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Storm- Washington Youth Bowler’s Tour Rules

    1. The Washington Youth Bowler’s Tour (WYBT) is a non-profit corporation in Washington State and is in the process of being registered as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit with the IRS. Each tournament shall be USBC-sanctioned and is open to USBC sanctioned bowlers age 20 and under as of August 1, 2023. Non-USBC members may qualify by paying a sanction fee, available on-site.

    2. All bowlers will bowl together in the Flight system, regardless of age.

    3. All bowlers will complete an initial (3) games (Block 1) to determine their flight positioning. Bowlers will then be grouped into flights according to scratch pin fall. Bowlers will rotate each game in a rotation determined at each event by the tournament director.

    4. Once flights are determined, all bowlers will bowl an additional (4) games (Block 2) to determine final positions within the flight. The bottom flight will have handicap added at a calculation of 90% of 220 to their scores during Block 2. Bowlers will continue to rotate lanes based on the rotation established by the tournament director. The (7) game scratch total pin (PLUS ANY BONUS PINS) will determine the final qualifying scores within each flight.

    5. The top bowlers in each flight will advance to the stepladder finals based on the (8) games of qualifying (Block 1 + Block 2). (STEPLADDER FORMAT: SEE EVENT, FORMAT MAY VARY BETWEEN EVENTS).

    6. In the event a tie exists for flight seeding, the bowler with the highest qualifying game will be seeded higher. If a tie still exists, the next highest game will be looked at until the tie is broken.

    7. All ties for step ladder qualifications and step ladder matches will be determined by a 9th and 10th frame roll off. In the event of a tie after the 9th and 10th frame roll off, bowlers will do a one ball roll off until the tie is broken (spares will be used if the first ball delivery results in a tie).

    8. Each tournament is a stand-alone event  that will award trophies or plaques, banners, and SMART scholarship money. Bowlers will also earn points towards our end-of-year awards and qualifying for the Elite 8 team and Elite 8 Premier Invitational. (In the event that there is a tie for end-of-season points, the spot will then be awarded to the bowler with the highest total pin fall for the season.) Points will be awarded according to what position the bowlers finished in the tournament. The bowler with the lowest scratch pin fall of Flight D will receive (3) points, each bowler above them will receive points in increments of (3) points all the way through the top finisher of Flight A. They may be special events during the season that will award “Double Points”, these events will award points in increments of 6 pts for each place finished. Current point standings can be viewed on our website at:

    9. Flights with higher scores will receive higher paybacks than the lower flights. The breakdown percentages will be adjusted according to how many spots are being paid. Percentage rates and amount of spots paid will be adjusted proportionately UP or DOWN depending on the size of the field and according to the tournament director’s discretion. The payout ratio for all events is at least 1:4.

    10. If there is a tie in a place that makes scholarship money, and is not in the step ladder, the money will be split between those that tied.

    11. All scoring is done on a scratch basis except for the bottom flight which will have added handicap for Block 2.

    12. Entrants are strongly advised to register online and submit their entry fee prior to the tournament, walk-in entries will be accepted but are not preferred. It greatly slows down check-in for everyone and may result in us not having enough room for the walk-ins.

    13. Bowlers are required to check-in at the tournament desk prior to tournament competition. Bowlers must bowl on their assigned lane and position unless changed by the tournament director.

    14. Check-in begins 1 hour prior to tournament start time or at Tournament Director’s discretion. Bowlers arriving after the tournament has started will take zero for each frame missed after frame 3. Tournament Directors may refuse to allow a bowler to enter the event once competition has started.

    15. In the event that an entrant becomes injured or ill during a tournament, they must take zero for each frame missed. In the event a competitor must withdraw from competition, they must first notify a tournament director.

    16. All prize funds will be returned 100% to participants. All remaining prize funds after plaques, trophies, and banners are expensed, will be awarded as scholarship money—regardless of youth or adult USBC membership status. (THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS THE ADULT/YOUTH BAKER DOUBLES EVENT. U20 ADULTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR SMART MONEY, ALL OTHER ADULTS WILL RECEIVE NO CASH PRIZE AND THEIR PORTION WILL BE AWARDED TO THE YOUTH THAT THEY BOWLED WITH.)

    17. All scholarship funds for each event will be deposited in the youth bowler’s SMART account.

    18. Prize ratio shall be at least 1:4 (Fractions of .5 and higher will be rounded up).

    19. The scholarship prize list for each tournament will be the decision of the Tournament Directors and will be final.

    20. Entry into each regular season tournament shall be $60.00 unless otherwise advertised. Special events may cost more or less depending on the event. (ENTRY FEE BREAKDOWN: SEE EVENT AS LINEAGE FEES VARY BETWEEN BOWLING CENTERS).

    21. One lane courtesy will be in effect at all events unless decided otherwise by the tournament directors.

    22. Tournaments Directors must be RVP/Safe Sport certified.

    23. ONLY Bowlers, scorekeepers (if designated), and tournament officials will be allowed in the bowling area. Coaching must be done in the spectator’s area, not in the bowling area, and may not be distracting to the other bowlers.

    24. Each bowler shall be responsible for his or her own score sheet. This score sheet MUST be turned in to tournament officials following completion of each block. Score sheets not properly completed, or not turned in, MAY result in NO points awarded to the competitor.

    25. Any discrepancy in a competitor’s score sheet during or after the qualifying round MUST be reported to tournament officials prior to the start of the next round (flight competition and each match in the step ladder finals). Each player is responsible for ensuring his or her score sheet is correct, and is initialed by another player following each block.

    26. Collared shirts or bowling jerseys with name on the back and neat slacks, dress shorts, or skirts are preferred, but not required. Neat & clean modest clothing that is free of rips, holes, and stains is required at all times. Additionally, participants shall not wear clothing or use bowling equipment depicting alcohol, tobacco, gambling, an illegal substance, or inappropriate language/gestures during competition.

    27. Bowlers will refrain from unsportsmanlike conduct, using foul language, or displaying violent behavior of any kind. This includes, but is not limited to, throwing or slamming bowling balls, hitting ball returns or seating, and throwing items. Bowlers will be given up to (2) verbal warnings. In extreme cases, it may be cause for immediate disqualification from the tournament. The Tournament Director’s decision regarding conduct will be final. Any bowler compromising the integrity of the sport, or the Storm – Washington Youth Bowler’s Tour may be subject to disqualification, suspension, or expulsion for the rest of the season. Remember, you not only represent yourself – you represent your family, your coach, the sport, and the organization that you are bowling in. Read our complete CODE OF CONDUCT .

    28. Tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or other similar products WILL NOT be permitted at any time during competition by participants. Violation of this rule may be cause for immediate disqualification from the tournament. Tournament Directors will rule on all protests and complaints. Any protest must be made by participating bowler in writing to the tournament directors on site after bowling is completed. In the event of a protest/complaint, all affected parties will be notified. Any decisions made by the tournament directors will be considered final.

    29. An optional Junior Gold qualifying event will be held during each Washington Youth Bowler’s Tour Main Events through May (excludes Elite 8 Premier event, Swissmas, and Y/A Doubles) as long as there are enough interested bowlers to run one. Scores used will be the first (3) games of qualifying from the main event. Per USBC rules, only scratch scores are counted in the qualifier. A current Junior Gold membership (purchased separately) is required to participate in a qualifier. Memberships can be purchased on‐site. The cost for a Junior Gold Membership is $10 for U12 and $30 for all other divisions. The entry fee for the optional Junior Gold qualifier is $25 for U12, $37.50 for U15, and $50 for U18. We will do our best to run each of the age divisions but bowlers may be given the option to “bowl up” in the next division if there aren’t enough bowlers to fill their division. Bowlers may not enter the Junior Gold qualifier separately, everyone in the Junior Gold qualifier must be entered and paid in the main tournament. Once tournament practice has started, there will be no late entries for the Junior Gold qualifier. Any discrepancies in Junior Gold scores must be reported to Tournament Directors before the end of the main tournament. In the event of a tie for the Junior Gold position, a 9th and 10th frame roll off will occur.

    30. Any check returned because of non-sufficient funds (NSF) must be paid in cash prior to participation in the next event. Each NSF check will require a $25.00 bank fee, which also must be paid in cash prior to entry into the bowler’s next event. Only one non-sufficient fund (NSF) check per bowler per season will be allowed. After that, cash only will be accepted for that bowler.

    31. Bowlers who are unable to attend a tournament for which they have paid in advance must notify Tournament Directors prior to the tournament that they will not be attending, if possible. The bowler must also notify tournament directors if they would like to have their entry fee held over for the next tournament or have their entry refunded. This entry fee will be carried over for ONE MONTH ONLY. If a refund is requested, a $5.00 handling fee will be deducted per entry and the remaining fees will be refunded by either Paypal, Square, or a check will be sent to the address on file. If no contact is made from the bowler to the tournament director within 60 days of the missed tournament, the tournament entry fees will be forfeited. Directors’ decisions regarding forfeiture of entry fees will be final.



    Last updated 09/04/2023

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