2019 – 2020 M.I.S.T. Tournament Rules & Regulations





The M.I.S.T. will bowl 4 games of qualifying across 8 lanes, moving after the completion of each game. There will be no more than (7) bowlers on each pair of lanes, barring unforeseen circumstances like lane breakdowns. One in every four bowlers qualify for cash prizes, with the top four bowlers from the eliminator round(s) bowling head to head in a seeded step ladder match play format. Bowlers will receive (3) practice balls per lane at the start of the tournament, on the pair of lanes each bowler is assigned to begin. If there are more than 34 total entries (9 cash qualifiers), than an eliminator round will be held to help determine seeding for the stepladder finals. If there are (34) entries or less, the top (4) bowlers will advance to the step ladder finals, and the remaining spots will be paid out according to placement. Only the bowlers who qualify for cash prizes will participate in the eliminator round game(s). There are no guaranteed spots for the step ladder finals, every qualifier will compete in the elimination round(s). Bowlers will use their (4) game average (+) their score from the first elimination round to determine their “two game” total pin fall. That field is then cut in half (+ or – one spot), with the top half advancing to the next elimination round, or taking our top (4) for the step ladder finals, depending on tournament entries. The bowlers who get eliminated are paid out according to how they finished. For the second elimination round, bowlers will use their (2) game total (+) their score from this round to make a (3) game total pin fall. The top (4) bowlers advance to the step ladder finals in the order they finished, no other position rounds required unless there are a higher amount of entries. The top (4) will roll off, step ladder style, for the title. This format will combine using a bowlers’ (4) game average, creating a (2 or 3) game total in the elimination rounds to determine the top (4), and utilize our traditional step ladder finals for the final (4) bowlers to determine a champion each month. If there are big enough squads, we may do (3) elimination rounds, but it depends on tournament entries. Smaller events may only need (1) elimination round. Based on previous seasons totals, (2) rounds will cover most (if not all) tournaments. Bowlers in the first eliminator round and in the first step ladder match will get (2) practice balls per lane. Subsequent eliminator rounds will have no practice. Also, for the second and third step ladder finals matches, only the higher seeded bowler gets practice. That bowler will get (2) balls per lane. If the bowler chooses to go first in the step ladder finals, he/she will start on the left lane, throwing (1) frame, with the next bowler following by starting their game on the right lane throwing (2) frames, or vice versa.  Each bowler will throw (2) consecutive frames for the remainder of the match, alternating play so that the bowler who began the match first, will also be the one finishing the match last.  Bowlers are welcome to bowl practice games before the tournament, and during stepladder round(s) on lanes not assigned to the tournament, but the cost of the practice games will not be covered by the M.I.S.T. Each bowler must pay for his or her own practice games.


If there is a tie after qualifying and/or the eliminator round game for casher(s) spot(s) not advancing (not including the top 4 for the step ladder finals), the bowlers will split the prize money for the two spots, but, the Bowler of the Year points will be determined by the bowler who had the highest game during qualifying. If there is still a tie, then the next highest game will determine placement, and so on. If there is a tie between two bowlers for the final cashing position, then there will be a one ball roll off to determine the bowler who gets the spot. Bowler order for the roll off will be determined by the tournament director. If there are more than two bowlers tied, there will be a one ball roll off, and if there is a further tie from that, the bowlers remaining will have another one ball roll off until a winner is determined. Starting lane and starting order will be determined by the tournament director.  Bowlers not advancing will receive the standard (10) BOY points. If there is a tie for a top (4) match play position, then there will be a one ball roll off to determine position placement. If there is a tie at the end of any step ladder final game, then we will commence with a one ball roll off to determine the winner of the match. Choice of starting lane and starting order for the tiebreaker roll off is determined by the highest seeded bowler in the step ladder finals. A year long, accumulative point system is used to determine the Bowler of the Year and qualifying spots for the top 16 that get into the special Master of the Lanes event.  Cash prizes will be awarded at the completion of each tournament, there will be no money rolled over from tournament to tournament. All funds will be utilized at each tournament stop.





Sunday mornings, 9:00 AM for one squad tournaments. Check in is at 8:00 AM. In the event we have (2) squads, squad times will be 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM, with check in at 7:30 and 10:30, respectively. If you have reserved a spot ahead of time, your reservation is only good until (5) minutes before the squad begins. After that time, the spot will be given away to any bowlers on a waiting list at the tournament site. If time permits, the lanes will be re-oiled between squads. Lanes will only be re-oiled before the elimination round(s) or step ladder finals at the tournament director’s discretion.




$65 entry fee, cash only.  No credit cards or checks will be accepted.  There is also an optional $5 raffle for a brand new, Brunswick bowling ball offered to each competitor, but not required, at each M.I.S.T. event. Re-entries will be accepted if there is room, with the entry fee being $65. Bowlers may only cash (1) time per tournament, with their highest qualifying total being used for any cash awards.




All USBC sanctioned amateur bowlers are eligible to bowl in the M.I.S.T. If you are not USBC certified, you must pay for certification prior to bowling at the cost of $21 (or current USBC dues for the season). You can also choose to pay a $5 USBC participation fee only (if you’re not already sanctioned), but you will not be eligible for USBC awards.  PBA members are allowed to bowl in the M.I.S.T., provided they have a valid USBC sanction.  If you are under 18, you need to have a waiver signed by your legal guardian prior to bowling each and every tournament, there is no “carry over” for signed parental consent forms, bowlers must have one signed for every tournament entry, no exceptions. The M.I.S.T. is a participant in the USBC “S.M.A.R.T.” program, and any cash prizes that youth bowlers earn will be deposited in a S.M.A.R.T. account for their use at a later date.  All rules governing the use and distribution of S.M.A.R.T. account funds are covered in the USBC manual under the S.M.A.R.T. section, and the M.I.S.T. abides by the rules and guidelines set forth in the USBC manual regarding the S.M.A.R.T. program; The M.I.S.T. is a cash prize only tournament, with the exception of S.M.A.R.T. funds. The M.I.S.T. also does not allow for a person to submit another bowlers name into brackets or side pot action, if a bowler wants to participate they need to put themselves in, period, no exceptions! Youth bowlers are not allowed to participate in any side pot action, with the exception of the bowling ball raffle.

Also, any bowler who cancels their reservation < 24 hours prior to tournament time, or no shows completely, will not be allowed to reserve for the next tournament that they wish to compete in. They will be added to a “non-reserve” list and can only get off that list by showing up to an event as a “walk-in” entry, if space permits. Once they do so and successfully get into a tournament this way, they will be taken off the “non-reserve” list and allowed to make reservations for future events. There will be no exceptions, we have a waiting list for a reason, and it is not fair to those on it who can not bowl because someone cancelled late or no showed entirely.




Shirts:              Collared shirts or collarless “mock” style bowling shirts are recommended attire at all M.I.S.T. events. T-shirts may also be worn provided they are neat, clean, not ripped, and contain no profanity or offensive material. Sweatshirts and sleeveless shirts are not allowed.


Pants:               Neat, clean, jeans, corduroys, or dress slacks are also required. Shorts may be worn, provided they are of a dress slack (or clean jean) type material. Cut-offs or sweat pant material for shorts is not acceptable. Capri pants, skirts, and skorts for women are allowed; Sweat pants are not allowed.


Headgear:        Hats may be worn provided they are neat, clean, not ripped and contain no profanity or offensive material.


A bowler will be asked to change any clothes that do not comply with the dress code. If a bowler does not have a change of clothes, then they will receive (1) warning (provided their clothing is deemed non-offensive) from the tournament manager, and will be forced to comply with the dress code at every other M.I.S.T. tournament in the future. A failure to do so will result in disqualification from any future tournament.




We will be using a one lane courtesy rule for each tournament. If you wish to have more than a one lane courtesy, it is your choice, but not required by tournament rule.  But, if you are slowing down tournament play by wanting more than one lane courtesy, you will receive one warning only by the tournament director before being asked to leave the tournament.  We will not tolerate slow play, and if it becomes an issue, it will be dealt with swiftly by tournament management.  Rude, obnoxious behavior will not be tolerated. Bowlers will receive one warning from the tournament director, after which time you will be asked to leave the tournament immediately. Any cash prizes over $600 a bowler has won in the last calendar year need to be reported to the tournament director prior to the start of bowling. All bowlers need to be USBC certified in good standing to bowl in the M.I.S.T., or pay a $5 participation fee. All other general tournament rules are covered in the tournament section of the USBC manual.  All decisions by the tournament director are final; appeals must be submitted in writing by the end of the tournament.





Tournament Expenses: = $ 20 (Lineage, supplies, MOL entry, etc.)
Prize Fund: = $ 45 (Guaranteed per bowler)

Total = $ 65 (Entry fee per bowler for each M.I.S.T. event)





Tournament entry for all non-cash qualifiers = 10 points, no extra points given for re-entries.


Cash Qualifying Points:


1st place 300 10th place 130 19th place 85
2nd place 250 11th place 125 20th place 80
3rd place 225 12th place 120 21st  place 75
4th place 200 13th place 115 22nd place 70
5th place 175 14th place 110 23rd place 65
6th place 150 15th place 105 24th place 60
7th place 145 16th place 100 25th place 55
8th place 140 17th place 95 26th place 50
9th place 135 18th place 90 27th place 45



*The bowler with the most total points at the completion of the (7) event tournament bowling season wins the M.I.S.T. Bowler of the Year title, and their choice of bowling ball professionally drilled by Moore’s Pro Shop.  Also, the person who wins the Bowler of the Year title has until December 1st of the current calendar year to get in touch with Moore’s Pro Shop to finalize their ball of choice for winning the M.I.S.T. Bowler of the Year title.  If you have not claimed your prize by December 1st of the same calendar year, then you lose it, period, no exceptions.  This gives the bowler ample time to choose a bowling ball from Moore’s Pro Shop.

Also, bowlers who finish the season in the top (16) in Bowler of the Year points will be automatically entered into a special tournament called the “Master of the Lanes”. This is a head to head, best 2 out of 3, bracket event completely free for our bowlers. The winner of this tournament receives a paid entry into the following seasons USBC Masters tournament. This will be the only prize awarded at this event, any other prizes donated by sponsors are not guaranteed but will be distributed at this event if they apply.





The M.I.S.T. is not a specifically sport sanctioned event, so the required use of sport certified lane conditions does not apply, though it is not out of the realm of possibility that the M.I.S.T. could bowl on lane conditions similar to (or harder than) a sport condition.  The lane condition will be determined by tournament management in advance of each tournament, and graphs will be available for all the bowlers to see on the M.I.S.T. website or Facebook page.  We will not be competing on “typical house shots”, oil patterns for the M.I.S.T. will never be over a 4:1 ratio, and most of the time will be less than 3:1. Honor scores shot will be subject to any and all inspections required by the USBC.




All bowling balls used for competition in the M.I.S.T. must be on the USBC acceptable equipment list. A bowler caught using a ball that is not USBC approved, will have that piece of equipment removed from play immediately. During competition, bowlers may only wipe the ball with a dry towel or shammie cloth. Cleaners and polishes may only be used before or after competition and must be found (and properly labeled) on the USBC list of acceptable Commercial Ball Cleaners/Polishes. Abrasive pads, such as sandpaper, Abralon, Abranet, SIAAIR, Scotch Brite, etc., may only be used before competition, any alterations made using these materials must be made to the entire surface of the bowling ball. Bowlers can adjust the surface of the ball up to, and including, the warm up period before the first ball is thrown in sanctioned play. Any attempt to use abrasive products during competition will be an automatic disqualification from the tournament. Bowlers can adjust surfaces between eliminator rounds and between step ladder final rounds up to and including the practice session. Any questions, please feel free to ask the tournament manager before using a product.

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