SOUTH POINT Senior Shootout
November 6-10 & 11-14, 2023
2023 South Point Senior Shootout Rules
The South Point Senior Shootout (SPSS) is United States Bowling Congress (USBC) certified. The SPSS consists of four separate scratch singles events with Qualifying and Cashers' Rounds, Bracketed Match Play, and Individual Match play. The SPSS is limited to 180 entries.
All participants must be 50 years of age or older as of the start date of the SPSS event they are entering, in good standing with the USBC, and shall have earned less than three (3) Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) National and/or PBA50/Senior PBA National titles. Players age 63 or over as of the start date of the SPSS event they are entering are eligible regardless of the number of PBA and/or PBA50/Senior PBA titles earned.
All participants must be current USBC members. If not previously verified, proof of USBC membership must be shown during registration. If current USBC membership cannot be verified, a USBC associate membership card must be purchased at a cost of $30.00.
Except for the Cook’s Bowling Supply Sweeper on Monday, November 6, SPSS sweepers are limited to players who have otherwise entered the SPSS. Employees of South Point and other SPSS sponsors and supporters who meet the eligibility requirement(s) may enter the SPSS.
The SPSS Entry Fee including the SPSS I Am Bowling Championship is $750.00 if paid in full by December 31, 2022. Effective January 1, 2023, the SPSS Entry Fee is $800.00. A deposit of $400.00 will reserve an entry in each of the three daily Challenge events as well as the I Am Bowling Championship. The remaining balance ($350.00 if paid by 12/31/22, $400 thereafter) must be received no later than October 1, 2023. Optional Sweepers, Brackets, Side Pots, and Super Century Doubles will be available at additional cost.
Players may enter one or more of the three one-day Challenge events for $200.00 each. Entries for individual Challenge events will not be processed until October 8, 2023. Entry priority will be given to players paying the full entry fee ($750 or $800 depending on the date paid) over players with an unpaid balance as of October 8, 2023, and bowlers entering events individually. Players entering the Challenge events individually at the $200 rate will not qualify for the SPSS I Am Bowling Championship. Fees paid using a Credit or Debit Card may be assessed a non-refundable processing fee.
Entry for any SPSS event (excluding sweepers) must be paid in full before the start of the official SPSS practice session scheduled for Monday, November 6, 2023 at 2:00 PM. If a player chooses to NOT participate in the official practice session or are entering an event after the official practice session, their entry will be accepted up to one hour prior to the start of the event they are entering or until the event field is full, whichever occurs first. The SPSS is limited to 180 entries.
There is no fee for a withdrawal through Sunday, October 8, 2023. For withdrawals between October 9, 2023 and November 6, 2023, a refund will be given less a $100 Cancellation Fee. Competitors who withdraw after the start of the SPSS practice session are not entitled to a refund.
Pre-paid sweeper entries will be refunded automatically for players who qualify for a conflicting Challenge Finals. Pre-paid sweeper entry fees for “No-Shows” (players who do not inform SPSS management of their withdrawal from a sweeper at least 15 minutes prior to the sweeper start time) are non-refundable. For entries paid with a credit or debit card, the event entry fee will be refunded in accordance with the withdrawal timeline. Credit card processing fees are non-refundable.
Competitors who withdraw/cancel may obtain their own replacements. Players who obtain replacements must make their own arrangements as to repayment of their individual entry fees. SPSS must be notified of replacements prior to the close of entries. The Cancellation Fee is waived if the withdrawing player obtains their own replacement or their entire entry fee is rolled over to the following year.
PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS
Prize ratio for the Challenge events will be at least three (3) prizes for each ten (10) entrants. Super Senior prizes (for entrants age 60 or over as of the start date of the event), Super-Duper Senior prizes (for entrants age 70 and over as of the start date of the event), and Ladies' prizes will be paid in accordance with each specific event format. In addition to the prize money, event champions will receive symbolic awards.
Prize winnings will be paid by check from the Senior Shootout Tournament Office, and should be available one hour after the event conclusion. Prize winnings that are not distributed will be mailed within 30 days of the conclusion of the SPSS. The only sums to which a player will be entitled for bowling in this tournament are those prizes or awards that may be won by the player in this tournament. If for any reason a player wishes to waive the prize money, it is that player’s responsibility to notify tournament staff in writing at the time of registration regarding their refusal of the prize money. If the prize money is waived, the amount will be returned to the prize fund for distribution.
The IRS requires SPSS to furnish 1099 forms to individuals who accumulate winnings of $600 or more annually in any SPSS tournament. Therefore, social security numbers must be provided per IRS regulations. Failure to provide a social security number (U.S. citizens) or Individual Tax ID Number-ITIN (Non-US citizens) to SPSS will result in a 30% tax reduction of the prize winnings.
All players must "check in" during initial registration on Monday, November 6. If not previously verified, a current USBC membership card must be shown at the initial registration. Roll call attendance is mandatory prior to each round of competition.
Squad and Lane Assignments will be posted on the official tournament website (www.SeniorShootout.Vegas) no later than three days prior to the first day of qualifying. Squad and Lane Assignments will also be posted in or near the paddock. It is each player’s responsibility to know which squad as well as the starting lane they have been assigned. If a player is late for their squad, they will receive zero for each frame missed.
Tournament management reserves the right to change the number of qualifying squads in the tournament as late as seven days prior to the first day of qualifying.
START OF COMPETITION
The definition of the “Start of Competition” is when the player’s first ball is thrown for score during any round in which score is counted. A player arriving late will begin play and their score will count beginning with the frame then being bowled in all rounds of competition.
Each player is allowed two re-racks per game during all tournament play. Additional re-racks may be granted with Tournament Management’s permission.
Qualifying for each of the single-day Challenge events consists of six games across twelve lanes. Three games will be bowled on each side of the Bowling Plaza. During qualifying for the Challenge events, players may request crossing partners. Requests will be accommodated to the extent that lane availability exists and all players are agreeable. Players will cross the with the same partners during qualifying for all three Challenge events. The 32 players qualifying for the SPSS I Am Bowling Championship are determined by their Composite Qualifying Positions in each of the three single-day Challenge events.
Cashers', Match Play Rounds, and Stepladder Finals
Ties for seeding positions in all Challenge Event Finals are resolved using the player's highest game(s) in the round in which the tie occurred. If there is a tie for the final position(s) needed to complete the field for the Cashers’, Bracket, Match Play, Stepladder Finals, and/or the I Am Bowling Championship Finals, one complete game shall be bowled. SPSS management will determine the roll-off pair. Players shall have ten minutes of warm-up and the player with the highest single game in the tied round will choose which player starts the match on the left lane. If a tie still exists at the end of the game, a one-ball roll-off will be bowled. The higher seed will have choice of starting lane and bowling order. Both players bowl on the same lane. If a tie still exists after the first ball, the players will switch lanes and the bowler order is unchanged. Players will continue to alternate lanes until the tie is broken.
If a tie exists at the end of any Stepladder Finals match, a one-ball roll-off will be bowled. The higher seed will get choice of starting lane and bowling order. Both players bowl on the same lane. If a tie still exists after the first ball, the players will switch lanes and the bowler order is unchanged. Players will continue to alternate lanes until the tie is broken.
SPSS I Am Bowling Championship
Ties for seeding positions for the SPSS I Am Bowling Championship (including the 8th and 16th positions) are resolved using the player’s total 18-game pinfall from the Qualifying Rounds of the previous three daily Challenge events. If a tie still exists, the player’s highest 6-game qualifying block(s) will be used.
Each entrant will be allowed a maximum of 12 bowling balls in the bowling center (including the paddock) at one time. Any or all bowling balls may be changed before or after any block. Bowling balls MAY NOT be used prior to their Word-Wide Release date.
All bowling balls must meet USBC specifications. Purple Hammers with serial numbers beginning with a number less that 18 are NOT allowed. Plugged bowling balls are allowed. Random bowling ball checking may be done as deemed necessary by tournament management. A player may request to have their bowling balls checked prior to competition. Once competition begins, the outer surface of the ball may only be cleaned with a dry towel. No substance (rosin, drying powder, etc.) may be applied to the ball. No substance, including but not limited to talcum powder and EZ Slide, can be applied to the bottom of a player’s shoes.
NOTE: The Tournament Director may allow a player to remove foreign substances from the bowling ball surface with authorized cleaners on a case-by-case basis.
BOWLING ON THE WRONG LANE
Bowling on the wrong lane constitutes a dead ball situation provided it is protested before the offending player (or their opponent in Match Play) bowls again. If a player rolls a strike on the wrong lane, the strike is not counted and the player must bowl again on the correct lane. If the player does not strike, the pin count will stand and the player must attempt the spare on the same lane. Subsequent frames shall be bowled on the correct lane(s).
LANE OIL PATTERNS
Three different "reasonably scorable” patterns, as determined by tournament management, will be used. The patterns will be 35, 39, and 43 feet in length. Patterns will be posted on the official SPSS web site and at the tournament venue no later than the official practice day.
All tournament bowlers shall conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times while in the host center or on the property of the host center and on social media before, during, and after the event. Any criticism by a tournament bowler who discusses the sponsor, host center or personnel, lane conditions or pins, SPSS or its staff, or their fellow competitors in an unfavorable manner or who otherwise engages in actions unbecoming a SPSS bowler in the opinion of the Tournament Director shall be in violation of the Code of Conduct.
Unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated on the lanes or inside the tournament venue. Individuals are subject to ejection for engaging in improper tactics or conduct including, but not limited to, physical and verbal abuse toward another person. Anyone found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct will be fined and may be refused entry to the event or disqualified from the competition in which the violation occurred and/or declared ineligible for future competitions.
The SPSS regards electronic media such as message boards, conversation pages, and other forms of social networking (such as Facebook and Twitter) as important tools of communication and fan interaction. Tournament participants may not use these platforms to defame or otherwise attack the integrity of the SPSS, its members, staff, sponsors, host center, or host center employees.
The dress code is in effect for all SPSS events including the official practice session. A collared shirt with the player’s name on the back is strongly encouraged for each event, but only required for the I Am Bowling Championship. Mock turtlenecks or bowling jerseys without collars are allowed. For shirts with names, lettering must be at least two inches in height. Paper or pinned on name plaques are not acceptable.
Men must wear dress slacks. Women must wear dress slacks, skirts, or skorts. Skirts and skorts must be longer than your fingers when arm is extended down the side of the body. Examples of prohibited attire include but are not limited to:
Small fashion logos are permitted on apparel during SPSS competition as long as they do not exceed six square inches. Logos are defined as any lettering and or any illustration promoting a company, product and service, or membership organization. Tournament management has the authority to fine a bowler $50 for each offense. Tournament management decision will be final.
Penalty: Bowlers will be required to change if attire is deemed inappropriate by tournament management. Tournament Management decision will be final.
A player shall have twenty-five (25) seconds to start their delivery once the lane courtesy requirement has been satisfied. Slow bowling penalties will be assessed at the discretion of the tournament director. Penalties will be assessed per event:
Players must observe one pair lane courtesy (PBA-style) on each side of their pair at all times. Double jumping occurs when a player on the same pair delivers his or her ball before one player from the pair to the right and one player from the pair to the left have made a delivery, unless those players are not ready to bowl. Players may not "Double Jump."
Players are responsible to pace themselves accordingly with the pairs in front of them. No warm-up shots will be awarded for slow bowling.
EATING, DRINKING, and SMOKING
Players are NOT permitted to smoke or drink alcoholic beverages while participating in this event. This includes from the start of practice to the last ball thrown for score in qualifying, match play, and finals. Players are permitted to eat a small snack (ex: power bars, candy bars, fruit) during competition.
LOCKER ROOM / PADDOCK
Only tournament bowlers, SPSS staff members, and approved ball company representatives are permitted to enter the locker room and use all equipment. NO EXCEPTIONS. The locker room will be opened no less than one (1) hour prior to the start of each day's competition and locked no sooner than one (1) hour after the end of competition each day.
PERSONNEL IN THE BOWLERS’ AREA
The Bowlers' Area is defined as the tiled area on the lanes' side of the concourse tables. Only tournament competitors and SPSS staff / tournament volunteers are permitted in the bowlers' area during competition. Media personnel covering the event may be permitted into the bowlers' area on a case-by-case basis.
Bowling ball manufacturer representatives (Ball Reps) may remain in the bowlers' area during official practice and warm-up sessions only and must leave the bowlers' area when the warm-up session is complete. Ball Reps must be in business casual attire at all times in the bowlers' area. Competitors on incoming squads may not enter the bowlers' area until both their pair and adjacent pairs are finished. Penalties will be assessed per event.
Protests involving eligibility or playing rules must be made to tournament management in writing within the time limits specified in USBC Rule 329. The decision of tournament management will be final unless a written appeal is filed with USBC Headquarters within the time limits in Rule 329.
Protests concerning scoring accuracy must be filed with tournament management immediately. Complaints concerning approach conditions or other equipment must be brought to the attention of the Bowling Center control desk. An inspection will be made and, if needed, corrections will be made. If the complaint is determined to be unwarranted, the player must proceed to bowl or the game(s) will be declared forfeited.
WARM-UP SHOTS IN THE EVENT OF A MECHANICAL BREAKDOWN
The Tournament Director will make all decisions regarding the awarding of warm-up shots in the event of a mechanical breakdown of ten (10) minutes or more. Timing will begin the moment the Tournament Director is notified of the breakdown. An alternate pair shall be used whenever possible when awarding warm-up in the event of a breakdown. If an alternate pair is not available, two (2) shots will be awarded on the lane opposite that where the player will throw their next shot for score.
If a breakdown requires players to move to an alternate pair not previously used in the tournament, each player required to move will receive two (2) warm-up shots on each lane.
The official South Point Senior Shootout web site is www.SeniorShootout.Vegas which will contain up-to-date SPSS information. A Facebook Event page will also contain basic SPSS information. Search Facebook or Google “South Point Senior Shootout”. It is each player’s responsibility to check the tournament web site periodically for current information.
WITHDRAWING AFTER THE TOURNAMENT HAS STARTED
A player who has entered the SPSS I Am Bowling Championship and withdraws during either of the first two daily Challenge events may not obtain a replacement until the following day. The withdrawing player may not re-enter any event of the SPSS (excluding sweepers). The replacement player IS NOT eligible for the SPSS I Am Bowling Championship. Replacements are not permitted at any time during the SPSS I Am Bowling Championship Bracket Finals.
A competitor who wishes to withdraw while the tournament is in progress must notify the players on their pair and receive permission from the Tournament Director. Failure to comply will result in a Conduct Violation.
Tournament management has the final authority to make interpretations of all tournament rules and make decisions regarding anything not covered in the rules.