USBC to hold coaching certification course in Spain


    USBC Coaching

    Gold coach from Cyprus will lead Bronze conference in Madrid Aug. 1-3

    2007USBCGoldCostasMitsingas.jpg USBC Gold coach Costas Mitsingas of Cyprus will teach a USBC Bronze coaching certification course Aug. 1-3 at Bowling Chamartin in Madrid, Spain.

    The attending the seminar, which will begin the evening of Friday, Aug. 1 with registration and brief classroom activities, will receive training to prepare them to coach intermediate-level bowlers. The course will develop coaching skills in the four essential areas of bowling, including the physical game, lane play, equipment and the mental game. Videotaping, video analysis and instruction on giving lessons will be covered.

    Mitsingas expects a solid turnout for his seminar, the first USBC coaching certification conference be taught in Spain.

    "I am quite excited about hosting the USBC Bronze coaching seminar," said Mitsingas, who last year became the first person from outside the United States to become certified as a USBC Gold level coach. "I am looking forward to training and certifying a number of USBC Bronze level coaches who can play a part in growing the sport of bowling in Spain."

    Mitsingas, 36, is a former soccer and track star and lifelong bowler, is one of only 30 USBC Gold coaches in the world. He is proficient using Ebonite BowlersMAPT and DigiTraxT, high-tech computer and video analysis software used by top USBC coaches.

    The Madrid seminar is part of USBC's effort to train and certify more bowling coaches around the world. For example, USBC Silver Coach, instructor and Ambassador Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno of the Philippines has certified dozens of coaches in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. In recent months, USBC coach and instructor Andres Gomez of Colombia has certified USBC coaches in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. USBC coaching seminars also have been held in Belgium, Guatemala and Thailand.

    The global initiative is part of the USBC effort to create an international coach training program to grow the sport of bowling worldwide and secure a spot for the sport in the Olympics.

    "My dream is that soon the sport of bowling will be included in the Olympic Games," said Mitsingas. "By using my knowledge to train and certify USBC coaches in this part of the world, I hope to play a role in making that dream become a reality."

    The USBC Coaching Program - the only coaching program for bowling recognized by the United States Olympic Committee - offers four primary levels of certification: Level One, Bronze, Silver and Gold.