COVID-19 INFORMATION, and schedule updates & other info
Changes to the upcoming schedule and other info will be updated here, so check often.
Update 8/6 General Covid practices:
The start of a new season does not by any means mean Covid has gone away. However, bigger tournaments have been run successfully nationwide in recent weeks that reinforce our optimism that JBT events can be conducted in a safe, responsible manner. However, that safety boils down to everyone who comes to JBT, bowlers and spectators, respecting the rules set forth, both in general safety protocols and the specific rules at each event.
All JBT events will require masks by everyone in attendance. 6 feet of social distancing between non-household members is still vital. Bringing zero or one guests max if at all possible is vital as well- if everyone has a valid 'exception', there'll be too many people in the building and that's that.
Each event will detail further covid restrictions. Please read through all that info, as well as everything else, so we can be great guests for teh center, and a great example for the bowling world.
What do we mean by "zero or one spectator max" and WHYYY?!? Here we go lol:
: Afternoon sweepers on 7/23 and 7/24 will now start at 2:30 PM. B squad for TPC (7/25) is also now at 2:30. Bowling on Sunday for those who qualify starts at 9 AM. We're unable to do an awards presentation- we'll do those for each individual conference once we get going again.
update 7/3: Strike Zone 7/11-12 info:
update 7/3: So Cal postponed
The So Cal weekend 7/18-19 is postponed, until at least late August, or may be cancelled altogether. Any info beyond that is pure speculation, so stay tuned and once we have a clearer path going forward, you'll hear it here first!
update 7/3: TPC sweeper info
Update 1 of 3, July 7: this is the easy one lol: many of you are asking about TPC sweeper squads 7/23-24. Hold off on those just a while longer. The times and formats of those will need to change, likely to earlier in the day, both days. Requirements are changing daily in casinos. As soon as it's time to register for those, you'll hear it here and our website
update 7/1: So Cal info:
Obviously, the new CA regulations mean we won’t be at Victor Bowl 7/18-19. San Diego County, our last hope, is making a decision affecting us on 7/6. We’ll re-group then. San Diego being ‘open’ does not automatically mean there will be a tournament. We have no further announcement at this time but will soon. Stay tuned. Dark days.
update 6/30: So Cal location & time change:
SO CAL LOCATION & TIME CHANGE: another day, another change, sigh... The So Cal weekend 7/18-19 is MOVED to Victor Bowl in Victorville. Saturday is one squad only, 11 AM start, and Sunday’s Invitational is one squad only, 9:30 AM start. We need you to (yet again, sorry) contact us (replying here is fine, or email) to let us know you got word of the time and location change, and if you’re coming or not- we need to make sure you’re not very early or very late, and need to open up spots if you’re not coming. Huge thanks to Brian and the team at Victor for coming through! Victorville is in San Bernardino County, so stay tuned to their rules as they’ll be our rules. See you soon!
update 6/26: Strike Zone qualifying squad change:
7/11-12 SQUAD TIME CHANGES: the events at Strike Zone are changed to:
Saturday, one qualifying squad only, 10 AM start. Sunday, one qualifying squad
only, 9:30 AM start. This means we’ll once again ask you to contact us and let
us know you got the message, and are still coming or not. Expect the same or
tougher safety protocols, and significant changes to the formats, especially
Sunday, to comply with local regulations. We’ll announce those details in a
separate message so it doesn’t get buried over this weekend.
If you’re bowling with us this weekend, you can let us know there. Otherwise, comment here or drop us a line please. You’ve all been great at helping us communicate so far- keep it up! See you soon.
update 6/26: PNW info:
JBT events at Triangle Bowl 7/3-5 have been POSTPONED until at least the
weekend of August 1, and may be cancelled altogether. It’s unclear when PNW
centers will be able to host events of our size. The 8/1 weekend is the only
open one on the JBT calendar before the new season starts (8/22 at Secoma). If
we do run something then, it won’t be at Triangle as they have another event.
We’d like to greatly thank Beau at Triangle for doing everything in his power to
make it happen- he could’ve washed his hands of
this weeks ago, but went to bat for us until the very last moment. I don’t
honestly think 8/1 is likely, but we really want to give kids a chance to finish
out the season. Stay tuned.
This means that the top 20 in PNW points in each division as they stand now qualify for the TPC in Vegas July 23-26, if you choose to travel and join us. Keep up on the details and many safety protocols and changes that will be at that event on our website and Facebook as well.
This stinks. We tried everything. We’re sorry. Stay tuned for developments as they happen.
update 6/24: AZ safety and extra info:
We feel, after weeks of discussion with the host center, other event
directors, soul searching, and monitoring the situation until exhaustion, that
the above will provide the environment necessary to continue with this event.
However, all of the above does NOT create a covid-free environment. Nothing
except not leaving your house does. There will likely be people at this event
that were at a non-JBT AZ event last week where people later reported positive
tests. If you’ve been to a grocery, you’ve been around positive people. And so
on and so on. If you’re not comfortable with bowling our events yet, that’s
completely valid, understandable, and cool. Just let us know if you’re
reserved so we can remove the name.
Similar protocols are expected to be in place at all remaining 19-20 events, through and including TPC. They will differ as state regulations change, which is often. Casino regulations are a whoooole other ball game, hint hint. This is why we haven’t given you the above info sooner- we don’t want to post one thing and confuse you with different info later on- there’s enough of that already. Be prepared for anything, and surprised by nothing, a great man once said.
We hope to see many of you, as safely as possible, this weekend, and at upcoming events!
update 6/12: NM-TX location & time change, etc.:
NM centers will not be ready to host us by 6/20 (ugh), so we are moving the
location for 6/20-21 to Western Bowl in Amarillo. It's a big center, so we are
also able to go back to running ONE qualifying squad on both days. Saturday's
double-points regular season finale will begin at Noon (Central time, 1 hour
ahead of ABQ). Sunday's Invitational, which STILL features $1,000 for first
place in scratch & handicap, will start at 9 AM,
with introductions at 8:45 AM. Reservations are not necessary as we won't hit
their capacity, BUT we'd like you to confirm that you got the message and are
still coming (or not)- we just don't want people driving to the wrong state haha.
If you've reserved for Silva (or are Invite eligible) and we haven't heard from
you by Tuesday, we'll attempt to contact you, but please help us spread the
word. Saturday is still open to anyone, and is still your chance to jump into
the Invite if you're currently out, or jump into the top 5 for that important
Invite bye, etc. And, we'll say it again, it's STILL $1,000 for first in scratch
and handicap, and $200 for first in Girls and U17. WOW! Pleeeeease, help us let
Amarillo-Lubbock area bowlers that weren't planning on coming to ABQ that we'll
be in their neck of the woods instead.
Huge thanks to JBT alumni Jonathan Lawson for making this happen! Let's spread the word and BOWL! Also big thanks to Barbie and the team at Silva for doing everything in their power to salvage this- we'll see you soon.
More on what's happening with our other events in a separate note, so that info isn't buried. Ups and downs, but everything else is on as of now. Stay tuned, stay flexible, see you soon.
So much has happened in just one week. Keep in mind we are still almost a MONTH from attempting to resume JBT action, and things can and will change, so we implore you to check our website and facebook often for updates. Some folks who HAVE facebook report not seeing our posts unless they directly go to them and refresh (thanks crappy FB algorithm), so please tell people who even have facebook that JBT has updated more! If they don’t have facebook, we put all this up on the ‘Covid-19’ page of the website. On with the show:
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We have now posted those who have already qualified for each conference’s Girls and/or U-17 Invitationals. Like the regular Invites, you can still ‘jump in’ to those Invites based on your results coming up. Remember, it’s possible to qualify for the Girls and/or U17 Invite and NOT the main Invite. In that case, you still bowl the qualifying round at the Invite, but cannot advance to the finals, and the entry is only $30. Please be sure to contact us with your squad choice if this turns out to be the case for you.
The event Saturday 6/27 at Let It Roll will now have squads at 9 AM and Noon, NOT 9 AM and 1 PM. They have two oil machines and think they will have the lane space to make a three-hour turnaround happen. So, if you signed up for B squad please note that is now at Noon. And yet again, note that this could easily all change again. Check back often.
Many are asking about mask restrictions. The answer is simply “we don’t know”. It will likely be different at each event. I hope you won’t have to bowl with masks on (but you of course can), but you may need to have them on when you walk around. We just don’t know. Similarly, remember that format changes, moving pairs less often or not at all, and much more are all possible and/or likely. When things ‘open’, they’ll be anything but ‘normal’. All we are trying to do is save some of the JBT season by at least getting the kids on the lanes in some form. You can probably see that we have no interest in taking a political stance on all this, or what we ‘believe is right’, we’re just trying to run a tournament that you voluntarily choose (we hope) to come to. Save the drama for another time please. J
Along those lines, 1-2 weeks before each weekend, we’ll give a ‘final call’ as to what the format will be, if it’s two squads or re-combined into one squad, a max number of people in the building, everything. Centers need to prepare their staffs, etc. That means we need you to be flexible, and check often for updates, as they may well be significant. If you’re making reservations, make them cancel-able. Be ready for anything. Even AFTER the ‘final call’ things could change if something totally unforeseen happens. Here’s where we stand on each weekend:
Silva 6/20-21: The Governor of NM did not open bowling centers on 6/1 (but did open gyms). This makes the timing pretty tight if updates are given every two weeks. We are starting to speak with Texas centers as backups, as there are no other weekends left. A weeknight event is a last resort. If we do move centers (which means moving states), we’d like you to confirm/cancel your attendance once again so we can plan accordingly. Ugh. Moving pairs each game is unlikely, which among other things will alter the format of the Invite finals. Max capacity restrictions will very likely be in place- one spectator per bowler? Three? NONE?! Maybe. We don’t know. Nobody does. Did we mention to stay tuned??
Let It Roll 6/27-28: It’s possible that every pair can be used, but we’re keeping it to two squads because of concerns about max. people in the building. Again note B squad’s noon starting time. Moving pairs each game is unlikely, which among other things will alter the format of the Invite finals. Did we mention to stay tuned?
Triangle 7/3-5: If you haven’t signed up for Friday night, do so soon as 48 is the limit. Please note Friday is a purely scratch event, no handicap of any kind, and counts for scratch division points. Handicap bowlers are welcome to try it, and many have signed up, but it’s a scratch event. For all three days, we’re worried about max. capacity rules. It may very well have to be limited to one spectator per bowler, or even NONE (what if capacity is 50)? You mean, you expect parents to sit in the parking lot in that case? Yup. THIS IS NOT ‘NORMAL’. We are concerned about someone driving from far away with a younger kid, somehow not knowing they aren’t allowed with their kid in the building. That’s far, far less than ideal. We hope this isn’t the case, but you need to be very aware of that possibility. Moving pairs each game is unlikely, which among other things will alter the format of the Invite finals. Did we mention to stay tuned?
Sunset Station (Strike Zone) July 11-12: If you’ve been away for a while, please note this was moved from Texas Station. It may be possible to use more than every-other-lane, but they’re not even open yet to test everything, and max. occupancy rules will likely be in effect. We hope to use this weekend as a ‘test drive’ to see what works well in that center in preparation for TPC. Moving pairs each game is unlikely, which among other things will alter the format of the Invite finals. Did we mention to stay tuned?
Winnetka July 17-18: You really need to be on your toes for this one. It is pretty likely that LA County centers will not be open/ready by then. We have a backup center committed and ready to go. If we do move centers, we’d like you to confirm/cancel your attendance once again so we can plan accordingly. Moving pairs each game is unlikely, which among other things will alter the format of the Invite finals. Did we mention to stay tuned?
TPC July 23-26: We’ve been on this for literally hours a day, things are changing so fast as Vegas centers prepare to open. First, please choose you squad for Saturday if you haven’t. All we want is that Saturday info because we don’t know if there will be restrictions on the Sweeper and Top Dawg sizes- as soon as we know, you’ll know and be able to sign up. If Saturday re-combines into one big group that bowls both squads, we will of course let you know. Max. occupancy restrictions make this unlikely. There will definitely be no ball storage, so get your calves ready. Next, dinner/awards: that’s bad news. We had started with the gorgeous Club Madrid, but that’s out. We then had the Feast Buffet space (since it’s dead), but that has now been re-purposed (and could only fit 90 with social distancing). So… dinner is out, and there is nowhere to have awards Saturday night. SO… our next idea is to present the season-long awards Sunday morning at the center before bowling. That could actually look pretty nice (and is our only option right now). And it’s one less ‘cost’ to you as well. All this could change if things loosen up in Vegas- did we tell you to stay tuned?
TPC hotel: sharp-eyed folks saw we posted the long-awaited, heavily negotiated JBT room block yesterday. You can also call and book under code JBTSCI2. Even sharper-eyed folks have pointed out that they could find better rates. This happens all the time in Vegas, as the departments that create discount specials don’t always talk to each hotel’s people creating room block contracts (yes, for real. A lot.) I have a fairly terse call and email in to Sunset to see what we can do. We really *need* you to book under our block, since the hotel’s tracking of our block’s pickup is what the hotel determines our ‘worth’ by. So…. If you can, just hold on a little bit before booking, to see if we can get things slightly better. If you’ve already booked, we’ve been able to get people taken care of retroactively if we get better rates. Plus, to be honest, I’m personally on the hook if rooms don’t get filled. They don’t separate between me, an individual, and some big multi-million company. See why we don’t do hotel blocks every week? Did we say to stay tuned?
Like we said, lots going on. Congrats if you read this far. Stay tuned, stay flexible, stay healthy, and see you soon!
NEW SCHEDULE: On our website’s schedule page you’ll now see a whole new schedule to take us up to TPC. Each conference still has its regular season finale on Saturday and Invitational on Sunday, and the PNW has even added a Friday night ‘battle bag’ event! It now starts 6/20 with NM-TX, and continues through 7/19 at So Cal, with the TPC still 7/23-26 at Strike Zone.
POINTS: As the points stand right now, if you are ‘qualified’ for an Invitational (by being in the top 32 in points or by making two top 4s), you are IN and can’t fall out. Similarly, if you are currently ‘in’ the TPC (by being in the top 20 in a conference’s points or top 100 all-conference points), you’re officially IN the TPC and can’t fall out. However, you can still ‘jump in’ to an Invite(s) or TPC based on how you do in the upcoming events. Also, Bowlers of the Year, All-Star teams, Invite byes, and TPC byes are all determined after the Invites are over as usual, so there’s still an enormous amount up for grabs.
TPC: Qualifying will be broken into two squads, and those who’ve qualified- the list is on the website- can now choose their squad anytime by contacting us. A squad will bowl at 8 AM, and B squad at 1 PM. Everything else TPC related (dinner, hotel, sweepers, etc) is very close to getting finalized, so hold up until we post our next notice about it.
TWO SQUADS: All remaining events (except 7/3) will have two qualifying squads. If you’ve already signed up, please contact us to choose a squad. If you haven’t signed up, please do so soon and choose a squad when you do. As the events’ dates approach, we’ll let you know if there are any other restrictions like max spectators, etc., or if restrictions have eased enough to allow one ‘normal’ squad. So, please check the website and facebook very often for any new information.
We’ve tried hard to make drinkable lemonade from a very lemony situation. We need your help to spread the word to everyone who may not read this, including new bowlers who are still very welcome. Stay tuned for additional details especially on TPC, and we’ll see you June 20 in Albuquerque!
- Events 5/9-10 at Glendale and 5/16-17 at Mira Mesa are now cancelled; those centers won't be open yet.
- The events July 11-12 at Texas Station are MOVED to Sunset Station, same dates. Texas will not yet be open, and Sunset offers the best chance of being tournament-ready.
- We are in very close contact with all our other host centers, but have no other updates. Additional schedule changes and/or adjustments are very possible as upcoming dates get swallowed up by the virus and its effects. Please help us spread the word to others about any changes we are forced to make.
- Our goal (hope) is to at least get all 5 Invitationals and the TPC in (and as many of the remaining regular events as well). That may or may not be how it turns out- as a wise man said, stay prepared for anything, and surprised by nothing).
- While some areas of the country are indeed 'opening' soon, it is a very different thing as to when a place like a bowling center can re-open, PLUS a loosening of distancing requirements, that would make having tournaments possible. Alterations to formats are a definite possibility. Limits like using every other pair, max people per pair, and max people in the building, are all possible or even likely, for a very long time, and may change or impede tournaments as we know them. (This is one of an avalanche of reasons that Gold had to cancel, no matter how painful it is.)
- We miss you! Stay safe, and see you soon!