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I predict that once bowling centers are allowed to reopen, they will limit the number of bowlers to two per lane, in the name of social distancing.
 
A pair of lanes is slightly less than 12 feet wide, counting the gutters and ball return.  That is enough safe space for four players at a time -- one releasing a shot, one waiting at the back of the approach on the opposite lane and two in the seating areas.   
 
As long as social distancing guidelines remain in effect (perhaps a year or more), there is no practical way to have 10 bowlers on every pair of lanes -- meaning the traditional 5-player team bowling would not be allowed. 
 
This creates an opportunity for the rise of singles and doubles leagues during the next season.  A doubles league would be time-convenient, too.  Three games can be bowled in an hour, far less than the 2.5 hours required by the 5 vs 5 format.  
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Would single and double leagues offer enough revenue
to keep the bowling alleys open

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The senior tournament assn that I bowl in is trying to figure out how they will operate and conduct tournaments when life resumes.
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Would single and double leagues offer enough revenue
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Yes and no.

Two doubles leagues and a singles league are 30 total bowler-games per pair of lanes, the same as a 5 vs 5 team series, so the amount of lineage collected is unchanged.

Where bowling centers would lose money is on food and beverage sales. The doubles format eliminates 1.5 hours of down time between frames -- time often spent eating and drinking items at premium prices.
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It'll be interesting to see which happens first...the SAFE relaxing of social distancing restrictions or the start of the bowling season.  Methinks it'll vary by location.  All of this talk regarding what kinds of leagues will be possible presumes that our government officials allow bowling centers to reopen.  If they don't, this is all a moot point.
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My bowling buddy asked me last week if I would bowl a summer league if the lanes are allowed to re-open.  I told him I would not.  I would go bowl in the late morning when no one else, or few people were there, but not in a league format.  He asked about a fall league and my answer was only if it actually was in the fall, not the end of August which is the usual time they start here.  I'm in no hurry to be out among the masses.  You can drop the m if you prefer.
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My bowling buddy asked me last week if I would bowl a summer league if the lanes are allowed to re-open.  I told him I would not.  I would go bowl in the late morning when no one else, or few people were there, but not in a league format.  He asked about a fall league and my answer was only if it actually was in the fall, not the end of August which is the usual time they start here.  I'm in no hurry to be out among the masses.  You can drop the m if you prefer.




that's my feeling too. I'm not even too sure if there's
fall leagues what will happen if the virus returns again

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So one thing I have heard is bowling alleys might have every other lane open. But Also I am kind of wondering if leagues and bowling will survive. Bowling is not something you can do in your apartment.
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Where I bowl, it is impossible to social distance.  The tables are all cramped.  The settee area does not have a lot of room.  Plus between two leagues that use up all 32 lanes, there is no way to use every other pair.  I suppose the only way is have a 6pm start time and a 9pm start time, first and second shift.  These days, I don't see that as an option.  Or teams rotate every other week, so that instead of a 34 week season, it is a 17 week season.  The other issue, when you get beyond stay at home, they will probably limit social gatherings to no more than 50.  Between both leagues, there is 160 bowlers, plus anyone else who comes to watch, plus bowling alley staff, etc.  You cannot run a league bowling operation with only 50 people, unless you have a smaller league.  This is a huge problem.  I wish I had the answers.
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I've been giving the situation regarding my league some thought...we're a small league (8 teams of 3) so if social gatherings of 25 or so become allowed, we could bowl.  Given all of the unknowns and the general disposition of the league, I'm inclined at this point to say that we forego sanctioning this upcoming season and just bowl as much as we can in whatever fashion is allowed.  If meeting gathering restrictions means half the league bowls on Wednesdays and the rest bowls on Thursdays, I think the league would go for that.

For large leagues like yours Keith, you could always break the league into a few divisions that bowl at different times, then have some sort of championship between the division winners. 
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the problem is at Country, they have leagues every night of the week.  The only way to bowl at different times is having an early shift and a late shift.  Not sure if guys would go for that.  
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the problem is at Country, they have leagues every night of the week.


You mean "had"...who's to say how many leagues will exist (or will be as big as they were before) once this is all said and done.

I've been thinking more about our league.  Depending on gathering restrictions, it occurred to me that we could switch to two shifts of doubles instead of one shift of triples so everybody still bowls on Thursdays...say a 6:30 shift and an 8:30 shift.  We technically have enough bowlers to make up 16 teams (assuming our part-time bowlers would like to bowl every week), so 8 teams per shift is only 16 bowlers in the center at once.  Every team would have to switch times at least once to ensure they bowl every other team, but it could give us a workable 15-week solution if a 20-person gathering restriction was in place. 

Just a thought anyway...I guess this is what league secretaries do when we're bored to tears [rofl]


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You mean "had"...who's to say how many leagues will exist (or will be as big as they were before) once this is all said and done.

I've been thinking more about our league.  Depending on gathering restrictions, it occurred to me that we could switch to two shifts of doubles instead of one shift of triples so everybody still bowls on Thursdays...say a 6:30 shift and an 8:30 shift.  We technically have enough bowlers to make up 16 teams (assuming our part-time bowlers would like to bowl every week), so 8 teams per shift is only 16 bowlers in the center at once.  Every team would have to switch times at least once to ensure they bowl every other team, but it could give us a workable 15-week solution if a 20-person gathering restriction was in place. 

Just a thought anyway...I guess this is what league secretaries do when we're bored to tears [rofl]





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