That's right! I think that league formats have alot to do with declining membership than the ball specs or any changes the USBC might have in store for us. Let me explain: Your standard mix league with say, 32 teams are under one division, making most of the teams out of the mix. Let's face it, the goal of each team is to win first place! Sooo, to me the handicap, even if it's 100% still won't make the weak teams able to compete with the good teams. What I think bowling should do is start promoting league formats that are similar to the professional sports, like the NFL, NBA, and MLB. What I mean is dividing your league into divisions, thus creating a playoff. Of course the reason for a playoff is to crown a "true champion". I think this would be fair, exciting, and fun for all leagues. Think about it, even if the USBC changes lane specs, or further changes ball specs, average to low bowlers really won't be affected by the changes, at least that's my opinion! And that's whom everyone is worried about, the low average bowler. No matter that bowlers say that they are here for the fun of it, people will always be people, and people want to win, that's just being human. I know there are leagues already that have some form of a playoff or roll off, but most of those are scratch leagues, at least in my city.
Going back to the format, lets say your team is in 28th place out of 32 teams in a standard format. Pretty far down huh? Now say that in this "new" format, your league is divided into 4 divisions each having 8 teams, and your teams is in 3rd place, maybe 4 or 5 games out from the first place team in "your" division. Your team is right in the thick of things. Your team has a chance to win the division, and move on to the playoffs. To me that's EXCITING!!! Never mind what your record is, b/c the goal is to get in the playoffs! I could go on and on, but what do you all think? What's your reaon for liking or disliking this format? Do you agree or don't that boring league formats are a big reason for membership decline? Ok, I'll shut up and let ya'll resond.