Foreign coaches look to USBC to develop competitive bowling programs


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    21 coaches from 16 countries receive USBC Silver Level Coach Certification

     Throughout the years, the perception of bowling in the United States has been mixed - sport vs. recreation. However, in several foreign countries, there is no doubt bowling is treated and respected as a sport.

    This week, some of the best  international coaches have visited United States Bowling Congress Headquarters in suburban Milwaukee for an International Coach/Instructor Training seminar, which concludes on Saturday.

    21 coaches from 16 countries received their USBC Silver Coach certification Friday evening out of the hands of USBC Chief Operating Officer and World Tenpin Bowling Association president, Kevin Dornberger.

    The picture shows the new silver level coaches with some of their instructors:

    L-R Front row: Foong Tak Meng, Malaysia; David Garber, USBC; Neill Stremmel, USBC; Sandy Lowe, Canada; Andrew Frawley, Australia; Paeng Nepomuceno, Philippines; Jason Belmonte, Australia.

    Middle row: Cassidy Schaub, United States; Rod Ross, USBC; Kim Eui Young, Korea; Ernesto Avila, Mexico; Juliano Olivera, Brazil; Marcio Viera, Brazil; Erik Garder, Norway; Christer Backe, Sweden; Holloway Cheah, Malaysia.

    Back row: Pedro Merani, Argentina; Kazuhide Shimoji, Japan; William Woo, Singapore Steve Innins, England; Thomas Tybl, Austria; Andres Gomez, Colombia; Daniel Falconi, Mexico; Magnus Johnsson, Sweden.

    Click on the image to enlarge it.

    2008ISCWilliamWoo.jpg According to Singapore national team coach William Woo (right), bowling is not only treated as a sport in Asia, in some countries such as Korea, Malaysia and Singapore it is one of the most popular. As a result, the training of bowlers is not unlike that of other Olympic sports.

    "For example, Korean national team members train six to eight hours a day, six times per week when preparing for a national championship," Woo said. "Moreover in many Asian countries, bowlers are treated as full-time athletes with training both on the lanes and in the gym. It's a total package."

    The International Coach/Instructor Training 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 bodies, the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) and the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA).

    The newly trained coaches 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.

    Even though there is the recreational perception here in the U.S., foreign countries still look to USBC and other U.S. bowling companies for their knowledge and expertise to assist in the development of their bowling programs.

    MagnusJohnson.jpg "In only 10 years, I have seen tremendous development in countries that have put effort into learning," said legendary former Sweden national team coach Magnus Johnson (left). "We are lucky in Sweden where bowling has always been treated as a sport and the majority of the population views it that way as well."

    The five-day event, portions of which are being conducted inside the eight-lane USBC Testing Facility, features a Silver coach certification program with USBC Gold coach, Master Instructor and Junior Team USA head coach Rod Ross followed by a Bronze Instructor session, where the attending coaches are learning how to teach the USBC Bronze certification conference and certify coaches in their home countries.

    Coaches in attendance also are gaining insight to exclusive new coaching technologies being developed by USBC.

    With more coaches in place to develop elite athletes, it may only be a short time before bowling enjoys the status it currently does in Asia throughout the world.

    2008ISCErnestoAvila.jpg "If we are planning to grow the sport and gain the respect it deserves, USBC is taking the step in the right direction," said Mexico's Ernesto Avila (right), who won a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games. "This program will spread bowling knowledge all over the world and that will help create bowling heroes in each region or country."

    The USBC Coaching program, which professionally trains and certifies coaches to teach the sport of bowling, currently has tremendous respect as it is the only coaching program for bowling recognized by the United States Olympic Committee. As part of its international strategy, USBC is developing more online coach training with the overall goal to expand USBC's reach globally through information and education.

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