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How To Organize A Bowling Tournament

Organizing a bowling tournament allows you to bond with others with similar interests. You can hold the event in the capacity of individual play or as a team competition.  As a team event, you can feel the thrill in the air when players of respective teams vie with each other to score the highest totals. Team members can simultaneously contend for the top spot through alternate frames or they can play individual games and then have the scores added up. You need to spell out the rules for the charity bowling or corporate bowling tournament before allowing players to enroll. You also have to ascertain that enough lanes are available to allow all the participants to have a fun-filled outing.

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bowling tournament

You can adhere to the order below when organizing a bowling tourney.

  • Decide on the kind of tournament you are planning to hold. Whether you are planning to raise money for a charitable cause or planning a corporate outing will influence your strategy in different ways. Even for a corporate tourney, you will be required to raise money in order to bear the expenses of having trophies. Determine the event style, i.e., whether it will be a marathon featuring many game plays or whether it will be head to head knockout games.
  • You now need to persuade someone to patronize your tournament. Get in touch with local businesses to seek their sponsorship. The money raised will be used for hiring lanes and buying trophies. A potential sponsor may be convinced by asking them to supply shirts with their brand logo and address alongside your event’s name. In this way, you can have a cheap bowling tourney and also score widespread publicity for the sponsor.
  • You can, also set an entry level fee to fund the tournament and also hand over cash prizes to the winners.
  • You don’t want to botch the tourney. This means that you need to set the eligibility criteria based on skill level, age, amateur or professional status, etc., to admit players.
  • Contact a bowling alley you deem to be best suited for your needs. Enquire about their free dates. Alleys may offer discounts if you hire multiple alleys. You can also check the same out with them in order to accommodate more people.
  • Start your hunt for participants by asking the bowling alley to have a sign with your contact address posted for the tourney. Interested people can fill the form out with the required information. This way you get to promulgate the date and time of the tournament in a hassle free manner.
  • Clear up any confusion regarding the criteria for winning the tourney by displaying the tournament rules for all participants.
  • Now, the cutoff date for participating should be set for a few weeks before you actually organize the charity bowling or corporate bowling tournament. Once the entries have been sorted, prepare the schedule, arranging the bowlers sequentially. If the participant number has exceeded the pre-determined limit, you can arrange for several pool play rounds to shortlist the players appearing in the championship bracket.

The bowling world offers numerous competitions and tournaments. It is a social event that widens your horizons. You get to meet so many people and also make contacts. So if you are playing a tournament, it sure is fun; but organizing the same is a different experience altogether. By being on the organizing committee of a bowling tournament, you will get to know the nitty-gritty of the work that needs to be done for such an event and this experience will prepare you for more to come in the future. So if you think you haven’t the skills to organize an event, its your chance to try it out!

How To Organize A Charity Bowling Event

Have you ever been to a charity bowling event? Besides having fun, these events expose you to a different world. You see the cause for which it is held, and you come to know what you have in life that others are lacking, which in turn make you feel lucky. Apart from that you come to meet so many like minded people.

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Attending a charity bowling event is great, but organizing one can be quite challenging. There are many types of charity bowling events, and each is a different game. They all need a lot of planning. To organize a charity bowling event will test the resilience of your nerves. If you want to pull off a sparkling event where the participants pledge a minimum amount to your coffer, you need to adhere to the points discussed below.

Plan Ahead

Do not dilly-dally with a high return corporate bowling event. Kick start your planning at least 6 months prior to the actual event by getting in touch with local bowling alleys. Your target weekend should not coincide with major holidays or other similar charity tourneys, else you may run the risk of failing to attract ardent bowlers.

Negotiate like Donald Trump

Now, you need to negotiate with the alley. You can engage yourself or someone from your organization to snag the best package deal. Request the alley to provide free shoes to bowlers, free soda from café, and passes to be distributed as prizes in corporate bowling parties. Tell them what a great cause it is and how you will promote the bowling alley.

Shiny Prizes draw in more Participants

Your tourney will fail to allure top bowlers without loads of fabulous prizes. You can hit the streets requesting people to donate for your charity event. Places like restaurants, grocery stores ranking high on the list of your favorite haunts can be approached to snag donations. You can get sponsors in your fold by assuring them of wide publicity of their brands during the charity event. Start with friends and contacts you already know.

Don’t starve your fat wallet donors!

Next, hunt for food donors to appeal to the appetite of bowlers. If no one shows up, you can order inexpensive munchies like hot dogs, pizzas from your pocket to invite gallant show from the energetic bowlers. Make sure everyone’s having fun and not hungry so that they will show up for your next charity event.

Promote the big event

Now, stoke excitement for the upcoming event by seeking voluntary participation of few bowlers to promote the event. This will kindle the interest of your supporters and give them an incentive to sign up for the event. Organize the registration process well ahead of the actual date, else you will feel disoriented when flooded by requests. Create compendious press releases and dispatch them to the offices of local newspapers, television channels to be broadcasted/ published for calling attention.

Keep the excitement rolling

Once potential participants start to enroll themselves for the charity corporate bowling tournament, start sending them weekly notes pertaining to fundraising or other bowling aspects to sustain their interest.  You will find many participants actually contributing funds for the event. You can also stimulate the appetite of potential bowlers by disclosing what awaits them at the end of the tournament. One good way to do this is to announce prizes as you get them.

Make a (reasonable) schedule

Develop a game plan to avoid botching the tournament. A timeline with detailed assignment of responsibilities/areas to each person will do. The food setup, bowling game alley, prize tables, announcement desk etc should be laid out properly to avoid chaos. Make sure you schedule enough time for each element or else people will be there till closing time.

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charity bowling party

Once you are over with the tournament, you have earned tons of experience to be utilized in forthcoming corporate bowling parties. Relax, and after you are done with the exigencies that come in the wake of an event, make it a point to send ‘thank you’ notes to all the sponsors, individual contributors, star participants, and the bowling alley staff.

You can also get in touch with Mississauga corporate events organizers to get more insights  and help into how to successfully organize a charity bowling tourney.

How To Organize A Corporate Bowling Event

The corporate event of your company is around the corner, but you have run out of unique and invigorating ideas for recharging the drooping spirits of your team. Well, your worries stand to get resolved with a corporate bowling event. Bowling parties are fun, promote camaraderie among colleagues, and allow better assimilation of organization’s vision and mission among employees. Unbridled joy awaits employees of all age groups.

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corporate bowling event

Organizing a corporate bowling event can be challenging, not because you need to slave away on finer details but owing to the fact that the prestige of your company is at stake. It is a team building event which serves the purposes of fostering unity, strengthening interpersonal relationship, and brings about an air of trust within the organization.

A bowling event informally conduces to team building and rehashing corporate values through interactive bowling event accompanied with serving of foods and beverages.

Corporate Bowling Parties

Plan for the budget

You embark on the job by assessing the corporate budget allocated for the purpose. Get in touch with the local bowling centre (Planet Bowl if you are in Toronto or Mississauga area) for reservation of bowling alleys well in advance. Do not dilly-dally, else you may run out of alleys on the designated day. This happens if the chosen day coincides with a public holiday or some other parties have already booked the alleys for their events.  Do not meekly accept all the terms and conditions of the centre. Snag a bargain by convincing the managers to provide for free beverages or bowling shoes. The center also stands to get widespread publicity among your employees. Alongside, order fresh pizzas, burgers, hot dogs for feeding the staff. Try to get a package deal for the food. Remember hungry bowlers are unhappy bowlers. (FYI we here at Planet Bowl have a full size kitchen, that means fresh delicious yummy goodies)

Team Building is the goal

Now, get down to team building. Randomly assign people from different strata of the organization to each team to allow familiarity and forge new strong professional relationship. The competitive spirit of the staff will move to the next level with this initiative. The learning curve in bowling is not very steep making the game highly entertaining. Staff suffering from physical disabilities can also bowl.

Corporate Packages are usually the best deal

Most bowling centres in Toronto have tailored corporate packages which cater to your company’s requirements at reasonable rates. Sit with the managers and negotiate intensively to grab the best deal. The alleys have attached private party rooms and modern kitchen facilities too. Some centres offer money saving hourly discounts for corporate bowling parties exceeding a set number of participants.

The bowling rates in Toronto can vary. Daytime rates are applicable till 6PM and on weekends the rates may go up slightly. Beyond 6PM, the rates see a slight rise as more enthusiastic players pour in. The shoe rental rate is not included and will be charged additionally per head. Most alleys deny holding of corporate events on weekend nights. All reservations are allowed till three days in advance in most cases. Taxes will be applied over and above the decided rates. Be mindful of these while striking the deal.

Corporate bowling party offers an exciting platform for socializing, thus encouraging group interaction and better bonding among employees of different levels and departments. To get started call us at 416-695-2695 or book instantly online here.