USBC unveils Online Bowling Coaching Course

    10/18/07

    USBC Coaching

    USBCCoachingLogo.jpg Prospective bowling coaches may now earn their certification with the United States Bowling Congress right at their computers. Those wishing to teach new and lower level bowlers can complete USBC's introductory level coaching course - called Level One - online on bowl.com.

    USBC Coaching has created text and video for the Level One online course that will take about three to five hours to complete. The course, which costs $60, allows students to advance through the material at their own pace, stopping and starting the course at any point.

    The course includes an exam for each lesson and six exams focusing on developing a "coach's eye." The exams are graded online and once a student has successfully passed the course he or she can immediately print a validation certificate.

    Until now, aspiring USBC coaches traveled to in-person Level I certification classes in various locations around the country.

    2006USBCBobMaki.jpg "This is an exciting opportunity for volunteer coaches who have been unable to attend an in-person class," said Director of USBC Coaching Bob Maki (pictured).

    "Online training technology has evolved to the point where coaches can receive a high quality, comprehensive experience that will equip them to teach beginning bowlers. Taking the course online allows coaches greater flexibility to complete the course at their own pace."

    Topics covered in the online Level One course include: facility and equipment; safety awareness and etiquette; coaching the youth athlete; physical game development; strikes and spares; and mental game basics.

    Since on-lane instruction is impossible for an online course, students are shown specific drills to enhance their coach's eye. Coaching students are then encouraged to go to their local bowling centers and practice the drills.

    In-person Level I classes will continue to be held until Jan. 1, 2008, when Level I will transition to being available only online. USBC's intermediate level coach training program - known as the Bronze level - will be modified and basic components will be placed online on bowl.com by March 2008. USBC's advanced level coaching course - the Silver level - will be reviewed and will be available online by July 2008.

    The USBC Coaching Program - the only coaching program for bowling recognized by the United States Olympic Committee - offers four primary levels of certification: Level One, Bronze, Silver and Gold.

    The prerequisite for attending the Bronze class is successful completion of the USBC Coaching Level One course or past Young American Bowling Alliance Level I certification. Bronze certification must be completed as a prerequisite to participation in the Silver conference.

    The finest instructors in the United States teach the USBC Coaching certification conferences, which train and certify coaches to teach the sport of bowling. The seminars also provide opportunities to learn from and network with these renowned instructors.