USBC CEO: Coaching 'critical' to bowling's future growth


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    Dalkin address one of many highlights on Day 2 of coaching/pro shop summit

    USBCRogerDalkin.jpg Coaching will be a key component to helping the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) in its charge to grow the sport of bowling in the coming years, the USBC Chief Executive Officer said in an address to coaching and pro shop professionals.

    USBC CEO Roger Dalkin opened the second day of the 15th annual International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association International Educational Conference and third annual Bowling Coaches Summit with his speech at the awards breakfast hosted by the USBC at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

    "Coaching is critical. I haven't had the benefit of coaching but I'll make sure that we have coaching," Dalkin said. The USBC and the bowling industry have a great opportunity to make bowling a part of the lives of the next generation, Dalkin said.

    "The next generation of bowlers is crucial," he said. "We want to grow youth bowling because that's the future. Coaching is a key part of that."

    The vast USBC volunteer network, he said, is in the process of shifting from a process-oriented to a service-oriented focus for its customers, and coaches will be among those service providers. "Bowlers are going to be looking for service, the service you'll provide as a coach," Dalkin said.

    Dalkin also touched on other USBC objectives such as branding and protecting the sport's credibility as the National Governing Body, status officially received recently from the United States Olympic Committee.

    We need to place a higher value on coaching," Dalkin said. "The USBC is not against technology. That's the challenge of a National Governing Body, which has to balance the skill of the players against technology."

    After Dalkin's address, USBC Coaching Director Bob Maki gave special recognition to 2004 Developmental Coach of the Year Dave Harris, 2004 National Coach of the Year and Junior Team USA head coach Rod Ross and recent graduate of the USBC Coaching Gold level program Ron Hatfield. H. Kathy Broady was named the Volunteer Coach of the Year.

    Other highlights from the conference's second day included:

    • USBC Coaching Gold level certified coach and University of Central Florida bowling coach Pat Costello led workshops on fund-raising and practice strategies for coaches.
    • Ross presented a seminar about the importance of teaching proper timing in bowling.
    • A high school and collegiate bowling panel discussion featured collegiate coaches Costello, Vincennes (Ind.) University's Gary Sparks, Pikeville College's Ron Damron and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore's Sharon Brummell.
    • Ebonite International Inc.'s Bob Reid led a workshop covering how pro shops can use the Internet to improve their businesses.
    • Dave Symes of Storm Products Inc. gave a presentation on bowling ball core design.

    Sponsored by United States Bowling Congress Coaching, IBPSIA, USBC Collegiate and USBC High School, the event includes a host of informative and exciting seminars and workshops conducted by the sport's experts.

    The IBPSIA/Coaching Summit concludes tomorrow. Top speakers on tap for the final day include:

    • Professional Bowlers Association President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Miller
    • Director of USBC Sport Bowling and former PBA touring pro Steve Wunderlich
    • USBC Coaching Gold coach Susie Minshew