NCAA Head Official. Lane Certification and Event Duties. Events – Chain of Command. Event Operations. Event Manager shall use the NCAA Rules Book and Lane Maintenance Matrix to provide consistent process Use Head Official’s Checklist (EMG – Appendix D)
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* Provide Accurate Info
Preview Lane Pattern Information – (provided by Event Manager and Facility) – are they using NCAA Pattern Templates or own design?
Can use either option; however, MUST COMPLY WITH NCAA RULE 1.1.3c (distance / ratio of application)
*Patterns located on NCAA Women’s Bowling website at www.ncaa.org (Women’s Bowling / Rules of the Game)Event Certification Form
Is the pattern distance between 34’-44’ ?
Are the ratios shown in these boxes between 2:1 – 6:1 ?
Lane Pattern Info Sheet - Head Official gets from Event Manager to verify lane condition
(a stop watch or portable clock will also be needed during event)
Normal facility requirements for play
Is Facility a United State Bowling Congress (USBC) Certified facility?
If not USBC Certified, have all teams been notified of this prior to travel for competition?
If not, do all teams agree to use facility “as is” ?
Safety Concerns (must be resolved before play occurs)
Defined playing areas
Defined spectator areas
Obvious physical obstructions that would hinder play
Equipment Functions Properly
Pinsetters (and on-site facility attendant to repair mechanical problems)
foul lights working (or foul line Official present)
scoring system (automated preferred, manual may be used if necessary)Lane Certification (con’t)
Foul Lights are turned ON for all lanes
No Deformities in lane surface or approach
Clean Playing Surface (no dirt, tacky or slick areas)
Look to ensure all lanes have been conditioned
go to other end of lane near pins – at approx. half way down lane, start looking for a line which identifies where oil / conditioner application was stopped – area with oil will look shiny; area without will have a dull, fuzzy or hazy appearance – this is the end of the pattern =
Do all the lanes look the same regarding pattern distance?Lane Certification (con’t)
(Even light amounts of oil are ok)
Complete a Basic Finger Smear Test –
Step 1:Kneel down beside lane near gutter; put middle and index finger together and touch the lane with fingertips (DO NOT step out onto lane to complete step 2 – lean out over lane area)
Step 2:Put fingers on lane at board closest to gutter (#1 board); lightly push your fingers across the boards of the lane toward middle of lane (#20 board) to see if oil / conditioner is applied – applied oil / conditioner will be wet or slick to touch; dry area will be dull, squeaky, fingers will move slower
Step 3: Check opposite side of lane, same distance (WIPE OFF FINGERS BEFORE NEXT TEST)
Check at 3 distances – (ALWAYS DO TEST FROM BOARD 1 TO 20, NEVER OPPOSITE)
At the Arrows (15 ft)
At 5-10 ft From Oil Line (between arrows & oil line)
At the Final Pattern Distance
Was oil (conditioner) present on all boards from gutter to center of lane?
(YES OR NO)
*USE YOUR EYES TO LOOK AT AREA WHERE FINGERS WERE PUSHED ACROSS LANE – THE AREA WHERE OIL / CONDITIONER IS APPLIED WILL SHOW VERY LIGHT TO VERY NOTICABLE SMUG MARKS –
* EVEN VERY LIGHT AMOUNTS OF OIL ARE OK AND WILL PRESENT A “SMEARED LOOK; DRY BOARDS WILL NOT SHOW ANY SMEARING OR RESIDUE ON BOARDS -Lane Certification (con’t)
Head Official must not circumvent NCAA Rules to satisfy Event Rules
Each team may have players using area / lanes
Ensure adequate sharing of space (rotation)
Provide appropriate warm-up time(s)
1-2 players on same lane = 10 minute warm-up
3 or more players on same lane = 15 minutes
ONLY THE DESIGNATED WARM-UP AREA CAN BE USED BY TEAMS (No other areas of the facility may be used for additional warm-up or practice once the first day of the event begins)
ONCE A MATCH BEGINS, ONLY THE POTENTIAL SUBSTITUTES MAY USE THE WARM-UP AREA (removed starting players cannot use the Warm Up Area until next match starts; they have become a Substitute for the match)Event Duties (con’t)
Needs to make sure all Event items are finished and accurate
Documents any Major Rules Issues, Violations and/or Event Protests
Needs to have all standings completed prior to awards distribution
Need to provide copies (electronic and paper) to Event ManagerEvent Completion