Since High School Bowling is just beginning to be recognized as a serious competitive sport in the high schools, there are very few experienced school staff members trained to either instruct or coach bowling. It is the intent of all high school programs across the country to provide the necessary personnel to the schools to fill this need. Currently certified volunteers from local bowling centers, pro shops and membership organizations are being utilized. It is recommended that coaches be trained and certified by any of the many programs available throughout the country. Some of the programs include, but are not limited to the areas outlined below.
USBC Coaching Certification
If you're a high school bowling coach, you should earn certification through the USBC Coaching program, which consists of a series of online and in-person courses that will professionally train and certify you to teach the sport of bowling. USBC recommends that you get certified at least through USBC Level Oneand ideally the Bronze level.
Fundamentals of Team Coaching
This new USBC program focuses on giving you the basic skills needed to successfully coach and motivate your high school athletes. Included in this package are coaching drills that teach fundamentals such as a loose arm swing, timing, choosing the correct equipment and adjusting to lane conditions.
Athlete Development Drills
This program is designed for high school coaches and contains 29 drills that teach proper techniques in areas such as release, balance, arm swing, timing and more. The kit consists of a manual and DVD. Participants in an on-lane clinic receive the kit plus approximately four hours of instruction on how to execute the drills.
Video Coaching Series
Use this new USBC program to learn proper coaching techniques through compelling videos featuring top USBC certified coaches.Designed specifically for high school and collegiate coaches, this compilation will give you the skills you need to make a winning season on and off the lanes for your high school bowlers.
Other programs recommended for USBC high school bowling coaches
- Dick Ritger Academy
- National Federation of High School Sports coaching and first aid training
(USBC recommends but does not have an affiliation with or information about availability of these programs)