Howie Kolhoff Invitational
2023 Team Event

Team Entries FULL for 2022!

10th Annual Event

The 10th Annual Howie Kolhoff Invitational Team Event will be held on February 25, 2023 at Eastway Bowl in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

Maximum of 32 team entries accepted for the 2023 event.  Entry Fee ~ $200.00.  

Registration deadline - February 15, 2023

Team event is open to all USBC Sanctioned High School (and Middle School where applicable) bowlers.  

All entries must be submitted and paid via online methods.  Please click the ENTRY button above to register and pay.

Registration -

  • Entry Fee is $200 per team ($90 lineage, $10 expense, $100 scholarships)​.  A minimal processing fee has been included in the amount due.  Money and completed registration form must be submitted no later than February 15, 2023.  Refund requests will be evaluated on an individual basis.  Deadline for refund requests is Thursday, February 23, 5pm CT.

  • Maximum of 32 teams accepted.  Entries received after maximum number of teams received will be contacted and wait listed.  Head coach will be contacted in the case there is a cancelation in their respective division.  Full refund will be provided for all wait listed teams that were not accepted into the tournament.

  • One shift of Team qualifying available ~ Saturday, February 25 ~ 8am.     

  • Players must be USBC sanctioned bowlers in High School/Middle School or bowlers 10 years old by to August 1, 2022.  

  • No more than 6 bowlers per team.  Schools may enter multiple teams; however each bowler may only participate on one team.

  • Building your Team

    • Teams may be formed from one of the following options -

      • Same organized league team from the most current 2022-2023 competitive season (ie. High School Team, Club/Travel Team, Saturday Youth League Team, etc.)

        • An organized league team must be within a USBC sanctioned league and you must be able to supply current league standings upon request from the tournament staff.

      • May combine bowlers from a maximum of two schools

      • May combine bowlers from a maximum of two teams

    • Every effort should be made to construct your teams from a single team or school before opting for the additional options to form your team.

    • Combined teams will bowl in their respective divisions based on gender.  Coed teams will bowl in the Open division. 

    • Approval of all combined teams is at the discretion of the Tournament Director.  Any questions on qualifications can be emailed to bowlhowie@yahoo.com.

  • All bowlers must provide proof of school attendance (ie, school id) prior to qualifying.  Proof of attendance may be provided prior to event (preferred) by emailing evidence to bowlhowie@yahoo.com.  Proof will also be accepted during team check in.

  • Up to two coaches allowed per team.  All coaches must be a USBC RVP members or a registered volunteer with another youth organization.  Coaches must be certified in the SafeSport program.  Confirmation of qualifications will be completed by the Tournament Director prior to event.  Coaches not meeting qualifications may coach team from spectator seating. USBC RVP lanyards must be worn by all coaches during tournament play.

  • A minimum of 8 Girls teams is required to host Girls Division.  If the minimum number of entries is not received, Girls teams will be given the option to bowl in the Open division or receive a refund of their entry fee. 

  • All bowlers will be scratch bowlers.  No handicap will be awarded for this event.

  • Teams must wear ‘like’ uniforms signifying their team.  Coed/Combined teams may wear their jersey from their respective teams.  All teams are encouraged to wear like dress pants and/or skirts.  Denim, leggings, sweatpants, hats and attire with offensive language/images are not allowed.  Coaches must be identifiable with their team.  Uniform acceptance is at the discretion of the Tournament Director.

  • All bowlers must be eligible to compete per their schools participation policies.  All bowlers must be able to show proof of school attendance (ie, school id, report card) if requested from Tournament Staff.

Code of Conduct - 

  • Cell phones/Headphones/AirPods: the use of electronics is prohibited during gameplay.

  • Unsportsmanlike Behavior: this behavior will not be tolerated on the lanes or inside the tournament venue.  Individuals are subject to ejection for engaging in improper tactics or conducting, including, but not limited to physical and verbal abuse toward other persons.  ANY taunting by bowlers, coaches or spectators will not be tolerated and will result in immediate expulsion from the event.

  • Profanity:  No profanity is allowed on or off the lanes.

  • No outside food or beverage will be allowed.  Food specials will be available through the Eastway Lounge.  Meal tickets can be purchased at the Front Desk during each qualifying shift.  Refillable beverage containers with lids are allowed and encouraged for all bowlers. 

  • Alcohol: No alcohol is allowed during the competition.

  • ONLY BOWLERS AND TOURNAMENT OFFICIALS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE BOWLING AREA.

 

Tournament play -

  • Check in for the Team event starts 45 minutes prior to shift start time.  Coaches meeting will be held prior to shift start time.  Doors open at 7am.  Please do not enter building prior to 7am.

  • Modified challenge pattern will be released one week prior to event.  Fresh oil will be applied prior to qualifying shift and prior to beginning of Baker match play.

  • 6 bowlers and 2 coaches allowed in the bowler’s area.  Spectators and bowlers not actively bowling in current shift may not enter the bowling area.

  • Bowlers paddock area – An area will be marked for bowling bags/equipment.  All bowlers should store their equipment in this area while they are bowling and vacate once finished.

  • All equipment must be taken home after the completion of that days event.

  • No more than 2 balls per bowler in the bowling area.

  • Additional details pertaining to the event activities will be communicated during coaches meeting(s).

QUALIFYING –

  • 5 bowler teams will complete 3 regular games on same pair.   

  • Substitutions will be allowed at the start of each new game.  More than one substitute may enter the same game.  The person(s) taken out cannot re-enter that game.  The original player(s) may re-enter the next game.  Please contact Lane Monitor to make substitutions.

  • Lane monitors will be available to assist with any scoring issues.  Bowlers may NOT change scores for themselves or other bowlers.  Scores changed by a bowler may result in a zero score for that frame.

  • Lineup changes may only be completed when a substitute bowler enters the game.  Please contact Lane Monitor to make changes.

  • 10 minutes warm up will be given prior to qualifying shift. Please remember lane courtesy.

  • Top 16 Open teams and top 8 Girls’ teams will qualify for the double elimination Baker match play.  The number of teams qualifying may be adjusted based on teams registered.

  • List of qualifying teams will be announced after qualifying is complete.  Resulted will also be posted on Facebook @Howie Kolhoff Invitational and on display at the Front Desk at Eastway Bowl. 

  • Teams will be seeded into double-elimination bracket play based on qualifying results.

  • All bowlers are eligible for All-Tournament Team honors.  The All-tournament Team will be presented prior to match play.  Bowlers will be selected based on the division they participate in.  The top 5 Open bowlers and top 5 Girl bowlers will receive All-tournament Team honors and scholarship money applied to bowlers’ SMART account. 

 

BAKER MATCH PLAY -

  • 5 bowler teams will compete in double elimination match play ~ best 2 out of 3 Bakers games.  If the same team wins the first 2 games, a third game will not be played. Winning coach must report match results.

  • Highest seeded team will have choice of starting lane.  Teams will change lanes at the end of each completed game until the completion of the match.    

  • 10 minutes of warm up will be allowed prior to teams’ first match.  An adjusted warm up timeframe will be provided at the start of each match thereafter.  A warm up pair will be identified for teams bowling in next round of bracket play.

  • Baker play will be a 5 bowler rotation.  Substitutions are allowed during Baker match play.  If a substitution is made during the game, the bowler taken out cannot re-enter that game.  Bowlers taken out can re-enter the match during the next game.

  • Please remember lane courtesy and do not bowl more than 2 frames ahead of your opponent.

  • Tie breaker will be a 9th and 10th frame roll off (with the bowlers originally bowling in those frames).  All tie breakers will be completed prior to the next game starting.  If still a tie, will do best frame roll off, rotating through the remaining team members until there is a winner. 

  • Championship match will be best 3 out of 5 Baker games.  If the team coming from the loser’s bracket wins the first match, a final championship match series will be played to determine the winner.  (3 out of 5 Baker games)

  • All tournament winnings will be dispersed to bowlers’ SMART account.  Prize amount based on number of team entries. 

$5000 guaranteed scholarship money available based on 32 team enrollments.  Tournament Staff reserves the right to adjust max payout amount if fewer than 32 teams participate in event.  Scholarship payout 1:8 in each division based on team enrollment.

All rules are subject to change at the discretion of the tournament director.

For additional information please email Tournament Director at bowlhowie@yahoo.com.