1. The 2019 Capital Halloween Invitational Tournament (CHIT) is certified by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and is a mixed handicap competition open to men and women. CHIT 2019 is an invitation-only event, and the CHIT Executive Committee reserves the right to refuse any application.

2. All participants must be members of USBC or similar national bowling association (i.e., Canadian Tenpin Federation in Canada), and be able to provide proof of their membership (current sanction card or signed statement from the league secretary verifying membership). If any participant from the United States is not a USBC member, s/he must complete a membership form, purchase a USBC associate membership ($24.00), and become concurrently subject to the USBC rules and jurisdiction for the tournament. Bowlers from other countries are not required to join USBC, but if they do not, they will not be eligible for USBC awards.

3. Full team entries must include at least two bowlers who are members of the Capital Area Rainbowlers Association (CARA) or the International Gay Bowling Organization (IGBO).

4. Professional bowlers (i.e., card-carrying members of any professional bowling team or organization who currently are or were a member within the past 48 months) will only be allowed to bowl in CHIT if they are already a rostered (not a substitute) league member of CARA with a minimum of 9 games in the 2018-2019 season or are already an IGBO member in any of its classes at the start of the CHIT tournament. Only one (1) professional bowler will be allowed per team.

5. Any bowler entering CHIT 2019 must possess a ten-pin average acceptable to USBC. Averages from “Sports Condition” leagues are not acceptable at any time. The following rules shall be used to determine the entering average:

A. Use highest 2018-19 fall/winter season final average, minimum 21 games. If competing in more than one league the bowler must submit the highest average of all leagues bowled.

B. If the above is not available, use the highest 2019 summer league final average, minimum 21 games, providing the summer league meets USBC criteria.

C. If none of the above is available, use the highest 2017-18 fall/winter season final average, minimum of 21 games.

D. If none of the above is available, use the highest current average as of October 21, 2019, minimum of 21 games.

E. If none of the above is available, entering average shall be 230.

F. The above averages must be verified using:

i. League standing sheet, signed and dated by a league officer, or

ii. Letter from league president or secretary, or

iii. Photocopy of book average, (with year noted) signed and dated by a league officer, or

iv. PDF of appropriate week from or indicating which team on which the registrant bowls.

6. The handicap for the tournament shall be 90% of the difference between the bowler’s entering average (as determined above) and 230. Negative handicaps shall not apply.

7. The tournament events shall be handicap events as follows: Singles, Doubles, and Team.

8. Each participant shall bowl three (3) games per event and must enter all three events. Teams will consist of four (4) members comprising any combination of men and women. Men and women will compete on an equal basis.

9. Each participant may bowl only once per event.

10. All cash awards shall be based on the total pins plus assigned handicap for each event (with exception of the Optional Scratch events – see rules 30-35 below).

11. In the handicap division, awards will be given for the best singles, doubles, team, and individual all events. Individual all events is defined as the nine-game total plus handicap of an individual bowler.

12. The award ratio for the singles, doubles, team and all events handicap events shall be a minimum of 1:10.

13. Prizes will be distributed via check payable in U.S. currency within thirty (30) days of the completion of the tournament, barring any protest. A tie in any position will result in the sum of the prizes being aggregated for the tied positions and divided equally by the number of ties for that place.

14. Any bowler who has a 21-game tournament average during the period of October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019, from any IGBO and/or USBC Tournament must report all tournament scores during that period to the Tournament Director no later than the time of registration for possible re-rating. Such re-rating must be done before the entrant bowls (USBC rules). Failure to report this information shall result in automatic disqualification and loss of winnings.

15. Bowlers whose tournament average (21 games or more) is higher than their entering average will be re-rated to the bowler’s tournament average.

16. USBC Rule 319a.2 regarding the 10-pin increase in average and Rule 319d regarding reporting of prize winnings shall not apply.

17. The Tournament Director has the authority to adjust the entering average of any bowler. Average adjustments will be applied as set forth under USBC rules. A bowler unwilling to accept an average adjustment is entitled to refunds to events not bowled, within 30 days.

18. USBC rules regarding the bowler’s responsibility to verify the accuracy of his/her entering average applies to all bowlers, whether submitted by the bowler, the team captain, or other. If the submitted average is lower than required and results in a lower classification or higher handicap, the bowler’s score is disqualified. If the submitted average is higher than required, prize winnings will be based on the submitted average.

19. It is the bowler’s responsibility to be present at the assigned lanes at the beginning of each event. Transportation irregularities, mechanical failures, improper directions and related reasons do not alter the application of rules 20 and 21 below. (USBC rules will apply.)

20. Doubles pairs and team members must all be present for bowling at the start of each event. If a team member is not present, the team may use an authorized substitute (Rule 22). If no substitute is available, a zero score will be used for the missing bowler(s).

21. Late bowlers will begin bowling in the frame in which they are ready, with prior frames being scored as zero. No practice balls will be allowed for late bowlers.

22. Substitutes may bowl at the discretion of the Tournament Director(s). The entering averages for substitutes must comply with Rules 5, 14, and 15. Substitutes must complete a substitute entry form. USBC fees must be paid if applicable.

23. Participants will be allowed to practice ten (10) minutes prior to each event.

24. All entries and corresponding payments must be received by October 4, 2019. The entry fee is payable in U.S. funds electronically thru PayPal payable to CHIT 2019. Entry fee is $105. Applications may be accepted after September 30, 2019, if space permits and will be accepted on first received, first accommodated basis. All entries must be submitted online to CHIT 2019. Acceptance of entries will be based on the order in which received. Once an entry has been accepted, no refunds will be issued, except as stated above in Rule 17.

25. Partial team entries will be accepted. The Director(s) will make every effort to fill vacancies.

26. Any claims of errors or disputes must be submitted in writing to the Tournament Director or his appointed representative(s) before the tournament prize payments are made. The Director and the protesting bowler(s) shall settle the dispute according to CHIT 2019 and USBC tournament rules.

27. All other USBC rules will apply.

28. Any person attending and having special needs must notify the Tournament Director in writing, by September 30, 2019.

29. Bowlers must provide their own transportation to all CHIT 2019 events.



30. Optional Scratch Competition will be offered to all participants using five (5) divisions as determined by entering average (see Rule 5). An additional fee is required.

31. The Optional Scratch divisions shall be as follows:

  • Division A: Averages 139 and below
  • Division B: Averages 140 to 159
  • Division C: Averages 160 to 179
  • Division D: Averages 180 to 199
  • Division E: Averages 200 and above

32. Scores used for the Optional Scratch Competition shall be those games (without handicap) as bowled in the handicap events of the tournament.

33. Awards in the Optional Scratch divisions shall be given for the best single game (from any of the events), best three (3) game series (from any of the events), and best all events (nine game total).

34. The award ratio for the Optional Scratch divisions shall be at a minimum of at least 1:10 per division.

35. 100% of the prize fund from each division in the Optional Scratch divisions shall be returned to that division.



36. Optional Scratch Masters will be offered to all participants using five divisions as determined by the entering tournament average. Entry fee for all divisions will be $25.

A. The Optional Scratch Masters Divisions shall be as follows:

■  Division A: Averages 139 and below
■  Division B: Averages 140 to 159
■  Division C: Averages 160 to 179
■  Division D: Averages 180 to 199
■  Division E: Averages 200 and above

B. The six (6) game scratch Doubles/Team totals will be used to determine the top eight (8) qualifiers in each division. Scores do not carry over into Scratch Masters. In case of a tie for the last qualifying spot a 9th and 10th frame roll-off will be bowled. If a tie remains, sudden death (one ball/high count) will determine which bowler(s) qualifies for the Scratch Masters.

C. The top eight (8) qualifiers in each division will bowl in game 1. The top four (4) bowlers in each division with the highest scratch scores from game 1 will move on to game 2. The top two (2) bowlers in each division with the highest scratch scores from game 2 will move on to game 3. The bowler with the highest scratch score in game 3 will be the winner of his/her division. The higher seeded player chooses to finish first or last which will also determine bowlers’ starting lanes.

D. Two (2) practice balls will be allowed per lane before each game for the two (2) bowlers competing in that game.

E. A lane schedule will be given to each division prior to the start of the competition. Bowlers are responsible for checking if they have qualified. Sheets listing qualifiers will be posted in the Hospitality Suite at the host hotel and on the CHIT website.

F. The competition will begin promptly after the Singles event is completed. Bowlers must check-in fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the event. A bowler who is not available to bowl at the scheduled time will be disqualified and the alternate will replace him/her.

G. 100% of the prize fund from each division in the Optional Scratch Masters shall be returned to that division.


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