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Bowling Proprietors cannot predict or plan for all eventualities

BowlingPins_small.jpg What is the worst case scenario for a bowling proprietor? There are many eventualities which could severely affect the business of a bowling proprietor but two of the most common answers would be "fire" and "water". No matter what happens the main question is: Do you have insurance against this eventuality? Otherwise, how much can you afford to lose if unable to run your business for days, weeks or even months. A lot of strange things can happen in bowling centers and it's impossible to predict or plan for all the eventualities. You don't believe? Well, here is ...

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Brunswick swings to loss on charges, may sell units By James P. Miller

Republished courtesy of Chicago Tribune, United States (Oct. 23, 2008)

Brunswick Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan McCoy said Thursday he wouldn't completely rule out a sale of the Lake Forest company's fitness-equipment group or its bowling and billiards segment.
"I never say never," McCoy said during the question-and-answer portion of a conference call with analysts, when asked if he has considered selling either the fitness or bowling/billiards operations. "But we're not looking" for a sale at present, either, he added briskly. Despite its current difficulties, the CEO said, Brunswick is "a 165-year-old company and it's going to be a 300-year-old company some day. We'll do what we have to do."

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Ebonite International welcomes Chris Hans as new Mid-Atlantic DSM

EboniteChrisHans_small.jpg Chris Hans has been appointed the new Ebonite International, Inc. district sales manager (DSM) for the Mid-Atlantic region (MD, DE, WV, VA, NC and southern PA), announced Scott McMillan, national field sales manager for the company. Hans will serve pro shop and distributor customers in the territory previously served by Shawn Morris, now the company's southwest region DSM. Hans joins the company from AMF Bowling Centers, Inc. where he has served as the league marketing manager overseeing promotions in more than 300 bowling centers. 

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IBPSIA's International H.O.T.S. tour of Europe reaches successful conclusion

IBPSIALogo.jpg The first-ever IBPSIA "Hands on Training Seminars" (H.O.T.S.) European tour concluded this week with the class held in Brno in the Czech Republic. IBPSIA which stands for The International Bowling Pro Shops and Instructor's Association, held four classes during this swing and each event was deemed a tremendous success by the organizers and participants. Bowltech's other locations in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and France have already been mentioned as possible class locations for another swing next year around the end of the bowling season. 

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Craft, Kosby join Ebonite International team

EboniteJasonKosby_small.jpg EboniteStephanieCraft_small.jpg Ebonite International, Inc. has announced that the company has added Stephanie Craft and Jason Kosby to the company's marketing and product development team. Craft (l.) will assist Brenda Green, marketing services manager, in all marketing related activities for the company's commercial and consumer product brands, including pro shop programs, redemptions and other promotions. Kosby (r.) was added to the company's technical team as product development engineer.

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Flick Sports Bowling game debuts for iPhone

Peter Cohen,

iPhoneFlickBowling_small.jpg Freeverse Software Freeverse Software has announced the release of Flick Sports Bowling, a new game for the iPhone and iPod touch. It costs US$4.99. The first of a new series of games planned for the iPhone and iPod touch, Flick Bowling is a tenpin bowling game. The game features six characters and a variety of different balls to choose from. You can select different difficulty levels, and bowl alone or against a computer-controlled character. Flick Bowling uses the iPhone and iPod touch's touchscreen interface to let you choose your ball, line up the shot, and adjust the ball's velocity and direction.

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First international IBPSIA H.O.T.S. class concludes at Airport Bowl in Harlington

20080911IBPSIAclassLondon_small.jpg The first class of the four-country European tour of International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association (IBPSIA) "Hands on Training Seminars" (H.O.T.S.), the first-ever H.O.T.S. class held outside the United States, concluded on Thursday at Airport Bowl London Heathrow with excellent initial reviews. The class of eight pro shop owners/operators from all around the London metro area, was a mixture of experienced ball drillers as well as some fairly new to the business. The courses' curriculum teaches basic fitting and drilling procedures and techniques, as well as more advanced theory on layouts, ball construction and properties and ball motion.

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Finalized schedule announced for IBPSIA H.O.T.S. European swing in September

IBPSIALogo.jpg IBPSIAArtMcKee_small.jpg The schedule for the four-country European tour of International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association (IBPSIA) "Hands on Training Seminars" (H.O.T.S.) has been finalized and is now set for September 8-30, 2008. The classes, sponsored and fully supported by Bowltech in the U.K., Netherlands and Spain and by their joint venture partner in the Czech Republic, will be conducted by Art McKee (pictured), IBPSIA Master Instructor and current Technical Coach of the Hong Kong National Team.

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Track adds Chad Kloss to National Tour Staff

2007PBAChadKloss_small.jpg Exempt bowler, Chad Kloss, has signed on as a member of the Track Tour staff, announced Paul Figliomeni, Track brand manager. Kloss joins two-year Track staff member, Mitch Beasley, for the 2008-09 season which begins at the PBA World Championships, October 19-26. "Chad is a welcome addition to the Track staff as he is the kind of aggressive and knowledgeable player that we cater to," said Figliomeni. "He's proven that when he sets a goal like regaining his exemption, he achieves it. We have no doubt that his first title is not far off."

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The Bowling Foundation names Troy Greisen as first-ever Executive Director

BowlingFoundationTroyGreisen_small.jpg The Bowling Foundation has announced the hiring of Troy W. Greisen as its first full-time executive director effective August 20, 2008. A collegiate bowler while attending the University of Kansas, Greisen most recently served as Special Olympics International's Managing Executive Director of the Asia Pacific region based in New Delhi, India. Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, The Bowling Foundation's mission is to promote a life long enjoyment of bowling by fostering youth and community health and fitness programs, maintaining the value of sportsmanship, character development, and leadership skills, while providing research, education and training for the bowling community and its athletes.

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Duke signs two year contract extension with Storm

2008NormDuke_small.jpg Storm staffer Norm Duke has signed a two year contract extension with the Brigham City, Utah based manufacturer of high performance bowling balls. Duke, who battled injuries most of the 2007-08 PBA Tour season, won two majors, the 65th U.S Open and the Denny's World Championship last year. The comeback was one of the greatest feats ever on the Professional Bowlers Tour. Duke became just the second bowler in history to win the four Grand Slam events – the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters, Tournament of Champions, World Championship and the U.S. Open.

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Columbia 300 awards John Jowdy Scholarship

Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates High School selected as 2007-2008 Winner

2008JJAwardNatalieCortese_small.jpg Columbia 300 has announced Natalie Cortese, a Hoffman Estates, Ill. resident, as the winner of the 2007-2008 John Jowdy Scholarship. Cortese will receive a $500 annual scholarship for the maximum timeframe of four years of postsecondary education (a total award of up to $2,000) at the university of her choice. "Columbia 300 is honored to offer this scholarship to Natalie. She is the embodiment of everything we look for in an applicant both athletically and academically," said Jennifer Murphy, John Jowdy Scholarship Awards coordinator.

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Track to host Vegas-style launch party in the Palm's famous Kingpin Suite

July 1 Event to include demo of new up-rising, open bar, free products and more

PalmsCasinoLasVegas_small.jpg TrackLogo_small.jpg The Track brand is planning the hottest ball launch party in the history of industry! On July 1, Track will host the Up-Rising ball launch at the famous Kingpin Suite in The Palms Hotel and Casino (pictured). 200 bowlers will gain exclusive access to the launch party and will demo balls in the hotel's two-lane bowling suite. Free products, open bar, two after-hours parties and other incentives are also part of the unique evening.

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Inventor-Promoter Robby Robinson dies at 86

Charles "Robby" Robinson, inventor of Robby's Automatic Wrist Positioner and namesake of the Professional Women's Bowling Association's Robby Award, died April 24 after a brief hospitalization. He was 86. Robinson, a long-time Professional Bowlers Association competitor, received the first of eight patents for bowling products he developed in 1972. His original "Ball Positioner" evolved into a series of wrist supports, gripping aids, liquid skin patch, shoe protectors and a unique four-ball caddy on wheels – all products designed to solve problems faced by the average bowler. He incorporated Robby Products in 1974 and later sold his company to Ebonite International.

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RomBowling: The secret to keeping employees satisfied By Diana Zagrean

Republished courtesy of Ziarul Financiar - Bucharest, Romania (May 15, 2008)

How does the pursuit of profit influence the start of a business? What benefits can a business trip abroad have on growth? What kind of relationship should entrepreneurs have with employees and how to motivate them? Becoming your own boss also means transferring all responsibilities to yourself. Although this seems simple, success depends on the field of activity and the type of business. It also depends on how much you want to gain. There are successful businesses that started in a garage, or living room, and saw fantastic growth over just several years. I don't believe the owners of businesses like Google or e-Bay wanted to own several Boeing 737s to begin with, but they certainly wanted to create something unique. The money came afterwards," states Catalin Armanu, manager of Brasov-based RomBowling.

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Strike Ten Entertainment reports continued growth of bowling industry in 2007

Bowling maintains status as nation's number one participatory sport

StrikeTenEntertainmentLogo.jpg Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm of the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), has announced the continued growth of the sport in 2007. For the second year in a row, participation increased with more than 67.2 million people having bowled across 5400 centers, enabling bowling to maintain its status as the nation's number one participatory sport. Strike Ten Entertainment also announced that bowling is generating more revenue than ever before, making a $10 billion impact on the U.S. economy.

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Georgia Citizen wins Kegel Kustodian Walker lane machine

KegelWalkThisWayLogo.jpg Mike Brinson of 'The Strike Zone' bowling center from Brunswick, Georgia has won a brand new Kegel Kustodian Walker lane machine! The drawing for the free Kustodian Walker was held April 28, 2008 at 4 p.m. as a part of the 2008 Walk This Way Seminar Tour by Kegel. Brinson is a Classic Products customer and drove all the way down to Lake Wales, Florida (approx. 460 miles) to attend the seminar held at Kegel Headquarters.

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Rhino Page joins the Storm Staff of Champions

2007PBA19RhinoPage4_small.jpg Storm Products Inc., the Brigham City, Utah based manufacturer of high performance bowling balls is proud to welcome Rhino Page to its Staff of Champions. Page, of Topeka, Kansas, had the greatest rookie season in the history of the Professional Bowlers Tour in 2007-08, which included a title at the Go RVing Classic in March. "We're excited about Rhino," said Storm President Dave Symes. "He exudes the passion and desire for success on the lanes that we have throughout our company."

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Webber International University partners with the Kegel Training Center

Offers Collegiate Bowling beginning in the 2008-09 Academic Year

2008WIUWarriorsLogo_small.jpg 2008KTCLogo_small.jpg Webber International University (WIU) has partnered with the Kegel Training Center to offer collegiate bowling beginning in the 2008-09 academic year. The 4-year private business university plans to field a team to compete in United States Bowling Congress collegiate tournaments to qualify for the Intercollegiate Bowling Championship Sectionals and Nationals. The team will train at the Kegel Training Center and be coached by the coaches at the Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida.

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Hammer Women's Team sets new National 5-Woman Team Record

2008HammerWomensTeam1331_small.jpg On March 27, the Hammer Women's Team bowled a 1,331 game, an average of 266.20, in the 5-woman team league at Riviera Lanes in Milwaukee, breaking the record for the highest 5-woman team game in national recorded history previously set by Contour Power Grips I (1,328) in 1998. All five bowlers used Hammer balls. "Having the entire team throwing Hammer equipment has helped all of us tremendously in reading the lanes and being able to make adjustments off our teammates' shot," said Laura Mattila.

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