USBC Youth


YES partners with Bowl4Life for additional coaching seminars

2016YESLogo_small.jpgThe Youth Education Services (YES) and Chuck Gardner Bowl4Life Scholarship Foundation will team to support additional USA Bowling Coaching seminars throughout the United States. The YES initiative started in 2010 and USA Bowling was the first program financed by the YES Fund. The USA Bowling Coaching seminars, operated by the IBC Youth Development team, are designed to teach basic bowling coaching skills to youth coaches, volunteers or parents of children involved in the sport.

USBC Coaching


Passion driving bowling development in Saudi Arabia

By Matt Cannizzaro and Christian Seaborn, USBC Communications

2016USBCCoachingSaudiArabia_small.jpg Led by seasoned bowling coach, Rick Benoit of Topeka, Kansas, a group of Saudi Arabia's most talented bowlers traveled more than 9,000 miles to participate in the 2016 USBC Open Championships. Benoit and part of the group were among the 93 attendees at the three-day World Bowling Coach Conference that kicked off May 6 and brought representatives from 15 countries to the International Training and Research Center, part of the International Bowling Campus, in Arlington, Texas.

USBC Coaching


USBC Coaching signs agreement with Japan Bowling Congress

2016USBCCoachingJPBATesting_small.jpg Stephen Padilla, Director of Coaching Certification and Development for the United States Bowling Congress, recently had the opportunity to travel to Japan to conduct the first Level I and Bronze certification coaching classes for the Japanese Professional Bowling Association (JPBA). Following the classes, USBC Coaching signed an international agreement with the Japan Bowling Congress to host future coaching certification classes.



Paeng Nepomuceno named coach of Philippine bowling team

Republished courtesy of Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star; March 22, 2016)

USBCGoldCoachPaengNepomuceno_small.jpgPaeng Nepomuceno, the only bowler in history to win the World Cup four times, has been tasked to put the Philippines back on the right lane. The Philippine Bowling Congress has announced the appointment of the great bowler as head coach of the national team. Nepomuceno's contract, according to PBC executive vice president Steve Robles, has been forwarded to the Philippine Sports Commission for approval. There shouldn't be any problem with the PSC giving its stamp of approval.



Ohio's Joyce Latham named USBC Youth Volunteer of the Year

2016USBCYouthVolunteeroftheYearJoyceLatham_small.jpg Joyce Latham of Columbus, Ohio, who became a bowling coach more than 20 years ago, has been selected to receive the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Youth Volunteer of the Year Award. The prestigious national award recognizes an adult volunteer who has displayed outstanding efforts to foster, organize and promote youth bowling at the local, state and/or national levels. Latham will receive an expenses-paid trip to the USBC Convention, scheduled for April 26-29 in Las Vegas, where she will be presented the award.



2016 World Bowling Coach Conference set for May at ITRC

2016WorldBowlingCoachConferenceLogo_small.jpgThe World Bowling Coach Conference will return to the International Training and Research Center (ITRC) in May, bringing together coaches from around the world for an educational conference on the sport of bowling. In conjunction with World Bowling, the world governing body for the sport of bowling, the ITRC staff will host the three-day conference from May 6-8 in Arlington, Texas.



Heather D'Errico to join Kegel Training Center Staff for 2016

2016BowlFitHeatherDErrico_small.jpg The Kegel Training Center has announced the addition of Heather D'Errico, founder of BowlFit, as an advisory staff member. D'Errico will be making appearances at events at the Training Center to give seminars on mobility, injury prevention, functional strength training, and conditioning as it pertains to the sport of bowling. D'Errico obtained a Master's degree in Exercise Science while assistant coaching for the bowling team and interning with the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Central Missouri.

USBC Youth


Floridian Allen Solomon is 2016 David Dahms Coach of the Year Award recipient

2016DavidDahmsCoachoftheYearAllenSolomon_small.jpg Allen Solomon of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, who has been the youth director at Beach Bowl for 27 years, has been selected to receive the 2016 David Dahms Coach of the Year Award. The David Dahms Coach of the Year Award recognizes a United States Bowling Congress-certified coach who has been actively involved in a USBC Youth program and has demonstrated outstanding commitment to coaching, sportsmanship and knowledge of USBC Youth rules.



How to get the most from your bowling lesson

Republished courtesy of The Inside Line, a Kegel Publication (May 29, 2015)

20150529TheInsideLine_small.jpg At one time or another, many bowlers have considered taking lessons to improve their skills and take their game to the next level. If you are going to invest time and money into your training, it is important to understand how you can get the most benefit from your lesson. In this article, Kegel's Rick Wiltse will discuss how you can choose the type of lesson that is best for you and what to bring to your lesson.

ETBF Coaching


3rd iCoach ETBF International Coaching Conference to be held in September 2015

Kuortane High Performance Training Center, Finland (Sept. 18-20, 2015)

2013ETBFiCoachClassRoom_small.jpgThe 3rd iCoach ETBF International Coaching Conference by KEGEL will take place at Kuortane High Performance Training Center on September 18-20, 2015 in Kuortane, Finland. The ETBF Educational Committee invites all coaches to join the conference to get the latest information about coaching, sports science, psychology, coaching methodology and coaching tools in this unique gathering for bowling coaches. Registration for iCoach 2015 and its side events is open.

IBMA Awards


IBMA to honor Gordon Vadakin with Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award

200910WSUGordonVadakin_small.jpgA man who has achieved success both on and off the lanes but who perhaps is best recognized as one of bowling's top coaches, is the recipient of this year's International Bowling Media Association Alberta E. Crowe Meritorious Service Award. Gordon Vadakin (pictured), who has made his mark in bowling as an athlete, instructor, coach, and even an entertainer of sorts, is being honored for his outstanding long-term accomplishments in and for the sport of bowling. The award will be presented during International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas.

USBC Coaching


Peter Somoff, Mike Dias earn USBC Coaching Gold certification

Addition of Somoff and Dias brings the list of active Gold coaches to 21

2015USBCGoldCoachPeterSomoff_small.jpg2015USBCGoldCoachMikeDias_small.jpgBowling coaches Peter Somoff (l.) of Tacoma, Washington, and Mike Dias (r.) of Lafayette, Colorado, have received USBC Gold certification and are ready to use their knowledge and experience to help others excel. The two have showcased their skills and expertise in the field and in front of a panel of experts, and each will receive the Fred Borden USBC Gold Coach Award for successfully completing USBC Coaching's Gold certification program.



Nepomuceno concludes USBC Silver Certification Seminar in Manila, Philippines

20141019SilverSeminarManila_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Gold-level coach, instructor and international ambassador Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno has concluded a Silver certification seminar from October 17-19 at Paeng's Midtown Bowl at Ermita, Manila, Philippines. It was the third coaching seminar conducted by Nepomuceno so far this year. The current group of Silver-level coaches (pictured) either earned Bronze-level coaching validation through Paeng a few years ago or in last year's seminar.



Michelle Mullen releases second edition of Bowling Fundamentals on June 10th

Book release comes along with mini eBook on 'How to Pick Up Spares'; pre-orders to benefit Bowl-4-animal charities

2014BowlingFundamentals2ndEdition_small.jpg 2014HowToPickUpSpares_small.jpg A passion for writing and coaching has come together in the June 10th release of Bowling Fundamentals - Second Edition (Human Kinetics, 2014) by former women's professional bowler Michelle Mullen along with a mini eBook on 'How to Pick Up Spares'. Mullen is a four-time pro champion, including one major title, a former Team USA coach and a USBC Gold Coach, with a background in biomechanics and sports psychology. Her passion is to coach, more than it is to bowl herself.

USBC Coaching


Team USA assistant coach Bryan O'Keefe earns gold status

2014USBCGoldCoachBryanOKeefe_small.jpg Bryan O'Keefe, a Team USA assistant coach since 2010, recently was awarded Gold-level coach status by the USBC Coaching Certification and Development department. O'Keefe, 39, is the Facility Manager of the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, where he teaches bowlers and supervises the ITRC pro shop in addition to working with Team USA and Junior Team USA players. USBC Gold is the highest level of certification a bowling coach can achieve, similar to obtaining a doctorate in a field of study.



Inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference concludes in Arlington, Texas

Paeng Nepomuceno becomes the 25th active USBC Gold coach and the first from Asia


After three days of seminars and discussions featuring the top bowling coaches in the world, the inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference came to a close at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday. The conference was held in conjunction with World Bowling, the world governing body for the sport. The conference drew nearly 100 coaches, including 15 of the 24 active USBC Gold coaches, and 28 countries were represented.



Tenpin Bowling Australia partners with USBC on Coaching Program

2014TBAUSBCCoaching_small.jpgTenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) has announce its partnership with the United States Bowling Congress to provide programs to train and certify bowling coaches. The USBC Coaching Certification and Development programs provide coaches of all levels with the materials necessary to give them the best opportunities for coaching. Certification programs teach current and aspiring bowling coaches the skills necessary to build a strong coaching career.



World Bowling Coach Conference is underway


The inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference kicked off at the International Training and Research Center and top coaches from throughout the world will be in Arlington through the weekend to take part in seminars and discussions. The conference is being held in conjunction with World Bowling (the World Tenpin Bowling Association), the world governing body for the sport. The ITRC staff, led by Team USA head coach Rod Ross, is hosting the educational conference.

USBC Caching


ITRC to conduct, host World Bowling Coach Conference

2014WBCConferenceLogo_small.jpg 2013BowlingITRCLogo_small.jpgThe International Training and Research Center will conduct and host the World Bowling Coach Conference next month, bringing together some of the greatest coaches in the sport. In conjunction with the World Tenpin Bowling Association, the world governing body for the sport, the ITRC staff will host the educational conference on March 28-30.



Public invited to submit coaching material for Global Coaching System

2014WBCConferenceLogo_small.jpg The International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, will host the inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference from March 28-30 and one key topic for discussion will be the establishment of a Global Coaching System. Over the past few months, the World Tenpin Bowling Association was solicited feedback on the coaching certification programs that exist at the federation level. Now, WTBA is seeking feedback from all coaches on their training systems.

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