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HEAD PIN NEWS
Let's Go Bowling!
Tournament Season is Here!
by Erik Gialdella, BCAW President 
I always get a little bit more excited about this time of year, as we get into the winter and our bowlers begin to head off to their local and state tournaments, and finalize their plans to head out to the national tournaments. 

One of the aspects I really enjoy is seeing how excited some of the more casual league bowlers react as they get ready to compete in these tournaments. You see a few more of them practicing, some purchasing new bowling balls, and several asking "what's the pattern like" for the tournament?

Many of the teams organize matching shirts and plan out their extracurricular events prior to leaving. Many of these bowlers, whether their average is 140 or 240 look forward to these tournaments all year long and it's a very unique added experience that the USBC gives its members that many other recreational sports do not have.

During your league announcements start adding a message wishing your bowlers luck as they head to the state tournament. Utilize this time to offer practice passes or coaching sessions for your bowlers. If you have a pro shop, offer a resurface and new grips package or a new ball special for those heading to the tournament. If you have the ability to take shirt orders for teams, look to offer a deal to get their shirts made with your center logo on it at an "at cost" or discounted price as a way to advertise your center while they are at their tournament. It gives your league bowlers a sense of "membership" or belonging. 

Find opportunities to help your bowlers be better prepared heading to their tournaments and they will be more likely to stay involved in their leagues and local tournaments as well. Many bowlers stop participating because they no longer improve and get bored with the sport. 

We have options heading into the tournaments to improve our bowlers' game and help them feel more confident. In turn, they will be more likely to stay active and get new people involved.

I wish all the competitors heading out to their local, state, and national tournaments the best of luck! Most importantly though, I hope you enjoy your time together and create memories that last a lifetime and make you want to come back and compete again next year. 

Here's to high scores and lots of fun in 2019!

P.S.  One more exciting announcement for 2019 is that the BCAW has renewed our subscription with BPAA and Bowling University to offer our members another year of FREE online education. Last year, over 7,400 courses were taken on-line, an increase of over 45% from the prior year. 

Will this be the year that you take advantage of this amazing training to better prepare your staff and improve customer relations? This year the BPAA Education department will be working to include new training on Crisis Management including: active shooter, robbery, and incident reporting. Check out the article below for more information.  
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Erik Gialdella 
  BCAW Calendar of Events
Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Championships
March 1 - 3, 2019  @ The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay
Storm Scholarship Doubles Tournament
March 3, 2019  @ The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay
All Star Team Challenge
March 9, 2019   @ Classic Lanes Fox Valley, Neenah    
BPAA Boot Camp: Recruiting, Training & Retaining Staff
April 1, 2019  @ Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton
Wisconsin Adult Youth Scholarship Tournament 
April 6 & 7, April 13 & 14, 2019  @ RiversEdge Bowl, Janesville
Wisconsin Vintage Alleys Tour
April 28, 2019 @ Mally's Spare Time,  Algoma Pizza Bowl, Sister Bay Bowl, Cherry Lanes
Wisconsin Middle School Bowling Club State Championships
May 4, 2019  @ The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay
Wisconsin Pepsi USBC State Championships May 11, 2019 @ Village Lanes, Monona (Girls) & Prairie Lanes, Sun Prairie (Boys)
BCAW Scholarship Golf Tournament June 10, 2019  @ Par 4 Resort, Waupaca
BPAA International Bowl Expo June 23 - 29, 2019 @ Las Vegas
MillerLite Wisconsin Pins Over Average Tournament Nov. 16 - 17, 2019 @ Dogger's Bar & Lanes, Wautoma

BCAW Will Continue Offering the BPAA Online Learning Member Benefit
   

On Demand Online Training is available anytime-anywhere!  


 Start the New Year on the right foot with on demand training available from BPAA's Bowling   University.  As a BCAW member benefit through 12/31/19, all online training and education is  free.

 Available On Demand Courses:
  • Anti-Harassment
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • Bowling Center Safety Training
  • CPR Basics for Everyone - Adult & Child
  • Infant CPR Basics
  • Social Media Awareness
  • Introduction to Service Standards
  • Navigating & Reducing Customer Complaints
  • Food & Beverage Sales and Service
  • Introduction to Promoting Sales Inside the Center
  Click here for More Details > > >


BCAW Member Spotlight


 Bennie & Laporsha Cooper
 Court Lanes Mill
 Milwaukee, WI

 Bennie Cooper, with the help of his daughter Laporsha,   has entered into bowling center ownership in August   2018. Bennie and his center have been a part of urban   renewal in the Havenwoods north side neighborhood. In   their short time as a BCAW member center, they have   grown from 142 league bowlers to 309; they've added the new Marshall High School Bowling   Club, and a traveling league. When talking with Bennie recently, he had lots to share.    

 Please give a bit of history of how you started in the bowling industry.
 I had started in 1988 as a house kid at Red Carpet. I bowl in many leagues. I've worked my way   up doing everything from house kid to bartender, to manager and now as owner of Court Lanes   Mill. All of this while working a second job. Always hustling, always working.

Wisconsin Adult-Youth Scholarship Tournament is a Win-Win for Bowlers and Centers 
   

Twelve strikes is a perfect game and here's 12 reasons why you should run this tournament in your center.


1.
Over $3,800 in scholarships awarded to 19 youth bowlers last year!

2.
168 teams bowled at the state finals last year!

3.
Only the youth have to be certified.

4.
Three different age divisions: U10, U15 and U20.

5.
Adults do not have to be related to the youth to bowl.

6.
Centers can qualify bowlers though league or run in-center tournaments.

7.
Lineage builder for centers.

8.
Increased food and beverage sales.

9.
Easy tournament to sell . . . talk to your bowlers.

10.
State finals are bowled on a house shot.

11.
Centers can run the tournament or league to qualify from June 1, 2018 until
March 10, 2019, but don't delay!

12.
FUN for families, coaches, kids, relatives and the center to run.



 Now is the time to plan your squads for adult-youth leagues and start to get bowlers qualified to   go to the state finals at RiversEdge Bowl in Janesville, WI.  Squad dates are April 6 & 7, 
 April 13 & 14, 2019.  Go to  Bowlwi.com  for rules and forms. 

BCAW Scholarship deadline is February 1st! Program Has a New Look and Process.
   
BCAW  awards five $1,000 scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors or students who have a post high school diploma or equivalent; and are under the age of 22 as of February 1 of the award year.

For easy access for parents and youth bowlers, the BCAW Scholarship Program application forms are now available through the BCAW website.  To apply for the BCAW Center Employee or BCAW USBC Youth Scholarship:
  • Download the forms pertaining to the scholarship(s) you are applying for.
  • Fill out the forms completely as requested.  Those entries not filled out as requested will be disqualified.   
  • All forms must be completed, signed and received at BCAW by or postmarked by the February 1 deadline. 
Please note that BCAW will no longer be mailing out the forms to BCAW Member Centers.  
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Mally's Spare Time
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Algoma Pizza Bowl
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