Coaching on the Web
By Patrick Brettingen USBC Communications
Bowling lessons are now as close as a personal computer thanks to a new Web site created by three top United States Bowling Congress certified coaches.
MyBowlingCoach.com is a Web-based, personalized coaching program offering 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week access to world-class bowling instruction from leading USBC coaches and top professional and amateur bowlers. From any computer with broadband Internet access, bowlers can watch streaming instructional videos, print out personal- ized lesson plans, take interactive quiz- zes and more.
In cooperation with USBC, the innovative site was created and launched by three of the world's most respected bowling coaches, USBC-certified Gold level coaches Jeri Edwards, Fred Borden and Ron Hatfield. Edwards is the current USBC Team USA head coach. Borden is a former USBC Team USA head coach and founder of the USBC Coaching (formerly USA Bowling) certification pro- gram. Hatfield is a former USBC Junior Team USA assistant coach, head coach of the highly-regarded Westerville South (Ohio) High School bowling team and three-year captain of the Ohio State Uni- versity bowling team.
"It's like having your own certified coach inside your computer," said Edwards, a former Ladies Professional Bowlers Tour champion. "Even if you don't have a coach nearby, you can have your own private coach right at your fingertips online through your computer."
In addition to Edwards, Borden and Hat- field, USBC Sport Bowling spokesperson and top professional bowler Chris Bar- nes currently is featured in the online lessons. Other top coaches and amateur and professional bowlers expected to be added to the online teaching lineup in- clude: USBC Youth spokesperson, nine- time USBC Team USA member and 2006 U.S. Amateur champion Diandra Asbaty; former professional bowler Anne Marie Duggan; and top amateur bowler Bill Hoffman.
Future plans call for incorporating lesson content dealing with the USBC Sport Bowling program, Edwards said.
Perspective From the President
Welcome to the new season! As I ascended up the line in administration it was always with great humility that I assumed the new office, wanting to do as well as those before me and hopefully, leaving it better. Being President of the California Bowling Writers is an office I accept with excitement and challenge. Our board is full of talent and creativ- ity and full of enthusiasm which makes it easy to get in over our head with ambitious projects – which we always manage to pull off successfully. This is the excitement I remember when I first came onto the California WBA board – a constant challenge – nothing too large to tackle and always learning. Our enthusiasm helps us find ways to do things and not reasons not to do them. We welcome the more experienced on our board who keep us in balance and good leadership has allowed us to grow.
Once again, we have exciting plans. With the mass transition to USBC and many new leaders, as well as disenfranchised leaders, we will aim at keeping California bowlers “connected” through our InfoLink and website and CBW events. The CBW board over- whelmingly approved to continue our charity endeavor of sending phone cards to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We will make every effort to keep our website current and interesting, and I urge members to help us in recognizing those who promote bowling through our media recognition program. We invite members to send their stories to our website and to the Bowling News and Bowing World and enter your work in our Profile and Golden Quill contests. Bowling News and Bowling World welcome any story from our CBW writers.
They say bowling is a sport you can do for a lifetime. So is writing! There is a story around every corner and readers like to read about the pulse of our sport – the people and their experiences. Writing well takes work and we are also here to help and will gladly edit anything you wish to send us. Remember, anyone can write, but not every- one can write well. This is something you learn by doing over and over again.
Contest information is on our website www.calbowlingwriters.org and any informa- tion desired may be obtained by contacting any one of our board members.
President Agnes Duffy has been enlightening. She has knowledge and the ability to foresee challenges and “know how” that doesn’t quit. She is indeed a special person who keeps her finger on everything. My thanks for her leadership.
You’ll be hearing from us.
Mary Lynly, CBW President