LL LeaguePIAA
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United States Bowling Congress (USBC).
USBC puts major emphasis on the continuing development of High School bowling and encourages all members to improve and progress in the sport. USBC also stresses the importance of higher education.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………….2
Eligibility and Entry Fees………………………………………………………………3
League Structure………………………………………………………………………..3
League Rules………………………………………………………………………3
Bowling Practice…………………………………………………………………..3
Uniforms…………………………………………………………………………..3
Transportation……………………………………………………………………..4
Awards…………………………………………………………………………….4
Contingencies……………………………………………………………………..4
Competition Format and Rules………………………………………………………..4
Roster……………………………………………………………………………...4
1. Full Team……………………………………………………………42. Legal Line Up……………………………………………………….43. Roster Size…………………………………………………………..44. Substitution………………………………………………………….4
Junior Varsity Team………………………………………………………………4
Point System and Scoring…………………………………………………………5
1. Eligible Wins………………………………………………………..52. Point System………………………………………………………...53. Vacancy Scores……………………………………………………..5
Playing Format……………………………………………………………………5
1. Practice Time………………………………………………………..52. Absent Bowlers……………………………………………………...53. Late Bowlers………………………………………………………...54. Forfeits……………………………………………………………...55. Ties…………………………………………………………………56. Scorekeeping……………………………………………………….57. Postponements……………………………………………………...58. Lane Conditions…………………………………………………….5
Conduct of Coaches and Athletes……………………………………………………..6
Coaches…………………………………………………………………………...6
Athletes…………………………………………………………………………...6
Tournaments……………………………………………………………………………7
Lancaster-Lebanon Singles Tournament………………………………………….7
Lancaster-Lebanon Team Tournament……………………………………………7
District III Boys and Girls Singles...........................................................................8
Eligibility and Entry Fee
Where applicable, the Lancaster – Lebanon High School Bowling League will abide by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and the governing body of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) eligibility rules. The Lancaster – Lebanon High School Bowling League shall be sanctioned with the USBC High School division each year to insure competition is conducted within the rules of the game as set forth by the sports national governing Body.
Any High School bowler that bowls, coaches, or participates in any activity where money or gifts in lieu of payment are accepted by the bowler will make them ineligible to participate on the high school team.
League Structure
The goal of each individual school shall be to field a varsity team and a junior varsity team. Each individual school will determine the junior varsity team’s participation. The Lancaster – Lebanon League will be broken down into 4 sections based on school enrollment:
1. Section 1 will have (5) teams2. Section 2 will have (5) teams3. Section 3 will have (5) teams4. Section 4 will have (5) teams
League Rules
1. The league will be a scratch league.2. Each team will be permitted a maximum of 2 scrimmages.
Bowling Practice
1. It is the responsibility of each head coach to conduct formal team practice during the Lancaster – Lebanon High School Bowling Season. These practices will be at no cost to the student, and must be pre-arranged with the participating bowling center to insure lanes are available.2. There will be no bowling in host house after 1PM on day of section match play. Anyone not abiding to this rule will be banned from participation on that day. If not known prior to start of match and discovered during or after the match, the whole team will forfeit any wins. These wins will go into an unearned column.
Uniforms
1. Team competitors shall appear in uniforms approved by the Lancaster – Lebanon League for all conference meets and tournaments.2. Dress pants are to be used during match play. 3. Shirts must have an identifiable collar; mock turtle neck shirts are acceptable.4. All teams must be wearing the same type and color shirt. 5. The following are not permitteda. Denim material of any kind, b. Jeans of any color, no cargo pants(pockets down side of pants), no spandex and no yoga pants (no back pockets that show the outline of the pocket)c. Hatsd. Shorts of any typee. Skirts, Skorts or dresses (girls LL singles, districts and states girls may wear)(must be an all-girls event)f. Electronic devices of any kind6. This dress code will be enforced at the first (1st) night of regular section play. There will be no exceptions to this rule; bowlers will not be permitted to bowl.7. Any uniform or dress code violation will be reported to the host official for determination.8. While it is recommended that the coach wears the same or similar uniform as the team, it will be up to each school district to define those requirements. However, all coaches must adhere to item 5 above.
Transportation
1. It will be the responsibility of each participating school in the Lancaster – Lebanon High School Bowling to arrange for their team’s transportation to and from practices, matches, and tournaments. It will be required that all participants sign a waiver of liability stating that they are assuming full responsibility for their transportation and will hold the school districts, coaches, and bowling centers harmless for any actions arising as a result of travel in connection with the Lancaster – Lebanon High School Bowling activities. This policy will not override any school districts travel policy. Transportation will be provided in accordance with the school districts policy.
Awards
1. The winner of each section and the overall league champion will be awarded a trophy for display at their school. 2. Individual medals will be awarded for high average, high series, and high game. These awards will be scratch with a bowler only winning in one division. They will be awarded to each section.3. To be eligible for individual awards, bowlers must participate in two thirds (2/3) of all regular section matches. Bowlers may win only one individual award with the order of priority being high average, high series, and high game. 4. The Team and Individual tournaments will be comprised of the 1st place team winner(Team) along with 5 individual awards(Singles).5. JV matches are instructional and as such, will not receive any LL League awards.
Contingencies
1. It is the responsibility of the host Athletic Director to notify all parties of any cancellations due to snow, etc. or any schedule changes. Any situation arising which is not covered by the Lancaster – Lebanon High School Bowling guidelines will be covered by the PIAA official handbook, the USBC Playing Rules, the USBC High School rule book, and or the Lancaster – Lebanon bowling representative.
Competition Format and Rules
Roster
1. Full Team: A full team will consist of five (5) bowlers.2. Legal Line up: A legal line up consists of three (3) bowlers.3. Roster Size:a. Team rosters of Varsity and Junior Varsity are not limited to size and all bowlers may dress.b. The starting 5 bowlers must be identified to the opposing team prior to the start of the practice either through line-up exchanges or as entered in the lane monitors. THE LINE UP MADE MAY BE CHANGED AFTER GAME 1 PRIOR TO GAME 2 AND AFTER GAME 2 PRIOR TO GAME 3.c. All teams are required to submit a starting line-up to the league secretary at the start of the season.4. Substitutes:a. Substitution: Unlimited substitution is allowed during a game, but the score will be credited to the starter. There is no re-entry after removal during that game but may re-enter the next game.b. Injury substitutions will follow the USBC Playing Rules of using 1/10th of the bowler’s average less 10 pins for each un-bowled frame. This score is added onto the completed score of the injured bowler.
Junior Varsity Team
1. Will follow all varsity rules as listed in this rulebook.2. Each school will determine if they will have a JV team or not.3. JV teams will have to pay the proprietor where hosted as you would for a varsity team. Cost will be up to each center, and school to work out.4. Junior Varsity squad will compete on the pair of lanes immediately adjacent to the Varsity squad.
Point System and Scoring
1. Eligible Wins: Only Varsity Teams will track scores and won/loss records2. Point System:a. Section meets will use a seven point scoring system.b. Each game will count as 2 points.c. The overall series total will be one (1) point.3. Vacancy Scores: Vacancy scores will be calculated as 0.
Playing Format
1. Practice Time: All match practice times will begin at 3:20 PM and last 10 minutes, unless notified regarding a time change. Match play will begin promptly at 3:30 PM. Only five (5) bowlers per team may be in the practice area at a time. Each team will start practice on their individually assigned lane, then switch.( will allow night match must start at 5:30 and be approved by both schools and centers)2. Absent Bowlers: There are no absentee bowlers. Bowlers not present to constitute a legal line-up will be represented as vacancies.3. Late Bowlers: Late bowlers coming in to field a varsity team will show a zero until they show up. That coach will have the final decision to put them in where the team is at with the zero’s or wait until next match.4. Forfeits: The forfeiting team will not receive any points. The opposing team will receive all their points. Players on a forfeiting team who are present may bowl, but the scores shall not be included in the team’s total pins. Refer to USBC rules. When bowling a forfeiting team, substitutes from the opposing team will not be allowed to bowl as pacers. When bowling a no show team the team bowling must keep “normal” pace.
Note: If a team is going to be late, they must contact the bowling center and inform the host. If at all possible, the teams will be permitted to bowl later that evening. If the bowling center does not have any lanes to provide for a match that evening, the schools will be required to re-schedule per PIAA regulations.
5. Ties: In the event of a tie in the final team standings for first place in the section during regular section play, there will be a three (3) game roll-off to determine the final placing. This roll-off will be based on total pins not on a point system, along with being rolled at a neutral site. If again the match results in a tie there will need to be another three (3) game roll-off using the same format. Positions other than first place will be determined by total pins, then by head to head results from league play.6. Scorekeeping: It will be the responsibility of the head coaches to verify that the recap sheets are complete and accurate. The head coaches will review the recap sheet, sign it, and turn in the completed recap sheet to the host school head coach. It will then be the responsibility of the host school head coach to submit all scores to the official secretary by 9PM of the night in which games were played. If scores are not submitted in time the host school will forfeit all points won that night. These points will then be listed as unearned points. This should be faxed to the official scorer prior to leaving the host center. The official secretary will also be responsible for contacting the newspapers with the results.7. Postponements: In the event of a postponement the match must be played on the next available day. This must be cleared with the schools, and the center hosting. It is the responsibility of the host school to make date/time arrangements for the postponement. (Host school must contact chair person/secretary of any cancellation that day, plus the new date for the makeup match).8. Lane Conditions: All centers will use a house pattern that is not a sport or challenge pattern for matches and tournaments, (5.0 or higher oil ratio).
Conduct of Coaches and Athletes
Coaches
1. No coach or any other person officially connected with the team shall be permitted to use any drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products on the bench or in the playing area.2. There will be no consumption of alcoholic beverages, drugs, or tobacco products by anyone in the seating area or concourse area during practice, or match play.3. The coach/coaches, league officials and the bowlers bowling in the match will be the only persons permitted in the bowling area. Substitutes or any other interested parties must remain behind the area defined as the bowler’s area. A maximum of six (6) people per team, including the coach, will be allowed in the bowler’s area during any match play.4. Un-sportsmanlike, unprofessional conduct or foul language is prohibited. The host school will be responsible for overseeing a meeting of all coaches present for discussion and voting on situations, which may arise. 5. Host schools head coach will be responsible for reading the PIAA code of conduct rules prior to starting each match.6. Coaches must handle spectators for their teams.a. No one other than the coach is allowed to speak to the bowlers during competition.b. Spectators are not allowed to talk to coaches during competition.c. If a problem arises, the coach must inform the opposing team’s coach and the host coach of the situation.d. Any problem that cannot be handled by the coaches will be turned over to the proprietor and/or police.e. Any issues related to bowler’s or spectators needs to be reported to the Athletic Director of the offending school.7. Coaches are required to handle any exuberant cheering on and off the approach. This includes but is not limited to:a. Taunting or gesturesb. “Running” out shotsc. Screaming or yelling louder than their “normal” voice while off the approach.d. No cheering of any type while on the approach that would disturb or distract another bowler.8. Coaches may not leave their team unattended without an authorized replacement coach.
Athletes
1. No player shall be permitted to use any drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products on the bench or in the playing area.2. All bowlers must stay with their team in the competition area and may not leave unless excused by the coach. Each coach will be responsible for their team and must follow their schools rules regarding bowlers leaving an event without their team.3. Bowlers will be expected to follow the previous bowler promptly and will be required to bowl as soon as the lanes on each side are clear. We will be following one lane courtesy only.4. Un-sportsmanlike conduct including deliberate fouling, unusually loud or vulgar language, or abuse to equipment or facilities is prohibited. The host school will be responsible for overseeing a meeting of all coaches present for discussion and voting on situations, which may arise.5. Bowlers are not permitted to order or eat food during competition.6. Bowlers must follow dress code at all times during competition whether or not they are bowling as long as they are part of the team’s roster for that day’s competition.7. Bowlers attending the competition that are not part of that day’s team roster are considered spectators and cannot wear the team uniform. In addition, they must stay behind the player’s area with the spectators.8. The bowler may not talk to or stand with the spectators at any time during the match.
Lancaster/Lebanon Team Tournament
Qualifications to compete in the tournament:Qualifying teams to compete in the tournament will be the 1st and 2nd place teams in all sections.All team members may come dressed only eight bowlers may be in the settee and these 8 must be declared before the start of practice. Your line up must be declared before your practice with your opposing team.Tournament rules:Signups are from 8:00 AM to 8:15 PM.8:15 to 8:30 present league awards. 8:30 AM to 8:40 AM practice (each team on one pair which is not the starting pair). 8:40 A.M. to 8:50A.M.practice (both team on the starting pair). *Tournament is based on best of three games using 7 point system; match will end when a team earns 4 points.The format will be as followed (see tournament rules)1. Rotation for team tournament will be as follows:
14-15----CEDAR----15-16---CEDAR---16—17 ---CAINS ----17-18 –CEDAR---18-19--- CAINS
Lancaster /Lebanon Singles Tournament
Qualifications to compete in the tournament:Each school will be allowed to pick up to 5 bowlers to send to the tournament to represent their school.(girls tournament unlimited amount you may send)Tournament rules:Signs ups are from 8 AM till 8:15 AMLane assignments will be done by the tournament secretary. This will be done by school not by individuals.8:15 to 8:30 present awards.
Practice is from 8:30 AM till 8:40 AM **1st round - bowlers will roll 5 games across lanes skipping 1, 2 ECT. Pairs to the right depending on house size. This is to be determined prior to the start of the tournament by the secretary / L-L Sports chairperson.There will be a 1 1/2 hour(or 1 hour depending on time) break taken after the first round is completed2nd round – top 40 bowlers will roll 4 more games across lanes ( First round scores are carried over to 2nd round)
The top 5 will advance to the finals.
In the finals the Top five bowlers will advance to the stepladder finals, with the bottom five bowlers being placed and awarded accordingly
Girls event will be run the same way on another day (at the following years center)
Girls must choose boys or girls LL tournament. May not bowl in both.
Rotation for tournament will be as follows:
14-15---Dutch-------15-16-Leisure----16—17 Clearview –17—18 Dutch –18—19 Leisure
District III Boys and Girls Singles Qualifying
Boys
1. The top 12 averages from the Lancaster-Lebanon varsity league.2. Bowled 50% of their games on the varsity league. ( 20 games ).3. The remaining number which will be no less than 6 (who are part of the L-L- league team) will come from the Lancaster-Lebanon boys single championships.
Girls
1. The top 12 averages from the Lancaster-Lebanon varsity league.2. Bowled 50% of their games on the varsity league. ( 20 games ).3. The remaining number which will be no less than 6 (who are part of the L-L league team) will come from the girls Lancaster-Lebanon singles tournament.
(When given an extra spot for either boy or girl (from the independent qualifier) it will be filled from the league top averages not the tournament.)
Regional qualifying:
Boys:
1. top 35 averages from the league that have bowled ½ the varsity games2. top 5 from LL singles tournament
Girls:
1. top 35 averages from the league that have bowled ½ the varsity games2. top 5 from LL girls singles tournament3. if not at 40(after 1 and 2 above) take the amount needed from the girls LL tournament
both boys and girls will not exceed 40 bowlers (unless there are ties). All bowlers must at least average 150 or better to advance to regionals.
Team regionals :will be all of the first place winners and the next 4 high average teams. Unless a 2ndplace team wins the LL team tournament, then they will also advance and we will then take the next top 3 average from league standings. Plus any schools that have enough to make a girls team may advance to regionals (no amount of games have to be bowled in league) only 8 girls’ team from league may go. It will be on a first come first go bases.
Player of the year point system:
1. Top 5 averages from each section(no decimals if ties take them)a. 1st 50 points, 2nd 45 points, 3rd 40 points, 4th 35 points, 5th 30 points2. Top 5 series from above:
a.1st 45, 2nd 40, 3rd 35, 4th 30, 5th 25 points
3. Top 5 games from above :
a.1st 40, 2nd 35, 3rd 30, 4th 25, 5th 20 points
4. Bonus points for 800 seriesa. 20 points for any of the 55. Bonus points for 300 gamea. 10 points for any of the 56. Highest percentage of games bowled in varsitya. 1st 50 , 2nd 40 , 3rd 30, 4th 20, 5th 10 points7. Must bowl at least 2/3rds on varsity to qualify
Secretary will tally each section and send out to coaches to vote for one MVP from all four sections together