Well into the season, interest seemed to dissipate among those bowlers who were behind the leading teams. Absenteeism was common and substitutes were in high demand. This seemed to happen with many of the folks who signed up for the first time, or those that thought that the teams were stacked against them.
I also bowled in several ‘Handicap’ tournaments, and again, the format was fairly straightforward, deviating little from tournament to tournament. I listened to what many participants criticisms were and noted that almost all the time there was some perception that the winners had some how stacked the deck in their favor.
I had read articles about the bowling industry, how many centers were folding due to decreasing participation, lack of interest by the younger folks, and that the sport was ‘tired’. There just didn’t seem to be any ‘Fire’ in the sport, not enough excitement.
Linda and I came up with and idea that we hoped would help add some spice to the bowling experience, something we hoped would fire the imagination of League bowlers all over the country. It wasn't until recently that we could put everything together and create what you are looking at today.
We laid out some specific goals:
How would it work?
A bowler would bowl in participating sanctioned leagues exactly as they do today. The existing leagues continue to be set up as they are. League Bowlers bowl and score as before. The bowlers three game series pincount is posted to www.potbowling.com. Teams are created based on a formula ensuring equity between all the teams. The 3 game pincount for each bowler are compared to their 3 game average. Scores over or under their average are added to the scores from their teammates and totaled. Team scores are compared to other team scores to determine the winners. Bowlers can access the Web site to see the prize fund, see the winners, check their tournament averages, find their friends and see how they did.
30 years ago, the infrastructure required to accomplish all this just wasn't there, Today, however, the Internet affords the industry an opportunity to maximize the traditional league bowling experience by weaving old with new. The Internet is no longer a mystery to most people. Computers are everywhere in our lives, and any computer that has access to the Internet has access to www.potbowling.com. We need your support to help launch the concept and are hopeful that you see that our vision is your vision too.
So, tell your friends to give us a look. Sign up and post some scores. See what happens. Bowling is lots of fun as it is, but what a kick it could be if we could be rolling in a league with an opportunity to win BIG prizes each and every night we bowl!