Women's Championships Brackets
The USBC Women's Championships offers participants a wide variety of optional side events. With the entry fee for most in the $5-$20 range, the side events allow competitors to fulfill competitive urges and expand opportunities to win additional prize money.
The idea of brackets is simple: each “bracket” includes eight randomly-selected bowlers on your squad during team, doubles and/or singles events. You need to bowl a higher game than the bowler you are paired against to advance out of each round. If you win all three matches, you win your bracket.
At the Women’s Championships, there are several types of brackets available, including scratch, handicap and senior (age 50 and older) handicap with entry fees ranging from $5 to $10.
First prize in the $5 brackets is $25 and second place pays $10. There will be scratch, handicap and senior $5 brackets available during each event. Handicap for brackets is 75 percent of 220.
During the team event only, $10 handicap brackets also will be available. First prize will be $50 and second place pays $20.
Reverse Brackets work like traditional brackets but instead of using your scores in order (Game 1, Game 2 and Game 3), they are used in reverse order (Game 3, Game 2 and Game 1). The cost for Reverse Brackets is $5. First place pays $25, while second place pays $10. This year, there will be scratch and handicap Reverse Brackets available during team, doubles and singles.
SECOND CHANCE BRACKETS
For $10, the Second Chance Brackets are similar to regular brackets but four of the eight bowlers will have a chance to at least win back their entry fee. There will be scratch and handicap Second Chance Brackets available during all three events.
Bowlers who lose the first game will advance to a losers’ bracket. Bowlers who lose again will be eliminated. Bowlers whose first loss comes in the second game will advance to a second sub-bracket. The bowler who loses again will be eliminated.
The person who makes it through the initial bracket undefeated will win $30. Two wins and a loss in the final will earn the bowler $20. A win in the first game, followed by a loss in the second and a win in the third will earn the bowler $15. The winner of the initial losers’ bracket will earn $10.
3-6-9 STRIKE JACKPOT
The 3-6-9 Strike Jackpot features a $5 entry fee and puts bowlers in the jackpot for all three events (team, doubles and singles) for one entry fee. The concept is simple: strike in the third, sixth and ninth frame of each game in a series and hit the jackpot. You also can cash for hitting eight of the nine strikes in the series or just for striking in the third, sixth or ninth frame of any single game. Payouts will come after the conclusion of the tournament.
For a $10 entry fee, Century Doubles pairs two bowlers who are a combined 100 years or older on the date of participation. Bowlers may only enter with other competitors on their squad (up to five partners) in this tournament-long event.
For example, a bowler who is 35 years old must find a bowler on her squad who is 65 or older in order to enter his event and vice versa. Bowlers will use their combined doubles scores to determine the winner at the end of the tournament’s run in July. The handicap for Century Doubles is 75 percent of 220.
Prize money goes to the bowler who signs up the pair, but the two bowlers can enter with each other and share the place in the standings. For example, Bowler A can sign up with Bowler B, and Bowler B can then pay her own $10 to sign up with Bowler A.
Side pots reward bowlers who are the best on their squads. These handicap pots pay out for the highest game (each game) among those who are entered. The entry fee for Side Pots during each event is $10. The handicap for this product is 75 percent of 220.
TEAM USA QUALIFYING
Women’s Championships bowlers are encouraged to use their nine-game all-events totals as qualifying scores to earn paid entries into the USBC Team USA Trials, an event that gives bowlers a chance to earn a spot on Team USA.
For a $35 entry fee, one out of every 10 entrants earns a paid Team USA Trials entry. In addition to a chance to represent the United States in international bowling competition through the optional qualifying program, USBC donates $1 from each all-events entry fee to support the Team USA program. Bowlers interested in a chance to qualify for the Team USA Trials can register when they sign up for brackets before team event.
SENIOR AND SUPER SENIOR TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS QUALIFYING
Earn the chance to represent the United States at the 2013 Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas (July 28-Aug. 3, 2013) being held at Strikers Lanes in Sunrise, Fla.
*The top two finishers in each category (based on their nine-game all-events totals) automatically will earn spots on the team that will represent the U.S. in this international competition. The cost for this will be $35.
Senior entrants must be at least 45 years of age before the first day of competition at the 2013 Tournament of the Americas.
Super Senior entrants must be at least 55 years of age before the first day of competition at the 2013 Tournament of the Americas.
If a bowler age 55 or older would like to sign up in both divisions, she can do so by paying both entry fees. Should she qualify in both, she will choose which division he’d like to compete in at the TOA.
Women only will be eligible to qualify through the 2013 USBC Women’s Championships.
*Team USA will pay for the TOA entry, hotel and uniform. Competitors will be responsible for their own travel and meal expenses.
Introduced in 2010, this product is designed specifically so bowlers will face only bowlers in their own divisions. The cost will be $10 per bracket, and bowlers may enter up to 20.
This product will be set up like a traditional eight-person bracket, but instead of using individual games, winners each round will be determined by their three-game series in team, doubles and singles. This new format makes things a little more exciting and gives you a chance to bounce back from a bad game.
Another unique aspect of this product is that it will be tournament-long. All bowlers will be randomly placed into the brackets at the conclusion of the 2013 Women’s Championships, and winners will be determined. The winner of each bracket will receive $50, while the runner-up receives $20.
Handicap for the Gem Series will be 100 percent of 450 for Sapphire Division bowlers, 100 percent of 540 for those in the Ruby Division and 100 percent of 660 for Diamond Division bowlers.
OPTIONAL SCRATCH BONUS
Since the Women’s Championships uses an all-handicap format, this optional scratch prize fund is a special bonus for ultra-competitive bowlers and a chance to earn additional prize money.
This product is open to all tournament competitors. The cost will be $20 per bowler per event, and bowlers can enter one, two or all three events. The team event scratch bonus will be $100 total, and the doubles scratch bonus will be $40 total. Singles and all-events will be $20 and the responsibility of the individual.
This is a yearlong product and will feature a prize-fund-style payout after the conclusion of the tournament. The prize ratio is 1:10.
Please note: This product is completely unrelated to the scratch portion of the USBC Women’s Championships that crowns overall tournament champions.