The initiative to train a new generation of mechanics for legacy pinsetting machines, announced late last year by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, is gaining steam early in 2022 with the development of new online programming and the scheduling of several boot camps and schools.

The School for Bowling Center Maintenance was developed in cooperation with Classic Products and its TASKForce. Classic assembled its TASKForce team to provide training, advice, service and knowledge.

At present, nine online, on-demand maintenance courses are available:

• Understanding Bowling Maintenance Management, Part 1 — Roles and Responsibilities.

• Understanding Bowling Maintenance Management, Part 2 — Developing and Planning.

• Developing a Bowling Maintenance Budget.

• Bowling Maintenance Inventory Management.

• Bowling Maintenance Best Practices.

• Bowling Maintenance Standards.

• Establishing Bowling Maintenance Metrics.

• Implementing Bowling Maintenance Metrics.

• Measuring Bowling Maintenance Metrics.

Hands-on training is available for both AMF 8270 and Brunswick A2 machines. At present the four-day A2 School, set for May 23-26 in Aurora, Colo., is sold out, but interested parties may join the wait list by emailing Robin Marshall at

One-day Boot Camps for A2 machines are scheduled May 3 at a site to be determined in Michigan (Bo Goergen, 248-559-5207), and May 11 in Arlington, Texas (Karen Miller, 512-750-2083).

For 8270 machines, two schools and two Boot Camps are on the docket. The schools are set for March 14-17 in Richmond, Ind. (Scott Devers, 765-413-7323), and May 16-19 at a site to be determined in Illinois (Bill Duff, 847-840-9620). Boot Camps are scheduled in Ottumwa, Iowa, on March 2 (Bev Van Blair, 515-255-0808), and in Tomball, Texas (Karen Miller, 512-750-2083).

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