USBC Coaching


Coaches gain experience in athlete development drills course

Ball fitting course a success

20080623USBCDrillsCourse1_small.jpg April Treichel knows that a good bowling coach never stops learning. So the USBC Silver coach and bowling coach at Cambridge/Isanti (Minn.) High School made the trip to Orlando, Fla., for the USBC Coaches Summit and in particular, the Athlete Development Drills class. USBC coach and instructor Rich Williams, left, led the Athlete Development Drills course June 22 at AMF Sky Lanes in Orlando, Fla. The course features 29 different drills that focus on the idea that the foundation of a bowler's technique is achieving a loose arm swing.

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Teresa Ross to join USBC Coaching staff

Junior Team USA assistant to focus on strategies for coaching female bowlers

USBCCoachTeresaRoss_small.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has announced that Junior Team USA assistant coach Teresa Ross will join the organization's Coaching department. The highly accomplished USBC Silver coach based in Manteca, Calif., will join USBC Coaching after the headquarters moves its facility to Arlington, Texas, in the coming months. Plans call for Ross to focus on researching and helping develop specific approaches to coaching female bowlers to help their performance.

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Rod Ross named head coach of USBC International Training Center

USBCRodRossITCHeadCoach_small.jpg Rod Ross, one of the most respected and innovative coaches in the sport of bowling, has been named the first head coach of the United States Bowling Congress International Training Center that will be constructed at the national governing body's new headquarters facility in Arlington, Texas. Ross, 52, is the current head coach of Junior Team USA - the national youth amateur bowling team - and one of just 30 bowling coaches in the world certified at the USBC Gold level, the organization's highest. Groundbreaking for the facility is expected in late summer, with the building expected to be completed by June 2009.




USBC Coaching certifies 34 bowling coaches in Thailand

By Patrick Brettingen, USBC Communications

2008THAseminar3_small.jpg Continuing to pursue its goal of advancing the sport of bowling worldwide, the United States Bowling Congress certified 34 new Level I and Bronze coaches in Thailand. The Level I and Bronze certification conference was held May 21-24 at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Bangkok, site of the upcoming 2008 Men's World Championships in August. Coaches from Thailand, Jordan and Hong Kong attended the seminar with the assistance of the Thai Tenpin Bowling Congress.

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Better bowling through science By Patrick Brettingen

Republished courtesy of US Bowler (Summer 2008)

USBCBetterBowling2_small.jpg USBCBetterBowling1_small.jpg Maybe it's not exactly a $6 million man, but research engineers at USBC have been busy lately developing new digital technology in the biomechanics field that can ultimately help bowlers of all skill levels knock down more pins. Elaborate networks of cameras, sensors and computers measure pressure points and exact movements of a bowler's body during the approach and delivery. The idea is that bowling coaches – like coaches in other sports who use biomechanics technology to improve performance -- soon will employ these high tech gizmos to identify and correct problem areas in a bowler's technique.



Gomez calls first USBC Bronze Coaching Certification seminar in Spanish in South America a complete success

20080518GomezBronzeLevelClinic1_small.jpg USBC Silver Level Coach Andres Gomez, Colombia, has conducted the first USBC Bronze Coaching Certification seminar in Spanish in South America from May 16-18, 2008 at Cosmic Bowling Center in Quito, Ecuador "More than 30 people participated in the clinic," Gomez told Bowlingdigital. "It was a complete success. They were all approved the Level I and II courses. Three coaches, Fabian Barriga, Xavier Pesantez and Mauricio Proano, were certified as USBC Bronze Coaches." For his next seminar, Gomez, a long-time member of the Colombia national team, will return to his home country.

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USBC develops 'motion capture' system for bowling

MotionCaptureDanielFalconi_small.jpg MotionCaptureJasonBelmonte_small.jpg Continuing to emphasize the important role that technology will have in growing the sport of bowling, the United States Bowling Congress has developed a system that measures and displays the exact movements of a bowler's body during the approach and delivery. The USBC has patented this sophisticated biomechanics technology, which is called "motion capture." The futuristic-looking system is the first of its kind in the sport of bowling and is expected to be available in the new USBC training facility where it will be used to identify and correct problems with bowlers' techniques in a more comprehensive manner.



Dick Ritger selected as first Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame inductee

Group of Coaching Trailblazers also recognized

2008BPAALogo.jpg Renowned bowling coach Dick Ritger has been selected as the first-ever inductee of the new Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame, recognizing superior coaching contributions to the sport. After days of application reviews and hours of discussion and voting, the Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame committee, comprised of chairman Jimmy Sturm, BPAA president-elect, Dave Garber - USBC co-director of coaching; Susie Minshew - IBPSIA past-president; Bob Rea - bowling coach/consultant (Bob Rea & Associates); Kelly Bednar - director of the STE Skills Center; and bowling writers Dick Evans and Jim Goodwin, the committee settled on Mr. Ritger.



Two firsts for Paeng Nepomuceno

USBCSIlverLevelseminarMay2008_small.jpg 4-time World Cup Champion and USBC International Ambassador for Bowling Paeng Nepomuceno (on the right) just concluded the first USBC Silver Coaching Accreditation Seminar in Manila, Philippines, the first time a silver coaching seminar has been conducted outside the United States. Another first for Paeng was that he conducted three seminars - Level One, Bronze Level and Silver Level - one after the other. Nepomuceno's training is part of the USBC effort to create an international coach training program and bolster the strength of  federations within the FIQ.



First USBC Bronze Coaching Certification seminar in South America to be held in Ecuador

2008EBT05AndresGomez_small.jpg USBC Silver Coach, and Storm Staffer Andres Gomez, Colombia, has announced that he will lead the first USBC Bronze Coaching Certification seminar in South America in Quito, Ecuador from May 16-18, 2008 at Cosmic Bowling Center (Avenida 6 de Diciembre y Naciones Unidas, Quicentro Shopping). According to Gomez, the first USBC Bronze Coaching Certification seminar in South America is an intermediate level of training and certification designed for individuals wanting to increase their coaching skills, as well as learning how to read the lanes and adjust to transition



'Paeng' certifies new USBC coaches in Philippines

20080505PaengUSBCBronzeSeminarPHI_small.jpg Seven new coaches have been certified at the USBC Bronze level following a recent conference in the Philippines led by USBC Coach/Instructor and world champion bowler Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno. It was the first USBC Level I and Bronze seminar taught this year by Nepomuceno, a USBC Level I and Bronze Instructor who teaches Level I and Bronze classes in the Philippines and Asia. The coaches he trains and certifies through the USBC program will in turn develop bowlers in that region.



Asbaty to host bowling clinic, exhibition in Singapore

2008USBCSilverCoachDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg Diandra Asbaty, one of the world's best female bowlers, will share her knowledge of the sport with bowlers in Southeast Asia when she hosts a bowling clinic and exhibition in June in Singapore. Asbaty, a 10-time United States Bowling Congress Team USA member and a USBC Silver coach, will lead the event titled "Kaizen by diandra: The World Academy" scheduled for June 1-2 at Orchid Bowl @ SAFRA Tampines. Asbaty's clinic, sponsored by Brunswick, will coincide with the 41st Singapore International Open May 22-31.

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Detroit's Aleta Sill elected to National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame

2008AletaSill_small.jpg Aleta Sill, the first woman bowler to crack the million-dollar mark in professional earnings and a member of Detroit's "Dream Team" of all-time sports greats, just added another honor to an already sterling resume. The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer will be the 110th inductee, and only the seventh woman, to enter the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame June 12. Sill will join the likes of long-time Detroit Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell, football great Mike Ditka and 34-time LPGA titlist Betsy King as a result of her on-lane accomplishments.

Industry News


Ebonite International creates new coaching, bowler development program under the Powerhouse® brand

Industry Veteran Brian Chilcutt to lead initiative

2008EboniteBrianChilcutt_small.jpg Ebonite International has announced that the company has restructured the Powerhouse® brand in order to put additional resources behind bowling coaching and bowler development programs. Veteran coach and pro shop operator, Brian Chilcutt (pictured), has accepted this new position with the Powerhouse™ brand. In that capacity, he will oversee the company's bowling and bowler development initiatives as well as the Powerhouse™ Pro Shop Equipment and Pro Shop Training Clinic businesses.



Nepomuceno conducts first Silver Coach Seminar outside the U.S.

Level 1, Bronze and Silver Level seminars to be held at Paeng's Midtown Bowl May 2-7

2008ISCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno will conduct United States Bowling Congress Level 1, Bronze Level and Silver Level Coaching Accreditation Seminars in conjunction with the 6th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge at Paeng's Midtown Bowl in Manila. The tournament which promises to have many participants from Asia and overseas, runs from May 7-13, 2008. "I am looking forward to conducting the seminars, especially since this will be the first time that a USBC Silver Level Coaching Accreditation Seminar will be given outside of the United States," said Nepomuceno.

Breaking News


USBC develops new biomechanics technology for bowling

Grip and foot pressure systems expected to have big impact on coaching, pro shops

2008USBCGPSJasonBelmonte_small.jpg 2008USBCFPSAndrewFrawley_small.jpg Measuring pressure on specific points of the human body is becoming a new and growing focus for bowling coaching and training. The United States Bowling Congress has now developed advanced technology that can measure grip and foot pressure to improve the collection of motion data throughout a bowler's approach.



USBC's Neil Stremmel named National Governing Body VP

2006USBCNeilStremmel.jpg United States Bowling Congress Chief Operating Officer Kevin Dornberger announced that USBC Technical Director Neil Stremmel has been named as Vice President - National Governing Body. In his new role, Stremmel will oversee USBC operations in equipment specifications, Team USA, USBC Coaching, USBC Sport Bowling, USBC High School, USBC Collegiate and rules. The position of Technical Director will not be immediately filled. USBC is one of 45 National Governing Bodies recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.

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Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame nominations also accepted

The new Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame task force announced today that nominations are also being accepted for any bowling coaches who are considered viable candidates for induction consideration. Nominees or representatives for that nominee may complete and return the Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame application to the Strike Ten Entertainment (STE) Skills Center in Arlington, Texas by the April 15th deadline.



Paeng's new gig - The Game of my Life By Bill Velasco

Republished courtesy of The Philippine Star - Manila, Philippines (Feb. 16, 2008)

2008ISCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpg Four-time World Cup champion bowler Paeng Nepomuceno has been absent from the local bowling scene in recent months. It's not because he's been on vacation. The world record-holder for the most number of international tournaments won is now playing on a bigger stage, and it begins at the United States Bowling Congress in snow-covered Greendale, Wisconsin. Nepomuceno is a member of the first batch of United States Bowling Congress (USBC) coaches from outside the continental United States. He is currently taking a Silver certification course which ends on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).

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International Coach/Instructor Training seminar concludes with the coaches working with students on the lanes

USBC Headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis. (Feb. 12-16, 2008)

2008ISCCoaches@OlympicLanes_small.jpgThe International Coach/Instructor Training seminar hosted by the United States Bowling Congress concluded on Saturday with the coaches working with students on the lanes at Olympic Lanes, a local bowling center in Milwaukee, Wis. Within the last five days, 21 coaches went through an extensive coaching program featuring USBC Silver Coaching Certification, USBC Bronze Instructor training and the introduction of exclusive new coaching technologies developed by USBC.

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