SEATTLE, Wash. – The Professional Bowlers Association has modified and clarified the regional qualifying structure for 2011 Dick Weber PBA Playoffs, scheduled for March 8-13 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.
The new PBA Playoffs will be open to a combined field of 108 regional players and 72 additional players who will qualify through the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour World Points Ranking list.
The 108 regional berths in the playoffs will be filled as follows:
● PBA members in the top 10 on the 2009-10 Regional Players Invitational point list in the Central, East, Midwest, Southwest and South, plus the top seven from the West and top three from the Northwest regions will qualify for the 2011 PBA Playoffs (during the PBA Playoffs, the West/Northwest Regions will be combined into a single pod).
● All other players can qualify in a separate PBA Playoffs point system that will encompass regional tournaments held between Oct. 1, 2010 and Nov. 30, 2010. The top eight point leaders on the PBA Playoffs point lists from the Central, East, Midwest, Southwest, South and the combined West/Northwest Regions for this period will qualify for the Playoffs.
● PBA Playoffs points will be awarded to all regional players who participate in the PBA World Series based on their PBA World Championship finishing position (after 60 games – 12 games each on the five PBA “animal” patterns). Points earned will be applied within each player’s home region, which will be based on his/her state of residence.
● The PBA Playoffs point list beginning Oct. 1, 2010, will also carry forward into 2011 and will count towards the 2012 PBA Playoffs.
● If any Regional pod is not filled through the qualifying systems noted above, a sliding scale will be used down to 25th place on the 2009-10 RPI point list to fill the spots in each pod.
● If the field does not fill using the RPI points list sliding scale, entries will be opened to the general membership and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the six regional pods (Central, East, Midwest, Southwest, South and West/Northwest) are filled.
To summarize how players will qualify in each of the PBA’s seven regions:
In the Central, East, Midwest, Southwest and South Regions, the top 10 from the 2009-10 Regional Players Invitational points lists, plus the top eight in points earned in tournaments conducted between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2010, will be eligible.
In the West Region, the top seven from the 2009-10 RPI points list will be eligible. In the Northwest Region, the top three from the 2009-10 RPI points list will be eligible. For tournaments conducted between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2010, a total of eight players based upon points earned from the West and Northwest Regions combined will be eligible.