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How can I enter a PBA tournament?
Where can I find a schedule?
How much does it cost to bowl in a PBA tournament
How can I pay for the event?
Do I have to join if I cash in a tournament?
What is the average requirement for Non-Members?
What do I need to do before I bowl in a tournament?
What do we have to wear during the tournament?
What are the pre-tournament procedures?
What is the rule for lane courtesy?
What are the rules for scorekeeping during a PBA Tournament?
May I alter my bowling ball surface during competition?
What are the Post-Qualifying Weigh in procedures?
What is product registration?
What is the policy for dead ball situations?
What is PBA's policy about coaching?
What is the locker room policy?
What is PBA's policy about alcohol/smoking?
Can I earn an exemption as a non-member?
When do I have to be at the bowling center?
What credit cards does the PBA accept?
Will I receive a ring if I bowl 300?
Who do I contact when I get to a tournament site?
When is my payment due for tournament entry fees
What is the correct procedure to withdraw from a PBA tournament?
Do I qualify to become a PBA Member?
How do I reinstate my membership?
How do I change my address, e-mail address or telephone number?
How do I change the credit card information that is being used to pay dues?
Can I put the PBA logo on my checks, business cards, pro shop ads, etc?
How do I order PBA patches or bag tags?
How do I order a new PBA card?
Where can I get entry forms for tournaments?
How many tournaments can I bowl in as a Standard Member?
How do I order my 300 ring and or diamonds?
How can I find an answer to a Rules question?
How do I get my Pro Shop listed on the PBA website?
I can’t log onto the Member’s only portion of the website. What am I doing wrong?
How do I change my membership classification?
How does a Pro-Am work? Do I actually get to bowl with a professional? What is a Pro-Am? How many total games are bowled in a Pro-Am? Does my Pro-Am entry mean I will actually get to bowl with a professional or does it just get me in to an autograph signing session?
How do I volunteer to help out on the Tour?
How can I find out how many of the tickets are left for a particular show?
Do I have to buy tickets for my children? What are the age requirements?
Do I have to be a member in good standing with the USBC?
Are tickets available at the door or do they have to be purchased in advance?
I need to pick up my tickets at will call. When can I pick them up?
I see the PBA Tour is coming but when do the TV show tickets go on sale?
How/Where can I purchase tickets?
Do PBA members have to buy spectator tickets? Why isn’t this included as part of my membership dues?
I received my TV show tickets but there is no seat number. Is the seating for each section first-come, first-served? If so, what time should I arrive?
Are the TV show tickets the same price for children and adults?
How do I obtain player photos?
How do I get a bowling center grant?
Can I purchase PBA videos?
Where can I find out if the ball I have is legal in PBA competition?
I am PBA Member, why isn't my Pro Shop listed?
My local center is listed on pba.com as an Official Practice Center but they wouldn't honor the $2. Can you tell me why?
How do I get discounts from the PBA Sponsors?
What is a PBA Tour Qualifying Round (TQR)?
How can I become an Exempt bowler?

Q: How can I enter a PBA tournament?
A: Follow this link to either log in with your PBA number or sign up for a new account. You may then shop for a tournament to enter. This does not guarantee you a spot in the tournament.

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Q: Where can I find a schedule?
A: Click on the following links as appropriate: PBA Tour Schedule
PBA Senior Tour Schedule
Central Region
East Region
Midwest Region
Northwest Region
South Region
Southwest Region
West Region
Complete PBA Regional Tour Schedule

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Q: How much does it cost to bowl in a PBA tournament
A: Regional Tour - $220 Regional Tour - $285 (non-members) Senior Tour - $425 Senior Tour - $475 (non-members) PBA Tour - $500 PBA Tour - $525 (non-members) except for the U.S. Open. PBA Tour Qualifying Round - $300 members PBA Tour Qualifying Round - $325 non-members. Bowlers who qualify will have an additional $200 taken out of the prize check to cover the rest of the entry fee.

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Q: How can I pay for the event?
A: PBA Tour
Beginning January 1, 2011, non-members may enter PBA Tour tournaments through the PBA on-line system which you can access on pba.com. If you don't wish to do that, you can download an entry form here and fax or mail it to our office with a credit card, or mail it with a money order. (Currently, entries are only being taken for the 2011 World Series of Bowling.) On site entries will be taken but there is no guarantee that a spot will be available.
PBA Regional Tour
Beginning January 1, 2011, non-members may enter PBA Regional Tour tournaments through the PBA on-line system which you can access on pba.com. If you don't wish to do that, you can download the entry form here and mail it to the Regional Manager running the tournament. All non-members entries will be held until the Tuesday prior to the tournament and then processed.
PBA Senior Tour
Beginning January 1, 2011, non-members may enter PBA Senior Tour tournaments through the PBA on-line system which you can access on pba.com. If you don't wish to do that, you can download an entry form here and fax or mail it to our office with a credit card, or mail it with a money order. On site entries will be taken but there is no guarantee that a spot will be available.

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Q: Do I have to join if I cash in a tournament?
A: PBA Tour Non-members may cash in an unlimited number of PBA Tour qualifying rounds but may only advance once per season. The U.S. Open and USBC Masters do not count as a cash on tour. PBA Regional Tour Non-members are allowed to cash twice during the calendar year without being required to become a PBA member. Non-members who cash twice and choose to bowl again during the season must join if he/she cashes again and accepts the prize money. The Member/Non-member Doubles event in each region does not count toward the two cash rule. PBA Senior Tour Non-members may cash in one (1) Senior tournament during the season (excluding the Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters) without being required to become a PBA member. Senior non-members who cash once and choose to bowl again during the season must join or waive their right to prize money.

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Q: What is the average requirement for Non-Members?
A: To bowl in a PBA event as a non-member you must meet the average requirement to become a PBA member. You must average at least 200 in an USBC sanctioned league or 190 in a sanctioned Sport or PBA Experience league.

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Q: What do I need to do before I bowl in a tournament?
A: All non-members competing in PBA events must fill out a non-member voluntary acknowledgement form prior to bowling, which you will receive at the tournament site. You will need your Social Security number and your USBC Certification card to fill out the form. All tournaments are USBC Certified.

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Q: What do we have to wear during the tournament?
A: Please refer to PBA Rulebook Rule 13 – Appearance Guidelines and Rule 14 Logo Guidelines.

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Q: What are the pre-tournament procedures?
A: A mandatory non-member meeting is scheduled prior to all tournaments to go over rules and procedures. The time and place will be noted on the schedule available at pba.com. An alphabetical squad assignment sheet will be available on pba.com and will posted in the player locker room. You are not required to register your bowling equipment for use in PBA competition. However, you are responsible for ensuring that your equipment meets PBA specifications. You may be subject to random spot checks at anytime during the tournament and mandatory weigh-in prior to cashers or match play rounds. PBA staff will be available to assist you with checking your equipment if needed. Roll call will be conducted thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of the first qualifying round or fifteen (15) minutes prior to scheduled pro-squads. Your presence is required in roll call to confirm tournament entries, and obtain any information that may be touched on by the Tournament Director.

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Q: What is the rule for lane courtesy?
A: The PBA employs a one (1) pair lane courtesy at all times and is referred to as the “Double Jump” rule. A “Double Jump” occurs when, following another player’s delivery on your pair, you step onto the approach before one (1) competitor on the pair to your left and one (1) competitor on the pair to the right have thrown a shot. When you master this rule, you will find that the pace of play is much smoother and faster than when using the ordinary two (2) lane courtesy rule.

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Q: What are the rules for scorekeeping during a PBA Tournament?
A: Your score is the most direct way for you to measure your success in a PBA event. It is extremely important for you to ensure the accuracy of your scores, as well as attesting the scores of one other player on your pair. As a courtesy, the player finishing the game first should record the game scores and complete the plus/minus totals for everyone on the pair during all phases of the tournament. During match play, verify and initial your opponents score sheet directly following the match. The PBA scoring system (plus/minus) is derived by adding or subtracting the amount of pins from a 200 score for each game, on a cumulative basis. Record all equipment used during competition by the end of the first game it was put into play. The documentation of each ball on the score sheet should include:

1. The last four digits of the serial number
2. Grips used (if any)
3. Extra holes or any holes have been drilled deeper
4. Slugs or plugs used

The Tournament Director has the right to spot check any ball for compliance with specification guidelines. Additionally, your opponent must verify and record all re-racks that you take. You are permitted only two re-racks per game during competition and must verify each re-rack with an opposing player before taking it.

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Q: May I alter my bowling ball surface during competition?
A: Sanding or polishing equipment is not permitted after throwing the first ball for score during each round of competition. If the ball is not subsequently used then a Minor Penalty ($100) will be imposed. If the equipment is used during that round, the player will be disqualified.

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Q: What are the Post-Qualifying Weigh in procedures?
A: After qualifying rounds, players who finish in certain positions must weigh in all equipment listed on their score sheet at the official spot check thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of the semifinal round (weigh-in positions are dependent on the number of cash spots). If you fail to comply with the above mentioned rules, you may be subject to an improper weigh-in fine or disqualification.

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Q: What is product registration?
A: The PBA owns the exclusive right to regulate the use of its name, trademarks and logos. The PBA will provide opportunities, in the form of licensing and sponsorships, for companies to promote and display their products, product names, trademarks and logos to consumers. Companies that desire to take advantage of these opportunities must first register their products with the PBA, so that these products might be cleared for use in PBA competition. A current list of product registered companies can be found here: Product Registered Companies. This list is also posted at every PBA tournament. Basic rules:

1. Competitors may not use any non-registered bowling products in PBA competition.
2. Competitors may not use a non-registered bowling ball in PBA competition. Failure to comply will result in immediate disqualification. Locate approved equipment list here.
3. Competitors may not display non-registered company names and/or product logos in PBA competition.
4. Competitors may not darken or in anyway obstruct any product registered logo.

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Q: What is the policy for dead ball situations?
A: The Tournament Director must be notified whenever someone has bowled on the wrong lane, out of turn, or when a pin must be removed from the lane or gutter. It is always best to ask rather than continue without being sure of the rule.

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Q: What is PBA's policy about coaching?
A: Coaching is defined as, but not limited to, any advice given to a competitor regarding ball selection, lane strategy, mental thought processes or physical mechanics. Effective October 1, 2010, coaching is allowed in all levels of PBA competition. During non-televised portions of an event, coaches and manufacturer representatives (Ball Reps) are not permitted in the bowlers’ area at any time during tournament competition. During televised portions of an event, coaches and/or manufacturer representatives may communicate with a competitor during official television warm-up time or commercial breaks only. Coaches and Ball Reps must vacate the bowler’s area immediately upon request of the presiding Tournament Director or television Coordinating Producer.

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Q: What is the locker room policy?
A: A maximum of nine (9) bowling balls per competitor will be allowed in the locker room during qualifying. During match play all finalists will be allowed an unlimited number of bowling balls in the locker room. Loose bowling balls will not be permitted in the locker room.

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Q: What is PBA's policy about alcohol/smoking?
A: Competitors may not consume alcohol products on the tournament host center premises until their competition is completed for the day. Competitors may not consume tobacco products on the tournament host center premises during competition. Competitors may only consume alcohol and use tobacco products in a designated area to be determined by the Tournament Director. Competitors may not consume alcohol or use tobacco products while wearing their name shirt.

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Q: Can I earn an exemption as a non-member?
A: Only members are eligible to earn exemptions.

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Q: When do I have to be at the bowling center?
A: There is a mandatory non-member meeting prior to each event. It will be held ½ hour before roll-call at each tournament unless otherwise indicated on the PBA website or your tournament confirmation.

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Q: What credit cards does the PBA accept?
A: Visa, Mastercard and Discover

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Q: Will I receive a ring if I bowl 300?
A: Not as a non-member. Only PBA members receive a PBA ring when bowling their first 300 game.

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Q: Who do I contact when I get to a tournament site?
A: If you have entered and paid and attended the mandatory non-member meeting you may go directly to the locker room for roll-call. If you are entering on site or owe your entry fee, please see the Tournament Director.

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Q: When is my payment due for tournament entry fees
A: All non-member’s entry fees are due upon entry.

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Q: What is the correct procedure to withdraw from a PBA tournament?
A: If you withdraw from a tournament, confirm your withdrawal in writing to the Regional Manager. If it is after the deadline date, contact the PBA Tour tournament director or regional manager, as appropriate. There is a $25 fee for withdrawing from a tournament.

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Q: Do I qualify to become a PBA Member?
A: You have three different options to qualify for membership in the PBA: 1. Average 200 or better with 36 games. 2. Average 190 or better with 36 game in an USBC certified Sports League 3. Cash in one of the PBA's more than 180 Regional Tournaments; PBA Tour Qualifying Rounds or open PBA tournaments.

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Q: How do I reinstate my membership?
A: Follow this link: Click,log in with your PBA number and choose Reinstate under the Membership category. Continue through the checkout process, pay any outstanding fees and you will be notified once you are reinstated.

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Q: How do I change my address, e-mail address or telephone number?
A: Click Here, log onto the website and change the information there. Contact Membership Services at Extension 6025 if you have any quesitons on how to navigate the website.

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Q: How do I change the credit card information that is being used to pay dues?
A: For assistance, contact the PBA Staff at (206) 332-9688 between 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time) Monday-Friday.

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Q: Can I put the PBA logo on my checks, business cards, pro shop ads, etc?
A: The PBA logo is trademarked and may not be used.

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Q: How do I order PBA patches or bag tags?
A: Patches and Bag Tags are $3.00 each. They are available for purchase through your Regional Manager or the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Tournament Directors.

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Q: How do I order a new PBA card?
A: Contact membership@pba.com and request a new card.

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Q: Where can I get entry forms for tournaments?
A: You can get entry forms from your member newsletters, or you can call and the PBA will be happy to fax one over to you.

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Q: How many tournaments can I bowl in as a Standard Member?
A: A Standard member may bowl in three (3) Regional and/or Regional senior tournaments, three (3) PBA Tour Qualifying Rounds, the PBA U.S. Open, USBC Masters, World Championship and any other Open tournaments being held during the PBA Tour or Senior Tour.

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Q: How do I order my 300 ring and or diamonds?
A: You can order your ring and diamonds by going to the member’s only section of the website and clicking on 300 ring. Fill out the information and it will be sent directly to the jeweler. If you don’t wish to use the website, you will receive a letter from the PBA a few weeks after you bowl your 300 game with instructions and forms to fill out to order your award.

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Q: How can I find an answer to a Rules question?
A: This information is currentlly being updated. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Q: How do I get my Pro Shop listed on the PBA website?
A: You must be a Full member to list your pro shop. In addition, you are permitted to wear a patch on your bowling shirt of your pro shop logo. Email membership services with the name of the Pro Shop, street address, city, state and zip code to proshops@pba.com along with the phone number, fax number and e-mail address or website address.

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Q: I can’t log onto the Member’s only portion of the website. What am I doing wrong?
A: Your username is your PBA number. If you are having trouble logging in, please click here to retrieve or reset your password.

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Q: How do I change my membership classification?
A: If you wish to change your membership,please e-mail membership@pba.com before your anniversary date to enable us to make the change.

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Q: How does a Pro-Am work? Do I actually get to bowl with a professional? What is a Pro-Am? How many total games are bowled in a Pro-Am? Does my Pro-Am entry mean I will actually get to bowl with a professional or does it just get me in to an autograph signing session?
A: At a PBA Tour Pro-Am event, you will have the opportunity to bowl with 3-6 Exempt PBA Tour Professionals (your Host Center will provide the details for the event you have signed up for). A Pro-Am entry means that you are paying to bowl with the professionals, not just to watch them.

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Q: How do I volunteer to help out on the Tour?
A: The PBA and host center are always looking for volunteers. If you wish to volunteer for the tournament, please contact the center regarding availability.

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Q: How can I find out how many of the tickets are left for a particular show?
A: Please visit PBA.com and click on the tournament you wish you attend. If the $60 seats are an option for you at purchase, for instance, then there are $60 tickets available for that TV show. You may also contact the host bowling center for ticket availability.

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Q: Do I have to buy tickets for my children? What are the age requirements?
A: Requirements for children can vary by tournament. Please contact the center hosting the tournament you will be attending for more information.

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Q: Do I have to be a member in good standing with the USBC?
A: You must be a member in good standing with the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) in order to participate in PBA events. If for some reason your USBC membership is suspended, you will not be permitted to bowl in PBA events until your USBC membership has been reinstated.

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Q: Are tickets available at the door or do they have to be purchased in advance?
A: All tickets will be available at the door as long as there is availability. The only days that are subject to sellout are the TV show and Pro-Am squads. The only tickets available for pre-sale are the TV show, Week Passes and Pro-Am entries. All other tickets are ONLY available at the door.

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Q: I need to pick up my tickets at will call. When can I pick them up?
A: You will pick up your tickets are the front gate when you arrive at the bowling center.

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Q: I see the PBA Tour is coming but when do the TV show tickets go on sale?
A: TV show tickets go on sale one month or more prior to the start of the tournament. Please check PBA.com or the host bowling center for exact on-sale dates.

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Q: How/Where can I purchase tickets?
A: TV show tickets can be purchased at PBA.com or at the host bowling center. For Daily Tickets, a Week Pass, or Pro-Am Entries, please call or visit your Bowling Center.

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Q: Do PBA members have to buy spectator tickets? Why isn’t this included as part of my membership dues?
A: PBA members do not have to pay to purchase spectator tickets. Entry is free when you show your PBA member card at the front desk. Entry for PBA members is free Wednesday – Saturday. PBA members must purchase a ticket for entry to the TV show.

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Q: I received my TV show tickets but there is no seat number. Is the seating for each section first-come, first-served? If so, what time should I arrive?
A: Seating is first come-first served for each section. So, you are guaranteed a seat within that section, but not a specific seat in that section. Everyone must be seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the telecast. You will want to arrive 60 – 90 minutes early to line up for your seating.

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Q: Are the TV show tickets the same price for children and adults?
A: Prices are the same for children and adults.

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Q: How do I obtain player photos?
A: Unfortunately, the PBA does not have photos of players available. Individual pros may provide photos, so you may send a request that will be forwarded to the player or players you're seeking.

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Q: How do I get a bowling center grant?
A: The PBA does not offer grants. You may wish to contact the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, at www.bpaa.com, to see if they know of or offer some type of assistance.

You may wish to contact the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, at www.bpaa.com for help with your questions on opening a center.

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Q: Can I purchase PBA videos?
A: Unfortunately, at this time there are no tapes available for sale. If they become available in the future, it will be announced on the website.

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Q: Where can I find out if the ball I have is legal in PBA competition?
A: Please click the Approved Equipment link located in the “Resources” Menu item and select the ball manufacturer to see a list of all approved equipment.

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Q: I am PBA Member, why isn't my Pro Shop listed?
A: Pro Shop listings are a benefit for Full PBA Members only. If you are a full Member who owns or works in a Pro Shop please e-mail proshops@pba.com with your Pro Shop information.

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Q: My local center is listed on pba.com as an Official Practice Center but they wouldn't honor the $2. Can you tell me why?
A: Please e-mail the center name and who you spoke to practicecenters@pba.com. We will investigate the matter and remove the Practice center if they are no longer honoring the program.

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Q: How do I get discounts from the PBA Sponsors?
A: If sponsor offers are available they will be listed in the PBA Newsletter for our members

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Q: What is a PBA Tour Qualifying Round (TQR)?
A: During the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, the PBA conducts several Open tournaments as we; as one (1) invitational (Tournament of Champions). The remainder of the events are Standard tournaments. The entry field size in these tournaments is 64 bowlers which includes 52 Exempt players. The remaining twelve (12) spots are determined by the results of the PBA Tour Qualifying Round or TQR. Members and non-member bowl seven (7) games of qualifying the first day of the tournament (see PBA Schedule). If for some reason an exempt bowler must withdraw from the tournament, the additional qualifying spot will come from the TQR.

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Q: How can I become an Exempt bowler?
A: HOW DOES A PBA MEMBER BECOME EXEMPT? To earn an exemption on the PBA Tour you bowl and meet the following criteria: 1. Win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour event 2. Finish the previous season among the top point earners (To be determined annually by the PBA) in PBA World Point Rankings and those receiving multi-season exemptions. 3. Finish in the top seven (7) at the Regional Players Invitational. 4. Finish as the top non-exempt PBA member from the PBA World Point Rankings

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