Don’t Call It a Come Back…

During the Christmas and holiday season, many of us will load our family and friends to head down to the local bowling alley.  While some might argue that bowling is being replaced by video games and other forms of entertainment, those in the bowling industry have another opinion, as a bowling facility is recognized as one of “The 50 Coolest New Businesses in America (in) 2015” according to Business Insider.

Wishing you & yours lots of strikes and a Merry Christmas!

 

 

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Youth Bowling = College Scholarships

Parents here is a question for you…

What recreational sport can your child participate in and have an opportunity to accumulate scholarships for college?

Blake Buffaloe - $420 Scholarship Winner

Blake Buffaloe – $420 Scholarship Winner

While some of parents drive their kids towards the big sports (football, basketball, baseball or golf) with the hopes that they will excel and help with the cost of college through a sports scholarship, the fact is that only about 7% of high school athletes actually move on to play a varsity sport in college.  Even a smaller percentage earn any scholarships for the sport they play and only 2% of high school athletes participate at the NCAA Division 1 Level!

Discouraging? – YES!  BUT, what if your kid(s) could begin earning scholarships as soon as they begin to bowl.  We are talking about kids as young as 3 and 4 years old earning a few bucks to help with the cost of college.

At Buffaloe Lanes Bowling Centers and in bowling centers across the country this is possible!  For the 10th consecutive year, Buffaloe Lanes held its Youth Bowling Championship with $4,000 of scholarships up for grabs.  In just 10 years, the Buffaloe Lanes Centers have funded $40,000 in scholarships to kids of all ages. (2015 Youth Championship Results)

Bowling is a sport that kids can participate in and enjoy for a lifetime!

So instead of trying to train your 5 year old to be the next Tiger Woods, LeBron James or Tom Brady, why not get them on the lanes and start banking some scholarships for college.  Who knows…your child might be the next Sean Rash, Norm Duke or Tommy Jones!

Click here for more information about youth bowling at Buffaloe Lanes.

#BuffaloeSelfie – Join Us on Instagram

Let Me Take a Selfie….


Buffaloe Lanes wants to see you doing your thing on the lanes and there is no better way to share your fun with us then to put it on Instagram!

Best part is that if you put a selfie on Instagram from any of the Buffaloe Lanes locations, you could be entered into a contest to win some great prizes.  There are a few things that you have to remember to participate:

  1. Posted between September 14th and October 18th .
  2. Only pictures posted to Instagram will be included in the contest.
  3. Any picture posted must include @buffaloelanes and #buffaloeselfie.
  4. Pictures must be taken inside a Buffaloe Lanes bowling center.
  5. Have fun and try to make the picture interesting.
  6. Photos must be posted as public so they show up on the #buffaloeselfie feed.
  7. Buffaloe Lanes staff are not eligible to win prizes.

So grab your friends, family or a random stranger and take a selfie today!

Click here for complete contest rules & information!

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?

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.