Formats

PLEASE NOTE TOURNAMENT FORMATS, ENTRY FEES, AND GUARANTEES MAY BE CUSTOMIZED FOR A SPECIFIC EVENT. PLEASE SEE TOURNAMENT FLYER FOR EXACT INFORMTION.

2-Squad SPORT SHOT Tournament Formats
CASH Entry FeeS: $70 & $60

  • 3 game handicap qualifying over 6 lanes
  • Qualifying will be handicap 90% of 220 plus bonus pins earned
  • New members take 20 pins off their highest composite average
  • Each squad will be divided into 2 same sized groups based on the average used for handicapping purposes. Since every squad has different bowlers the average determined for splitting the 2 groups will be different every squad.
  • 1 in 6 per division will advance to the finals per squad and guaranteed $100 (when determining the cut only non-finalists and paid entries will be counted.)
  • The top qualifying series, from either division, without bonus pins from each squad will earn 1 bye (guaranteed $150) (must have 9 sport shot games to earn a bye.)
  • All final rounds will be split into 2 equally separate average divisions. The average that splits the divisions will change every round of the finals.
  • The first round of the finals will use a 1-game beat half the field by division elimination format. When there are an odd number of bowlers in a round the smaller number advances & the larger number cashes. NOTE: Any bowler that had an automatic re-rated average in qualifying must use their real LIGBT average in the finals.
  • The second round of the finals will add the 2 squad leaders, divide the remaining bowlers into 2 equally sized groups by average with everyone bowling 1 game. The top 2 bowlers from each division will advance to the final shootout.
  • If a senior (50+) did not advance to the shootout the last surviving senior, from either division will be added.
  • 1 in 8 women entries are guaranteed to advance to the finals (all squads combined.) If not enough women advanced more will be added until the 1 in 8 ratio is met. (there are no divisions when determining the women's cut.)
  • Top 4 prizes will  pay $1,000-1st / $500-2nd / $300-3rd / $250-4th REGARDLESS OF ENTRIES
  • Wild Card: To reward bowlers that compete in both squads the LIGBT will add the highest 6-game series with handicap & bonus pins by a non-finalist from each division (2 total) to the finals. (must have 9 sport shot games to earn the wildcard)

*Bonus pins will be used in qualifying only and not in the finals or side action. One bonus pin per game will be awarded to all bowlers that fail to make the finals in a tournament. You collect bonus pins for each squad you don't cash (you can gain a maximum 2 per tournament/maximum 12 per game/36 total). If you make the finals and are eliminated in the first round of the finals you lose 6 bonus pins per game. If you advance to round 2 of the finals you will lose all of your bonus pins.   

 HOUSE SHOT Tournament Formats

 CASH Entry FeeS: $70 & $60

  • 3 game handicap qualifying over 6 lanes
  • Members will use their LIGBT sport shot average. Automatic re-rate averages ARE NOT USED in house shot events. Bowlers must use their real LIGBT average.
  • Handicap 90% of 210 will be used (no bonus pins)
  • New members will use their highest composite average from the past 2 years minus 20 pins to determine handicap.
  • There will be 2 qualifying divisions; bowlers age 49 & under & age 50 & over.
  • 1 in 4 per division per squad will cash and earn an immediate cash prize of $70. One in 6 per squad per division will advance to the finals and guaranteed $100 (when determining the cuts only non-finalists and paid entries will be counted.)
  • The top handicap series from each squad, from either division, will earn 1 bye (guaranteed $150)
  • The divisions will be combined for the finals.
  • The first round of the finals will use a 1-game beat half the field elimination format. When there are an odd number of bowlers in a round the smaller number advances & the larger number cashes.
  • The second round of the finals will add the squad leaders with everyone bowling 1 game and the top half, up to 6 bowlers (or 5 bowlers plus a senior) advancing to the final shootout.
  • If a senior (50+) did not advance to the shootout the last surviving senior will be added.
  • 1 in 8 women entries are guaranteed to advance to the finals (both squads combined.) If not enough women advanced more will be added until the 1 in 8 ratio is met.
  • Top 4 prizes will  pay $1,000-1st / $500-2nd / $300-3rd / $250-4th REGARDLESS OF ENTRIES
  • House shot events are open tournaments, so no membership is required, but to participate in LIGBT house shot tournaments all entrants must meet LIGBT eligibility rules.

*Bonus pins are not used in house shot tournaments. Games bowled in house shot tournaments will not affect your LIGBT sport shot average. Everyone that bowls in a house shot event, and doesn't make the finals, will now earn 1 bonus pin for each squad they don't cash. Anyone that cashes in a house shot event will not lose any bonus pins.   

 

4-GAME SWEEPER Formats

CASH ENTRY FEE: $75* 

  • Everyone will bowl 4 games over 8 lanes (1 squad-no re-entries)
  • There will be 2 separate, equally sized, average divisions all using handicap 90% of 220 (bonus pins not used in sweeper)
  • 1 in 6 per division advances to the finals and is guaranteed $150
  • Top handicap series, from either division, will be seeded directly into the final shootout
  • Finals are one round with the top 1 or 2 (depending on entries) per division advancing to the final shootout
  • Top prizes are guaranteed to pay, with 65 paid entries, $1,000-1st & $500-2nd
  • The final shootout will be 1 game with handicap to determine the top prize winners
  • Sweepers are open tournaments, no membership required, but to participate all entrants must meet LIGBT eligibility rules. Members that bowl in a sweeper, and don't make the finals, will now earn 1 bonus pin if they don't cash. Members that cash in a sweeper will not lose any bonus pins.  

     

 5 Squad Major Tournament Formats 
 
Cash Entry Fee: $65 per squad 

TOP PRIZES: $2,000 & $1,000

 

  • 3 games of handicap qualifying over 6 lanes
  • Qualifying will use handicap 90% of 220 plus bonus pins
  • Each squad will be divided into 2 same sized groups based on the average used for handicapping purposes. Since every squad has different bowlers the average determined for splitting the 2 groups will be different every squad.
  • 1 in 6 per squad, per division, will advance to the finals
  • When determining the number of advancers in a squad only non-finalists and paid entries will be counted.
  • The top qualifying series from each squad, from either division will earn 1 bye (must have 9 sport shot games to earn a bye.)
  • If a senior (50+) did not advance to the shootout the last surviving senior will be added and the shootout.
  • 1 in 8 women entries are guaranteed to advance to the finals (all squads & divisions combined.) If not enough women advanced more will be added until the 1 in 8 ratio is met.
  • All final rounds will be split into 2 equally separate average divisions. The average that splits the divisions will change every round of the finals.
  • ALL FINAL ROUNDS ARE 1 GAME BY DIVISION USING SINGLE GAME HANDICAPS (NO BONUS PINS).
  • AT THE START OF EACH FINAL ROUND BOWLERS WILL BE SPLIT EQUALLY INTO 2 AVERAGE DIVISIONS BASED ON THE AVERAGE THEY WILL USE IN THE FINALS. BOWLERS THAT USED A RE-RATED AVERAGE IN QUALIFYING WILL HAVE THEIR HANDICAP ADJUSTED IN THE FINALS BASED ON THE “REAL” LIGBT AVERAGE. BOWLERS THAT DID NOT HAVE 9 ELIGIBLE SPORT SHOT GAMES PRIOR TO THE EVENT WILL ALSO HAVE THEIR HANDICAP ADJUSTED BASED ON THE GAMES BOWLED THUS FAR IN LIGBT SPORT SHOT EVENTS. ALL BOWLERS WILL BE NOTIFIED IF THEIR HANDICAP IS CHANGED IN THE FINALS.
  • THE FIRST ROUND OF THE FINALS WILL HAVE ALL ADVANCERS, EXCEPT THE BOWLERS THAT EARNED BYES, BOWL 1 GAME WITH THE TOP 50% PER DIVISION (DSP ADVANCERS NOT INCLUDED IN THE 50% NUMBER) ADVANCING TO ROUND 2. IF THERE IS AN ODD # OF BOWLERS IN A DIVISION THE SMALLER # WILL ADVANCE AND THE LARGER # WILL BE ELIMINATED AND EARN A CASH PRIZE.
  • THE SECOND ROUND WILL INCLUDE THE FIRST ROUND ADVANCERS PLUS THE BOWLERS THAT EARNED 1 BYE. ALL WILL BOWL 1 GAME WITH THE TOP 50% PER DIVISION ADVANCING TO ROUND 3.
  • THE THIRD FINAL ROUND WILL INCLUDE THE ROUND 2 ADVANCERS PLUS THE BOWLERS EARNING 2 BYES. ALL WILL BOWL 1 GAME WITH THE TOP 2 IN EACH DIVISION ADVANCING TO THE FINAL SHOOTOUT. IF NONE OF THE 4 ADVANCERS FROM ROUND 3 ARE SENIORS (50+) THE LAST REMAINING SENIOR IN THE FINALS FROM EITHER DIVISION WILL BE ADDED TO THE SHOOTOUT.
  • THE ROUND 3 ADVANCERS WILL JOIN THE WINNER OF THE FRIDAY NIGHT BONUS IN THE FINAL SHOOTOUT AND ALL WILL BOWL 1 GAME TO DETERMINE THE TOP PRIZE WINNERS.  
  • Top prizes will pay a minimum of $2,000-1st & $1,000-2nd (REGARDLESS OF ENTRIES)
  • A wildcard bonus will be offered on Friday night and from the first 2 Sunday squads. The wildcard winner is the non-finalist, from either division, with the highest 6-game series. (must have 9 sport shot games to earn the wildcard bonus.)

*Bonus pins will be used in qualifying and not in finals or side action. One bonus pin per game will be awarded to all bowlers that fail to make the finals in a tournament. You collect bonus pins for each squad you don't cash (you can gain a maximum 2 per tournament/maximum 12 per game/36 total). If you make the finals and are eliminated in the first round of the finals you lose 6 bonus pins per game. If you advance to round 2 of the finals you will lose all of your bonus pins.   

 

*PLEASE NOTE ALL ENTRIES PAID BY CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD WILL INCUR A $3 PER SQUAD "CONVENIENCE FEE" 

 Match Play Championship Format 
 
Cash Entry Fee: $75 & $65

TOP PRIZES: $1,500-$750-$500-$500

 

  • 3 games of handicap qualifying over 6 lanes
  • Qualifying will use handicap 90% of 210 plus bonus pins
  • 1 in 6 will advance to the finals per squad and guaranteed $100 
  • When determining the number of advancers in a squad only non-finalists and paid entries will be counted.
  • The top qualifying series from each squad will be seeded directly into match play and guaranteed a minimum of $150 (must have 9 sport shot games to earn a bye.)
  • 1 in 8 women entries are guaranteed to advance to the finals (all squads combined.) If not enough women advanced more will be added until the 1 in 8 ratio is met.
  • All finalists must use their real LIGBT average as automatic re-rates are not used in the finals.
  • The first round of the finals will have all finalists, except squad leaders, roll 1 game with the top 12 advancing to match play.
  • After Round 1 there will be 16 bowlers remaining and all will be seeded into a 16 bowler bracket with the 4 squad leaders earning the top 3 seed positions.
  • All will bowl 1 game handicap matches with the winners advancing and the losers earning a cash prize.
  • After 2 rounds of matches the final 4 bowlers will compete in a 1-game shootout to determine the top 4 prizes.
  • A wildcard bonus will be offered on Friday night and for the first 2 Sunday squads. The bonus goes to the highest 6-game series. (must have 9 sport shot games to earn the wildcard bonus.)

*Bonus pins will be used in qualifying and not in finals or side action. One bonus pin per game will be awarded to all bowlers that fail to make the finals in a tournament. You collect bonus pins for each squad you don't cash (you can gain a maximum 2 per tournament/maximum 12 per game/36 total). If you make the finals and are eliminated in the first round of the finals you lose 6 bonus pins per game. If you advance to round 2 of the finals you will lose all of your bonus pins.   

 

*PLEASE NOTE ALL ENTRIES PAID BY CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD WILL INCUR A $3 PER SQUAD "CONVENIENCE FEE"