Master Bowlers' Association of Alberta

Official website of the Alberta Master Bowlers

Standing Rules and Policies

1. The Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta official uniform is the official shirt and black dress slacks or “Pace Setters” brand pants, lulu lemon brand pants, or skirt, skorts, or shorts. The Master Bowler must pay for an official shirt or golf shirt as designed and approved by the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta. The National Forsyth (Forsyth Cup) golf shirt can be worn. Black dress slacks or Pace Setter pants (NOT rugby pants, corduroys, denims, seat pants, stirrup pants, etc.) or yoga (black only, no colored bands), and /or skirts, skorts, and shorts, (NOT culottes, etc.) are the bowlers’ responsibility.

T-shirts can be worn under the Masters shirt; the color can only be black, white or navy. It is recommended that if you are wearing a t-shirt under your traditional Master’s shirt or the Master’s golf shirt, your t-shirt sleeves cannot be longer than the elbow and the bottom of the t-shirt should be tucked in or not hanging out.

Black shoulder epaulets shall be worn by those Masters who are current members of the Tournament Division. Blue shoulder epaulets shall be worn by those Masters who are current members in the Teaching Division. Gold shoulder epaulets shall be worn by those Masters who are current members of the Senior division. Epaulets not required on golf shirts.

Golf shirts can only be worn during National qualifying tournaments. They cannot be worn during any events involving YBC or involving youth bowlers. The Traditional Blue Shirt only be required to be worn at Master’s Nationals formal events and any other tournament decided upon by the MBA of A Board.

The only pins allowed to be attached to your official Masters Uniform shirt or Masters golf shirt are Alberta Masters pins only.

Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta uniforms must be clean and in acceptable condition at all times. Bowling shoes are considered part of the uniform and must be clean.

2. The Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta and its members shall support the aims of the Alberta 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association, the Bowling Proprietors Association of Alberta, and any other local, provincial or national association that acts in the best interest of 5 Pin bowling in Canada.

The tournament participating Master Bowler must be a member in good standing in both the Canadian 5-Pin and Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta prior to November 30th of the current bowling season.

3. The use of alcoholic beverages or drugs during an event is prohibited. Failure to comply shall result in immediate disqualification from the current tournament by the Tournament Director(s).

1st offence – minimum suspension of two tournaments. This shall include the tournament in which the act was committed. Maximum suspension not to exceed one year from the date of the infraction.

2nd offence – the Board of directors to rule on.

4. Conduct unbecoming a Master Bowler (all divisions) during an event (i.e.: swearing, kicking ball racks, hitting walls, giving the finger to the pins, lofting the ball down the lanes intentionally, etc.) will be handled in the following manner:

There will be two (2) warnings given. Warnings to be given by a Judge of Play, Zone Director or a Proprietor.

WARNING #1: This will be a verbal warning. At this time the bowler will be asked to watch his/her conduct, and be told what will happen if a second warning is given.

WARNING #2: The bowler will be asked to leave and be advised that his/her scores for that tournament will not be counted. The bowler will also be advised that the Board will look into the conduct problem and if deemed necessary, may result in a suspension from the next tournament.

If warnings have to be given to an individual at more than one (1) tournament, the Board at this time could issue a suspension from the remaining tournaments. As in all situations with suspensions, the bowler would have the right to appeal.

5. Failure to complete a frame, a game, or the tournament, except in the case of injury or illness (permission must be received from the Tournament Director(s)), shall result in the Masters Bowler being suspended from that tournament and the next tournament. Discipline as per Article 3.

6. A Master must choose a division and meet its eligibility requirements. The Master shall not be allowed to change divisions until the following season.

7. A Master bowler may be allowed to change Zones mid-way through the season because of relocation. All other reasons/requests for changing Zones mid-way through the season must meet Board approval.

8. To be eligible for the Tournament Division

a) new members must have successfully completed the Community Sport Initiation Clinic conducted by the Master Bowlers Association of Alberta.

b) members must have a season ending league, or season ending MBA of A tournament average of 215 for ladies and 230 for men.

9. There shall be a one season “period of grace” for those members of the Tournament Division who no longer meet the minimum average requirements. If after the “period of grace” they do not have an acceptable average, they cannot be accepted into the Tournament Division, but can join the Teaching Division, or maintain their basic membership in the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta.

10. The tournament Division shall bowl on a total pinfall and points basis. The singles position is based on total points. The maximum points allowed would be 125 for the men and 75 for the ladies. These total points are comprised of the best 4/6 tournament points + the best 4/6 total pinfall.

For the men’s division, 25 points are given to the person with the highest pinfall in each tournament for a possible total of 100. The person with the highest total pinfall would then be awarded 25 points.

With the ladies division, the formula is the same except that the points start at 15 instead of 25. The singles representative will have the highest total points. (Total Points on results sheet). The team representatives will be based on the next 5 bowlers in each division with the best 4/6 total pinfall.

All team members are decided based solely on total pinfall for their best 4/6 tournaments.

The top qualifier ladies and man shall be the singles representatives, and the next five (5) ladies and five (5) men shall make up the ladies and mens teams to represent Alberta in the National Championships.

a) in the event of a tie in the Tournament division, the winner will be declared by the highest point system of their best point position for four tournaments. If there is still a tie, then the points for the fifth tournament will determine the winner.

11. To be eligible for the Teaching Division

a) new members must have successfully completed the Community Sport Initiation Clinic, conducted by the Masters Bowler Association of Alberta

b) members may be an elected or appointed member of the current Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta or Alberta 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association Board of Directors

c) or members may be involved with the administration of the current Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta or Alberta 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association in the areas of tournaments, score keeping, average calculation, etc., as recommended by a proprietor/manager, or a member of current Master Bowlers Association of Alberta Board of Directors.

12. The Teaching Division shall bowl on pins over average basis. The average to be used shall be a 40 game tournament average. If the Master Bowler does not have 40 games in the Master’s tournament play, their league average shall be used, or a composite average of league and tournament shall be used until they have 40 games in all National team qualifying Masters tournament play bowled.

Tournament averages for any bowlers who have been out of the Masters for 3 or more years shall start with a new composite average using their current league averages.

In the event of a disability, the Master bowler may appeal to the Board for a re-evaluation of their tournament average.

13. The Teaching Division shall consist of eight (8) Zones – the North shall consist of zones 1-4, the South shall consist of zones 5-8. They shall bowl four (4) tournaments of eight (8) games each. The best three (3) out of four (4) tournaments shall be used to determine qualifying members of which all pluses (+) shall advance to a Provincial round. The provincial round shall consist of sixteen (16) games bowled in two (2) days. The top five (5) ladies and top five (5) men pins over average shall make up the ladies and mens teams to represent Alberta at the National Championships.

a) if because of injury of disability, a bowler finds it necessary to change his/her delivery to the opposite hand from their normal delivery, they shall be permitted to do so for the given tournament, however, they must use an average established for the hand with which they are bowling. For purposes of determining their average, rule 12 must be followed with respect to use of 40 games in Masters tournaments or a composite average if 40 games have not been played in Masters tournaments with the given hand. If the player does not have an established league average (minimum 12 games) for the given hand, they will not be eligible to bowl with that hand in the tournament. For purposes of qualifying for advancement to the Provincial round, the player must have a plus for their best 3 tournaments regardless of which hand was used in the qualifying tournaments. At the Provincial round, the player must bowl with their normal hand unless the injury or disability remains in effect. Regardless of which hand is used, the player must bowl with the same hand throughout the Provincial round and they must use their established composite average for the hand that they are using.

Rule 13a shall apply to both the Teaching Division and the pins over average sub-division of the Senior Division.

b) in the event of a tie in the teaching division provincial final positions, a one game roll-off will take place. The winner will be determined by the bowler who bowls the highest pins over average.

c) for Provincials, tournament averages only shall be used. Bowlers who do not have a tournament average shall use a composite average (including league average).

d) 30 games shall constitute a league average for provincial criteria

e) if a bowler misses a game during a tournament, they will receive a score of zero for each game missed, and their average calculation for the tournament will be decided based on the amount of games played.

Rule 13c, 13d, and 13e shall apply to both the Teaching Division and the pins over average sub-division of the Senior Division.

14. To be eligible for the Senior Division

a) new members must have successfully completed the Community Sport Initiation Clinic, conducted by the Masters Bowlers Association of Alberta

b) members must be 50 years of age, on or before September 1st of the current bowling year

15. In the Senior Division a Master must choose to bowl either scratch or pins over average. For Masters bowling pins over average, the average used shall be a 40 game tournament average. If the Master Bowler does not have 40 games in the Master’s tournament play, their league average shall be used, or a composite average of

league and tournament shall be used until the 40 games in Masters tournament play bowled. For Masters bowling scratch a total pinfall basis shall be used.

Tournament averages for any bowlers who have been out of the Masters for 3 or more years shall start with a new composite average using their current league averages.

In the event of a disability, the Master bowler may appeal to the Board for a re-evaluation of their tournament average.

16. The Senior Division shall consist of eight (8) Zones. They shall bowl four (4) tournaments of eight (8) games each. The best three (3) out of four (4) tournaments shall be used to determine the Senior Division members advancing to the Provincial finals. Each zone will advance all pins over average Masters who are a plus. Scratch division is the top 50% only. Masters from each zone shall advance to a provincial round. Seniors advancing to the Provincial shall bowl based on their qualifying format; either POA or scratch. The Provincial round shall consist of sixteen (16) games bowled over two (2) days. The National team shall be made up of combined pins over average and scratch Seniors. The ratio of Pins Over Average to Scratch members will be based on total participants in each division. The ratios being 0-10% no position available, 11-30% 1 position available, 31-50% 2 positions available, 51-70% 3 positions available, 71-90% 4 positions available.

a) in the event of a tie in the senior division provincial final positions, a one-game roll-off will take place. For the pins over average participants, the winner will be determined by the bowler who bowls the highest pins over average. For the scratch participants, the highest score will determine the winner.

b) in the Senior Division Pins Over Average side, if the first two qualifiers are of the same gender, then the third position would go to the highest POA of the opposite gender.

17. Master Bowlers who qualify for the Provincial teams through the tournament structure, shall be obligated to bowl for their provincial teams. Failure to do so, without just cause, shall be dealt with by the Board of Directors.

18. Any disputes between a Master Bowler and the Bowling Proprietors Association of Alberta or the Masters Association shall be settled by the right of appeal in writing to the Master Bowlers Association of Alberta by any parties.

19. Suspension or fining of a Master Bowler for conduct detrimental to the Master Bowlers Association of Alberta or the sport of 5 pin bowling can only result from a complaint in writing, and following a hearing conducted by the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta Board of Directors. All parties involved with the hearing shall be invited to the next meeting of the Board of Directors and any subsequent meetings to discuss the case.

20. Any member suspended during a season shall be liable for any and all financial obligations as determined by the Tournament Director(s) of the tournament in which the suspension occurred. Failure to fulfill these obligations shall eliminate any possibility of re-instatement in the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta.

21. Each member in good standing shall be entitled to one (1) vote at the Annual General Meeting of the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta. Members must be in attendance to vote.

22. Members shall observe all rules and regulations of the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta in all Alberta 5 Pin Bowlers Association sanctioned tournaments.

23. To be eligible to participate on a National team, you must have taken a Level I clinic or a Community Sport Initiation Clinic prior to December 31st of the current bowling season.

24. To be eligible to be a National Coach, you must be certified Level II with Competition Coach upgrade or be a Certified Introduction to Competition Coach by the start of the 5th Tournament Division tournament or by the time the Teaching or Senior Division Provincial Tournament begins, whichever comes first.

25. All other rules are covered by the Canadian 5 pin Bowler’s Association’s rule book.

26. All tournaments are to be held in certified lanes unless certified lanes are not available.

27. As of March 18, 2006, the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta has adopted a Harassment
policy. Following is the Harassment Policy/Procedure

Harassment Policy/Procedure – March 18, 2006

A board of director or office personnel, upon receiving a written complaint, shall forward the complaint to the MBA President for investigation. Confidentiality is to be kept at all times to protect all parties.

The President may seek legal advice if he/she deems necessary.

The President will then interview the accused and the complainant as soon as possible to determine if further investigation is required. The President may suspend the individual while he/she completes the investigation. This is appropriate when children/youth are involved. The President will then complete due diligence by interviewing all persons involved in the event.

Upon completing due diligence, the President may suspend the accused until the next Board of Directors Meeting. The suspension must be made verbally with a letter in writing to the individual. The President must also verbally inform the injured party of the action taken or not taken.

The President must then inform the board that all information heard must be kept in strict confidence to protect the individuals involved as well as the MBA of A.

The President will then present the facts, as he knows them, to the board of directors. A decision based on a majority vote will then decide if the accused is suspended and for how long. If youths are involved, a lifetime ban is appropriate.

The accused may appeal the decision as per Section 19 of the Standing Rules and Policy.

The board’s decision must then be communicated in written form by the President to the accused and verbally to the accuser. A copy of the letter(s) will be kept in the individual’s file at the office of the MBA of A.

28. Effective the 2009-2010 season, the Master Bowlers’ Association requires that Master Bowlers who are traveling with Youth to our Master/YBC Tournaments or Master/Youth Tournaments have a police check done.

Youth is defined as aged 19 and under. A police check on file with the Alberta 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association or Bowling Proprietor’s Association of Alberta is sufficient.

The Bowling Proprietors of Alberta are responsible for ensuring the Master Bowlers who work with their youth bowlers in their centers have completed a screening process as determined by each proprietor.

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