Thursday, June 2, 2011

USA Bowling Teaching Kids Instructional Seminars Coming This Summer

The International Bowling Campus (IBC) Youth Development team will facilitate dozens of coaching seminars across the nation later this year designed to teach parents and volunteers basic bowling coaching skills.  The seminars are part of a YES Fund initiative to develop a new mainstream competition model for youth bowling.

The seminars will be open to volunteers from Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA) member centers or United States Bowling Congress (USBC) associations at no cost. Up to three volunteers may represent each center at a coaching seminar. The seminars will feature some of the most respected coaches in the world and are designed for people from all knowledge bases including volunteers with little or no experience teaching kids bowling.

“Our belief and vision is that we can grow the sport simply by teaching the game and developing a volunteer coaching base is paramount in executing that vision,” IBC Director of Youth Development, Chad Murphy said. “With the help of Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and the USBC Coaching team, we have some of the best instructors in the nation onboard to lead these seminars. Now we need parents, association leaders and center managers to take advantage of the opportunity.”

The clinics will be called USA Bowling Teaching Kids Instructional Seminars and will be offered in more than 40 locations starting in August and continuing through October. The seminar curriculum will focus exclusively on how to teach children on the lanes. Topics will include: communicating with children, coaching philosophy, the physical game and basic skill drills. To register, center managers or volunteers can email or call (817) 385-8455.

“These coaching seminars are the foundation for our most significant initiative with the YES Fund,” Murphy said. “Our next step will be providing a fresh approach to leagues with a new team-based league format complete with separate practice time and one coach per team. We plan to formally introduce this promising program at Bowl Expo and USBC Convention in late June.”

The YES Fund is a joint initiative of BPAA and USBC, and is supported by its founding partners Brunswick, Columbia 300, Ebonite, 900 Global, Hammer, QubicaAMF, Roto Grip, Storm and Track.

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