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New General Conditions of Contest Section

In response to the finding that a pair in the 2013 Senior Bowl cheated, the USBF Board has amended its General Conditions of Contest to clarify the effect of cheating in a USBF event.   If a player is found to have cheated in a USBF event, his or her team will be disqualified from the event and will lose any masterpoints or Positioning Points it might have won. If the team won the event, the second place team will be declared the winner and will represent the US in the World Championship. Further, if a USBF player is found to have cheated in a WBF event, the USBF will reject any medals won by the pair or team on which the player competed.

To implement this, the following Subsection B of Section III (Eligibility) was added to the USBF General Conditions of Contest to cover this situation.

B         Subsequent Ineligibility for Cheating

As used in this section B, “cheating” refers to intentional cheating that is systematic (i.e., occurs on multiple boards), egregious, and premeditated (i.e., the player or pair had more than a few moments to contemplate whether to engage in the unethical conduct).

If the USBF finds, at any time, that any player or pair engaged in cheating during a USBF tournament (“Trials”), the team on which that player or pair competed shall be disqualified from that Trials.  Further, the entire team shall forfeit all of its wins in that Trials along with all placing points and masterpoints its players otherwise would have earned in that Trials.

If the finding of cheating is made based on conduct during the Round Robin and is rendered before play in the KO stage begins, the disqualified team's Round Robin results will be vacated and KO qualifiers and seeding will be determined based on Round Robin results against all other teams.

If the finding of cheating is made based on conduct in a KO match and is rendered before play in the next KO round begins, the team containing the guilty player(s) shall forfeit the match in which the cheating occurred, and its opponent shall be declared winner of that match.

If the finding of cheating is made based on conduct in a KO match and is rendered after play in the next KO round begins, the team containing the guilty player(s) shall forfeit the match in which the cheating occurred and the match it is currently playing. In this situation, the DICs may allow the team most recently defeated by the team containing the guilty player(s) to replace the eliminated team, but are not required to do so.

If the finding of cheating is made after the Trials has concluded and if the team containing the guilty player(s) won the event, the team it defeated in the final KO round shall be declared the champion of the event and shall represent the U.S. in the WBF event for which that Trials selects teams. If the Trials selects two teams and the team that lost in the Finals went on to win the USA2 Finals, then the losing USA2 Finalist shall represent the U.S. in the WBF event for which the Trials selects teams. All teams the contaminated team defeated in earlier rounds of that Trials shall be deemed to have won their match against the contaminated team and shall receive the corresponding placing points and masterpoint awards, but those teams shall have no further remedy. 

If any USBF player or pair is found to have engaged in cheating in a WBF championship by either WBF or USBF, USBF will officially reject any medals in that event won by the team or pair on which that player or pair competed.

 

 
USBC FORMAT SET; ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED

The final date for teams to guarantee entry in the 2014 USBC was Monday, April 7th. At midnight on the 7th 15 teams had entered the USBC. Two of them (Nickell & Fleisher) have byes to the Round of 8; one (Gordon) has a bye to the Round of 16. The Conditions of Contest provide that with 12 Round Robin teams and 11 spots in the Round of 16 we have a 2 day complete Round Robin followed by 2 day KO Rounds of 16, 8, 4 and 2. The Conditions of Contest also provide that additional teams may enter the event until April 21st, so long as there are no more than 18 teams in the Round Robin.

To enter, log into this site and click on "Enter 2014 USBC" under the User Menu. You must have paid 2014 dues and because of some sort of glitch, if you log in and then pay your dues, you must log out and back in again before the site will let you enter the USBC. If you have any questions or problems, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and she will try to help.

 
CONGRATULATIONS JILL & CHIP

USBF members Chip Martel and Jill Meyers have just been elected to the ACBL Hall of Fame - congratulations to both of you! By our count, Jill will be the 20th woman to be inducted into the ACBL Hall of Fame and Chip & Jan are the only living husband-wife pair in the Hall.

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Jill Meyers
 
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Chip Martel
 

 

 
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