The best bowling coaches in the world are invited to the International Training and Research Center (ITRC) next March to take part in the inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference.
In conjunction with World Bowling (the World Tenpin Bowling Association), the world governing body for the sport, the ITRC staff will host the educational conference on March 28-30, 2014. One key topic for discussion will be the establishment of a Global Coaching System. A task force of coaches has been working with World Bowling to review international coaching programs and curriculum.
"We have seen encouraging growth for our sport in many parts of the world and identifying credible coaching programs is an important part of continuing that growth," WTBA President and CEO Kevin Dornberger said. "There are several excellent coaching certification and rating programs in different regions of the world, but no common system to compare credentials. This conference will be a great opportunity for the best coaches in the world to exchange ideas and discuss the concept of worldwide coaching standards."
World Bowling has three zones for bowling - American, Asian and European - and more than 110 member federations. The conference will have presentations from nationally-recognized coaches from each zone as well as ITRC coaches.
The Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON), Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) and the European Bowling Federation (ETBF), along with the United States Bowling Congress and Kegel, a leading company in the industry, are supporting the start of a World Bowling Coach Conference.
"A key mission of the ITRC is to be a resource for all bowling coaches and federations so we are eager to be a partner in the World Bowling Coach Conference concept," said Rod Ross, director of the ITRC and head coach of Team USA. "The sport will benefit from a regular gathering of coaches to discuss best practices and consider international principals for certifying coaches."
In addition to the top coaches who will present at the conference, any international or domestic coach is invited to attend the inaugural World Bowling Coach Conference.
Registration for the conference as well as fee and schedule details will be available on the ITRC website (BowlingITRC.com) by Dec. 1.
About International Bowling Campus: The International Bowling Campus (IBC) is the headquarters for the bowling industry and directly serves the more than 71 million bowlers in the United States. The IBC houses the resources of the United States Bowling Congress, the governing body and membership organization for the sport; the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, representing the business interests of bowling centers; Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm for the industry; the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame; The Bowling Foundation; the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association; the International Bowling Media Association; the Bowling News Network; the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America; and the International Training and Research Center.