Bowling Combine celebrates fifth year at International Training and Research Center


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    2014BowlingCombineLogo.jpgThe Bowling Combine for College Prospects celebrated its fifth year by welcoming more than 100 student-athletes to the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, this week.

    The Bowling Combine was developed to bring together youth bowlers who want to compete at the collegiate level and college coaches looking for talented bowlers for their program.

    The program, which started Tuesday and will conclude Saturday, put student-athletes through a variety of on- and off-lane drills to help assess their strengths and weaknesses and provided them with an objective analysis of their abilities, including a Performance Evaluation Test (P.E.T.) score. The P.E.T. score can be used to compare not only those at this year's Bowling Combine, but from previous years.

    The evaluation includes sport-specific skills like finding a student-athlete's release tilt and revolutions per minute numbers, tracking spare proficiency and the ability to manage breakpoints and repeat shots with the state-of-the-art tools used at the ITRC. Players also are put through activities like the vertical jump and an endurance test to determine their overall athleticism.

    Rachael Berg of Phoenix attended the Bowling Combine for the first time as she prepares for her senior year of high school. The 16-year-old enjoyed the opportunity to put some of the technology available at the ITRC to work during her on-lane drills as well as be able to sit down with several of the nearly 25 collegiate programs in attendance.

    2015BowlingCombine2.jpg"I really enjoyed being able to go on the lanes with all of the technology here, and am interested in getting my report back because we went through all of these drills that really made us work hard," Berg said.

    "It's nice to sit down with the coaches because I get the chance to see what they think of me, and I get to learn more about them, their school and their program. You don't always get all of the facts online or through emails, but here you get everything face-to-face and know what they have to offer."

    Wyatt Clark of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, also made his first visit to the Bowling Combine and was drawn in by the chance get his name out there as he prepares for his senior year.

    "Just being able get my name out there with all of the college coaches here is what drew me in," said Clark, 17. "I also like having the opportunity to work on stuff and see how I compare to the other bowlers."

    The University of Alabama-Birmingham women's program will relaunch in the 2016-2017 season, and head coach Michelle Crews used the Bowling Combine as a way kick start her recruiting process.

    "We'll be back competing in the fall of 2016, so coming here was a great opportunity to look at that specific class and keep an eye on them during this next year," Crews said.

    "We're able to get so much important data about a player here. You can watch the players and see what you like about their game, but then to be able to compare their potential to the numbers is exciting."

    The Bowling Combine is open to domestic and international students who have collegiate eligibility remaining and have completed at least their freshman year in high school. Student-athletes must apply and get selected in order to attend the Bowling Combine, which has sold out in each of its five years.


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