PWBA Event Format

Standard events on the PWBA Tour feature 12 games of qualifying on the first day of competition before the field is cut to the cashers (based on the number of participants at each event). After six additional games, another cut will be made to the top 12, who will bowl six more games.

The top five players after 24 games advance to the stepladder finals and compete for the title.

A pair of Classic Series events are on the PWBA Tour schedule in 2023, featuring three national events during each series.

The first two national tournaments in each Classic Series event will be open to the entire field of entrants, while the third event will use the qualifying totals from the first two tournaments to determine which players will compete in the final tournament.

The format for the first two events in each Classic Series will consist of two six-game qualifying blocks, with the top 12 advance to bowl two six-game rounds of round-robin match play. After the conclusion of match play, the top five bowlers will advance to the stepladder finals.

The final national tournament in each Classic Series will welcome the top 24 competitors based on the combined qualifying totals (24 games) from the first two events. The 24 advancers will bowl three eight-game rounds of round-robin match play to determine the top five for the stepladder finals (total pins from the 24 games of qualifying will not carry over to this event).