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A Bowling Pout

It’s the economy, stupid?




I signed up to be league secretary for my Saturday league this year. There were problems last year, and the person who did the job wasn’t really up to it. So I spoke up and got myself elected. I spent a bit of time figuring out a method of doing the job, and I’ve got it wired tight. I picked up the best software package and learned it, put together a log book that’s ultra organized, made contact lists, did a lot of personal networking, revamped the bylaws, etc. I’m good to go and I think I’ve foreseen almost every problem that could come up. Except one. And that’s the one that’s going to kill us.

This is not a large league, or a big prize money league. It’s a small group who bowl more for the fun of it than to win the big bucks. Three seasons ago there were 16 teams. Two seasons ago we had 12 teams. Last year we had 9 teams with several vacancies. This year it looked like we were going to have 8 teams. That’s a tiny league. Any smaller and it gets boring because you bowl the same team time after time after time. I went through the phone list again this week, calling everybody to let them know the start date and so forth. And found out that 7 or 8 members won’t be coming back. That’s 2 full teams worth. So now we’re down to 6 teams, maybe less. So I’ve made a big investment of time, effort, and money for a league in it’s death throes. Great.

I think I have to talk with the league president and the bowling alley manager. If we lose even 2 more members then this league is going to have to merge with some other league. Mergers are risky things; you often lose 20% of your members. But when it’s only 5 teams, what real difference does it make?

Most of the people who said they weren’t coming back said the cost was the reason. This league has been the least expensive one at the alley. It’s $15 per person per week for 35 weeks, less than the cost of dinner out at even a plain restaurant. That’s over $1000 per year for a couple. Many leagues are $17 - $20. I guess a lot of people are on highly limited budgets, and the high price of gas and food has eaten up whatever spare cash they might have had.

Oh, gas remains at $3.33.9 at that one Valero station I posted about the other week. Since it’s on the way to the bowling alley, that’s where we are filling up. Every penny counts ... and if the panic button pushing Chicken Littles on the TV news get their dire fantasies to come true, Hurricane Gustav will drive the cost of gas up to $5 per gallon. Which will probably just kill this league dead in it’s tracks. Great.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/30/2008 at 03:43 PM   
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