MAIN EVENT THINGS TO KNOW (FAQ)
Here's some details about the Main Event that may answer some of your questions about how it all works, as well as some helpful travel information. If you can think of anything else that might be helpful to be on this page, let us know and we'll add it on!
Some things to take note of:
1) As in previous years, we will not pre-announce the exact lane conditions for the event. We will tell you, however, that the goal is to have a very challenging and fair, but not impossible, lane condition for the Singles event, and a typically much easier ‘house’ condition for the Doubles and Team event. Also, by overwhelming demand, we'll use an even tougher, sport-compliant lane condition for the Open Scratch and Girls Scratch singles events. Singles will of course have fresh oil at the start of every squad, but new this year, doubles will as well, so you don't have to worry about last year's problem of way-too-dry lanes for doubles. The bottom line is that lane conditions are an inexact science, as most of you know, and we’ll strive for a fair, fun, and challenging condition for all—so bowl on what’s out there, heh heh!!!
2) Texas Station is offering great lodging rates, but it's only a 200-room hotel, so we encourage you to book these rooms as soon as possible. They are giving us a "tiered" rate, so the earlier you book, the better the rate you get. Call Texas Station at 1-800-654-8888 to book these rooms by Dec. 4 at the latest. They’re under the group name “Junior Bowlers Tour Southwest” or "JBT". Last year these rooms sold out very far in advance, so if you want to stay at Texas Station, book early! If you don't get in there or don't want to stay there, Fiesta Rancho, in walking distance on the same side of the street, usually has slightly cheaper rooms. If you wanna go on a room hunt, try the local casino's websites first, then try the Strip casinos if you want to spend a little more, then try websites like hotels.com, hotwire.com, or expedia.com, which I almost always use myself for my travel (but remember, they're not so helpful if you have to change plans, so make sure you're sure of your dates).
3) Probably the most polarizing question when we started this tournament a few years ago was the issue of re-entries. Some of you love the fact that you could re-enter as much as you wanted in 2005 (which generates a lot of extra prize fund), and some of you hated that fact. Our compromise was that you may re-enter ONCE ONLY in the Singles tournament. Moreover, you can PREPAY for your re-entry when you sign up for the Main Event (goodbye, lottery!!). In the Doubles, however, you can re-enter as much as you want (or switch partners), space permitting.
That ‘space permitting’ thing I just wrote is a pretty big deal. With
the 7 squads, that allows for approximately 1,000 singles entries, and 400
doubles team entries. If entries continue to increase at the rate they have
been (we’re cautiously optimistic they will), we should be able to sell this
event out. So, what I’m telling you is, the only way to guarantee your second
singles squad is to prepay for it when you sign up. You can always withdraw
from the re-entry on-site if you want (as long as you give us at least one hour
notice- more is better). Secondly, for the Doubles, while unlimited re-entries
will be allowed, if everyone who enters singles also enters doubles, there won’t
be room for ANY re-entries, so bowl with the partner you really want to bowl
with first! The Doubles is still a bit of an experiment, but we think it might
be really popular- we’ll see!
After the 2 PM singles squad on the 27th, we’ll know our complete
singles semifinalist field. It will take us a while to crunch the numbers,
however. The 2 PM squad should finish around 6 PM, which will give us final cut
numbers around 9 PM. You'll also be able to call the bowling center
to get the "cut scores".
You'll also be able to call the bowling center to get the "cut scores".Of course, instead of sitting around and getting nervous, get a team together and enter the 7 PM 4-person Team event!
The Open Scratch Division first place scholarship remains guaranteed at a
minimum $5,000! Not bad,
huh? Part of the raised scholarships come from a projected increase in total
entries, and part of it comes from the increase in the scratch entry fee to $100
in 2006. This came from feedback from the scratch bowlers themselves, who
overwhelmingly said they’d be willing to pay a little bit more to play for a lot
more. We think you’ll agree $5,000 for first (not to mention $100 for 24th)
is a pretty amazing prize fund, and let’s face it, you’re spending quite a bit
just to be in Vegas for the week, so an extra $20 on the entry fee to play for
that much more is a pretty fair trade, we think.
There are still the other side tournaments going on at Sam’s Town and The
Orleans, and between our Singles and Doubles, Team, and their events, there
should be plenty of time to do everything, but it does take some coordinating.
You can bowl doubles first or singles first as well- we want to be as flexible
as possible for you! Please allow two hours to bowl your Doubles event,
and 4 hours for your Singles event The Orleans is about 10-15 minutes from
Texas Station in good traffic, and Sam's Town is 15-20 minutes away, again in
good traffic. Stoplights can be infuriating in Vegas, so please allow enough
travel time- we cannot delay squad times or entry deadlines, unfortunately.
Please allow two hours to bowl your Doubles event, and 4 hours for your Singles event The Orleans is about 10-15 minutes from Texas Station in good traffic, and Sam's Town is 15-20 minutes away, again in good traffic. Stoplights can be infuriating in Vegas, so please allow enough travel time- we cannot delay squad times or entry deadlines, unfortunately.
Wipeout Info: For 2007, they have squads 12/25 at 7 PM, 12/26
at 10 AM and 2 PM, and 12/27 at 10 AM, with a finals 12/27 at 2 PM. For more
info or entry blanks, contact Bobbi Hoven or Bobby McVey at 702-365-7400.
No-Tap Info: For 2007, squads 12/26 at 10 AM, 2 PM, and 9 PM,
and 12/27 at 9 AM and 1 PM. For info, contact Vickie Sanchez at 702-564-6471,
Wipeout Info: For 2007, they have squads 12/25 at 7 PM, 12/26 at 10 AM and 2 PM, and 12/27 at 10 AM, with a finals 12/27 at 2 PM. For more info or entry blanks, contact Bobbi Hoven or Bobby McVey at 702-365-7400.
No-Tap Info: For 2007, squads 12/26 at 10 AM, 2 PM, and 9 PM, and 12/27 at 9 AM and 1 PM. For info, contact Vickie Sanchez at 702-564-6471, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
8) We’ve secured some great new and continued sponsorship, including Ebonite, our title sponsor! Ebonite reps will be at the tournament all week long to introduce their product and give out free advice. We’re also working on finalizing plans for a special clinic-demo day type thing with the Ebonite folks which should be very special, so stay tuned for that as well! Our previous sponsors were great, but Ebonite will be much more hands-on, adding another great angle to the Main Event experience!
the other neat details of our event will remain the same: the optional brackets,
the videotaped finals, the oodles of stats, my sultry microphone voice (hee hee),
and all the other little things that we hope make this tournament stand out as
Whew! As you can see, we’re working our
butts off to make the 2008 Main Event as good as it can be and then some! As
always, please feel free to contact me any time for questions, answers, or just
to shoot the bowling breeze- we want to be the most interactive tournament out
there. Most of the changes above came directly from bowlers’ input, so your
voice is being heard, even if we didn’t make every change that every individual