Buffaloe Lanes Youth Awards Store

Winning Isn’t Everything…Getting Cool Stuff Is!

“OMG… USBC isn’t giving kids awards anymore.  How could they do something like that?”, is a phrase most of us in the bowling industry have heard coming into this bowling season.

Bowlers, parents and proprietors continue to belly ache about no more awards for the kids, even though most thought the awards were “cheap” and they took too long to get.  But USBC also dropped the cost per youth bowler back to only $4, which gave local associations and bowling centers the opportunity to continue to charge a “registration fee” to help provide awards to these young bowlers.

The announcement was actually great news because centers could now develop their own awards program and meet the needs of their bowlers, plus these awards could help meet the “instant gratification” that our society has come to expect.

Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers did just that with their new youth awards program.

At Buffaloe Lanes we want every kid to have FUN and bowl well, while at the same time being able to take home some swag for knocking down pins. With that in mind our creative staff has developed an awards program just for our youth league bowlers where kids can earn awards and “Buffaloe Bucks” to purchase their Buffaloe Lanes swag from the new “Buffaloe Lanes Youth Awards Store“.

All_awardsAfter months of work, Buffaloe Lanes officially launched the online portion of their youth awards program complete with an online awards store where the kids can select what Buffaloe Lanes Swag they would like to spend their “Buffaloe Bucks” on at anytime.

Kids will have the opportunity to earn, save and spend their “Buffaloe Bucks” for merchandise they choose from the Buffaloe Lanes Youth Awards Store.  Every kid will earn bucks just for participation and will also earn bucks based on a set of achievements.  These bucks can be saved for things like a bowling ball or can be spent on a pen, pencil, accessory bag…etc.

So why do centers wait on USBC to take care of their bowlers, while at the same time complaining about the limited awards programs they have to offer.  Now bowling centers and local associations have the opportunity to step in and take care of their bowlers the best way they see fit.

With this structure of self-processing for the youth bowlers in place, how long will it be before the adults follow?  Will centers start to develop their own awards programs for the adults?  What are other bowling centers doing to take care of their bowlers?

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Why do you bowl or not bowl?

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.

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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?

Summer is over, so now what?

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!

Buffaloe Lanes Youth Bowlers Ready for National Tournament

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.

A Great Event & Benefit of Bowling at Buffaloe Lanes

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.Champions_poster

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.

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Father’s Day Fun at Buffaloe Lanes Bowling Centers

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.

 

Youth Bowling at Buffaloe Lanes Family Bowling Centers

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.