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Military Bowling Championships

The 2016 Military Bowling Championships were recently completed at Gold Coast & Orleans Bowling Centers in Las Vegas. It was the largest event in it's 59 year long history registering 276 6-person teams.   1,656 players bowled team, singles & doubles events in divisions: Active Duty, Retired or Senior Retired.

The 60th annual tournament will be held at the Gold Coast Hotel, Casino & Bowling Center for the 11th consecutive year on January 15 - 21, 2017.  The tournament brings together military bowlers from worldwide assignments to participate in outstanding competition in 3 divisions - active duty/veterans, retired and senior retired.  The MBC is primarily a team event with teams comprised of 6 players.  Individuals can only bowl on one team. Team, Doubles and Singles are 4-game scratch events.

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Tournament Details

Entry Form
Location, Date and Cost

Active Duty/Vets Retired & Senior Retired
Orleans Hotel & Casino
4500 West Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
4000 W. Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89103
  • Gold Coast: January 15 - 20, 2017
  • Orleans: January 16 - 19, 2017

  • Tournament only - $160
  • Tournament Side Pots for 3 events - $12
Active Duty/Vets Squad Times
Active Duty/Vets Division bowled at
The Orleans

Squad A, Active/Vets
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - Team
  • Wednesday 12:00 pm - Singles
  • Thursday 4:00 pm - Doubles

Squad B, Active/Vets
  • Tuesday 12:00 pm - Team
  • Wednesday 4:00 pm - Singles
  • Thursday 8:00 am - Doubles

Squad C, Active/Vets
  • Tuesday 4:00 pm - Team
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - Singles
  • Thursday 12:00 pm - Doubles
Retired Squad Times
Retired Division bowled at
Gold Coast Casino

Ret A, Retired
  • Monday 8:00 am - Singles
  • Tuesday 3:00 pm - Team
  • Thursday 11:00 am - Doubles

Ret B, Retired
  • Monday 11:00 am - Doubles
  • Wednesday 8:00 am - Singles
  • Thursday 3:00 pm - Team

Ret C, Retired
  • Monday 3:00 pm - Singles
  • Tuesday 6:00 pm - Doubles
  • Wednesday 4:00 pm - Team

Ret D, Retired
  • Wednesday 12:00 pm - Team
  • Thursday 6:00 pm - Doubles
  • Friday 8:00 am - Singles
Senior Retired Squad Times
Senior Retired Division bowled at
Gold Coast Casino

Sen 1, Senior Retired
  • Monday 7:00 pm - Singles
  • Tuesday 11:00 am - Doubles
  • Thursday 8:00 am - Team

Sen 2, Senior Retired
  • Tuesday 8:00 am - Singles
  • Wednesday 7:00 pm - Doubles
  • Friday 12:00 pm - Team
Sen 3, Senior Retired
  • Monday 8:00 am - Singles
  • Tuesday 3:00 pm - Team
  • Thursday 11:00 am - Doubles
Dress Code
Without a doubt, requests for an official dress code have increased over the years.

The tournament committee agrees that a “casual but respectable” appearance should be expected from each contestant while bowling. The Dress Code will not be implemented with the mission of making any contestant uncomfortable but all players must, in the view of the tournament committee appear presentable to their peers, the many guests and sponsors.

The tournament committee and event sponsors recommend long pants and customary bowling shirts, however shorts, hats and t-shirts will still be acceptable attire but must be in good condition and not considered offensive to other players or their guests.
Eligibility for the Military Bowling Championships:

Active/Vets Division

Based on the following rules, the 6-player teams may be comprised of any combination of:
  • NEW - Any 2 teammates can double together
  • Active Duty, Veterans, Retired, Guard, Reserve or DOD retired or active. Any 2 teammates can bowl doubles together.
  • PBA National Tour Champs and Exempt players are not eligible. Only 1 PBA member and 1 High Roller champ per team – or 2 High Roller champs per team.
  • All players must present their USBC sanction card
  • Players must present proof of military status. The following is accepted and other forms of ID can be requested:
    • Active Duty ID
    • Honorable Discharge Certificate
    • Active Duty Reserve ID card
    • VA Disability ID card
    • DD-214

To obtain ID:

Retired & Senior Retired Divisions

  • Retired, from any U.S. branch of Armed Forces including the Guard or Reserve, or a Retired Department Of Defense (DOD) civilian
  • Players from any of the above categories may bowl in any Team Division that they fit by their personal status. Example: Retired DOD may bowl in Retired Division or Senior Divison if eligible by age
  • Before competition begins, each player must produce their Military ID or DOD ID and their USBC sanction card
  • Players without a sanction card may purchase an “Unattached” sanction card on site
  • Retired players that presented their Military or DOD ID cards since 2005 do not need to present them again as they are already on file

Tournament Rules
  • PLAYING RULES - Rules of the Military Bowling Championships. (MBC) stated herein, and those of the USBC will govern all participants. The High Roller (HR) manager will have the right to resolve all questions and disputes. All decisions shall be final unless an appeal is made in accordance with Rule 329.
  • GENERAL - The MBC is primarily a team event with teams comprised of 6 players. Individuals can only be on one team. Team, Doubles and Singles are 4-game events.
  • COMPETITION – All events are scratch. Competition is in 3 Divisions: Active/Vets, Retired or Senior Retired. If a team has at least 1 Active Duty or Vet who is not retired, that team will bowl in the Active Duty division. If a team is comprised of Retired and Senior Retired members, that team will bowl in the Retired division. To bowl in the Senior Retired division, all team members must be at least 60 years old by January 19, 2015, and be retired. HR manager must approve any roster changes prior to bowling. In Team, Singles & Doubles, each participant may enter only once
  • SUBSTITUTIONS – Once competition has begun, subs are allowed providing the sub is not on another team. A player who is replaced may not bowl in any other events except the Mixed Doubles. Players can only compete in one division.
  • ALL-EVENTS - Purses are determined by adding scores from Team, Singles & Doubles separately by each division.
  • PRIZES – Any unclaimed prizes will be mailed within 10 days of tournament end. Prizes earned will be paid with High Roller check. Of the $160 entry fee, $30 is lineage, $10 is for tournament expense, approximately $18 is for operational expense and approximately $102 is prize money returned 100%. Prizes include trophies, plaques, pennants and other awards and displays.
  • TOURNAMENT CONDUCT - The HR manager shall have the right to reassign participants, if for any reason, the MBC cannot be completed on all or some of the lanes, or on the dates drawn in any round. If by fire, war, weather conditions, gas shortage, water damage, labor unrest, terrorism acts or threats, mechanical malfunctions, acts of God, etc., it becomes impossible to conduct the MBC and/or companion events, all unused portions of entry fees shall be returned.
  • IRS REPORTING – It is the tournament’s legal obligation to report an individual’s earnings (not profit) of $600 and over, including Brackets and Sidepots. 1099 forms will be issued to those players along with an accounting of their tournament expenses.
  • USBC CERTIFIED – Players not a member of USBC must purchase a USBC Associate Membership card on site prior to bowling.
  • REFUNDS – All entry fees can be refunded 100% with notice to the HR manager of at least 24 hours before bowling starts. Hotel fees can be refunded with 48 hours notice of scheduled check-in date. Once competition begins, refunds are at the discretion of the HR manager. Once a player has competed in any event, including Sweepers, they may not receive a refund for Team, Singles or Doubles unless replaced.
  • EVENT STATUS – Regardless of personal status or age, each player bowls singles and doubles in the same division that they bowled the team event. Players may bowl in the Sunday Sweeper by personal status instead of their team’s division but only in the same center that they bowl their Team event.
  • CLOSING DATE - Closing date to enter is January 18, 2016, or upon full field.

More Tournament Information

Storm Bowling Balls Special
Coming Soon!
Team Count and Oil Pattern

Team Count

Coming Soon!

Retired/Senior Retired Oil Pattern
Coming Soon!

Active Duty/Vets Oil Pattern
Coming Soon!
Sunday Kick-off Sweepers
Sweeper Format & Cost:
  • 3 games Scratch
  • Entry Fee $25/squad or $30 after 12/31/2016 (includes sidepots)

Retired & Senior Retired Sweepers bowled at Gold Coast
  • Sunday, January 15th - 12 pm & 4 pm
  • Separate purses for each division
  • Scores are combined for the 2 squads
  • Players can re-enter, but can only cash once
  • Lanes will be oiled between squads

Active Duty/Vets Sweepers bowled at Gold Coast
  • Monday, January 16th - 12 pm & 4 pm
  • Scores are combined for the 2 squads
  • Players can re-enter, but can only cash once
  • Lanes will be oiled between squads
Mixed Doubles Tournament
The Orleans Casino & Hotel For MBC players and their guests

Tuesday (1/17)
  • 7 pm

Wednesday (1/18)
  • 7 pm

Thursday (1/19)
  • 7 pm
  • Each team must contain at least 1 MBC contestant
  • Entry Fee - $40 per team or $45 after 12/31/16
  • Unlimited re-entries, 1 in 8 cash
  • Cash once with each partner
  • Must provide most recent USBC card # or bowl scratch
  • Highest winter average of at least 21 games for 2014-15 or 2015-16 will be used
  • Handicap is based on 90% of 220 for each player, added together for a team handicap
  • Handicap is used in optional Brackets and Sidepots
Additional Optional Sweepers
The Orleans Casino
Handicap No Tap - Tuesday (1/17) @ 7 pm
  • For all MBC players
  • $25 entry fee
  • 3 games
  • 1 in 8 cash

Open Age - Scratch Sweeper
  • Wednesday 7 pm
  • Thursday 7 pm
  • For all MBC players
  • Combined for 1 prize list
  • Bowl twice - cash once
  • $40 entry fee includes Sidepots
  • 3 games scratch
  • 1 in 5 cash

50 and Over - Scratch Sweeper
  • For MBC players aged 50 & over
  • Wednesday 7 pm
  • Thursday 7 pm
  • Combined for 1 prize list
  • Bowl twice - cash once
  • $40 entry fee includes Sidepots
  • 3 games scratch
  • 1 in 5 cash
Hotel Costs
Gold Coast Casino
(All rates shown do not include tax and fees)
Book by 12/16/16
Standard Room
  • Friday & Saturday - $72
  • Sunday to Thursday - $36
Premium Room
  • Friday & Saturday - $90
  • Sunday to Thursday - $46

Call 1-888-402-6278 and mention AMB2017 or book online at www.goldcoastcasino.com/groups and use code:


The Orleans Casino (All rates shown do not include tax mac and fees)
Book by 12/13/16

  • Saturday, Jan 14th - $89
  • Sunday to Thursday - $44
  • Friday, Jan 20th - $89

Call 1-888-402-6278 and mention Military Bowling Championships or book online at www.orleanscasino.com/groups and use ID:


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