Do you have these where you live and do you think they are good for the sport?
What sport? This is a fun game. The sport is a separate animal.
I was in one of those leagues and am still using the ball they gave me. The folks were all beginners, and it was fun. Great fun.
Let's face it. Given the cost of real estate, you could make more money with a grocery store on the lot where your bowling alley is. They have to do something to make money. In Vancouver, we have a new bowling alley that's a "family fun center". Lots of arcade games and non-bowling activites. In fact, I think all of the bowling centers I've been to in the past 5 years have arcade games.
What I would do, if I owned a bowling alley, is put a red pin in every pinsetter during the off-hours during full-price open bowling. I guess there are about 20 pins in there, so the red pin would be the headpin once every 20 frames or so. Then I'd give folks a free game if they struck on the red pin. What will happen is that the random folks who come in during these times will get the bowling bug and come back again during those hours, and might eventually read some of the flyers that are prominently displayed showing leagues and fun-bowl nights.
Other gambling-style freebies would be good too. Like a "Vegas" league or "casino night". The reason I say this is - whether you want ot admit it or not - bowling is like gambling (in my case, more like a one-arm bandit). Very random. Getting better makes it less random, but how many times have you seen a pro lose on the final shot by leaving an unmakeable split? Or a little kid throw fifteen gutter balls and one strike?
When I win the lottery, I'll build a bowling center that's on the second floor, above the grocery store, so that I can pay the rent!
Also, I pretty much agree with everything Hugh said in both his posts.
"If it ain't workin', you're either throwing the ball wrong or throwing the wrong ball."
"Follow the oil!"
"Dry lanes ain't worth a shot!"
"I love the smell of lane conditioner in the morning!"
current avatar is Gabby Hayes. Looks a lot like me!