There are no adult PBA leagues. They tried a Jr/Adult PBA league at Fireside for a few seasons but it never had more then 18 to 20 people in it.
There's a brand new center in Elk Grove on Laguna. It opened up in January of this year. There's no telling how many summer leagues it will have. But three of our leagues moved there immidiately from other centers as soon as it opened. The manager is one of our well known scratch bowlers Kris Netherton. If you go there ask him if he's planning on a scratch league for that center any time soon. The best league that moved there is the Mexican American league. Its handicapped but well run.
Alpine has a trios scratch league. I'll update on time and day when I get into work in a few hours.
Crestview might be your best opportunity for a scratch league. Monday nights is the Mark Benavidez Classic Trios. Monday nights 7pm.
I do encourage you to bowl this summer so that people can see you and get to know you. The Mark Benavidez league is a good one for that. Because that travel league you spoke of is a draft league. You have to put your name in the hat and get choosen. Same with the Steve Cook Classic in the winter on Wed. nights. However, the summer Steve Cook league is a singles league I believe and there's no draft for that. A lot of people that are interested in maybe being drafted in the winter try to bowl in the summer to get "seen".
Unfortunately the bowling action in the south part of town is not as strong as the north. But with the new center maybe it'll pick up.
Are you wanting just scratch leagues or are you willing to bowl handicap too? There's a very competative handicap league on Sunday nights at Fireside. Plus they have tons of side activity and additional league tournaments at sweepers. http://tpatour.com
He's got the side action divided by average and in some cases s ex too. There's a monthly challenge, game side pots, brackets every week. At sweepers in Reno, there's a 9 pin no tap, then a two gamer, then actual league championship/sweepers. Plus a Race to 6. Most people that bowl this league are into all the extra stuff. If you take a look at the league standings you'll get a league standing sheet and can see that there are 23 bowlers over 200 out of 25 4 man teams. Quite a few of them over 210. They are considering a team cap for next year. This is the only league in Sac. that I know of that has so much side action that is also somewhat geared towards both high and lower average bowlers. Some of the stuff is obviously going to attract the higher average bowlers, but there's still enough to keep the lower average bowlers involved and having fun. This secretary is also running an Eliminator tournament April 11th on PBA patterns.
We bowled this league last summer but the timing on Sunday evenings was a struggle for us. Elderly parents that live in the San Jose, and director's monthly travel league keep us out of town on weekends a lot.