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Old 06-26-2017, 11:56 PM
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Scratch league formats.

For those of you that have bowled in, or ran, a scratch league; what was the format like? I have only bowled in one, and we only had 8 people in it. It was set up as singles and we moved pairs every game.

Doubles has been suggested but people are upset with having an average cap. They suggested a trios draft league with a cap.

Also, what kind of prize structure was used?

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Old 06-27-2017, 03:36 PM
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Re: Scratch league formats.

It would really depend on the amount of players and how much people are willing to pay in order to create a prize list.

Moving lanes is a nice feature, but it can be a bit of a hassle and will inevitably add more time to the set.

The scratch leagues I've bowled in did not award points for totals. That was a good thing!

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Old 06-29-2017, 01:23 AM
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Re: Scratch league formats.

This is an extract from our senior travel league's bylaws:
  • The league will consist of twenty-eight (28) teams that will bowl a 28‑week schedule.
  • The league will be a scratch league. Team entering average will be a maximum of 760 pins.
  • The team rosters will have a maximum of five (5) bowlers (4 regulars and 1 sub) who have reached their 55th birthday on or before the 1st week of the season.
  • The twenty-eight (28) teams will be split into four (4) divisions based on their entering averages, high to low.
  • The league will bowl a split season. A twelve (12) week 1st half and a thirteen (13) week 2nd half. The 12th and 25th weeks will be position rounds. The final three (3) weeks are for roll‑off rounds.
  • The 1st and 2nd half winners will bowl for the league championship. If one or more teams win both halves, 2nd place teams will be included. 2nd place teams will come from the divisions, with one winner for both halves, and will be based on the best year‑to‑date win/loss record. This will assure eight (8) teams for the roll-off for the league championship.
  • The league will operate on a thirty-three (33) point system as follows: Individual Points: One (1) point per game and series won (16 points available). Team Points: Four (4) points per game won. Five (5) points per series won (17 points available). Total of thirty‑three (33) points per session.
We bowl at seven centers in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Weekly fees are about $20. Our prize list is not heavily top-weighted and seems to be very fair. Our league values sportsmanship, team competition, and furthering the sport of bowling.

Best of luck to you and your league.

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This is an extract from our senior travel league's bylaws:
  • The league will consist of twenty-eight (28) teams that will bowl a 28‑week schedule.
  • The league will be a scratch league. Team entering average will be a maximum of 760 pins.
  • The team rosters will have a maximum of five (5) bowlers (4 regulars and 1 sub) who have reached their 55th birthday on or before the 1st week of the season.
  • The twenty-eight (28) teams will be split into four (4) divisions based on their entering averages, high to low.
  • The league will bowl a split season. A twelve (12) week 1st half and a thirteen (13) week 2nd half. The 12th and 25th weeks will be position rounds. The final three (3) weeks are for roll‑off rounds.
  • The 1st and 2nd half winners will bowl for the league championship. If one or more teams win both halves, 2nd place teams will be included. 2nd place teams will come from the divisions, with one winner for both halves, and will be based on the best year‑to‑date win/loss record. This will assure eight (8) teams for the roll-off for the league championship.
  • The league will operate on a thirty-three (33) point system as follows: Individual Points: One (1) point per game and series won (16 points available). Team Points: Four (4) points per game won. Five (5) points per series won (17 points available). Total of thirty‑three (33) points per session.
We bowl at seven centers in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Weekly fees are about $20. Our prize list is not heavily top-weighted and seems to be very fair. Our league values sportsmanship, team competition, and furthering the sport of bowling.

Best of luck to you and your league.

Hi Mark, And I understand that we did away with individual awards because of those that were only thinking about themselves and not their team.\

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Hi Mark, And I understand that we did away with individual awards because of those that were only thinking about themselves and not their team.\
Dear Joe:

You are correct. This became an issue because in their interest to accumulate the most individual points, a few higher average bowlers would adjust their team's lineup to compete against the lowest average bowler of the opposition (or even a lower average absentee bowler).

Our previous prize lists have paid money to the high points leader, high individual game and series. Since we are not a handicap league, and the averages range from the 160s to 220s, the board of directors voted unanimously to eliminate individual monetary recognition and readjust the prizes to reflect a team concept. There may be other ways to discourage unfair competition, but it was felt that eliminating a financial incentive was the easiest and fairest way to accomplish our goals.
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Re: Scratch league formats.

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a few higher average bowlers would adjust their team's lineup to compete against the lowest average bowler of the opposition (or even a lower average absentee bowler).

Our previous prize lists have paid money to the high points leader, high individual game and series. Since we are not a handicap league, and the averages range from the 160s to 220s, the board of directors voted unanimously to eliminate individual monetary recognition and readjust the prizes to reflect a team concept. There may be other ways to discourage unfair competition, but it was felt that eliminating a financial incentive was the easiest and fairest way to accomplish our goals.
The basic concept of a multiple point system was designed to stop the implementation of sandbagging. The multiple point system afforded the opportunity to manipulate not only one's average, but the entire line up as well. It was mentioned that some teams would load up on the other team's lowest average player, well, it can also work the other way around by creating the "sacrificial lamb". The intent of the point system was great, there are way too many people who look at league bowling as a business and will manipulate the system to their advantage.

Of all of the point systems, the games only / no totals system, is the most effective. Trying to make up points near the end of a league schedule is extremely difficult when there are no bonus points involved. Once a team realizes that every game counts, they tend to scratch for score each and every frame.

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Re: Scratch league formats.

how about a scratch singles league format and cost?
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