Las Vegas to host 2006 Coaching/Pro Shop Summit


    United States

    'The Phantom' Nicholson to deliver keynote address

    Great learning and networking opportunities will abound this year at the 2006 International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association (IBPSIA) International Educational Conference and Bowling Coaches Summit to be held June 25-27 in Las Vegas.

    The annual event returns to the Texas Station hotel-casino complex and promises to present valuable coaching and bowling knowledge from a group of top-rate speakers and seminars for coaches at all levels.

    Coaches can advance their certification levels with Level I, Bronze and Silver courses. And, new for 2006, the USBC Athlete Development Drills, aimed primarily at high school and college coaches, will debut.
    2003IFGLennyNicholson.jpg This cooperative summit - organized by United States Bowling Congress Coaching, USBC College, USBC High School, IBPSIA and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) - is for adult, youth, high school and collegiate coaches and pro shop operators who want to learn from some of the most recognized and respected leaders in the bowling industry.

    Leading the list of speakers will be Len Nicholson, who will deliver the keynote address June 25. A former director of lane maintenance for the Professional Bowlers Association, Nicholson is host of "The Phantom" weekly internet radio talk show.

    "This year's lineup of speakers features a variety of new topics," said Director of USBC Coaching Bob Maki. "And of course there will be plenty of chances to network."

    2005WCJeriEdwards.jpgAmong the other scheduled speakers are Team USA Head Coach Jeri Edwards (pictured), noted sports psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz, USBC certified coaches Del Warren and Mo Pinel, industry experts and members of the USBC Coaching staff.

    "We would love to see more high school coaches attend this event," Maki said. "The Summit is ideal for this group. Since most are off in the summer, this gives them the opportunity to take in the Summit and also earn their Level I certification if they haven't already."

    Registrants pay only $185 by signing up prior to May 27. After that date, registration is $199. Fees include entrance into the Bowl Expo trade show June 28-29 (a $99 value), courtesy of the BPAA. The 900-booth exhibit trade show will feature the latest in bowling and coaching products and services.

    Registration also includes two receptions, two lunches and one breakfast courtesy of sponsors Ebonite, USBC, Columbia/Track/AMF 300, Brunswick and Storm/Roto Grip/Dyno-Thane.