Industry News


Brunswick strikes it big with signing of two world class bowlers

Del Ballard and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard join Brunswick to expand Coaching Program

CarolynDelBallardBrunswick_small.jpg With a strong emphasis on organized coaching, Brunswick Bowling & Billiards – Retail Division has announced the additions of two professional bowlers to its teaching staff. Two-time U.S Open champion Del Ballard will serve as a full-time teaching professional and two-time PWBA Bowler of the Year Carolyn Dorin-Ballard will serve as a teaching representative.

USBC Coaching


International bowling legend 'Paeng' joins forces with USBC as certified coach, ambassador By Patrick Brettingen

USBC Coaching goes global

USBCPaengNepomucenoDaleNiemela_small.jpg Legendary international bowler Rafael Nepomuceno of the Philippines – known simply as Paeng, a six-time world bowling champion who is widely regarded as the greatest international bowler in the sport's history, is teaming up with the United States Bowling Congress to grow and promote the sport around the world as a USBC certified coach and USBC Ambassador.



International Coach Jim Porter talks about coaching challenges in foreign countries By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg Bowling certainly is doing its part in helping reduce the United States' whopping world trade deficit every year. The United States has a monopoly when it comes to shipping and installing bowling equipment, lane machines – balls, lanes, automatic pinsetters, computer scorers -- used by 100-plus nations that field national teams.

USBC Specs


USBC leads the way in bowling technology

By Paul Ridenour, USBC Research Engineer

USBCPrecisionBallThrowerHarry_small.jpg Imagine a future in which a small block inserted into a bowler's thumb hole could enable a coach to tell a bowler his or her precise ball path, initial velocity, entry angle into the pocket, etc. This article will cover the United States Bowling Congress' technological capabilities, thoughts on future areas of technical research and how future scientific understanding can grow bowling knowledge and, with it, the sport itself.

USBC Coaching


Team USA members earn USBC Coaching certifications

2007TeamUSABronzeLevel_small.jpg Seven 2007 Team USA members earned USBC Coaching Level I and Bronze certification during a recent session at USBC Headquarters in Greendale, Wis. Team USA members successfully completing the class were: Brenda Viator, Dan Patterson, Tenelle Milligan, Mark Siders, Marcia Kloempken, John Janawicz and Derek Eoff.

United States


Coaches provide tips for success at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 17 - June 30, 2007)

2007USBCOCBillZuben_small.jpg As a USBC Gold level coach and a past winner at the USBC Open Championships, Bill Zuben of Largo, Fla., has a unique combination of proven success both on and off the lanes. The 60-year-old pro shop owner has logged more than four decades in the bowling industry and always enjoys an opportunity to share some insight about what it takes to prepare for an event like the Open Championships.

USBC Coaching


Three men join ranks of elite bowling coaching group

Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey coaches earn USBC Gold certification

USBCCoachingLogo.jpg The highest level of the USBC Coaching program recently expanded by three, increasing the total membership of this elite Gold group to 29. Brian Chilcutt, Round Lake, Ill., Lou Marquez, St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J., recently earned USBC Coaching Gold level status upon completing comprehensive validation sessions before a USBC Coaching review panel.



USBC selects nominees for United States Olympic Committee Coaching Awards

2006MBCJeriEdwards.jpg Three certified coaches from California, Ohio and New Jersey are the United States Bowling Congress' nominees for U.S Olympic Committee's 2006 Coach of the Year awards. USBC certified coaches Jeri Edwards (left, from Akron, Ohio), Jeffrey Frye (Hackettstown, N.J.) and Teresa Ross (Manteca, Calif.) have been nominated for USOC National Coach of the Year, Volunteer Coach of the Year and Developmental Coach of the Year, respectively.

WBW News


Craig Woodhouse awarded International Coach's Award by World Bowling Writers

By Hazel McLeary, CTF Public Relations Coordinator

2006CotYCraigWoodhouse_small.jpg Craig Woodhouse of St. Catharines, Ontario, has received the 'Tom Kouros Outstanding International Coach Award' presented by the World Bowling Writers. Woodhouse, who is presently coaching in the Dominican Republic, is credited with introducing the concept of two oiling patterns - short and long - which has had a major impact on international competitions. He was inducted into the Canadian Tenpin Federation's Hall of Fame in 2005.

USBC Youth


USBC Youth Volunteer, Coach and Ambassadors of the Year selected

Winners to be presented with awards at USBC Convention in Nashville

USBCYouthLogo.jpg David Koppa, Teresa Wolcott, Erik Galganski and Celina Tolson have been selected as recipients of United States Bowling Congress Youth recognition awards, which for the first time will be presented at the USBC Convention.



Ben Heng bows out on high note By Rajes Paul

Republished courtesy of The Malaysian Star (Dec. 23, 2006)

2006MWCBenHeng_small.jpg Ben Heng scorched the lanes with his best-ever achievements this year. And yesterday, he decided bow out at the top of his game – ending a 10-year bowling career with the national men's team. The 32-year-old is the second senior bowler to end his career on a high note. Azidi Ameran announced his decision before the Asian Games earlier this month.



Vadakin and Marchione elected to USBC Hall of Fame

Amateur standout and coach, bowling pioneer to be inducted at USBC Convention

2007PITGordonVadakin_small.jpgAmateur standout and coach Gordon Vadakin (pictured), and Connie Marchione, a pioneer in expanding bowling opportunities for the deaf, have been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. Vadakin, of Wichita, Kan., and Marchione, of Panorama City, Calif., will be inducted during ceremonies March 30 at the 2007 USBC Convention in Nashville, Tenn., along with any elected from the national ballot which will be mailed to selected writers and officials.

United States


Del Warren joins the Kegel management team

Kegel_HomeOfBowlingSolutions.jpg Lake Wales, Florida based Kegel Company has announced that Del Warren, formerly President of Track International, has agreed to join the Kegel management team. Del's first chore will be Vice President of The Kegel Training and Tournament Center as well as Director of Sport Research.



Walter Ray Williams Jr. now is a coach

Record-holder among PBA stars to earn USBC Coaching certification

Walter Ray Williams WRW.jpg It's a supreme understatement to say that Walter Ray Williams Jr. has a long list of accomplishments on his illustrious bowling resume. But there's another title that Williams has added to his resume without even rolling a bowling ball: USBC-certified coach. Williams and fellow Denny's PBA Tour exempt bowlers Chris Loschetter, Eugene McCune and Jim Pratt successfully completed USBC Coaching Level I and Bronze certification.



USBC Coaching unveils Bowling Drills Kit

Guidebook/DVD package features Diandra Asbaty

USBCCoachingLogo.jpg New for this season, United States Bowling Congress Coaching has introduced the Athlete Development Drills Guidebook, a print and video compilation of skill drills to allow coaches to properly teach bowling fundamentals. This program contains 29 drills that teach proper techniques in areas such as release, balance, arm swing and timing.



Thank goodness for bowling visionaries

By Dick Evans

ColumnistDickEvans_small.jpg It's amazing in this day and age of financial instability that there are still individuals who are willing to risk their money and time to make a bowling event successful. Most of the time they do it out of love for bowling and bowlers.




USBC Coaches launch instructional Bowling Website offers online lessons for all bowlers

USBCCoachingLogo.jpg Bowling lessons are now as close as a personal computer thanks to a new Web site created by three top USBC certified coaches. In cooperation with USBC, was created and launched by three of the world's most respected bowling coaches, USBC-certified Gold level coaches Jeri Edwards, Fred Borden and Ron Hatfield.

World Wide Web


How Fred Borden can become your Bowling Coach

Borden-Edwards_3561.jpg What do bowling coach legend Fred Borden (left), Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards (right), gold-level coach Ron Hatfield and PBA super star Chris Barnes have in common? They can become YOUR bowling coach. What if you could choose one, two or even all of them?

No kidding. It has become reality.



Eric Helmrich awarded 18th Annual Columbia 300's John Jowdy Scholarship for superb work in Classroom and on Bowling Lanes

By Dick Evans

Dick_Evans_5152.jpg After earning his Black Belt at age 9, Eric Helmrich's Mom Susan asked him which indoor sport would he like to try next. "We were living in South Florida and I'm heat intolerant so he had to pick an indoor sport," said Susan from their home in Saint Leonard, Md. Eric picked bowling and was struggling with a 120 average when a coach, James Janoff, spotted him and told Susan that he could add 30 pins to Eric's average with a few minor adjustments.

Bowl Expo


2006 Coaching/Pro Shop Summit concludes

Coaches, pro shop operators from around the world gather to learn, network

The 2006 International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association Educational Conference and Bowling Coaches Summit concluded after a three-day run of seminars led by many of the sport's leading figures. About 300 adult, youth, high school and collegiate coaches, pro shop employees, bowling ball manufacturing representatives and center proprietors from around the world attended the cooperative event at the Texas Station Hotel.

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