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Bowling Combine set for Aug. 6-10

Terry Bigham
USBC Communications
Published: January 31, 2013 | Bowl.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Bowling Combine for College Prospects has been a popular program for youth bowlers and collegiate coaches, filling to capacity in each of its first two years.

Applications for the 2013 Bowling Combine, which will take place Aug. 6-10 at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, now are being accepted, and another full house is expected. The program was developed to bring together youth bowlers, who want to compete at the collegiate level, and college coaches, who are looking for talented bowlers for their programs.

Combine InsideAt the Bowling Combine, the Team USA coaching staff evaluates the student-athletes using the state-of-the-art tools at the ITRC. Some of the skills evaluated include shot repeatability analysis, release ratio, spare proficiency, breakpoint management, vertical leap, and balance test.

Bowlers receive an objective analysis of their skills, including a Performance Evaluation Test (P.E.T.) score. The P.E.T. score not only can be used to compare all student-athletes who have attended a Bowling Combine, but the P.E.T score can be used to compare bowlers of all skills levels who have gone through the evaluation process at the ITRC, including Team USA players such as Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones and Kelly Kulick.

"The bowlers have told us the evaluation process is a great experience, and they leave knowing their strengths and weaknesses," said Rod Ross, ITRC and Team USA Head Coach. "They also have the opportunity to meet with college coaches and learn what coaches expect from their collegiate bowlers."

Student-athletes who have collegiate eligibility remaining, and have completed at least their sophomore year in high school, can submit an application. Space is limited, and the application deadline is May 12.

Bowlers who attend will receive a recruiting kit that includes video shots, bowler variables measured and a detailed report of personal data collected at the Bowling Combine.

Coaches attending the Bowling Combine will receive an evaluation of each bowler and will have the opportunity for one-on-one contact with prospective student-athletes. Coaches must register and attend to receive the evaluations.

Athletes and college coaches interested in the Bowling Combine can visit BOWL.com/combine or bowlingitrc.com for more information and to register.

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