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About NEBA

NEBA is America's longest running USBC sanctioned monthly scratch tournament. NEBA was formed in 1963 and is celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2013. NEBA tournaments are professionally managed and provide the best scratch competition in New England. NEBA is sponsored by Ebonite, Cambridge Credit Counseling, BuddiesProShop.com, High Roller, and the Bud Light Challenge.

For NEBA reservations, call (203) 377-0161 or fill out the form on the reservation page by Friday at 10:00 PM (prior to the tournament).

Click here to download NEBA's Bylaws and Tournament Rules.

Format: Qualifying - 5 games across 10 lanes. Finals - Head-to-head one game single elimination match play.

1 in 4 to 1 in 5 entries qualify for match play (1 in 5 entries from each squad guaranteed into match play).

1 in 6 Seniors (age 50+) are guaranteed to qualify for the match play finals. Additionally, 1 in 6 of the combined Women and Super Seniors (age 60+) are also guaranteed to qualify for the match play finals, based on at least 6 entries.

Entries Qualifiers Byes
31-40 8 None
41-60 12 1st round qualifiers 1-4
61-80 16 None
81-120 24 1st round qualifiers 1-8
121-160 32 None
161-200 40 1st round qualifiers 1-16
201-240 48 1st round qualifiers 1-16
241-280 56 1st round qualifiers 1-8
281 or more 64 None


Squad Times: Saturday @ 6:00 PM and Sunday @ 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM. Special tournaments may have different squad times (non-champs, tournament of champs).

Lane Patterns: NEBA does not provide lane patterns before a tournament. The exception to that rule is the Point Leaders Invitational at which we can ensure all those competing get the lane pattern in advance.

Eligibility: All USBC sanctioned amateur bowlers are eligible. The top 25 PBA tour money winners of the prior PBA season are not eligible. Anyone who has won a PBA Tour national title in the past 5 years is not eligible.

Entry fee: Monthly tournaments - $90, Special events (Masters and Points Leaders) - $150

Membership: New Member=$25, Renewal=$25, Non-Member=$15

Attire: The following attire is not allowed: sweat pants, tattered or frayed clothing, clothing with holes, hats or headbands. A shirt with a polo type collar or shirt with a mock neck collar is required. Mock neck collar shirts must meet the following requirements: All advertising on the shirt must be permanently embroidered and must be from a bowling company or NEBA sponsor (no patches, screen printing or t-shirts). The participants' full name on the back in letters between 2 to 4 inches high in a color that contrasts with the shirt's color. Removal nametags and abbreviated names are subject to approval of the Tournament Director. New members can compete three times without a name on the back of their shirt without being fined. Only previous NEBA champions shall be allowed to wear a white shirt.

Money: Cash is required at all NEBA tournaments.

Bowler of the Year Points System:

5 points for bowling
10 points = cash but do not qualify for match play (327 entries+)
15 points = match play out first round
22 points = match play out second round
30 points = match play out third round
39 points = match play out fourth round
49 points = match play out fifth round
60 points = match play out sixth round or champion if less than 40 finalists
72 points = match play champion if 40 or more finalists
5 points awarded to high qualifier in addition to position points

*Note: The point system is different for the Tournament of Champions and Doubles tournaments, see rule book for details.

You do not get extra points for reentering. If you bowl three times and do not make the cut, you get 5 points. If you bowl three times and make the cut, you get the position points.

The point system for match play can be described as follows:
15 points base with then +7 first round, +8 second round, +9 third round,
+10 fourth round ... up to +12

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