Parents here is a question for you…
What recreational sport can your child participate in and have an opportunity to accumulate scholarships for college?
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!
Those uttering the words, “bowling is a dying sport” haven’t seen the growing trend of youth bowling especially at the Buffaloe Lanes Bowling Centers.
The first tournaments of the season for the Buffaloe Lanes Junior Gold Program saw a total of 65 youth bowlers competing for spots to go to the Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis this July.
Kids as young as 8 year old, Kaitlyn Stull were competing in the U12 division which was eventually won by Kory Currin. While the U15 & U20 boys and girls floored at total of 37 and 21 bowlers respectively.
After 5 games of qualifying and 3 more games after the cut, Kori Smith (girl) and Nick Cenzoprano (boy) walked away victorious. Several other bowlers in the boys & girls tournament secured their spots for the Junior Gold Championships and these are:
- (Girls) – Kendall Bigley, Emma Stull, Isabell Hughes and Kaylee Bass.
- (Boys) – Blake Buffaloe, Brian Levine and Bryan McLeod.
- Complete Results
All 65 bowlers in the tournament gave it their best and are looking forward to hitting the lanes for more practice as they prepare for their next tournament which will be in January and will be a 2 day “Premier Event”.
Buffaloe Lanes Bowling Centers are always welcoming new kids to the sport of bowling and have lots of programs to help get them to the next level. Take the first step in the future of the sport by getting your child involved today and visiting us on the web:
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:
- Posted between September 14th and October 18th .
- Only pictures posted to Instagram will be included in the contest.
- Any picture posted must include @buffaloelanes and #buffaloeselfie.
- Pictures must be taken inside a Buffaloe Lanes bowling center.
- Have fun and try to make the picture interesting.
- Photos must be posted as public so they show up on the #buffaloeselfie feed.
- Buffaloe Lanes staff are not eligible to win prizes.
So grab your friends, family or a random stranger and take a selfie today!
While the temperatures are still summer-like, it is hard to believe that the summer is almost over. So what does that mean for most of us?
Fall bowling leagues are cranking up and while it might feel like last season just wrapped up a few weeks ago, the fact is that if you didn’t bowl a summer league then you might need to roll a few games to get back in the swing of things before the first night of league. You might also need some time to recover after that practice session (at least for those of us that continue to get older) since you will use muscles you haven’t used in a little while.
Some of you may have heard that the local certification fee has increased since last season… This increase comes with a promise from the CAUSBC that the extra $3 will only be used towards local awards for the CAUSBC bowlers.
Of course this increase has some bowlers a bit upset and asking a lot of questions about certification and what are the benefits and the all important question, “what do I get or what awards am I going to get”?
Let’s first look at the different bowling industry associations:
- USBC (United States Bowling Congress) – National Organization
- NCS USBCA (North Carolina State USBC Association) – State Organization
- CAUSBC (Capital Area USBC Association) – Local Organization
Each of these associations receives a piece of the total certification fee most bowlers pay every year to participate in a certified league. The 2015-2016 certification fee will be a total of $20 (National: $10, State: $1, Local: $9). *This is for the standard adult league bowler and does NOT include the seniors and/or youth certification.
So as a bowler what would you like to see from your local, state and national USBC? Do you understand USBC certification and the importance?
“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“.
After 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?
Let me start by saying I currently have an iPhone 4s, so it is definitely time for an upgrade!
As I sit here and ponder which of the new iPhones to upgrade to I think about how and what I use my phone for during the course of a day. This past week I visited an Apple store and held both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus and compared to my little 4s they both seem huge. Heck, I think some people have laptops the size of the 6 Plus, but again I am seeing things compared to my iPhone 4s.
After having the 4s since the first day it came out and it being my first ever iPhone, I find it hard to just immediately jump into one of the two new iPhones. It kind of feels like breaking up with your first love and even though you know it is best, you just can’t decide what to do next.
So with all of the bending, bricking and big iPhone bashing going on everywhere, what is the right decision?
Here are a few factors I am thinking about as I try to decide to Plus or not to Plus…
- I use the phone for both personal and my job (occasionally remote accessing CPUs).
- I have a 17in. Macbook Pro which is again my personal and work computer.
- I did notice that I do use my phone with one hand a lot during a day.
- I do have a big hand and can hold the iPhone 6 Plus in one hand
- Will I have phone envy if I don’t go with the Plus?
So to Plus or Not to Plus… That Is My Question!
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.
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?
As the summer season wraps up, I look back on some experiences and ask myself if good customer service is a thing of the past or is there hope for the future?
During my travels this summer I experienced some of the best and some of the worst customer service. Beginning in Orlando, Florida and no I wasn’t there to visit Disney but did make a stop at Downtown Disney. WOW, Disney and its staff take guest service to a level we all should only hope to reach but may never reach in our own workplace. But while at another place there in Orlando I was able to experience amazing service one minute from a staff member and then had a less than satisfying experience a few hours later in the same place by a different staff member.
How come every guest doesn’t get the same experience? Of course Disney is an exclusion to this question because there they make the experience the same for the guest all the time! Do we have a generation of workers on the front lines that have no idea how to provide guests a positive and memorable experience? Are we in too big of a hurry to train or give these workers the skills they need to handle our most important guests?
As technology becomes more a part of our everyday life, maybe there will be less and less need to train staff in guest services. Look at some restaurants that now have little table top ordering devices where you can order your drink, an appetizer and much more. Heck you can even pay your bill right there! Now you can get what you want when you want it without having to wait on your server to come back to the table. Of course a restaurant might like this because they can handle more tables with less staff and they don’t have the cost of training a worker that might not work out or decides to leave and go somewhere else.
Will customer service in the future be more about an interface than an actual face to face interaction?