May 19, 2019

ITRC to Host 2nd World Bowling Coach Conference

The World Bowling Coach Conference will return to the International Training and Research Center (ITRC) in May, bringing together coaches from around the world for an educational conference on the sport of bowling.

In conjunction with World Bowling, the world governing body for the sport of bowling, the ITRC staff will host the three-day conference from May 6-8 in Arlington, Texas.

The ITRC staff also hosted the first World Bowling Coach Conference in 2014, which featured nearly 100 coaches representing 28 countries.

2013ETBFiCoachRodRoss.jpgThis year’s conference will include presentations from 16 of the best bowling minds from across the globe, including Team USA head coach Rod Ross, European Tenpin Bowling Federation lead instructor Juha Maja and Team USA sports psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz.

“We’re honored and excited to host such an incredible panel featuring some of the top minds in the sport,” said Ross (pictured left), one of six United States Bowling Congress Gold coaches scheduled to be among the presenters. “This conference will give coaches a chance to learn, discuss and apply the necessary tools to continue to build a future for the sport.”

Topics that will be presented during the conference include detailed looks into ball motion, the physical and mental game, strategies for team play and the latest advances in coaching.

Coaches in attendance will get an in-depth look at the technology housed at the ITRC and how it is applied to coaching, including biomechanical motion analysis.

As part of the conference, participants will get the opportunity to see how bowling balls, pins, lanes and more are tested prior to becoming approved for USBC-certified competition as well as the chance to see the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications department’s Enhanced Automated Robotic Launcher – E.A.R.L. – in action.

The ITRC is part of the International Bowling Campus and conference attendees will have the opportunity to visit the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame as part of the three-day experience. The conference will conclude May 8 with an open-panel discussion with the presenters.

Registration for the World Bowling Coach Conference is open, and interested coaches are encouraged to register as soon as possible at WorldBowlingCoach.com since space is limited.

Denmark National Team trains at the ITRC

With the top training tools and evaluation systems in the world, the International Training and Research Center has attracted national teams from across the globe. Now one of Europe’s leading bowling programs has joined the growing list of nations using the ITRC as a temporary training home.

While Denmark might be the reigning men’s and women’s European team champion, both teams decided to make the trip to Arlington to see if they might discover that extra edge before they attempt to defend their titles this summer. They are the first European team to train at the ITRC.

“We’re trying to be better, of course,” Denmark coach Christer Backe said. “The reason we came here is I believe they have the best facilities in the world. I’m really looking forward to seeing how things work and how they measure everything and we’ll have something we can take away.”

 

 

Last summer, Denmark topped Finland to claim the Men’s European Championships team title and Denmark won the five-player team competition at the 2010 Women’s European Championships.

The women will look to defend their title in June while the men will look to do the same in August.

“It’s quite an honor to have a team of this caliber come over here,” Team USA head coach Rod Ross said. “They are getting ready for the championships this year. It’s great they have decided to come over here and see how we are doing things and let us help them.”

Ross said the training will not stop for the Denmark teams once they leave the ITRC.

“We’re able to give them plans for their players when they go back to help develop them and continue their growth,” Ross said. “This trip is not just about this week, but actually about the next six months to a year for the players.”

Several national teams have trained at the ITRC, including the Dominican Republic, Chile and Singapore. Following its training session, the Dominican Republic had its best performance at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games with three gold medals and one bronze medal.

“I want to get a better flow in my game, be more consistent and get a little more knowledge about the game,” said Mik Stampe, who was on the team that won the European title. “We’re just trying to get more consistent.”

The ITRC has some of the most innovative and cutting-edge coaching technologies available in the bowling industry today, including high-speed video cameras, motion-capture devices, foot-pressure sensors and goggles enhanced with cameras to show exactly where a player is looking during the approach and delivery. A DVR system also is in place and can record any video feed to let a bowler see what they did on their last shot as soon as they step off the lane.

The ITRC also is the home training center for Team USA and Junior Team USA.

National Teams Find Success After Training At ITRC

Before finding unprecedented success at major international events this summer, several teams spent quality time training at the International Training and Research Center.

Teams from the Dominican Republic and Singapore found success in major events after training at the ITRC, located at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington. The ITRC is the home training center for Team USA, and both the Team USA men and Junior Team USA squads trained at the ITRC before successful campaigns at world championship events.

“The staff at the International Bowling Campus would like to congratulate all the teams that visited the ITRC on their great success,” United States Bowling Congress Managing Director of National Governing Body Neil Stremmel said. “We hope that more teams will visit the ITRC to take advantage of the unmatched technology and training opportunities.”

The Dominican Republic had its best performance ever at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, taking three gold medals and one bronze medal.

Upon returning home from the event, Dominican Republic head coach Craig Woodhouse said the team was greeted at the airport by two television stations and 100-plus people waving Dominican flags.

“The experience at the ITRC was absolutely a part of our success,” Woodhouse said. “Team bonding and information gathering was the focus of our week at the ITRC. I have never seen our players work together as well as they did in Puerto Rico. Truly when a medal was won, the entire group felt they were all a part of it. An attitude change was very noticeable and our trip to Texas did that.”

Team USA’s training at the ITRC helped its men’s team to a record-setting performance at the 2010 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Men’s Championships in Munich, Germany, as the squad brought home five gold medals in six events, the most by any country in the history of the event.

Junior Team USA, meanwhile, earned two gold medals and three silver medals at the 2010 WTBA World Youth Championships in Helsinki, Finland, marking the best performance for the U.S. youth team in the event since 2004.

“Having access to the training center enabled our players to be better prepared to compete in these events,” ITRC and Team USA head coach Rod Ross said. “The technology we have allowed us to achieve results in a shorter timeframe and give immediate feedback to the players while they were training.”

More than two months after training at the ITRC, Woodhouse said his Dominican Republic team is still reaping the benefits of the trip and utilizing information the team gathered.

“All the technical equipment at the ITRC provided me with tons of information, and that’s what I’m working with now,” Woodhouse said. “So the ITRC is still having an effect on our team even after the tournament is over and several months have passed. It was a great investment and we definitely would love to do it again.”

The Singapore women’s national team visited the ITRC for a week between the USBC Queens and U.S. Women’s Open. The team had three players advance to match play at the U.S. Women’s Open, and at the World Youth Championships in Helsinki the Singaporeans took home two silver medals and a bronze medal.

Another team is hoping its trip to the ITRC will pay off at a major international tournament. The women’s national team from Chile visited the ITRC this week in advance of the 2010 Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships, which begin Monday in suburban Las Vegas.

“I was here back in February for a WTBA technical meeting, and I was fascinated by the size of this place and everything it offered,” Chile head coach Jim Porter said. “The location is easy to get to and the dedicated staff are second to none. It’s a golden opportunity, and I plan to come back with our men’s team next year.”

The ITRC is home to some of the most innovative and cutting-edge coaching technologies available in the bowling industry today, including high-speed video cameras, motion-capture devices, foot-pressure sensors and goggles enhanced with cameras to show exactly where a player is looking during the approach and delivery. A DVR system also is in place and can record any video feed to let a bowler see what they did on their last shot as soon as they step off the lane.

Other technology includes Computer-Aided Tracking System, known as C.A.T.S. which consists of a series of sensors placed along the lane that measure aspects of a bowler’s game such as ball speed, accuracy, launch angle, and break-point control. CA.T.S. is combined with BowlersMAP, which breaks down video of the players, to give the athletes a real-time look at their game.

A United States Olympic Committee-recognized training center, the ITRC is a joint venture of the United States Bowling Congress and the Bowling Proprietors Association of America. It is the most innovative and advanced training, research and testing facility in the sport of bowling with 14 lanes for training and six for research and testing.

Lucas Wiseman
USBC Communications