AXS will host 12 regular season events and one Invitational Event for the 2021 season.
There will be a number of stand alone events throughout the season as well. These stand alone events do not have any effect on season points, standings or season awards. (Scratch Events, Turkey Shoot, New Year’s Day Doubles, Kings & Queens, King of the Mountain, Champs / Non Champs)
The stand alone events will count towards events bowled for the Invitational at the end of the year.
All events are open to any USBC sanctioned bowlers. Sanctioning will be available the day of the event.
Entries & Averages
There is a $20 membership fee. This membership MUST be paid to participate in any AXS event.
All $20 of this membership fee goes towards end Invitational Event Prize fund and any tournament expenses that may come up.
Entry fee is $40 per entry, per person if you PRE-Register online at bowlaxs.com. It is recommended that you pre-register as some squads may sell out this season.
Entry fee is $45 per entry, per person if you do NOT register online in advance of the event (6 pm the night before deadline). All $5 will go towards the prize fund for the Invitational Event at the end of the season.
Entering averages will be determined by using your highest book average from the 2019-20 season, then re-rated using the USBC Challenge shot average adjustment chart.
Any Challenge shot entering average will NOT be re-rated.
Any Sport shot entering average will be re-rated to a challenge shot average using the USBC adjustment chart.
You will use the highest of your current book re-rated (1), challenge or sport shot average (2) or last year’s AXS Tournament average (3) as your entering average for this season.
Anyone with a current average of 21 games or more with no book average may provide a standing sheet from their league to use that average as their entering average. If you have less than 21 games in one league, but have at least 21 combined games in multiple leagues, a composite average will be used. (Leagues must be sanctioned to use these averages)
Anyone with no book average and no current average will enter at 200. (scratch)
If your current average is ten pins or higher than your book at the time you enter, you must report that average and use it for entering the event.
After 4 squads, you will receive a tournament average (16 games). You will then use your tournament average for the remainder of the season regardless of your book average.
There will be a ten pin drop rule in effect once you have established a tournament average. NO bowler may drop 10 pins from their entering average, even once they have a tournament average.
Handicap is capped at 50 pins per bowler, per game.
The Tournament Director reserves the right to re-rate any bowler.
Points & Match Play
Every tournament will earn you points as follows:
Entry – 5 points
High game for the day (includes qualifying and match play) – 5 points
Squad Leader (high qualifier) – 5 points
Squad leader (leader of other squad) – 3 points
Match play: 7 points = cash but do not qualify for match play
10 points = eliminated round 1
14 points = eliminated round 2
19 points = eliminated round 3
25 points = eliminated round 4 or winner of event 71 entries or below)
32 points = eliminated round 5 or winner of event 119 entries or below)
Match play will be as follows:
Any event with 41 entries or less will be a stepladder format (top 5, 3 points awarded for each win in addition to 5 points for entry.)
42-47 entries – Top 6
48-71 entries – Top 8
72-95 entries – Top 12, squad leaders plus next two highest qualifiers receive byes
96-119 entries – Top 16
120-143 entries – Top 20, squad leaders plus next 10 highest qualifiers receive byes
144-161 entries – Top 24
162-191 entries - Top 28 - squad leaders plus next two highest qualifiers receive byes
1:5 entries will cash on the day
Match play will be one match per pair. Winners will move on to next round.
Warm-up will be five minutes before the first round of match play. For those bowlers getting byes, they will have a warm-up pair available to them.
Each subsequent round will be two balls per lane, per bowler.
Finals will be streamed live on Facebook and filmed for Youtube.
Squad cut is 1:10 entries guaranteed to match play. All other will come from the at-large. (1:5 entries on the day will cash)
Juniors are eligible to bowl as long as they are 15 years of age as of August 1st, 2020
Juniors must complete a Prize Waiver Form for each event they enter
Juniors are not allowed to enter any side pots or brackets
Payouts will vary based on match play, but be no less than 1:5 entries
Entry fee breakdown:
$3 Tournament Director/fees
$1 Invitational Event Prize Fund
$25 Prize Fund
To be eligible for Rookie of the Year, you must have not bowled more than sixteen (16) games in a previous season, nor entered an event in more than one season.
Bowlers who have less than sixteen (16) games, but win an event will not be eligible the following seasons for Rookie of the Year.
Regular season events are the only ones that count towards awards for the end of season. Stand alone events have no bearing on season awards.
Awards will be handed out at the Invitational Event in January 2022.
Season award categories are as follows:
Point Leader (Handicap)
Point Leader (Junior)
Match Play Average (5 game min., Handicap and Scratch)
Match Play Record (winning %, 5 game min., Handicap and Scratch)
Scott Hurne Memorial Rookie of the Year
All other rules covered by the 2020-21 USBC Playing Rules
*This includes from squad to squad and match play. Once the first squad begins, you may not touch the surface of your ball.