12- $100. GLJGT uses a 1:4 ratio. Each bowler competing for a JG spot will pay $25
- U12- $150. GLJGT uses a 1:5 ratio. Each bowler competing for a JG spot will pay $30
- U18- $200. GLJGT uses a 1:6 ratio. Each bowler competing for a JG spot will pay $33.50
- U20- $200. GLJGT uses a 1:4 ratio. Each bowler competing for a JG spot will pay $50.00
(only if they are competing for a Jr Gold Spot in their age division)
Awarding Gold spots:
Jr Gold spots will be awarded based on bowler qualifying scores. At end of qualifying games, highest pinfall bowlers competing for JR Gold spots, will be awarded JR Gold spots based on the ratio per divisions. In any event that has less than the tournament ratio per divisions to award gold spots, the tournament director has the right to change the ratio for the division based on the bowlers who are bowling for Gold spots. Since the number of bowlers competing for Gold spots is less than the ratio, the remaining bowlers competing for Gold must make up the difference of shortfall to award the Gold spot. The difference of the shortage for the gold spot must be paid by the remaining bowlers in an even distribution cost. No one bowler can make up the shortage. So as long as the minimum of bowlers competing for gold has been met, there is no difference for bowlers to make up.
Awarding Additional Gold spots in U12:
The ratio used for GLJGT is 1:4 in U12. The 2nd place bowler can claim a 2nd spot for JR Gold, if this group has 5-7 bowlers bowling for a Gold spot. The 2nd place JR Gold competitor can claim a JR Gold spot by paying the difference of shortage of bowlers. Just paying the JR Gold cost portion only, not the entire entry fee. If 2nd place bowler chooses not to accept the alternate spot, the alternate spot does not pass down to the next bowler.
Awarding Additional JR Gold spots in U15 ,U18 and U20:
The ratio for U15 is 1:5, and U18 is 1:6, and U20 is 1:4, for awarding JR Gold spots. In events beyond the minimum of bowlers awarding JR gold spots : U15 is 6-9 bowlers & U18 is 7-11 bowlers & U20 is 5-7, just like in the U12 division, the 2nd highest finishing bowler can claim a JR Gold spot by paying the difference of shortage of bowlers to award a 2nd Gold spot. In event the 2nd highest bowler chooses not to accept the alternate spot, the alternate spot does not pass down to the next bowler.
Starting with the 2020-21 GLJGT season, GLJGT will have a Membership fee. Bowlers will be able to bowl as a member or non-member . Membership fee is $30 per season. Memberships in GLJGT has privileges:
Membership in the Great Lakes Jr Gold Tour entitles you to bowl at the member rates. Members will bowl for $15 less then Non Members. Members also will earn $300 in SMARTS Scholarships for rolling a 300 game. Non Members will earn $150 in SMART Scholarships for 300 game. Members also will receive a discount when posting their bowlers information on the - College Recruiting Resource site, where your bowlers - Resume, Video, Profile, seen by college coaches Nationwide. Members will get a nice discount at the Jr Gold Tune Up at end of year. Portions of the membership fee, will help to build up a nice End of Year Jr Gold Tune Up Scholarship Fund for youth bowlers. Win/Win. Enjoy your Membership. The $30 will be split. With portions going into the E.O.Y. ( end of year) Jr Gold Tune Up Fund, and portions going back into the GLJGT program.
Non-members will pay an extra $15.00 with their entry fee: the break down will be: $7.50 to scholarship/division per event and $7.50 back into the event program.
All scholarships will be awarded in Point Value in accordance with rules of USBC Amateur eligibility status. All Scholarships will be held in a SMART fund account through USBC. Each bowler will pay a portion of their entry fee into the scholarship fund. In each division, the scholarship funds, per divisions will only be available to those paid into the fund of that division. For Example, U12 bowlers will only compete for U12 scholarship divisions, U15 will compete for scholarships in the U15 division, U18 bowlers will only compete for U18 scholarship divisions, and U20 will only bowl for scholarships in the U20 divisions. In event a field fails to have enough bowlers, Tournament Director has rights to create a mixed age division. Scholarships will be awarded from this mixed division. Medals will be awarded to top 4 finishers per Division. Exception is the Jr/Adult, the top finishers will receive trophies.
- 4 Bagger: 4-9 bowlers-top 3, 10-24 bowlers-top 4, 25+ bowlers-top 6
- 6 Game Sweeper: 4-9 bowlers-top 3, 10-24 bowlers-top 4, 25+ bowlers-top 6
- Big Pot: 4-9 bowlers-top 3, 10-24 bowlers-top 4, 25+ bowlers-top 6
- Eliminator 5, 3, 2: High qualifiers in each division receive 10% of entire scholarship Collected, rest is as follows per division (top 4) : #1: 30%, #2: 25%, #3: 20%, #4: 15%
- Jr/Adult: 3 teams-top 3, 4-9 teams-top 4, 10-19 teams-top 6, 20+ teams-top 8
- Top 3: 50, 30, 20 %
- Top 4: 40, 30, 20,10 %
- Top 6: 30, 25, 15, 10, 10, 10 %
- Top 8: 25, 20, 15, 10, 10, 10, 5, 5 %
Tournament times :
Times may vary slightly. See event schedule for posted times. We will do our best to work with listed times, however sometimes due to circumstances beyond our control, starting times may need to be adjusted. Tournament Director has the right to adjust times, and will do our best to notify all bowlers in advance if this happens. We will post any changes on our Website and Facebook as soon as we are aware of any. In the event a tournament is cancelled for ANY reason, either by the center, or by GLJGT, bowler(s) shall be entitled to a full refund of their paid entry fee. We will notify all bowlers thru our 3 Facebook sources of GLJGT, and on our Website- Great Lakes JR Gold Tour, www.gljgt.org.
Lane patterns will not be posted before the tournament, but at the tournament during check in.
Bowlers will be assigned lanes at check in, in the order they arrive. If you want to bowl with friends, check in together and we will try to assign the same pair of lanes. If you check in late we cannot guarantee you can bowl with friends. No lanes will be saved for late arrivals.
Roster will be posted on Tues by noon, again on Thurs noon on website. Online Entry roster closes on Friday Midnight before Sunday events, Friday at 8pm for events on Saturday. Roster can be found on our website. Clicking on tab- Roster will allow you to see current roster of next event. Paying online or by mail, before system closes, or event fills, will guarantee your name on our “paid” roster.
On occasion an age/division may not have enough bowlers to compete. Must have at least 4 bowlers in a division (boy, girl ,mixed). Bowlers will have several options, which will be explained to the division on tournament day. One option may be to bowl up an age division. For example, If the U12 Girls field division does not have enough to run as a separate division, the U12 Girls will have opportunity to bowl up into the U15 Girls division. If this happens, the scholarship awards will be based on the U15 Girls division. The U12 Girl would be bowling as a U15 Girl. In the event a bowler earns a Jr Gold spot in an upper division, the bowler has the option to bowl in the upper division at JR Gold Championships, or be placed in their proper age division they are listed as by their D.O.B. on records. The same scenario will apply for the U15, U18, U20 divisions also. Per USBC rules of Jr Gold: boys can only bowl in boy fields at JR Gold Qualifiers/events. However, girls are allowed to compete in a boys field, if they should choose to, and will be considered a Mixed Boys/Girls field. All Scholarships would be awarded as one field of Mixed Boy/Girl.
Bowlers per lane:
Covid-19: Effective immediately 5-6-2020, USBC has temporarily waived USBC Playing Rules 106a, 106b, 320a and 320b, which state two lanes must be used for competition and bowlers must alternate lanes – bowling five frames on each lane of the pair. It also waived the requirement that both lanes must be used for a bowler to be eligible for awards and average recognition.
The temporary waiver allows competitions to use one lane for the entirety of a game and allows recognition of scores bowled on a single lane for USBC High Score Awards and for a bowler’s official average.
USBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and can rescind the waiver of Rules 106a,106b, 320a and 320b at any time.
Varies from 2-4 bowlers per lane, depending on number of bowlers in the event and lanes available. These numbers may go up or down at Tournament Directors discretion and what works best for the the event. Bowlers per lane may affect the event schedule times, bowlers/spectators are advised to be prepared for time changes as events may run shorter, or longer at times. Only bowlers, lane monitors and tournament officials in the bowler area please. All bowling coaches, fans, parents, spectators will remain on the main concourse, out of the area designated for the bowlers, if they are not they will be asked to move out of the bowlers area during competition. Only bowlers still competing are allowed in the bowlers area when we get to the Semi/Finals rounds.
All bowlers will keep their own scores. At end of each game, an opponent on your lane will initial your score card to verify scores. At completion of qualifying games, all bowlers will total up their own score cards and turn into tournament office. Any bowler who does not turn in a score sheet will receive an “0” for game totals, and possibility of not bowling in future events of GLJGT. If a bowler needs to leave due to an injury or emergency, they must turn in their score sheet and let a tournament official know that they are leaving. If a bowler leaves without notifying a tournament official they could be banned from any future GLJGT events. After all scores are turned in, we will verify all scores, and announce the standing after all scores are calculated. At some events bowlers will turn in top copy and continue to write scores on second copy, before finishing bowling. We will update standings with these numbers to post a current standing sheet as the event continues. Anyone found to be falsifying their score will be disqualified immediately from that event and banned from any future event with GLJGT and will be reported to USBC for their actions.
Lane monitors will only change scores and notify the desk of any lane issues, all other major issues that result in a debate of what to do or how it should be handled, ALL BOWLERS MUST STOP BOWLING ON THE PAIR IN QUESTION and notify the tournament Director to make a final decision on what to do if its not clear in the rules of USBC or GLJGT. If bowlers continue bowling on the pair in question and do not stop before the issue is resolved than we cannot go back and change the problem/issue and bowling will continue on that pair of lanes and the bowlers score will stand as is. Lane monitors are not allowed to make any executive decision on any discrepancies.
Ties in scores : (revised 8-19-19)
In an event that the bowlers tie in total pin fall of qualifying rounds, the bowler with the highest game in qualifying will be determined the higher seed bowler. If the bowlers still have a tie with high games, bowler with highest game first will be placed the top seeded spot accordingly. In the event there is a tie where Scholarship or Medals are awarded, there will be an 8,9,10 frame roll off to determine the higher seed bowler. Bowlers will be given 2 balls per lane for practice before the roll off starts.
Per USBC Jr Gold Rules: In an event there is a tie in scores where a Jr Gold Spot is at stake, there must be a roll off. GLJGT will then use an 8,9,10 frame roll off and bowlers will be given 2 balls per lane for practice before the roll off starts.
Ties in Advancers rounds (Eliminator events )will work differently: In the event bowlers tie in total pin fall during a round where there is additional rounds of bowling (Eliminator events have 3 rounds), GLJGT will advance ALL bowlers who tie inside and outside the cut line and will move onto the next round, for example if 4 bowlers are advancing to the next round but the 5th bowler is tied for 4th then both bowlers will advance to the next round.
Bowlers leaving the building and making the semi-finals cut:
We realize often circumstances arise that a bowler may need to leave. But sometimes a bowler may leave simply because they don’t feel they made the semi-finals cut. In events where we have advancers rounds we ask bowlers to stay to see if they made the Advancers cut. After scores are posted, we ask that the alternate bowler to also stay long enough to see if they may be needed as an alternate bowler. If an alternate bowler is used, we may need to reseed the bowlers. If a bowler makes the Advancers cut, and is discovered not present during the paddock, the next bowler in line who is present will advance to the Advancer round. We will NOT be calling and waiting for a bowler to return, who has made cut, who has left the building. (revised 8-19-19)
We will be following USBC Jr Gold Rules of dress code:
Shirts: Competitors shall provide their own bowling shirt with a collared, V-neck, rib-lined or banded necklines. Mock collar must be a minimum of three-quarters of one inch. All shirts must have finished sleeves for all competition. Females may wear a sleeveless shirt with a butterfly collar only if the sleeves are finished. It is recommended that participants have their names on their shirts (first and last name is recommended), but it is not required. If bowler chooses to have a name on the back, the lettering must be a minimum of one-inch high and a maximum of three inches high on the back of shirts during all tournament play. Hand-printed lettering is not permitted. Lettering must be in contrasting color to backing (light on dark, or dark on light material) so it can be easily read from a distance.
Pants: Male participants are required to wear full slacks. Slacks must not contain drawstring waists or elastic bottoms. Slacks must have a zipper and a button to be eligible. JEANS ARE NOT PERMITTED. Female participants are required to wear slacks, skirts, culottes, skorts or walking shorts. All skirts, culottes, skorts, or walking shorts must be no shorter than one-half the distance from the inseam to the top of the knee in length and/or no shorter than the fingertips when the arms are at their sides while standing. Jeans/yoga pants not permitted. Tournament Director has right to refuse any clothing deemed inappropriate.
No covering or sunglasses can be worn while practicing or competing (hats,or bandannas, etc.), unless a request is made in writing and approved prior to the event. ABSOLUTELY NO CELL PHONES OR MUSIC DEVICES during any competition. includes, texting, checking messages, talking on cell phone. Listening to music while bowling is prohibited. 1st offense is verbal warning, 2nd offense could lead to disqualification from event.
Behavior/ abuse of equipment:
Abuse of equipment of bowling house, disruptive language, foul language, excessive hand clapping, slapping, and or/ unprofessional behavior by bowlers or any spectators are cause for dismissal from this or any future events & Entry fee(s) will not be refunded.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ASK ANY PERSON TO LEAVE THE BOWLING CENTER IF THEIR CONDUCT IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE TOURNAMENT OPERATION.
Bowling equipment must meet USBC specification:
Any bowler who knowingly use illegal equipment will be barred from events. The use of any powder or foreign substance on shoes, on the approach, on the facility floor, on the carpet, or on a bowling towel is not allowed.
Altering ball surface:
Covid-19 USBC Change May 6 2020: USBC also created an exception for Rule 18, which restricts the use of liquid cleaners to clean the outer surface of the bowling ball during USBC certified competition. The exception for Rule 18 applies only to isopropyl alcohol (rubbing Alcohol)– no other USBC-approved cleaners will be allowed during competition.
NO ball surface may be altered after the practice set prior to qualifying games. Once competition begins, only a dry towel may be used to wipe or contact the ball. All liquids, sprays, sanding pads, must be done prior to 1st ball of qualifying games.. However-- after qualifying games, and prior to advancer rounds bowlers, may use this time to alter surface of equipment if they choose. If a bowler is seen altering a ball surface during the tournament qualifying and during match play:
- 1st offense: The ball will be disqualified for the remainder of the tournament as soon as this is discovered.
- 2nd offense: The bowler will be disqualified from the current event, with NO refund of entry fee
When bowler(s) finish their game, and before moving on to the next pair of lanes in play. bowlers WILL NOT enter into the bowlers area, if a game is still in progress. All bowlers will use lane courtesy and allow bowlers to finish up their game before placing any equipment down on the lanes. Bowlers will wait for everyone to arrive on the pair before starting the next game as to not rush the last bowlers finishing up on the previous pair.
We have had talks with USBC about this. What if the approach conditions are dangerous to the bowlers? Either to slick, or to sticky. Attempts will be made to fix the approach condition to make it safe for bowlers. Under USBC rules- they say the tournament conditions are, as they are. USBC rules are the same for adult, as is for youth events. The bowler needs to learn to be versatile with their bowling style approach. USBC rules also say that the Tournament Director has the final say in what decision will be made. GLJGT will make a final decision on how to handle each situation as it arises.
Lane breakdowns/ or approach conditions cannot be improved;
On occasion lanes do break down. If a lane is down for more then 10 minutes , bowlers will be moved to an alternate pair of lanes, we will provide direction for the bowlers on where and how to move if/when it happens. Tournament Director has the right to move bowlers on a broken pair to an unused working pair if conditions warrant. NO practice will be given to bowlers on the unused working pair.
If bowlers are reassigned to new lanes, do scores carry over to the new lanes? We have had talks with USBC about this: Bowlers will not be allowed to restart the game from frame 1. If Tournament Director does decide to move bowlers to a new pair of lanes, all previous scores will still be in play, even if previous lanes conditions resulted in bowlers fouling, or falling over and not having a solid delivery, etc. Scores will stand as they are when carried over to the new lanes in play.
Whatever hand the first ball of the tournament is thrown with is the hand you use in Competition. Some bowlers may be 2 handed. Bowler may switch from one handed to 2 handed, as long as the same dominate hand is leaving the ball. Vice/Versa
COVID - 19 : As bowling alleys begin to open, we will do everything in our power to keep every one
safe, by following the CDC guidelines according to the Centers protocol. We will have Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer on each pair of lanes. There will only be 3 -6 bowlers on a pair of lanes with lanes in between with no bowlers bowling on them causing a spacer. 2 spectators for each bowler will stay on the concourse behind the pair of lanes. Bowlers will only move a pair of lanes to the right after 2 games. We will have volunteers wiping down tables and areas needed. Please hand washing is advised. No Hand/body contact will be made among the bowlers, for example High fives. Bowlers will have seats available for them and be spaced 6 feet apart. Face Masks are optional unless the CDC and Bowler Center guidelines require them. GLJGT will have extra face masks if needed. GLJGT will be taking temps and may have you sign a waver before you bowl that will not hold GLJGT or the bowling alley responsible if you get sick with Covid-19. If you feel sick or have any symptoms, please stay home, and we can refund your entry or forward it to another event. We all want every one to be safe, and need everyone's help in doing so , so that we can have a successful event. Welcome Back!!
Tournament manager has the right to refuse any entry. The bowler who voluntarily enters this event ,agrees to accept the final decision of the Tournament manager, by interpreting and enforcing, in accordance with Rule 329 of USBC.
Great Lakes Jr Gold Tour will accept payment by either: Online registration ( credit card), through our website ( www.gljgt.org), by mail, or at tournament check in on the day of competition (cash or checks only), should space be available for walkins. Do not pay at the bowling center counter days before the tournament, the bowling center and GLJGT will not be responsible if your entry gets lost.
Bowlers using the online entry system: A small service fee will be charged to your transaction to cover for any paypal fees and any online transaction fees. All checks mailed for events should be payable to: GLJGT.
NO Spots will be saved or reserved by calling and asking. Don’t bother asking. We will not be responsible for any checks lost in the mail. Do not mail cash. Entry forms that are not readable or have no entry fee enclosed will not be honored. Faxes will not be accepted.
If a check is returned for any reason, a 30 dollar fee will be charged to you, unless a bank error is proven (printed document,teller stamped and signed by a bank representative). Walkin/late entries will be accessed a $15 dollar late fee, pending availability space.
Online payment systems will be OPEN until the Friday before the tournament until midnight (12am Eastern Standard Time), for events that are on Sunday.
Online payment systems will be OPEN until the Friday before the tournament until 8 pm Eastern Standard Time), for events that are on Saturday.
Walkin/late charge $15 will be split as follows: $7.50 to event Scholarships, $7.50 to GLJGT.
Tournament NO Shows:
If you enter an event and you don’t show up, you forfeit your entry fee, unless you contact us directly and cancel within a minimum of 24 hours prior to the event. Then we will return your entry fee minus a $10 service charge, or you may forward your entry to a future tournament of the 2020-21 season. You must speak with us directly, a text message, email or voice mail will not be accepted.
Any and all objections or protests must come from the youth bowlers only. OBJECTIONS FROM THE PARENTS OR SPECTATORS WILL NOT BE HEARD.
However: we do count on the parents/adults/bowlers in helping us run an honest event. If anyone notices anyone not following the rules for GLJGT or USBC, please let us know, GLJGT/tournament director, and we will observe the situation and handle it accordingly.
You can reach us through our website www.gljgt.org. Contact us section, or
Facebook of Jeff Wirtz
Facebook Group of- Great Lakes Jr Gold Tour, or
Facebook Page of- Great Lakes Jr Gold Tour, or
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Or lastly call Jeff at 269-579-1368.
If mailing an entry payment, please address mail as: GLJGT : 150 Carleton Dr. S. Battle Creek, MI 49017
Tournament Director has the right to update or change any part of these rules in accordance with USBC rules.
GLJGT will be doing pictures & video taping of some events to post on our website. Any bowler entering any event run by GLJGT, understands they may be photographed, or video taped. All bowlers who choose to compete in a GLJGT event, are not entitled to any compensation or reimbursement from GLJGT or USBC, for pictures or video used unless prior arrangements are made. GLJGT or USBC is not entitled to sell or charge any fee for reproduction of any pictures/ or video.
Bowlers entering any GLJGT event do so voluntarily. GLJGT will not be held liable to any bowler, person(s) who are injured while attending a GLJGT youth bowling event. Nor shall any helper/worker of the GLJGT program be personally liable if a bowler, person(s) is injured during any GLJGT event.
GLJGT will not be held liable for bowlers equipment (including balls,shoes,bags,etc) damaged, lost, stolen, left behind, etc.
GLJGT is a 501(c) nonprofit organization.
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