With so many leagues around how do you decide what best fit for you? Brian Gustafson Glendale, AZ
Josh Blanchard -The amount of leagues that are available for bowlers in the Valley is unbelievable. Sometimes we have to take a step back and look at how lucky we are to have this many options instead of being overwhelmed. For most bowlers they need to ask themselves one simple question when deciding on what league or leagues to bowl. “What am I trying to get out of league?” This question has many different answers and you must find the league that fits those needs. If you are looking to make good profit than look for the league with the highest payout. If you are looking for a league to have fun in with friends, find the league with the cheapest fees and have fun. If you are looking to challenge yourself with Sport Patterns than a league that offers those shots is where you need to go.
Craig Spencer - That is a great question. It is very easy to get wrapped up bowling too many leagues or the wrong ones. We think about maybe a few positives, or we feel obligated and when the league starts, we don't mind, but once we get into the 20th week we realize we made a bad decision. I would say people choose leagues for 1 of 4 reasons, payout, self improvement/challenge, social interactions, and/or convenience. I would really start with this list of four things and order them based on importance for you. If you value convenience the highest, then find the closest center and find the league that works best with your schedule. If there are several, choose the one base don whatever you might prioritize 2nd. If you care about payout the most, determine what kind of payout do you want. Is it about receiving more money at the end of a league, or a certain experience or product? If you are looking for money, then ask for the lineage rates and weekly fees for the leagues you are considering. Typically the bigger the difference between the weekly rate and the lineage rate, the better the prize fund. If you are looking for experience or product, check out Vegas leagues, vacation leagues, cruise leagues or bowling ball leagues. If you are preferring self improvement, find out what the league average was for each league the prior season and try to join a league where your average is typically lower than the league average. If you average 210+, then I would recommend a sport pattern league to challenge yourself or improve. Lastly, if the goal is more about social interactions, then find those people you enjoy bowling with the most and find a center and league that works with all of their schedules.