Bowling Centres to reopen

On Thursday, the province will enter Stage 2 of the ‘Open for Summer’ plan, two weeks after 60 per cent of Albertans 12 and over have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and hospitalizations are below 500.

That means that bowling centres will be,

  • allowed to reopen with 1/3 of fire code occupancy.
  • food service can resume with 6 people per table maximum, indoors and outdoors.
  • Indoor masking and distancing requirements remain in place throughout Stage 2.

The Alberta 5 Pin Bowler’s Association encourages our bowlers to support our centres that have been closed since last November as a show of support for our proprietors and the local economy.

We recommend you look up your local centre and book a lane a few times over the summer, then we can get back to league play in the fall.

If you haven’t received your vaccine shot yet, A5 encourages those who are able, to do so at their earliest convenience.  And remember you need both doses to ensure maximum protection for yourself and others.

The next reopening stage is expected to take effect two weeks after 70 per cent of Albertans 12 and up have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. As of Wednesday, 67.2 per cent of Albertans in this category had one dose, and 15.7 per cent had two.

Casino Volunteer Requested

Hello everyone.

As you have heard, the casinos will likely be opening in Phase 2.

The Alberta 5 Pin Association was bumped several times for their event, but we have now been given the dates of June 16 and 17.

This is a short turn-around time, but it was this or the July long weekend!

We will be at Pure Calgary (Casino Calgary) off Barlow Trail in the North East need a total of 10 volunteers per day, and I am just waiting to confirm the volunteer times.

If nothing has changed, we would be looking for:

  • Day Shift: 1 Chip Runner, 1 Cashier, 1 Banker Time: Noon until 6:00 pm
  • Night Shift: 1 Chip Runner, 1 Cashier, 1 Banker and four people in the evening for the count room. Time: 6:00 pm to closing (3:00 am)

I will be confirming the times and numbers of volunteers with our Gaming Advisor, but I am pretty confident that this part of the restrictions will not change at this time.

I know that this is short notice, but if you can help, please contact me as soon as possible.

Maria Wood

New Historical Photos – Black and White Shots

We have added about 250 new pictures to the website in the Wall of Fame section of the Open and Youth Challenge.

Here are some of the newest ones

Do you have pictures of a winning team from a competition found on our website?

If so compare your picture with what we have (or don’t have) and if yours is a better picture, please send them to or Tim Wiseman

When submitting a picture, please

  • Check that we don’t already have it on the site
  • Identify the event,
  • The season,
  • Members of the team shown from
    • back row to front row
    • listing bowlers from left to right
  • include coaches/manager names if you have them

Provincial Update – February 23, 2021

Alberta 5 Pin Bowlers Association

Ph: (403) 320-2695 – Fax: (403) 320-2676 – Email:
432 – 14th Street South – LETHBRIDGE, AB T1J 2X7

February 22, 2021

The Executive and the Board of Directors of the Alberta 5 Pin Bowlers’ Association held our February meeting on Feb 20th.

There was considerable discussion and dialogue as we had to decide how to figure out the remaining 2020/2021 season with the restructuring and cancellations of the National Events.

For the 2020/2021 season, we have made the following changes to our schedule for Provincial events:

Read more

Jennifer Smith – Canadian Hall of Fame Member

Distinguished Alberta bowler Jennifer Smith has been named to the 2021 Canadian Hall of Fame induction, scheduled for June 5, 2021.

Also selected were the following.

  • Builder – Ernie Roggie – Ontario
  • Player – Fraser Hambly – Ontario
  • Player – Terry Blake – Newfoundland/Labrador

Congratulations to all inductees.

Julie Kind – Lifetime Member

Julie Kind

At the recent meetings of the association Julie Kind was honoured with a Lifetime Membership.

Julie has been an Open bowler, coach, league and zone executive, provincial tournament chair and has been the A5PBA provincial secretary since 2006

Congratulations Julie.

To see Julie’s full resume as well as seeing our other life members