Previous Main Event Email Updates
Miss an email update? Here's everything we've sent out to everyone:
The 2008 Las Vegas Main Event is less than two weeks away- we can't
wait, and we hope you're excited too!
If you've already signed up- thank you! Please be sure to check the entry
chart at our website,
, to make sure we have you listed under the events and
squad times that you requested. If you have any changes, please let me know
asap as we have to have the proper number of lanes available for each
division's oil patterns. A few of you have already emailed me with changes- I
got them, and they will reflect on the next posted update.
Handicap division bowlers: remember, we ask that you provide proof of your
highest current league average of 21+ games as of 11/15/08. If you have not
yet done so, you may fax that to us at 602-795-8337, or scan and email it to
us, or mail it to us, or bring it with you to the tournament. If you do the
latter, I encourage you to stop by the office when you get into Vegas, not ten
minutes before your squad, so there's not a last minute panic. Be sure that
if your average was from a PBA or any other 'sport-type' league, that you
Doubles - Teams: A lot of bowlers have sent in entries with team and
doubles partners listed, but those partners have not yet sent in their
entries. This is actually a good thing, because it must mean there are many
more entries still to come. However, some squad times are filling up fast,
and we may not have room for them on their first choice of singles squad
times, etc... so please encourage your friends you'll be bowling with to get
those entries in! You will be able to walk in, or add extra doubles squads,
as space permits on-site, but entries will be VERY limited after one hour
prior to squad time, so a little planning might void a lot of disappointment
from you... and we hate disappointment!!!
There is still time to send in your entry! You'll be mailing it to
Phoenix, and I leave for Vegas on the 23rd, so any entry sent in this week
should still be fine. Please don't discourage people just finding out about
us (or people suddenly able to travel as gas prices drop) from entering- the
more, the better!
We are so excited to show you a great time in Vegas in a few weeks- if you
have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me. We will be at
the tournament from 12-6 on the 24th if you want to drop in and say hi, or get
any business done, etc. There's a lot going on, and we want to make sure
everyone is on the same page. This will be the last scheduled email before
Main Event, so please travel safely, Meli Kelikimaka to all our Hawaiians,
Happy Holidays to those of you celebrating before Main Event, and we'll see
you in Vegas for the Main Event!
We're only a little more than a month away from the 2008 Las Vegas Main
Event- we hope you're getting ready and spreading the word!
Some news and notes for you:
--- It's now past the Nov. 15 average cutoff date. If you are entering the
handicap division and are not a bowler in our regular season JBT events, you
need to submit your highest average from organized competition, of 21 or
more games, as of 11/15. You may fax this to us at (602) 795-8337, scan and
email it to us, mail it to us, or bring it with you to the tournament. If
you bring it to the tournament, I recommend brining it down to the
tournament office when you arrive- it will save time and a mini-headache as
opposed to doing it right before your squad time. Please be sure to note if
it is a PBA Experience or other 'sport-type' league. Remember that
'organized competition' means that travel leagues or other 'tours' count as
averages as well. If you do not have 21 games in by November 15, we are
looking for your average as soon as you hit the 21 game mark. We don't want
this to cause you a headache at Main Event time, so please contact me for
any additional average questions.
--- Texas Station has opened up another section of rooms- if you called
recently and heard our block was sold out, please try again, that won't be a
problem. You can also ask to speak directly to our room coordinator, Maria
Schellhase, at 1800-654-8888, extension 8358, and she'll take good care of
--- If you don't want to or can't stay at Texas, a little bit of shopping
online can get you a pretty good room deal in Vegas right now.
---- On our website, we have a message board, and on that message board we
have a "Need a Partner" section newly added. Many people have been asking
for help in finding doubles or team partners, and this should be a great
resource to help make that happen. Visit it today! We'll also have a big
board available at Main Event with people posting their needs, so hopefully
everyone can get the doubles or team partners they need.
--- As you help us spread the word to your friends, please remember that
just because the event is Dec 25-28, you don't HAVE to be there on the
25th. If you want to make this as quick a trip as possible, you could
arrive as late as 1PM on the 27th and still get the whole event in. Of
course, you'll miss re-entry, doubles, team, and jr. gold fun--- but my
point is, some people told me they weren't coming because they don't want to
bowl on Christmas Day. Please help us tell them they certainly don't have
--- Our Main Event Shirts are now provided by a different company- the
previous company went out of business,unfortunately. The good news is that
since they are a local company, there is still time to order your shirts in
time for Main Event! We have a catchy new logo, which you can view on the
website, and that can be applied to any shirt in our catalog. Just check
out the 'polo shirts' section of the Main Event page of our website. For
those of you who have already ordered shirts, your order has been
transferred over to the new company and will be filled without a problem. A
complete assortment of JBT and Main Event gear will also be available at the
--- If you or other bowlers or parents have any other questions, I'm here to
help. Feel free to contact me any time. We'll see you before you know it
for the 2008 Main Event!!!
Believe it or not, the 2008 JBT Las Vegas Main Event is now
less than two months away! Are you getting ready? If not, the time is now to
get your entry in for what's simply the best bowling tournament of the year!
If you've already entered- thank you!
At our website, www.bowljbt.com
just click on the "Main Event" section, and you can view your entry, as well
as all the others, and of course, everything else related to the Main Event.
If you have any questions at all about your entry or anything else Main Event
related, just drop us a line!
If you haven't entered, start to think about doing so. There will be fewer
people per squad on our singles event than last year (so we can have more
total squads and guarantee on-time re-oiling), so that likely means less room
for walk-in or late entries. Typically, squads start to get full right around
Thanksgiving, so don't wait too much longer to get those entries in. Please
remember, we now let you pay via credit card online--- not to contribute to
the national credit crisis, but you might consider that a very convenient way
to pay for the Main Event or other JBT events.
Also, be sure to get your hotel rooms as soon as possible. The rooms we
have reserved at Texas Station are priced on a 'tiered' system- the earlier
you book, the better your rate. This system allowed us to reserve a much
larger block of rooms to begin with, so fewer people who wanted to stay at
Texas will be shut out- but again, it's only a 200-room hotel, so the early
bird gets the room! If you don't want to or can't stay at Texas, I recommend
looking at travel websites like expedia and hotwire, etc. Vegas room rates
vary wildly, and the same dates often have rates that go up and down daily- so
a little bit of savvy shopping can generally get you a very good deal.
Doubles and Teams bowlers- we want to encourage you to send in your entry
for these portions ahead of time, as well, especially for people planning to
bowl multiple doubles squads. It's nice that we allow you to bowl doubles or
singles at any squad time, but since they use two different lane conditions,
we need to tell the center how many lanes to oil with each pattern before
every squad. This means we will take only limited walk-in entries, and only
up to 1 hour before squad time in most cases. So... in order to guarantee the
squad times you want, enter before you get to Vegas- or as soon as you get to
Vegas, stop on by the tournament office, and we'll take care of you there as
And now, my annual "beg and grovel paragraph": folks, we're 100% reliant
on YOU to spread the word about Main Event. We simply don't have the
advertising budget to get fancy flyers out to all centers and tournaments we'd
like to-- I hope you'll agree that that's money that's better used in the
prize fund anyway. But as a consequence of that- we simply neeeeeeed you to
tell folks that this is a tournament worth coming to in order to exist.
We know that this is not the greatest of times for some of us,
financially. However, we hope you'll agree that the Main Event stands up
pretty darned well compared to other options in the bowling world, if you're
in a position to have to choose which big-money national tournaments to bowl
this year. Here's why:
1) OUR PRIZE FUNDS OUR GUARANTEED. $5,000 for first and $100 minimum
for 24th in scratch, $1500 for first and $100 for 9th in girls scratch, and
$2000 for first and $100 for 18th in handicap are all GUARANTEED prizes,
completely regardless of entries. Yes, this makes me nervous as heck each
year. Yes, that in itself is a terrific reason to bowl.
2) The above prize fund, compared to our basic entry fees, is
extremely good. $100 to win $5,000, and $80 to win $2,000, is a ratio we
think is hard to match in an open-field junior tournament.
3) Our doubles, team, and junior gold events, and our optional
brackets and all-events prize, give you enough to bowl in where you could bowl
non-stop with us all week. Of course, the more you get in, the more you can
win, and if you bowl a lot and catch a good roll, it's pretty astounding the
scholarship figures you could rack up!
4) If you want to experience the Main Event, but don't have the time
and/or budget to make it a long stay in Vegas (or if you enjoy opening
Christmas presents on Christmas day, not January 5 like I do), you could
theoretically bowl the 2 PM 12/27 squad, spend just one night in Vegas, and
walk away with the title the next day! So, it DOESN'T have to be a super-long
stay in Vegas, unlike the 1-2 WEEKS some events require out of you.
5) This event is for everyone! Just because you're a handicap-level
bowler doesn't mean you don't want top-level, big-time competition! I still
think a lot of handicap bowlers outside the normal JBT area don't realize that
this event is just as much for them as anyone.
6) Our website posts full results quickly, and helps keep bowlers and
families as informed as possible all the time. We're a year round tournament
club, not just the Main Event. Our nearly 600+ events of JBT experience mean
we run a professional atmosphere, bowler-first tournament that cares greatly
about your overall experience, adjusting each year as a direct result of your
These are just some of the reasons that you can use to explain to folks why
the Main Event would be a great choice to bowl- or a refresher for yourself!!
So... pretty, pretty pleeeeeeease. If each one of you bring just one new
bowler to the Main Event, we will continue to grow and be able to provide you
the best tournament experience we possibly can.
If the Main Event itself still isn't enough bowling for you, the day after
the Main Event, we have a regular season JBT event at Cerbat Lanes in Kingman,
AZ on December 29, starting at 10 AM. A lot of people hit this event on their
way home, or as a great wrap-up to the week. It's also a chance for folks
from around the country to see what we at JBT do every single weekend all over
the southwest and northwest, and is always a more relaxed event to wind down
from the stress of Main Event. It's limited to 120 entries, so you can
pre-sign online, at Main Event, or take your chances at walking in.
Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions, etc. In addition to
everything else, we want to be the friendliest event around too. if something
is unclear- ask! We'll do everything we can to make sure you're prepared and
We'll talk again soon- until then, spread the word, and thank you!
Hello from the Junior Bowlers Tour’s Main Event!
hope everyone’s had a fantastic 2008 so far! It’s hard to think about December
when it’s 116 degrees outside my door right now, but here we go…
Entries are now available at our website,
www.bowljbt.com, for the 2008 JBT Las Vegas Main Event! Just go to the
website, read all about the ’08 event, print out the entry form, and send it
in! Each squad will be slightly smaller this year (so we can have more squads),
so they’ll fill up faster, so get those entries in soon to guarantee your squad
times! We’ll also be mailing each of you a paper copy of the entry, so look for
that in early August. (make sure to update your contact info with us if
As always, we NEED your help in spreading the word about Main Event
for it to be successful. We have created little Main Event “mini-flyers” that
are designed NOT to be left at bowling center counters, but handed out directly
into people’s hands. If you can help us out by distributing a batch of these
into bowlers’ and parents’ hands of all ages and averages that might be
interested in bowling in the best tournament of their lives, please drop me an
email and we’ll get them right out. We especially need help spreading the word
at Junior Gold, Junior Gold, Junior Gold, Junior Gold, and Junior Gold. Get the
picture?? Thanks in advance for making the Main Event work!!
Also, as you travel around, be sure to encourage people to check out
our website (and to check it out yourself). As always, we try and have the most
informative website out there, so that you’re 100% prepared for your Main Event
experience before you come to Las Vegas. It’s not fancy, but we think it works,
so visit it often for updates!
Get your discounted hotel rate at Texas Station, the host hotel, as
soon as possible! Rooms are already set up under “JBT” or “Main Event”. It’s
only a 200-room hotel, and they obviously can’t give our rates to the whole
hotel, so those who tried to get a room late last year were disappointed. We
hate disappointment. If you miss out, or don’t want to stay at Texas, there are
lots of other options, discussed on the very helpful “FAQ” section of the
website- check it out!
We try very hard to the most “bowlers-first” tournament out there,
which means listening to what YOU want, not what WE want, and updating the
tournament accordingly. Thus, there are two big additions for the Main Event
even more difficult lane condition will be used for Open Scratch and Girls’
Scratch singles. Even though the conditions used in past Main Events were far
from easy, a huge majority of bowlers wanted even more challenging conditions.
You got it! A more relaxed pattern will continue to be used for doubles and
team, as these are meant to be more “fun” side events to the singles
four-person Team event will be added this year. Just like you and your parents
bowl singles, doubles, and team in city, state, and nationals, the addition of a
4-person team squad will complete the Main Event experience for you. Plus, to
be honest, we hope it will keep you occupied and out of our hair while we figure
out the singles cut scores the night of the 27th, hee hee! This also
means we’ll have an optional all-events prize available for people who bowl
singles, doubles, and team- wow!
course, these changes are in addition to all the great features you’ve come to
expect from the Main Event, such as the best prize fund structure in junior
bowling. $5,000 remains the guaranteed first place prize in Open Scratch, with
$100 guaranteed for 24th place! $2,000 remains the top spot in
handicap, and $1,500 in girls scratch. On a $100 basic entry fee ($80 in
handicap), these are unbeatable guarantees. Of course, there are lots of extras
you can get in (brackets, ball raffles, doubles, team, all-events, junior gold,
etc) that will make it cost more, but each of those is yet another opportunity
to cash in on the huge amount we’ll award this year, which is expected to
absolutely shatter last season’s $57,000+. Check out past years’ results, or
the year-long JBT earnings, for more specific eye-popping numbers.
This is just the beginning, as we get ready for December! Lots more
announcements and details will be forthcoming, but for those of you ready to
enter now, we’re ready for you! One last time, a lot of the success of the
Main Event depends on YOU telling people about us as you travel around to other
events, starting right now!!! So far, you’ve never let us down, and we try our
best not to either- so let’s make that a deal again for 2008!
always, feel free to drop me a line any time with questions, or just to say hi!
We miss those of you we haven’t seen for a while, and can’t wait for December!!!