First International Silver Certification Seminar is underway in Milwaukee


    USBC Coaching

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

    2008ISCWelcomeScreen.jpg On Tuesday morning, Feb. 12 at 7.15 a.m. CST, some of the world's best coaches and players met in the lobby of the Wyndham Milwaukee Airport hotel in Wisconsin to get ready for the first International Silver Certification Seminar at United States Bowling Congress Headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis.

    21 notable names from 16 countries representing all the three FIQ/WTBA zone - Asia, America and Europe - were invited by the USBC Coaching department to join the world's most exclusive coaching seminar:

     Andres Gomez, Colombia; Andrew Frawley, Australia; Cassidy Schaub, United States; Christer Backe, Sweden; Daniel Falconi, Mexico; Erik Garder, Norway; Ernesto Avila, Mexico; Foong Tak Meng, Malaysia; Holloway Cheah, Malaysia; Jason Belmonte, Australia; Juliano Olivera, Brazil; Kazuhide Shimoji, Japan; Kim Eui Young, Korea; Magnus Johnsson, Sweden; Marcio Vieira, Brazil; Paeng Nepomuceno, Philippines; Pedro Merani, Argentina; Sandy Lowe, Canada; Steve Innins, England; Thomas Tybl, Austria; William Woo, Singapore.

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    For many of the participants, especially those from Asia and Australia, the temperature in Milwaukee (-20) is about 50 (fifty) degrees Celsius colder than at home in Sydney, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. Milwaukee has seen a lot of snow (the picture above shows the arrival at USBC HQ) in the past weeks and looks more like a ski resort than the home of the United States Bowling Congress.

     USBC COO Kevin Dornberger (in the front in the yellow shirt), who is also the president of the World Tenpin Bowling Association, welcomed the class in the seminar room in front of more than 100 USBC staff members and introducing every participant personally.

    "The vision of this project is for more coaches and athletes to get the vital bowling information that they need, delivered from reputable international coaches," Dornberger once again stated.

    Developing elite athletes throughout the world is crucial to the sport's future. Having knowledgeable coaches in place throughout the world is an important step in developing the future champions in bowling."

    2008USBCRodRoss.jpg The five-day event will be conducted in conference room 4 at the USBC Headquarter and inside the eight-lane USBC Testing Facility.

    The training seminar will feature a silver coach certification program with USBC gold coach, master instructor and Junior Team USA head coach Rod Ross (pictured right) followed by a bronze instructor session with Rich Williams, master instructor for the bronze level program, and David Garber, High Performance Director Team USA, where the attending coaches will learn how to teach the USBC Bronze certification conference and certify coaches in their home countries.

     This seminar is a continuation of USBC's effort to assist in the creation of an international coach training program and enhance the strength of federations within bowling's world governing body, the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ).

    The newly trained coaches (pictured left) will certify USBC coaches in their home countries and regions who in turn will develop more high-level bowlers. Those athletes will increase the level of bowling competition around the world, which will help reach the ultimate goal of securing a place for bowling in the Olympic Games.

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    International Silver Certification Seminar at a glance

    Tuesday, Feb. 12
    7:45 AM - 8:20 AM Catered Breakfast
    8:30 AM - 9 AM Meet & Greet with USBC Staff
    9 AM - Noon Silver Coach Training
    Noon - 1:30 PM Lunch
    1:30 PM - 6 PM Silver Coach Training

    Wednesday, Feb. 13
    7 AM - 9 AM Bowl Practice
    9 AM - Noon Silver Coach Training
    Noon - 1:30 PM Lunch
    1:30 PM - 6 PM Silver Coach Training

    Thursday, Feb. 14
    7 AM - 9 AM Bowl Practice
    9 AM - Noon Bronze Instructor
    Noon - 1:30 PM Lunch
    1:30 PM - 6 PM Bronze Instructor
    9 AM - Noon Silver Instructor Training
    Noon - 1:30 PM Lunch
    1:30 PM - 6 PM Silver Instructor Training

    Friday, Feb. 15
    7 AM - 9 AM Bowl Practice
    9 AM - Noon Equipment Specs - Bio mechanics, grip/foot pressure analysis
    Noon - 1 PM Lunch
    1 PM - 5 PM Equipment Specs

    Saturday, Feb. 16
    9 AM - Noon Debrief
    Noon - 3 PM Lunch & Free Time
    6 PM - ? Closing Dinner and Packing

    Sunday, Feb. 17
    Depart -- All Day


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