(Pages 2 and 3 from Men's SW Div USLBA "New Lawn
Following Is a brief description of the various types of tournaments
that are played In the S.W. Division, the United States and
CLUB EVENTS : Club Tournaments are those events
that are organized by Individual clubs and are usually
restricted to club members. They generally commemorate
some event or special person peculiar to the Club, are arranged to
determine Club Champions (singles, pairs, triples etc.) or
are played on special days such as the 4th of July.
CLUB INVITATIONALS : These tournaments are organized
by Individual clubs and are open to other club members by
invitation. Invitations are generally extended to all SW. Division
Clubs but may be limited to certain clubs within a geographical area.
An example of a limited event would be the 4th of July Tournament at
Santa Barbara which Is generally open to only the four Clubs
closest to it.
Club Invitationals are always open to both men and women In
any combination but some are specifically designated as “Mixed” which
that an entered team cannot be all men or all women.
S. W. DIVISION SPONSORED : Both the S.W. Division
men’s organization and women’s organization sponsor major tournaments
during the year. These events are generally limited to men or to women,
but both organizations have tournaments which permit or require “mixed”
entries. No S.W. Division tournament will permit an entry with all
of the opposite sex except for the Veteran Novice Pairs. If mixed
are permitted or required, the flyer sent to each Club will clearly
With certain exceptions, all Division sponsored events are open to
Club members from other divisions or countries as well as all S.W.
members. The exceptions are the “Southwest Tournaments” (Triples and
Rinks), the novice events and the U. S. Playdowns. The Southwest
exclude any player not a member of the S.W. Division and the U. S.
also exclude any member not a U.S. citizen.
Certain Southwest Division and Nationally sponsored tournaments
have special significance because they are used to evaluate players
wish to be considered for the U.S. National Team Roster. Players that
well In these events earn points which the Division and National
Committees use as one criteria In their selection process. These events
STATE TRIPLES & RINKS
S.W. DIVISION OPEN
NATIONAL EVENTS: The Southwest Division may sponsors two
national tournaments: the U.S Open and the U.S. Championships. The U.S.
Championships are contested by those who have won their respective
Playdown (singles and pairs) and are not open to other players.
The U.S. Open is open to all USLBA and WBB (World Bowls Board)
affiliated club members regardless of nationality. The men’s and
women’s Opens are generally, but not necessarily, conducted
concurrently and in the same geographical
INTERNATIONAL: There are any number of International
tournaments but only five that are of general interest to most S.W.
Division players. They are:
B.C. GAMES. Played In either Victoria or
Vancouver and open to all. Bowls magazine usually carries an
for this event giving all the debits for entry. Teams principally come
the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and Pacific Rim countries.
PACIFIC RIM GAMES. The United States is
represented by teams selected from the National Team Rosters which
against similar national teams from the Pacific Rim countries.
ATLANTIC RIM GAMES. Similar to the
Rim Games but played against Atlantic Rim countries
NORTH AMERICAN CHALLENGE. Played
each year in the United States and Canada.
WORLD BOWLS CHAMPIONSHIP. Played every
four years at a site selected by WBB. The United States is represented
men’s and women’s teams selected from the USLBA National Team Rosters.
is the most prestigious tournament in the world community of bowling.
DEFINITIONS and DESCRIPTIONS
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Types of Tournaments
OPEN: As in the Southwest Division Open Players from any
affiliated USLBA club in the United States may enter as well as any
player worldwide that is a member of an accredited club in their
country. All Southwest Division tournaments are "open" except for; 1.
Veteran-Novice Pairs, 2. Novice Singles and Pairs, 3. U. S. Playdowns,
4. Southwest Triples and Rinks and the 5-Man All Star. All club
invitational tournaments are "open".
MIXED: As in Fox Mixed Pairs.Team cannot be all men or all
2+2 Rinks: Tournament with a team of two men and two women.
AUSTRALIAN PAIRS: Pairs game where two players initially play
two bowls each and are succeeded by the other two players who play four
bowls each. The first two then return to the mat and play their two
REGIONAL: Entries are restricted to clubs within a geographical
REGIONAL QUALIFYING: Teams may qualify at any of two or more
A and B FLIGHTS: Some tournaments are divided into A and B
flights to separate accomplished teams from those with less experience.
Any team may
enter the A flight but no team considered to be of A flight caliber is
to enter the B flight.
Team: Refers to one entry whether singles, pairs, triples, or
Playdown: All games necessary to determine the team(s) that
qualify for the final event.
Playoff: A contest between teams that have qualified in the
Closed Tournament: A Tournament that is open to only bowlers
are members of the Southwest Division and USLBA.