Márcio Vieira ends long draught for Brazilian coaches



    Holds first Bronze level clinic in Rio de Janeiro since 2003

    2009MarcioVieira.jpgUSBC Silver coach Márcio Vieira (pictured left), founder and first president of the Rio de Janeiro Bowling Federation and the Brazilian Bowling Federation (CBBOL), has completed the first Bronze Certification Seminar held by a Brazilian coach. It was a "long winter" for Brazilian coaches since the last clinic was held by former Team USA head coach Fred Borden back in 2003.

    Vieira, a long-time Brazilian national team member, who has won more than 30 medals in South American Games along with 5 national titles and a Masters Gold in 2002, had selected seven students for his first bronze clinic.

     "This clinic was not an open event," stated Vieira. "The class was composed by two rising young stars, Bruno Bonder and John O'Donnel, who bowled in the World Youth Championships in Germany, Karla Redig from the CBBOL staff, former national team member Léa Castro, Rio de Janeiro Bowling Federation President Danilo Rocha, Paulo Feijó, CBBOL founder member and the Technical Director of the Rio Federation, and my wife Lúcia Vieira, also a former national team member who helped our women's team in the past four South American Games, These people have a big influence in Brazil’s bowling.

    L-R John, Danilo, Paulo and Bruno (back row) and Lúcia, Karla, Léa (seated) and Márcio (far right). Click on the image to enlarge it.

    2009VieiraBronzeClinicBrazil1.jpgMárcio Vieira and the class worked together for four days and did a little bit more than necessary to pass the bronze level course. The clinic focused on coaching fundamentals and covered:

    Nov 11 - Level I
    Dec 11 - Physical Game, Pedagogy
    Dec 12 - Lane Play, Equipment
    Dec 14 - Mental Game, Giving a Lesson

    Vieira was one of the 21 international coaches, who received their USBC Silver Coach certification during an exclusive International Coach/Instructor Training hosted by the United States Bowling Congress in February 2008 in the former headquarter in Milwaukee, Wis.

    The class went through an extensive coaching program featuring USBC Silver Coaching Certification by USBC gold coach and master instructor Rod Ross, USBC Bronze Instructor training by USBC's Rich Williams, David Garber and Bill Monce and the introduction of exclusive new coaching technologies developed by USBC by USBC Technical Director Neil Stremmel and USBC Research Engineer Paul Ridenour.

    This USBC Silver Coaching Certification allows them to teach Bronze coaching conferences and certify new USBC coaches in their home countries and regions.

    Vieira's seminar is part of the USBC effort to create an international coach training program and bolster the strength of federations within bowling's world governing body, the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ).

    As part of that international strategy, USBC also plans to develop more online coach training with the overall goal to expand USBC's reach globally through information and education. All this is in line with the continued efforts of USBC to secure a spot for the sport of bowling in the Olympics.