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Lane pattern changes for ITC, ISC in 2014

Jason Overstreet
USBC Communications
Published: October 30, 2013 | Bowl.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - The 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships will feature a key change designed to enhance the competition as the lane pattern used for the event will not be disclosed to players or coaches prior to play. This enhancement will be implemented in partnership with the bowling tournament service provider H2M Management.

H2M Management will develop the competition pattern confidentially and provide lane maintenance for the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team and Singles Championships as well as sectional qualifying events. Historically, lane patterns have been shared the night before the event or at the players meeting. In 2014, the first ball thrown in practice at the competition will be the first look at what's on the lane. No information, including length or volume, will be disclosed until after the event.   

"The athletes and coaches will simply need to let their ball be their guide throughout the competition," International Bowling Campus Managing Director of Youth Development Chad Murphy said. "Sharing the pattern in advance provides so much strategic information about length and volume that it gives a roadmap of where to play and ball selection.

"Collegiate championships should be won based on shot making and the ability to read ball reaction rather than looking at a graph. The athlete's skill and coach's collaboration on strategy adjustments will play a more central role in determining outcomes."

An additional change includes adjusting the team championships final from a best two-out-of-three format to best three-out-of-five. Also new for 2014, H2M Management will create separate patterns for men's and women's divisions for both the team and singles championships.

"We are looking forward to the H2M Management team creating patterns that are true tests of skill and believe a longer finals format will help the top team rise," Murphy said. "H2M Management is a new company, but their respected team has a long history in the sport making them a great partner for an objective pattern development and delivery."

Indianapolis based H2M Management is a bowling services company with an ownership group that includes former Professional Bowlers Association Lane Maintenance Director Nick Hoagland, former PBA touring pro Steve Harman, and local Indianapolis tournament organizer Dylan Murphy.

"We are honored to be a partner in the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Championships and couldn't be more excited to dedicate our passion to this pinnacle event for youth bowling." H2M Management Director of Business Affairs Nick Hoagland said. "Our mission is to provide objective, consistent and transparent services that help elevate the integrity of events for our sport making this partnership a perfect fit."

For more information on the XBowling Intercollegiate Championships, visit BOWL.com/Collegiate.

For more information on H2M Management, visit h2mmanagement.com or H2M Management on Facebook.

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