The good news for area scratch bowlers is that the two groups have just three dates where their tournaments conflict in 2010-11.
The difficulty always has been that CWSBT operator Dale Hackbart's work schedule forces him to run his tourneys on Saturdays. The MAST board of directors stepped up and tried hard to avoid CWSBT Saturdays this upcoming season, ending up with Oct. 23, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11 as the only conflicting dates.
One other potential conflict is between the MBA Masters and the CWSBT event on Feb. 5, as the day before the Super Bowl was the date of the Masters last season.
The CWSBT, which set several entry records last year and has Track and Columbia on board as sponsors for 2010-11, again will offer Sport Bowling patterns almost exclusively, while the MAST is embracing the new United States Bowling Congress' color lane pattern program.
Only two regular MAST tourneys are not on USBC color patterns, since house shots are considered Red patterns. No condition has been specified yet for the Year-End tournament, which always has been on house conditions even though roughly half the MAST events have been on non-house shots in recent years.
In general, Red patterns are equivalent to a typical wet/dry house shot, White patterns to a more blended house shot, and Blue patterns to the Kegel Challenge patterns -- one step softer than Sport patterns.
The 2010 MBA Masters at Bowling Green and last year's MAST event at Bowling Green used a USBC Blue pattern. My blog on the Masters is here.
One key to remember is that with any lane pattern, lane surface plays a huge part in how it plays. With Bowling Green's older wood lanes, that meant a tough condition and low scores, whereas I know of other Blue pattern events on synthetic lanes that were relatively high scoring.
There is not one pattern for each color; instead, there are multiple patterns for White and Blue, with modifications based on factors such as lane surface and machine. A center's standard house shot is considered the Red pattern, and all house patterns that are not Blue or White are considered Red by default.
Overall, I would expect conditions to be the softest they've been in recent years for the MAST. My reasoning is based on USBC Blue patterns playing softer than Sport and Kegel patterns and the modified house shots we've seen, and the USBC White patterns playing softer than most house (Red) shots we've seen.
That last statement is something many bowlers don't understand, but it was proven in the PBA Tour tournament that used color patterns last season where scores were higher on White than on Red.
And the principal was proven dramatically in the Badgerland 300 event at Dream Lanes in May 2008, when the center's typical extreme wet/dry house shot was "toughened" with some oil being applied outside the middle of the lane. The result was a "blended" wall shot that produced a less extreme -- and therefore easier to control -- ball reaction than an extreme wet/dry shot, along with huge scores and a $10,000 perfect game by Corey Schmidt.
Here is a link to the very detailed 2010-11 MAST schedule. The season starts Sept. 12 at Badger Bowl and ends April 9-10 at Dream Lanes.
I don't have a link for the 2010-11 CWSBT schedule so I'm just posting it.
Sept. 11 -- North Star Lanes, Antigo
Sept. 25 -- 5 Star Lanes, Plover
Oct. 16 -- Badger Elite, Weston Lanes, Weston
Oct. 17 -- Couples, Weston Lanes, Weston
Oct. 23 -- Pro Bowl Lanes, Green Bay
Nov. 13 -- Skipp's Bowling Center, Stevens Point
Dec. 4 -- Point Bowl, Stevens Point
Dec. 11 -- Age Divisions, Weston Lanes Weston
Jan. 8 -- Super Bowl, Appleton
Jan. 29 -- Doubles, Coral Lanes, Rothschild
Feb. 5 -- Weston Lanes, Weston