USBC Women's Championships Brackets
The USBC Women's Championships offers participants a wide variety of optional brackets. The entry fee is $5 or $10 for most options, so brackets are a great way to add more excitement to your tournament experience and possibly pick up additional prize money.
At the Women's Championships, there are several types of brackets available, including scratch, handicap, senior (age 50 and older) and super senior (age 60 and older). Handicap for brackets is 90 percent of 220.
Each bracket will include eight randomly selected bowlers on your squad. You need to bowl a higher game than the bowler you are paired against to advance out of each round. If you win all three matches, you win your bracket.
Traditional brackets cost $5 each and will be available during team, doubles and singles. Scratch, handicap, Senior (age 50 and older) handicap and Super Senior (age 60 and older) handicap brackets will be offered. A traditional bracket will pay $25 for first place and $10 for second place.
Reverse Brackets work like traditional brackets, but instead of using your scores in order (Game 1, Game 2, Game 3), they are used in reverse order (Game 3, Game 2, Game 1). If you win all three matches, you win your bracket, which pays $25 for first place and $10 for second place.
Reverse Brackets cost $5 each and will be available during team, doubles and singles. Scratch, handicap, Senior (age 50 and older) handicap and Super Senior (age 60 and older) handicap brackets will be offered.
SECOND CHANCE BRACKETS
Second Chance Brackets are similar to regular brackets, but four of the eight bowlers will have a chance to at least win back their entry fees. Second Chance Brackets cost $10 each and will be available to all bowlers during team, doubles and singles. All Second Chance Brackets are handicap.
Bowlers who lose the first game will advance to a losers' bracket. Bowlers who lose again will be eliminated. Bowlers whose first loss comes in the second game will advance to a second sub-bracket. The bowler who loses again will be eliminated.
The person who makes it through the initial bracket undefeated will win $30. Two wins and a loss in the final will earn the bowler $20. A win in the first game, followed by a loss in the second and a win in the third will earn the bowler $15. The winner of the initial losers' bracket will earn $10.
Side Pots reward bowlers who are the best on their squad. These scratch and handicap pots pay out for the highest game (each game) among those who are entered. Side Pots cost $10 and will be available during team, doubles and singles.
The Mulligan will give bowlers the chance to forget about their bad games and only use their highest game in each set of team, doubles and singles to make their best three-game series.
With that score posted, competitors will have to wait and see how their series holds up for the duration of the tournament. The Mulligan features a prize-fund-style payout with a cash ratio of 1:4.
The Mulligan costs $10 and will be offered in handicap, Senior (age 50 and older) handicap and Super Senior (age 60 and older) handicap divisions.
$2K SUPER BRACKET
New in 2017, the $2K Super Bracket will give bowlers the chance to win up to $2,000 for only a $10 investment.
After the final ball is rolled at the 2017 Women’s Championships, 512 bowlers will be matched up in each bracket and use their nine-game all-events scores in order (team, doubles, singles) to determine the winners.
If you win your first three matches and advance to Game 4, you’ll earn back your entry fee, and larger prizes will be awarded with each additional win. If you win all nine matches, you’ll take home to the top prize of $2,000.
Each $2K Super Bracket will cost $10 to enter and will be offered with scratch and handicap options.
3-6-9 STRIKE JACKPOT
The 3-6-9 Strike Jackpot costs $5 and puts bowlers in the jackpot for team, doubles and singles. If a bowler is able to strike in the third, sixth and ninth frame of each game in a series, they will hit the main jackpot and share 40 percent of the prize fund.
Bowlers also can cash for hitting eight of the nine strikes in the series or just for striking in the third, sixth or ninth frame of any single game. Each will share 30 percent of the prize fund.
For a $10 entry fee, Century Doubles pairs two bowlers who are a combined 100 years or older on the date of participation. Bowlers may only enter with other competitors on their squad (up to five partners) in this tournament-long event. For example, a bowler who is 35 years old must find a bowler on her squad who is 65 or older in order to enter the event, and vice versa. Bowlers will use their combined doubles scores, including handicap, to determine the winner at the end of the tournament in July.
Prize money goes to the bowler who signs up the pair, but the two bowlers can enter with each other and share the place in the standings. For example, Bowler A can sign up with Bowler B, and Bowler B then can pay her own $10 to sign up with Bowler A.
TEAM USA QUALIFYING
Women's Championships bowlers are encouraged to use their nine-game all-events totals as qualifying scores to earn paid entries into the USBC Team USA Trials, an event that gives bowlers a chance to earn a spot on Team USA.
For a $35 entry fee, one out of every 10 entrants earns a paid Team USA Trials entry. In addition to a chance to represent the United States in international bowling competition through the optional qualifying program, USBC donates $1 from each all-events entry fee to support the Team USA program. Bowlers interested in a chance to qualify for the Team USA Trials can register when they sign up for brackets before team event.