Thousands of bowlers hit the lanes this time of year as the fall league season gets underway. BUT so many people are missing out on the fun and excitement of bowling a league. Whether you are or are not a league bowler, read on because there is something for both of you.
A healthy & fun activity for all ages!
For the non-league bowlers, the most common misconception about joining a league is that “leagues are for good bowlers and pros”. WRONG! – Most leagues use a handicap system that allows an equal playing field for those of us who might clean the gutters a few times in a game. And why would you want to miss out on being part of a group of people where you can make new friends, build lasting relationships and share your life stories with every week? So instead of spending $4-$5 daily on an over-priced cup of coffee to feel like you fit in with the crowd, visit your nearest bowling alley and make that your “third place”. The coffee is cheap, the WiFi is free and there are lots of opportunities to meet new people.
And now for the league bowlers that have made Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers their “third place“, why do you bowl? Some of you enjoy the competition but a majority of you bowl a league because you have formed relationships with your teammates and enjoy having this other place besides home (1st place) & work (2nd place). It is a place where you can talk, laugh, complain and more about your 1st & 2nd places in your life. Buffaloe Lanes is your extended family and we are glad that you have allowed us to fill that aspect in your life.
League bowler or not… Why do you bowl? Why don’t you bowl? Why not make bowling a part of your life?
Even though the temperatures are still reaching into the 90s, this time of year means back to fall league bowling for most bowlers. After the summer tournaments and fun leagues most of us bowlers meet back up with our teams from the previous fall season and head back to the lanes in search of being the league champion this season.
Each season we have to make choices…
Which day of the week should I bowl? … Which league has the best payout? … Which league is more competitive? … Which league is more fun? … Do I stay with my team from last season? … Should I bowl a sport or challenge league? … Which center should I bowl at? … etc.
So many decisions to make but in the end, we come back to bowling as the summer ends. So why do you bowl a league? Or maybe why don’t you bowl in a league?
It’s never too late to join a league at Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers!
Time to hit the road for 44 youth bowlers from Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers in North Carolina. This group of kids ranging in age from 11 to 20 years old will make the 600 plus mile trip north to Buffalo, New York, where they will compete in the 2014 Junior Gold Championships.
A record field of 2,770 youth bowlers are registered to compete in this national tournament with the hopes of making Junior Team USA and also walking away with a piece of the more than $200,000 scholarship prize fund.
Registration and practice sessions begin on Saturday and the qualifying rounds begin Monday. The Buffaloe Lanes Jr. Gold Team qualifiers had some last minute practice and coaching this past Saturday.
Safe travels and good luck to all of these boys and girls at the 2014 Junior Gold Championships. Look for updates during the tournament on the Buffaloe Lanes website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and right here on our blog.
Late Saturday evening the 12th Annual Buffaloe Lanes Team Championship Tournament wrapped up with “Typical Sam” from Buffaloe Lanes Cary taking home the trophy and a check for $5,000.
But this tournament is about so much more than just the $20,000 prize fund. The annual tournament sponsored by the owners of Buffaloe Lanes is a league bowler benefit for bowling at one of the Buffaloe Lanes Centers. Every league bowler has an opportunity to win a free entry into the tournament or they can purchase an at-large entry.
This season’s tournament was the first for members from the newest Buffaloe Lanes location in Mebane, NC. Buffaloe Lanes Mebane had a good showing with 8 teams participating in the tournament and they look forward to many more teams joining in the fun next year.
More than 100 teams (5-person) bowled over the two-day tournament with hopes of taking home a portion of the prize fund. But outside of the tournament prize fund there were lots of other opportunities to win cash & prizes.
Excitement is an understatement….
Terry Lewis rolled a single strike worth $600 in the Skins Game, which is played after the last squad bowls and while the final results are being calculated. 10 bowlers are selected and each at least has a chance at $100!
While the competition is intense…
the spirit of the tournament is FUN and EXCITING!
The staff works hard putting this tournament together each year and in the end it is all worth it. Not only do the bowlers have a weekend of food, fun and friendly competition but, the Buffaloe Lanes family and staff takes this opportunity to show their appreciation to the league bowlers for choosing Buffaloe Lanes as their home for bowling!
Everyone is already looking forward to the 2014-2015 Buffaloe Lanes league bowling season and the 13th Annual Buffaloe Lanes Team Championship Tournament next year at Buffaloe Lanes North.
Father’s Day is just around the corner, so make plans now with Dad to spend some quality time together. At Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers we have an opportunity and an affordable way for you to take dad bowling.
Dad Bowls FREE on Father’s Day!
Bring Dad in on Father’s Day (June 15th) and He bowls FREE (Shoe Rental Included). In honor of Father’s Day, All Buffaloe Lanes Centers are inviting Dad to Bowl for FREE!
Bowling is a great way for the entire family to have some FUN with Dad this Father’s Day.
Visit BuffaloeLanes.com for complete details.
After two days of competition at two different Buffaloe Lanes Bowling Centers, one boy and one girl each won a $250 scholarship! Also a single day tournament for youth bowlers in the U12 division (under 12 years of age) produced another $250 scholarship winner!
How about that kind of a return on a tournament entry fee? But wait there is more… In both the boys and girls tournaments, Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers qualified two bowlers each and will pay their entry fee to the National Junior Gold Tournament!
Yes, this might sound like an infomercial for the Buffaloe Lanes Youth Bowling Programs, but it is nothing more than the facts. There are not many, if any, other youth sports that can give kids this kind of an opportunity to learn, compete and have fun all year long. This weekend’s tournament was actually part of the Buffaloe Lanes Jr. Gold Program which opens the door for youth bowlers to improve their game with the help from top level coaches, plus compete for scholarships and spots to the National Junior Gold Tournament every year. BUT…
For those that are just getting started and having fun on Saturday mornings with their friends in the youth league, there is also scholarship money up for grabs.
Buffaloe Lanes North has one of the largest youth bowling programs in the country and Saturday morning was the last day of the season. Time for some fun, food, trophies and scholarships to be awarded in the tune of around $6,500! These scholarships ranged in amounts from $25 – $350 depending on age and awards won during the season ending scholarship tournament (FREE – bowled during the last week of league competition).
With so many opportunities for kids in the sport of bowling, why aren’t more kids bowling? Is bowling just not cool enough? … Maybe it’s because the other major sports are out in front of everyone all the time and since they make the biggest noise and draw the most attention, parents guide their kids to the recreational soccer, football, basketball and baseball leagues instead of letting kids try their skills at bowling. Only as parents find out more about the scholarship opportunities the sport of bowling offers, will more kids get involved in what is a life-long sport.
Walk into just about any bowling center and you will overhear at least a few league bowlers or competitive bowlers talk about the “house shot”.
“It’s too easy…”
“Anyone can shoot 300…”
“Close your eyes and throw it right…”
In this day and age of technology having an impact on every aspect of our life, the same holds true for bowling. Since the dawn of reactive-resin bowling equipment, the level of skill it takes to roll a perfect game might have decreased, but bowling centers are left with the question of how to combat the new technology, while at the same time offering the average bowler an enjoyable experience which indirectly means rolling more strikes and scoring higher.
Year after year this double-edged sword is what centers have to deal with in balancing between competition and enjoyment. When we look at bowling as a whole, whether it is in your center, your city, your state and/or the country; the number of true scratch bowlers is low in comparison to the total number of bowlers. BUT these scratch bowlers or higher average bowlers tend to be the so-called “squeaky wheel”.
So in order to give the scratch bowlers and/or high average bowlers some kind of a challenge, several centers like Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers offer “Sport or Modified” leagues. These leagues offer bowlers a chance to test their skills by bowling on tougher oil patterns like those on the PBA Tour, World Ten Pin Bowling Association and other challenging tournament oil patterns. So many of these leagues have little interest and are usually very small, since some of these higher average bowlers tend to find an excuse not to bowl. Is it ego? Are these bowlers afraid to see their average drop below 200? Why are these leagues not bigger and more successful? If they were, would the bowlers be sending the bowling industry a message? Would we see the competitive side of bowling grow and blossom like the “good-ole days”?
Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers has even started offering specific days and times when these tough shot conditions will be available for practice. Bowlers continue to want an opportunity to practice and fine tune their skills but how many of you are showing up to test your skills on a tougher lane condition? Instead most of these “squeaky wheels” will continue to “squeak” on league nights about how the “house shot” is too easy.
If the typical “house shot” is too easy, how come we haven’t seen more 900 series? Have you seen a 900 series in your center? In your city? In your state?
Buffaloe Lanes Summer League Schedules (Click Below for Details):
Garner – Raleigh – Cary – Erwin – Mebane
(Modified/Sport shot leagues available in Garner, Raleigh & Cary for the Summer Season)
Tough Shot Practice Schedules (Click Below for Details):
Garner – Raleigh – Cary – Erwin – Mebane