USBC announces plans to address coaching activity issues


    USBC Coaching

    USBC continues to offer global opportunities to other FIQ member federations

    2006USBCBobMaki.jpg In response to feedback indicating a shortage of coaches actively teaching in bowling centers and the absence of tools to measure the activity level of coaches, Director of United States Bowling Congress Coaching Bob Maki (pictured) has announced this action plan:

    1. USBC's entry level coach training program, known as Level I, will go online on in August 2007.
    • No in-person Level I classes will be offered after December 2007.

    2. USBC's intermediate level coach training program, known as the Bronze level, will undergo a complete review.
    • Basic components will be placed online on by March 2008.
    • Regionally accredited USBC Coaching training sites with certified instructors will conduct hands-on sessions with coaches to increase video analysis skills and hands-on coaching skills beginning in June 2008.
    • By moving the classroom components online, coaches who are interested in actively coaching bowlers will receive more hands-on training.

    3. USBC's advanced level coach training program, known as the Silver level, will undergo a complete review.
    • Components will go online by July 2008.
    • Regionally accredited USBC Coaching training centers and instructors will begin conducting hands-on sessions by July 2008.
    • The primary goal will be to better prepare high-level coaches for the demands of the marketplace.

    4. In an effort to grow and improve the sport, USBC will implement effective measurement tools and assist in actively placing coaches in bowling centers. As a result, bowlers who receive coaching and instruction will be more likely to stay in the sport longer.
    • A system to measure the activity level of Bronze, Silver and Gold coaches will be established by July 2008.
    • Proprietors will play a key role as USBC plans to establish an online program which will enable them to log in and sign off on a coach's activity level at the bowling center. "We understand that many coaches give lessons and/or run clinics in multiple centers," Maki said. "We will provide for multiple sign-offs."
    • This system will provide a valuable measuring stick for USBC to determine the impact coaching is having at the center level.
    • USBC will place greater emphasis on customer service to bowling centers and their coaches, assisting centers in finding coaches who want to provide instruction in their centers. Staff realignment will occur as USBC transitions its coaching program while continuing to conduct normal, day-to-day operations. Proactive customer service will begin in August 2007.

    5. The Strike Ten Entertainment Skill Center program will be of great value to USBC Coaching since job opportunities will be created for active, talented coaches. USBC is in regular communication with Skills Center Director Kelly Bednar and values his contributions, so coaches trained by USBC Coaching can be strong candidates for opportunities in Skills Center programs. "We also see bowling centers that participate in Skills Center programs as logical candidates for our regionally accredited USBC Coaching training centers," Maki said.

    6. USBC continues to offer global opportunities to other Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) member federations looking to improve their national team coaches and athletes. Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno, USBC Coaching's teaching ambassador in the Philippines, continues to do an outstanding job teaching USBC Coaching programs. Additional teaching ambassadors will be added in the next year.

    7. With more high school athletes bowling in competition, coaches need additional tools to help them coach during competition. A practice and competition package available to all high school and collegiate coaches will be introduced at the coaching summit in Orlando in June 2008.

    "We have an aggressive plan to execute, but once it is accomplished it will allow us to measure results and identify coaches who are contributing to the growth of our sport," Maki said.