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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 28-weeks. Practice will begin at 7:20 PM with matches starting promptly at 7:30 PM. The league will begin on Sept. 11, 2017 and will end on April 2, 2018 {unless adjusted for an unforeseen event}. The league will bowl a split season with 7-weeks in each quarter. There will be 4 position rounds included in the schedule on the 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th weeks. 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.
Rule 3. Fees & Salary
Weekly fees are $17.00, comprised of
$ 11.50 lineage fee
$ 0.25 for secretary's fee
$ 0.25 for treasurer's fee
$ 5.00 for prize fund.
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 treasury account audited by both your league BOD and AMF Centennial. 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 5th week of bowling. 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.
Rule 4. League Funds
An account will be opened in the name of the “Charlotte Rainbowlers” at AMF Centennial Lanes in which funds will be deposited weekly. Withdrawals from the account shall be made with the joint signature of 2 authorized officers of the league. The President of the league shall receive a statement each month.
Rule 5. Prizes
Each team shall appoint 1 team member to be a part of the prize committee before the 3rd week. The Board of Directors must approve the prize list by the 5th week of bowling.
Rule 6. Entering Average
For those who bowled in this league (Charlotte Rainbowlers) last 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.
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 1substitute, 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 match and as a team. Pre-bowling must be completed after the previous match scheduled. No officers are required to be present; however, you must have the house printout with your recap sheet. No pre-bowling for any position rounds or the roll off games.
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. End of Year Roll Off
Each of the 4 teams that make it to the Final Roll Off will use the highest Quarterly Average from that current League year for determining End of Year Roll Off Handicaps.

2017-2018 Officers:

President: Chris Catching

Vice President: June Taylor
Treasurer: Martin Lovelace
Secretary: Brian Barrett
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