Coaching/pro shop summit concludes


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    USBCCoachingLogo.jpg Bowling coaches, pro shop operators and proprietors from around the world learned and networked at the 2007 USBC Coaches Summit and International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association Educational Conference which concluded its two-day run today at Mandalay Bay.

    Several leading bowling industry figures presented a host of seminars offering strategies to help coaches, pro shop operators and proprietors improve their own businesses and foster effective relationships between the three key groups in the sport of bowling. Approximately 50 seminars, coaching certification courses, pro shop training and lane certification workshops comprised the event, which is run in conjunction with the annual bowling trade show International Bowl Expo June 27-28 at Mandalay Bay.

    USBC coaches Bobbi Boutwell and Eddie Tang believed the event was a valuable experience.

    "I learned a lot of techniques I can use with my kids," said Boutwell, a USBC Bronze coach and head coach of the Barry Goldwater High School bowling team in Glendale, Ariz. "I'm excited about starting my own business of coaching clinics and coaching individuals one on one. I am excited about going back and talking to bowling center proprietors and starting businesses to coach in their bowling centers."

    Tang, a USBC Silver coach with Club 300 Pro Shop and Training Center in British Columbia, Canada, has attended this event five times. This year he was particularly impressed with USBC Gold coach Rod Ross' seminar about coaching two-handed bowlers, a new trend in the sport.

    "Everybody knows that technology is changing the game," Tang said. "The future is with the kids. We are seeing how much this game is changing. No one even taught the two-handed delivery before. We've got to think about those (new trends)."

    Ross' seminar on the innovative technique was one of the conference highlights. Entitled "Coaching Today's Advanced High End Player," the June 25 presentation gave attendees a glimpse of where the sport of bowling is headed as two-handed bowlers become more prominent and coaches will need to learn how to coach them.

    Ross, USBC Junior Team USA head coach, showed video of several elite bowlers such as Australia's Jason Belmonte, 2006 men's World Cup champion Osku Palermaa and USBC Team USA's Cassidy Schaub who use both hands to swing the ball by their side, called a two-handed approach and delivery. This technique allows bowlers to generate many more revolutions and faster ball speed than traditional one-handed players.

    It's an emerging trend among young athletes in the sport of bowling that many say is as revolutionary as the Fosbury Flop was to high jump or the two-handed backhand was to tennis.

    "I think you're going to see a huge explosion in this style," Ross said. "I don't think we should shrug this off."

    Traditional ways of targeting with boards and arrows are increasingly being replaced by bowlers thinking about the overall shape of their shots with more bowling by feel. Ross urged coaches to take the lead from other sports like golf and learn to use video analysis with their students. Most of all, he urged coaches to be open-minded when it comes to coaching young bowlers with alternative styles.

    "It's about rolling a ball down a lane, knocking down 10 pins and doing it again," Ross said. "When it comes to the advanced level, throw the textbook away. They're teaching us how to bowl. Our job is to help them along."

    Highlights of other coaching seminars included:

    Mr. 300 shares his Coaching Tips and Strategies for Building Relationships with Proprietors.
    Bob Learn, Jr., a USBC coach, USBC Proprietor Relations Specialist and professional bowler nicknamed "Mr. 300" provided strategies for working better with bowling center proprietors, including utilizing the USBC Bowl Like The Pros program.

    Build Your Coaching Business with Clinics and Camps.
    Former USBC Team USA head coach Fred Borden and Director of USBC Coaching Bob Maki offered tips for growing a coaching business by running effective camps and clinics.

    USBC Coaching adds to family USBC.
    Coaching added to its family of certified coaches this week. A total of 191 coaches successfully completed USBC Level I, Bronze and Silver certification courses held before the Summit in Las Vegas. In addition, 24 USBC coaches attended the USBC Athlete Development Drills program June 24 at Texas Station in Las Vegas.