16 coaches receive USBC Bronze Level Certification in Leeds



     USBC Silver Coach Steve Innins, England, has completed his first Bronze Certification Seminar in the UK August 3-4, 2008 in Leeds. Innins has booked a seminar room at the Merrion Centre Hotel which is situated right above AMF Bowl Leeds, a 26-laner where part of the instruction took place.

    16 coaches of varying ages and experience from England, Scotland and Germany were in attendance. Some participants were new to coaching and others have several years experience holding coaching qualifications from their home countries national associations.

    The pictures shows the 16 USBC Bronze Level certified coaches with instructor Steve Innins (center, in the blue shirt). Click on the image to enlarge it.

    20080803InninsSeminarLeeds2.jpg "Saturday was a long day, following an 8.30 a.m. start," said Innins (on the left). "Everyone managed to maintain a high level of concentration and seemed to enjoy the depth of content."

    Sunday morning was spent on the lanes, putting the coaches knowledge and skills into practice, coaching the athletes.

    "A very enjoyable morning for all," Innins stated. "A good standard of skills was displayed by all of the coaches and all athletes appeared to gain something from their time spent on the lanes."

    20080803InninsSeminarLeeds4.jpg After a brief lunch the students returned to the classroom and completed the final section of instruction before the start of the exam.

    "By 5 p.m. all of the coaches had completed the exam," Innins said. "I was pleased to announce that no one had failed.

    The Bronze Level Certification seminar focused on coaching fundamentals and covered:
    • Pedagogy of coaching
    • Fine tuning the physical game
    • Lane conditions and adjustments
    • The mental game
    • Components of the bowling ball
    • Dynamics of ball motion
    • Videotaping
    • Video analysis
    • Giving a lesson
    "Not only did I enjoy giving the seminar, I am also very pleased with which the seminar was received, all the feedback has been very positive," Innins said.

    Innins was one of the 21 international coaches, who received their USBC Silver Coach certification during an exclusive International Coach/Instructor Training seminar hosted by the United States Bowling Congress in February 2008.

    The class went through an extensive coaching program featuring USBC Silver Coaching Certification by USBC gold coach, master instructor and Junior Team USA head coach Rod Ross, USBC Bronze Instructor training by USBC's Rich Williams, David Garber and Bill Monce and the introduction of exclusive new coaching technologies developed by USBC by USBC Technical Director Neil Stremmel and USBC Research Engineer Paul Ridenour.

    This USBC Silver Coaching Certification allows them to teach Bronze coaching conferences and certify new USBC coaches in their home countries and regions.

    Innins' seminar is part of the USBC effort to create an international coach training program and bolster the strength of federations within bowling's world governing body, the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ).

    As part of that international strategy, USBC also plans to develop more online coach training with the overall goal to expand USBC's reach globally through information and education. All this is in line with the continued efforts of USBC to secure a spot for the sport of bowling in the Olympics.

    Contact Steve Ininns for further details:
    Phone +44-(0)7960-333969
    Email: sininns@aol.com