The 2018 Bahamas Bowling Federation’s (BBF) national squad trials are expected to kick off a grand year for bowling in the country.
The event will get underway on Monday, January 22, and run through Saturday, January 27, at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace.
The national training squad will consist of 10 men and 10 women. The top eight in each gender, based on total pinfall results from the trials, will automatically qualify for the 2018 Bahamas National Bowling Training Squad. The remaining four players, two men and two women, will be selected by the federation.
“On behalf of the executive team of the Bahamas Bowling Federation, happy New Year to everyone. May 2018 be your best year ever and you realize your hopes, dreams and aspirations in this new year… and the years to come,” said Clayton Gardiner, public relations officer of the federation. “This is the first official BBF tournament for the calendar year, and we are looking forward to good participation in this opening tournament.”
Only Bahamian citizens, permanent residents and persons who have had residency in The Bahamas for at least 12 months prior to January 22, are eligible to compete. The entry fee is $150 for BBF members and $160 for non-BBF members. There is a late payment charge of $20. The registration deadline is Friday, January 19, and the payment deadline is Sunday, January 21.
After a competitor throws his or her first ball of the competition, the entry fee is non-refundable. All checks are to be made payable to the Bahamas Bowling Federation, and checks will not be accepted after Wednesday, January 17. All payments are to be made directly to the treasurer, Ricardo Rolle, or assistant treasurer Antonio Thomas.
Lane assignments for the first shift will be based on the verified league averages registered with the Bahamas Bowling Federation through the local association. Subsequent shift lane assignments will be determined based on a bowler’s overall position in the standings.
Official practice will begin 15 minutes before the start of each shift. Bowlers arriving late will be permitted to bowl beginning with the frame in session with their score to begin from that frame.
All shifts will consist of six games. After the first three games, bowlers will move one pair of lanes to the right. Bowlers who bowled on the last pair of lanes to the right of the lane scheduled for competition will move to the far left pair of lanes to bowl their next three games.
The national bowling squad members will be required to attend and participate in at least 50 percent of squad practices, agree to a conditioning regiment designed by the BBF, agree to assist in fundraising and maintain a minimum average during scheduled national squad competitions in order to be named to an international bowling team.
The minimum averages for men and women will be 185 and 165, respectively. At the end of the day, the BBF reserves the right to make the final selections to national teams.
The BBF National Squad Trials are just the beginning of what is expected to be a jam-packed year for local bowling. The QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup and the Men’s World Championships in Hong Kong will be the climax of the year in bowling for The Bahamas.