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Charlotte Rainbowlers

By-Laws 2017-2018

            Rule 1. Schedule

The Charlotte Rainbowlers shall consist of “N” number of teams with a playing strength of 4 members.  The league will bowl on Mondays for two 14-week seasons.  Practice will begin at 7:20 PM with League Play starting promptly at 7:30 PM.  The fall league will begin on September 11, 2017 and will end on December 11, 2017 {unless adjusted for an unforeseen event}.  The Fall Roll Off will take place on December 18, 2017.  The winter league will begin on January 8, 2018 and will end on April 9, 2018 {unless adjusted for an unforeseen event}.  The Winter Roll Off will take place on April 16, 2018.  The league will not bowl on December 25, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

Rule 2. Management

The management of the league shall be vested in the league Board of Directors, which shall consist of the officers and team captains.  The league membership shall elect officers and adopt league rules.  A majority of 2/3rd votes shall constitute a quorum.  League officers are elected for 1 season terms which consist of Fall and Winter seasons.

Rule 3. Fees & Salary

Weekly fees are $17.00, comprising of

$ 11.50 lineage fee;

$ 0.25 for secretary;

$ 0.25 for treasurer's fee;

$ 5.00 for prize fund.

One time fees are $21.00, comprising of

$ 20.00 USBC membership fee;

$ 1.00 IGBO fee.

All prize funds will be paid out at the completion of the league schedule and average sheets have been submitted to the local USBC.  All funds will be deposited weekly in the league bank account.  Games shall be forfeited by any members not current in league fee payments by more than 1 WEEK.  Any bowler more than 1 week in arrears shall not be allowed to participate in league competition.  Any team captain allowing a member in arrears to participate shall forfeit all games in which the delinquent member competes.  The bowling fees for the last 2 weeks shall be paid by each member before the completion of the third week of bowling along with IGBO and USBC fees. If for any reason the last 2 weeks money is owed, it must be paid in cash. No checks will be accepted the last 2 weeks of bowling of each season.

Rule 4. League Funds

An account will be opened in the name of the “Charlotte Rainbowlers” at Bank of America and shall be deposited weekly.  The President of the league shall receive a statement each month.

Rule 5. Prizes

The Prize Committee shall consist of the League Officers and the Team Captains.  The Prize committee will meet by the third week of bowling to discuss the prize payout options.  The Board of Directors must approve the prize list by the fifth week of bowling.

Rule 6. Entering Average

For those who bowled in this league (Charlotte Rainbowlers) in the 2016-2017 year, you will use your year-end average as your entering average (for the first 9 games).  If you were in another USBC-sanctioned League you will use your year-end average as your entering average.  If you bowled in a NON­ SANCTIONED league, you will establish your average after your first 3 games of bowling.  New members will establish their average after their first 3 games also.  This average will be used for handicap purposes for the first 9 games until an official average is established.

Rule 7. Handicap

The handicap allowance shall be 90% of the difference between the bowler's average and 220.

Rule 8. Team Rosters

Rosters will be limited to 4 members.

Rule 9.  Substitutes

A list of floating subs will be maintained.  No new subs will be allowed the last 2-weeks of bowling unless the sub has 2l games bowled with the league.  No subs will be allowed during position rounds or roll off games.

Rule 10. Legal Lineup

At least 2 bowlers, l regular member plus 1 substitute, must be present by the end of the 3rd frame of any game in a series or the game will be subject to forfeit.  Completion of the 3rd frame is defined as when both teams' anchorman has thrown the last ball in the third frame.

Rule 11. Forfeitures

When a game is declared forfeited, the team present shall bowl as though the game was actually a contest.  When a team forfeits, the opposing team must bowl within 40 pins of their current team average in order to win their points by forfeiture.  Points not won for failing to bowl the prescribed score will not be credited to either team.

Rule 12. Absentee Scores

Absentee scores shall be allowed when a team has a legal lineup, but less than a full lineup at the start of any game in a series. The absent members will have a recorded average of 10 less pins from their regular handicap based on their current, actual average.

Rule 13. Vacancy Scores

Vacancy scores shall be allowed when a team does not have enough players on its roster for a full lineup.  The vacancy score of 120 and a handicap of 90 will be used.  If you are bowling a vacant team, you must bowl within 40 pins of your team's total average.

Rule 14. Tardy Players

A bowler who arrives late may enter the game, provided 3 frames have not been completed.  Frames missed may be made up.

Rule 15. Postponements

All make-up bowling must be done prior to the scheduled league play. Post-bowling will not be allowed.  Pre-bowling must be completed after the previous league play scheduled.  No officers are required to be present; however, you must have the house printout with your recap sheet.  Pre-bowling will not be permitted during roll-off weeks.

Rule 16. Position Standings

Standings shall be determined on a point basis, with 2 points awarded for each game won, and 2 points awarded for high team series in each match, for a total of 8 points max score per week.

Rule 17. Playoffs

Total pins in a series of 3 games shall determine the winners of any playoff for placement or other trophy positions.  In the event of a tie at the end of the playoff series, an extra game shall be bowled.  Scores bowled in such playoffs shall not count toward individual or team averages, or special awards offered by the league.

Rule 18. Team Captains

Team captains are responsible for obtaining a sanction application for each bowler on their team and collecting the appropriate fees.  Any games bowled by a non-sanctioned bowler are subject to forfeit.  Team captains must hand their pay envelope to the league Treasurer by the end of the first game.  Team captains will also collect the $1.00 IGBO fee from each team member or new substitutes.

Rule 19. USBC Rule Book

The USBC rules book shall cover rules not covered by the above league rules.

Rule 20. Season Roll Off

Each of the 4 teams that make it to the Final Roll Off of each season will use the average from week 14 of that season for determining Season Roll Off Handicaps.


2017-2018 Officers:

President: Chris Catching

Vice President: June Taylor

Treasurer:  Martin Lovelace

Secretary: Brian Barrett

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