21140 W. Capitol Drive,  Suite 5
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Phone: 262-783-4292 |  Fax: 262-783-4590
Email: info@bowlwi.com
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HEAD PIN NEWS
Let's Go Bowling!
Greetings from BCAW
by Erik Gialdella, BCAW President
COVID-19, a term likely to go down in history as one of the most significant pandemics in the world. The effects have been felt on so many levels. The question still remains, what will be the impact on our bowling centers. The unknown of this creates such an emotional struggle. The reality is that we just don't know, and our bowling centers are fighting for survival. 

The good news is that we have some wonderful leaders throughout the bowling industry. Our BPAA, BCAW, and other bowling organizations and companies have really stepped up to provide our centers with education and support. We have a very dedicated industry!

If you are on Facebook, join the "BPAA Networking" group. This group has been helpful with providing information on what centers are doing to stay relevant. If you have a question, this is a great place to ask it. This group is made up of center owners, managers, employees, state association leaders, and is also monitored by staff at BPAA.

While we have been fortunate enough to be given the ability to get most of our centers in Wisconsin back up and running, it is still very apparent that we are in a delicate situation. We never know when a case of the virus may hit our center. Whether it be an employee, guest, distributor, or contractor, if someone transmits the virus and has recently visited your center, the center will have procedures to follow. I recommend educating yourself with what procedures your local health department recommends in case this happens. Be proactive in learning the protocols that they want you to follow. 

For many of us, the reality of this happening will not be an "if" but a "when". We will be facing these scenarios and it will be better to be educated and aware of what procedures your local health officials will want you to follow.

As we face uncertain times, please know that the BCAW is here to try and help bowling move forward. Bowling will survive this!
 
Erik Gialdella
   BCAW  Calendar of Events 
BCAW 2020 Scholarship Golf Tournament
CANCELLED
BPAA 2020 International Bowl Expo
CANCELLED
BCAW Annual Meeting, Awards Luncheon & Trade Show
October 26, 2020 @ Wintergreen Resort, Wisconsin Dells
MillerLite Wisconsin Pins Over Average Tournament
November 14 & 15, 2020 @ Wally's Seymour Bowl, Seymour
Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Championships
March 5-7, 2021  @ The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay
Storm Scholarship Doubles Tournament
March 7, 2021  @ The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay
All Star Team Challenge
March 13, 2021 @ Location TBD
Wisconsin Adult Youth Scholarship Tournament
April 17 & 18,  24 & 25, 2021 @ Chalet Lanes, Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Middle School Bowling Club State Championships
May 1, 2021  Dale's Weston Lanes, Weston
Wisconsin Pepsi USBC State Championships
May 8, 202 1Bowlero Wauwatosa
BCAW Scholarship Golf Tournament
June 14, 2021 @ Par 4 Resort, Waupaca

BCAW Scholarships Awarded
The Bowling Centers Association of Wisconsin (BCAW) established the BCAW Scholarship Program in 1995 to provide scholarships to employees of BCAW member bowling centers and their families. As a benefit of membership, BCAW has awarded over $100,000 to students continuing their education beyond high school. In addition to providing four $1,000 scholarships to a current employee and/or immediate family members of a BCAW member bowling center employee, BCAW also awards a $1,000 scholarship to a current USBC youth member bowling in a BCAW member center.  BCAW Scholarships are held at SMART and administered by the USBC.

All applicants must be a graduating high school senior or have a post high school diploma or equivalent; and be under the age of 22 as of February 1, 2020.   This year's selection committee had a challenging job selecting just five award winners for the 2020 BCAW Scholarships. 

$1,000  Katelyn Holz , Super Bowl
$1,000  Collin Krachey , Prairie Lanes
$1,000  Tyler VanLanen , The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley
$1,000  Zachary Brzeczkowski , Village Lanes Green Bay
$1,000  Isaac Albaugh , Tower Junction 
 

Award of Excellence Nominations Sought

2019 Award Winners

Steve Cieslewicz 
12 Lanes and Fewer
Whitetail Lanes

Dale Elliott
Over 12 Lanes
Dale's Weston Lanes

In 2016 BCAW created the "BCAW Award of Excellence" to recognize contributions to BCAW and bowling throughout Wisconsin.  Those honored are selected annually from nominations submitted to BCAW for consideration.  The nine-point criteria for this award focuses on demonstrated results in helping to grow bowling not only in their center but in their community and the state.  Supporting the BCAW and its programs through engaged participation will be a hallmark of recipients.

BCAW is committed to recognizing outstanding contributions to the bowling industry in Wisconsin with equal opportunity for this award without regard to the size of the bowling center they are affiliated with.  To that end, the goal is to have two "BCAW Award of Excellence" honorees each year based on center size; 12 lanes and fewer and over 12 lanes.

June Featured Course
Registration Deadline is June 3rd!
Increasing Performance & Efficiency (09102S)

This course gives students the tools to effectively communicate with their staff and to better manage their time.  Click here for more course details.  

On Demand Online Training
Training to get your team up-to-speed in Safety, Preparedness, Customer Service and COVID-19.


Don't Forget to Order Your Pull Tabs! 
As bowling centers around the state start to reopen for business, the BCAW e-Commerce site ( http://www.bowlwi.com/shop/) is now available for centers to purchase Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps (aka "pull tabs").

Because the BCAW office has not yet reopened, we ask that you please order pull tabs online.

When you place your order online, your pull tabs will be shipped to you within 3 business days.
Adult Pins Over Average Tournament
State Finals November 14 & 15, 2020 at Wally's Seymour Bowl, Seymour
The Miller Lite Wisconsin Adult Pins Over Average  Tournament is easy to run and fun for the bowlers.   

As a singles event, this is a perfect summer lineage booster to help get people back in your bowling center!

MillerCoors will again add $1,000 to the prize fund for the 
state finals!  Centers may run qualifying league play or   
  an  in-center qualifying tournament now through November 1, 2020.

  All bowlers who advance to the state finals are guaranteed a minimum of $20 in prize
  money.  Additional prize money will be awarded based upon the number of entries.
  Restrictions Apply. Must be 21 or over to participate.

  If you plan on running an in-center qualifier or need a promotional poster, please contact
  Sandy Jeske at  sandy.jeske@bowlwi.com

Adult Youth Scholarship Tournament
State Finals April 17 & 18, 24 & 25, 2021 at Chalet Lanes, Wisconsin Dells
Create summer doubles leagues to help get people back in your bowling center . . . and qualify them for next year's WI Adult Youth Scholarship Tournament! 

In-House Qualifying:
June 1, 2020 - March 21, 2021

This tournament is open to Wisconsin member and non-member bowling centers.  Through in-center qualifying events, at least 1:4 teams will advance to the Wisconsin State Finals Tournament in each of three age divisions. Youth bowlers will have an opportunity to win scholarships based on a minimum 1:10 ratio, with a guaranteed first place scholarship of $200 in each of three age divisions.
BCAW Announces Summer Hours
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With the 2019-20 bowling season coming to an early end, and many of our centers turning their thoughts to re-opening, the BCAW staff looks forward to reopening the BCAW office on Monday, June 1st. 

As in past years, the BCAW office will be closed on Fridays beginning May 22nd, running through Labor Day week (September 4th).  Additionally, we will be operating on a limited hours schedule, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We will resume our normal office hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. after Labor Day  (September 8th).  Lastly, the office will be closed the week of June 29th due to the shortened July 4th holiday week.

We encourage our members and others to feel free to contact the BCAW office through our general email (info@bowlwi.com) or by calling and leaving a voice mail at 262-783-4292.  We will return messages as soon as possible.

Thank you for being a BCAW member!  If we don't see you over the summer, we hope to see you back on the lanes in the fall.
BCAW Annual Meeting 
To be held at the Wintergreen Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells on October 26, 2020.    

All members are invited to attend - there is no charge to attend the BCAW Annual Meeting.  We will be providing updates on the association's programs for the coming year and conducting elections for positions on the BCAW Board of Directors.

This year, elections will be held for the president and vice president positions, as well as four director positions.  If you are interested in serving on the board, please complete and return the Candidate Profile form by 9/4/20 to BCAW Executive Director Yvonne Bennett. 

We hope you will be able to join us for this informative and interactive meeting.  

Tentative Schedule:
  10 a.m. Registration Opens
  10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  BCAW Annual Meeting 
  12 - 1:30 p.m.   BCAW "Celebration of Excellence" Luncheon
  1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Educational Sessions to be Announced
  2:30 - 4:30 p.m. BCAW  Trade Show
In Memorandum
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Michele Schweiger's recent death.  Michele and her husband Tom are the proprietors of Lucky Lanes in Milwaukee.

Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Welcome New Members!
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