It appeared their last Facebook post was in 2012, so I felt I had to declare The People’s Tournament defunct and removed their listing in the sidebar. The tournament did have a good run at Westgate and elsewhere, so I’ll give a salute to Sherm Cowan and Kathy Valerio (the latter whom I hope is back on my team in the fall).
I’m surprised it took me this long to think of it.
You can find a bowling coach just about anywhere, but it’s generally accepted that the best coaching can be found in two places, the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, FL, and the Bowling International Training & Research Center (ITRC) on the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, TX. Lesson packages can be booked at both places, so I’ve included links to both in the Coaching sidebar category.
Hoping to give the collegiate side of New England bowling a boost, I’ve added links to two colleges in the region with bowling programs, Sacred Heart and Franklin Pierce, to the sidebar. Without a dedicated college category, the links are in the New England category. Franklin Pierce has two links, as they have both men’s and women’s programs.
I’ve also removed the link to the RI Ladies Classic, as the tournament is now defunct. I really wish it got more support from the bowlers.
Also, SEMBA has outgrown its Boston-area roots and has changed its name to the Senior Masters Bowlers Association. Their link has been updated accordingly.
With the USBC recently announcing that BowlTV has become a subscription service, I’ve updated the BowlTV sidebar link to point to the new service. Link can be found under “Bowling Streaming/Videos”.
Also, I’ve removed two links to BowlerExpress, as the new Brunswick Sync scoring system has been found to be incompatible with the older BowlerExpress standings site.
I’m sure most of us who watch bowling on TV know that Kegel’s Specto Bowling has been used extensively on FOX’s coverage of the PBA Tour. I did find out yesterday that Specto is available as a mobile app. I’ve linked the Android app on the web Google Play, but iPhone users shouldn’t worry: The iOS version of the app is on iTunes.
Jeff Richgels helped point me to the Sweep the Rack podcast, which is now in the podcast links list in the sidebar. If a well-known bowling writer likes a podcast, you know it’s worth a link here. 🙂
The Tournament Players Series posted on Facebook that Westgate’s Sean Richard defeated Greg Green, 226-204 (with handicap), to win yesterday’s event at East Providence Lanes for his first TPS title in his first attempt.
WTG Seany! 🙂
UPDATEThe TPS only has a Facebook group, which is now in the “Local/New England” sidebar list.
As some of you know, the well-known bowling news site BowlingDigital.com ceases operations after 20 years today, so I’ve had to remove the RSS feeds from the site from the sidebar. It had been a go-to site for international bowling news, and so will be missed, and I wish founder Herb Bickel all the best. The site’s link will be removed shortly.
I recently learned that the state association actually retained mausbcya.org for use by the association’s youth committee, so I have reinstated the link to that website in the “Local/New England” sidebar list.
I think I did mention that I’d be subbing on my Sunday Niters team instead of being a regular bowler, and my first opportunity to sub was last night, for Peter.
Back-to-back good nights, but a little more consistent last night. My biggest problem seemed to be chopping the 6-10, but I also only missed one single pin (a 10, but I didn’t leave it often).
Average (3 games): 184
Next week’s AVG+1 score: 556
Composite average (12 games): 169
If our anchor (Eric Healy) got the second hit in the 10th second game, it would have been all eight, but we had to settle for six.
As administrivia, a limited number of Sunday Niters-related links are back in the “Author’s links” list, but standings likely won’t be there.
The Mass. State USBC Bowling Association has launched a new website, so the “Local/New England” sidebar list has been updated with the link to the new website, removing the others that reflected an unmerged association. The Brockton local association site in the list is still the old one, but we’re working on that, as well.
With the PBA having changed its video streaming from Xtra Frame to FloBowling, the Xtra Frame sidebar link has been updated accordingly. FloBowling has promised additional coverage of PBA regional events, so the new FloBowling should be worth checking out.
My bowling apparel company list grew by another with the addition of Strike 12 Creations, which, while not New England, is a sponsor of the California state tournament this year. The company was found on Facebook, and their website is now linked in the sidebar.
A couple of links that Jeff Richgels alerted me to are now in the sidebar:
Coach Mike Shady, who has been a recent contributor to The 11th Frame, now has his own site, with a few blog articles currently available focusing on the mental game. This link can be found in the “Coaching/Tips” category.
I’m not sure how new it is, because there have been 55 episodes, but The Solid Nine podcast is now linked in the podcasts category. The latest episode features a wrap-up of the PBA Players Championship, and they also discuss the USBC ball technology study. The link is to SoundCloud, but the podcast is also available on iTunes and Stitcher.
At least a couple of bowlers, Danny Khuu and Tim Major, are sporting custom jerseys made by Solstice Sports Gear, whose Facebook page can now be found in the sidebar (under Other equipment/apparel). Danny is on Solstice staff, so he can be contacted if you have ideas for a jersey design.
Via the Digital Bowling Society, Justin Sorel’s new Tri-State Bowlers site came to my attention. It appears to be a Timely calendar with bowling events in southern New England, which can be subscribed to (for your own calendars), and events can also be added to it on the site. I gave it a “Local/New England” sidebar link, not being sure if I can merge it with the calendar on this site.
It is a skeleton site right now, but Target Line Bowling, the site of bowling instructors John Wilson and Bill Hall, has come to my attention via the IBMA’s Facebook group, and I’ve added a link (in the Coaching/Tips category) with the promise of more content to come.
Recently, I became aware of LaRue “Stylesssss” Marlow’s Many Styles of Bowling apparel site through their sponsorship of NEBA, and the link is now in the sidebar under the “Other Equipment/Apparel” list. If they have a Facebook page, I will also “Like” it as The Tenth Board.
I’ve been sitting on other Westgate transition news, but I got the go-ahead to post this: Jon Van Hees has informed me that they hope to have a “soft” opening of a new Strike F/X Pro Shops location here by this weekend, with a grand opening of sorts coming next week. Many of Westgate’s good bowlers have already been using Strike F/X at other locations, so a Westgate location seems natural for them.
Jon and Alex Aguiar will be around at times, but it will mostly be Kevin Thibeault, who had been working at USA Pro Shop for Ray DiSanto, present at the Westgate location. I will certainly miss Ray, but I’m looking forward to the new shop.
Administrivia for the post is the addition of the link to the Strike F/X website to the sidebar, in the “Local/New England” list, but please be aware that each location also has its own Facebook page, and I will “Like” the Brockton page as the blog’s page.
I just became aware of another organization, named the Digital Bowling Society, which had the season opener of their Digibowl Tournament Series yesterday at Lang’s Bowlarama, the result of which I shared on the Facebook page. They plan on running several events at Lang’s, but, on their Facebook page, I also noticed one tournament planned for Erie, PA, and they also run online leagues and tournaments, which you can find out more about on their website, which is now linked in the sidebar (in the “Local/New England” list).
As posted about on The 11th Frame, a new company called bowlersKrate is testing the convenience of ordering bowling accessories (tape, tools, cleaners, towels, shirts, etc.) online by modeling itself after Birchbox (cosmetics) and Threadbeast (clothing) and offering monthly subscriptions, called Krates. Krates geared to the recreational/league and serious bowler are available in 3-month, 6-month, and one-year lengths. The items available to choose will depend on which Krate you’re subscribed to, and are shipped to your door at no additional cost. giftKrates, for the bowler in your life, are also available.
For those interested in this service, there is now a link to bowlersKrate in the sidebar under “Online Pro Shops”, which I thought was the best fit.
I shared the news story announcing it on the Facebook page, but AXS now has its own domain name, and I have updated their sidebar link to reflect that. Bowlers can register for next weekend’s AXS opener at the new address in the coming week.
Facebook has done it again, although with something different. I saw NEBA regular Jon Wilbur check in at the Dutchman bowling tournament at Palmyra Bowling in Pennsylvania (outside of Harrisburg), and, after finding the website, the tournament is now linked in the sidebar in the “Tournaments” catch-all list. The tournament runs from March through August, and could be done by New Englanders in an overnight trip.
Facebook has provided me another site link, but it’s something different this time, as the US High School Bowling Foundation puts on the US High School Bowling Championships annually, typically on the last weekend in June. As the site covers more than just the tournament, but also high school bowling news from everywhere, I decided to link the site in the national organization category.
I hinted that I may do it as a “summer project”, and I got to it tonight: I created a new links list category for bowling podcasts and moved the links in “Bowling Streaming/Videos” that seemed to fit the new category there. I hope to be adding other bowling podcasts in the future.
The “Ball Sites” sidebar links category is something I try to take pride in, and I made an addition to the list tonight with Monster Bowling, which I found via Facebook. The Loch Ness Monster appears to be their maiden offering, and they’ll apparently have a list of honor scores bowled with their equipment on their website in the future.
It’s been a while since I added a new YouTube bowling channel to the sidebar, and I came across Average Joe Reviews on Facebook. Most of the current videos in the channel are reviews of recent EBI and Motiv balls, but they’re also venturing into bowling tips, with the first one featuring PWBA Tour player Sandra Gongora on spare shooting. The link is in the “Bowling Streaming/Videos” sidebar category.
Rolltech has been linked in the sidebar for some time, and they now have a competitor, SCN, that is advertising their online contests this PBA television season. They offer many of the same types of contests, as well as heads-up (you vs. one opponent) and 50/50s (half of the field cashes), and others. SCN is available to bowlers whose leagues are uploaded to LeagueSecretary.com, as well as leagues in SCN partner bowling centers. Like Rolltech, the link is in the “Tournaments” sidebar list, with the SCN Action Bowling mobile apps linked on their homepage.
I found their website from a “sponsored” post on Facebook, but I actually learned of Creating the Difference from a recuperating Brunswick Mixed bowler, Paul Felci. It is a coaching page for Ron Hickland out of Chicago, but they also sell two types of bowling products, one a cleaner and the other a product that adds length while still being USBC-approved for anytime. I anguished over whether to place the link in the “Coaching/Tips” sidebar list or “Other Equipment/Apparel” (for miscellaneous bowling products), but since you might be able to get Ron Hickland to run a clinic at your center if you can get enough bowlers to sign up, I thought the former being the best fit, especially where coach Ron Clifton also sells his “Magic Carpet” thumb inserts on his coaching site.
I’d long suspected they existed online, but didn’t really know where to look until one of the Southeastern Mass. Junior Scratch Travel League’s current bowlers told me their standings were on LeagueSecretary.com, but listed as a Wonder Bowl league. Having found them, they’re now linked in the “Local/New England” sidebar list, and I’ll now be able to follow events in the league. Note: Two of Westgate’s teams are currently 1-2 in the standings. 🙂