21140 W. Capitol Drive,  Suite 5
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Toll Free: 1-800-229-3098 (Wisconsin Only)
Phone: 262-783-4292 |  Fax: 262-783-4590
Email: info@bowlwi.com
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HEAD PIN NEWS
Let's Go Bowling!
August, WHAT??    
by Steve Cieslewicz, BCAW President 
Where did our summer go? I want to start a petition to make summer one month longer. So many things we wanted to do and never got done. Amazing how quick it turns from saying goodbye to our league bowlers and here we are welcoming them back.

But that's not always a bad thing. League lineage, food sales, beer and soda sales, rental shoes, etc. Those income generators are dearly missed during the summer.
 
Talking about income generators, how do you know your pricing is right? Food costs are an area that really needs some attention. How do we know we are at the right price with our food?
 
If you can run at 35% food cost, you should be very profitable on food. Easy math would be that if we paid $1.00 for a burger patty and $.50 for a bun, and $.50 for french fries that would equal $2.00. Multiply by three and that would give you a $6.00 sale price equals a 33.3% food cost.

WHOAH, hold on now.  If you have a deep fried item you will need to add $.10 to every item for oil. How about ketchup, mustard, napkins, salt, pepper, etc.? Add another $2.50 for condiments. Now we're up to a 39% food cost. Are you including lettuce, tomatoes and onions for free? Are you accounting for spoilage? So many things in the restaurant business that we don't thing about. The food business is changing!

We think about bowling business. It's getting more and more prevalent. Don't be afraid to reach out to your local Sysco representative or whatever food house for help.  
           
Thank you and let's get this season off to a profitable start!

Steve Cieslewicz  
BCAW Calendar of Events
Youth Discussion: Lead Bowling into The Future! 
October 1, 2017@ Bowl-A-Vard Lanes, Madison
BCAW Annual Meeting, Awards Luncheon & Trade Show 
       October 2, 2017 @ Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton
MillerLite Wisconsin Adult Pins Over Average Tournament 
       
October 28 & 29, 2017 @ Whitetail Lanes, Amherst Junction
Wisconsin Vintage Alleys Tour 
        October 29, 2017; departs Brookfield @ 8:30 a.m. 
BPAA Bowling University's Boot Camp "Promoting Sales Outside Your Center" 
        December 12, 2017 @ New Berlin Ale House, New Berlin
BPAA Bowling Summit 
        January 14 - 18, 2018 @ Marriott Phoenix Tempe at the Buttes, Tempe AZ 
Wisconsin High School Bowling Club State Championships 
        March 2 - 4, 201 8 @ Dale's Weston Lanes, Weston
Storm Scholarship Doubles Tournament
        March 4, 201 8 @ Dale's Weston Lanes, Weston
All Star Team Challenge 
        March10, 201 8 @ Bowl-A-Vard Lanes, Madison 
Wisconsin Adult Youth Scholarship Tournament 
        April 14 & 15, April 21 & 22, 2018 @ Lakeshore Lanes, Sheboygan 
Wisconsin Middle School Bowling Club State Championships 
        May 5, 2018 @ Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay 
Wisconsin Pepsi USBC State Championships 
        May 12, 2018 @ Bowl Winkle's (Girls) & Wagner's Lanes (Boys), Eau Claire
BCAW Scholarship Golf Tournament
        June 11, 2018 @   Foxfire Golf Club & Waupaca Ale House, Waupaca 
BPAA International Bowl Expo 
        June 17 - 21, 2018 @ Paris Hotel and Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas 
Top Ten Reasons to Run the  
WI Adult Pins Over Average Tournament  
1 
Lineage builder for your center. 
Increase your food & beverage sales (during qualifying). Consider running a Miller Lite special.   
Run a squad to fill empty lanes. 
MillerCoors has donated $1,000 to the prize monies awarded. 
5 
Each of your center's qualifying bowlers receive $20 when they check-in at the State Finals. 
6 
State Finals on October 28 & 29, 2017 are centrally located at Whitetail Lanes in
Amherst Junction. 
7 
A nice tournament for your returning league bowlers. 
8 
Flexibility to qualify bowlers through league play or tournament play. 
9 
Complimentary posters and support materials. 
10 
Two divisions bowlers with average 174 and below and 175 and up.  No handicaps to figure since it's a pins over average. 

A huge THANK YOU for the centers who have requested a poster and will run qualifiers!  Questions or need a poster or support materials?  Contact Bob Maki at bob.maki@bowlwi.com or call 262-783-4292 x102.  Click here  for more information.  
ASCAP Target 9 Bars Nationwide for Music Licensing Infringement, Including Willoughby Brewing Co. 
by Chuck Yarborough, Tavern League of Wisconsin 
Cleveland, Ohio - Willoughby Brewing Co. is one of nine venues nationwide targeted in a new legal attack by ASCAP contending that clubs are "infringing" on songwriters' copyrights by playing music without paying a licensing fee. 

"Music is enormously valuable to bars and restaurants, creating an emotional connection with patrons and providing the right ambiance to attract and retain customers." said ASCAP Executive Vice President of Licensing Vincent Candilora in a release announcing the action. 

"Hundreds of thousands of well-run businesses across the nation recognize the importance of paying music creators to use their music, and understand that it is both lawful and right thing to do," he said in the release.

 Click here for the rest of the story >>>   
  BPAA and Strike Ten Team Up   
    by Bart Burger, BPAA 
BPAA & Strike Ten are launching a Facebook marketing campaign to create
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awareness of bowling as a great option for kids birthday parties and generate leads for your center. Click on the link below for a brief FAQ with an overview of the program and what you can expect.   
 
  Click here for the FAQ>>>   
Welcome New Members & Owners!
New Members
New Owners
Fort Atkinson Club, Ft. Atkinson
Proprietor(s): Rock River Heritage, Inc.
Gleason Bowling Center, Gleason
Proprietor(s): Todd & Christine Schram
Hanke's Little Bohemia, Rib Lake
Proprietor(s): Steve & Tiffany Hanke
Holler House, Milwaukee
Proprietor(s): Marcy Skowronski
Center Bowl, Peshtigo
Proprietor(s): Lynn & Ed Wortner