Rod Ross – Head Coach
Ross is a USBC Gold coach. He is the head coach for the International Training and Research Center (ITRC) and for Team USA. A United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year, he developed the BowlersMAP and DigiTrax bowling software.
Kim Terrell-Kearney – Assistant Head Coach
Terrell-Kearney is a USBC Silver coach. She is the assistant head coach for the ITRC and for Team USA. A USBC Hall of Famer, she is a two-time U.S. Women's Open champion and a 10-time professional champion.
Bryan O'Keefe – Assistant Coach
O'Keefe is a USBC Silver coach, a Team USA and ITRC assistant coach and is listed among Bowlers Journal International's 100 Top Coaches. He earned first-team All-America honors while helping Nebraska win the national title in 1996.
Nick Bohanan - Sports Performance Specialist
Bohannan is a certifed and liscensed athletic trainer, certified personal trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist. He works closely with Team USA and Junior Team USA on conditioning and injury care.
USBC Junior Team USA consists of 10 boys and 10 girls: Six (6) boys and girls earned spots at the Junior Gold Championships in the previous July. The top two (2) boy and girl finishers in the Team USA Trials will earn automatic spots on Junior Team USA, while two (2) additional boys and girls will be selected by the National Selection Committee from either the Team Trials, or previous year's Junior Gold Championships.
The National Selection Committee is charged with selecting those athletes who are most likely to create the strongest USBC Junior Team USA. It has the latitude to consider any qualifications and criteria that it believes would be helpful in creating the strongest team, such as the following:
Performance, which includes all international competitions, as well as any USBC tournament or certified collegiate bowling tournament within the previous three years;
Physical Game, which includes, but is not limited to, the many physical elements that comprise an athlete's game, such as approach, arm swing, timing, release versatility (changing rotation and lay-down point) and speed control. It also includes, but is not limited to, the ability to play different angles, shoot spares, change equipment and adjust to different lane conditions;
Mental Game, which includes a variety of subjective factors such as coachability, adaptability, practice regimen, ability to stay focused, attitude, commitment, ability to perform under pressure and sportsmanship; and lastly,
Team Play, which includes, but is not limited to, the intangible, but crucial ability to be a positive factor in building rapport, confidence and winning attitude among the team members and coaches.Read More
Replacement Junior Team USA Members
If, during the calendar year, an athlete is unable to continue as a member of USBC Junior Team USA by voluntary choice (resignation), because of injury or ineligibility as defined by international federations rule(s), a replacement shall be named if there are USBC Junior Team USA competitions left in the year as follows: The National Selection Committee shall confer at the time of replacement and name a new at-large member from the pool of athletes who were eligible for such selection at the USBC Team USA Trials.
If you polish your bowling skills to a very high level through USBC leagues, tournaments and coaching, you could earn a spot on USBC's Junior Team USA, an elite group of top American boys and girls who represent the U.S. in international bowling competition.
Junior Team USA competes in several prestigious events all over the world, such as the World Youth Championships, and many others as well. The team is comprised of 10 boys and 10 girls. If you make Junior Team USA, the thrill of representing the United States in international competition can be the experience of your lifetime!
2012 USBC Team USA Trials
January 2-6, 2012
Texas Star Lanes at Texas Station
North Las Vegas, NV
The process for determining Team USA 2012 allows for the selection of the country's top professional bowlers while also granting the opportunity to any United States Bowling Congress member a chance to earn a spot.
Team USA 2012 will consist of a minimum of 10 men and 10 women. Committees will select five men from past Team USA members with in the last 10 years or the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour and five women from a pool of players that includes Team USA members since 2002.
In addition, amateur bowlers and those professionals not selected will have an opportunity to earn a spot by competing in the 2012 USBC Team USA Trials, Jan. 2-6, 2012 at Texas Station in Las Vegas.
The top three men and top three women finishers at the Team USA Trials, open to any USBC member, will each earn an automatic spot on Team USA while the National Selection Committee will pick two additional men and two additional women to join the team.
USBC Youth members may also participate in the Trials and in addition to competing for spots on Team USA, there will be spots on Junior Team USA 2012 up for grabs.
The top two boys and top two girls at the Team USA Trials, who are 20 years old or younger before Jan. 1, 2012, regardless if they are USBC Youth or Adult members, will earn automatic spots on Junior Team USA 2012, while the National Selection Committee will select two additional boys and two additional girls to join the team. The National Selection Committee will select from players who competed in either the Team USA Trials or who advanced to the match play portion of the 2011 USBC Junior Gold Championships, which will be held in July in Las Vegas.Read More
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As stipulated in the NGB Application, the following is to be published in rules for each protected competition and forward to each participant in the Team USA National Championships in advance.
A. Grievance and Due Process Procedures – Protected Competitions. Board authority is outlined in the USBC Bylaws Article X.
B. Grievances Related to Opportunities to Participate.
C. Due Process. Due process will be provided any athlete, coach, trainer, manager, administrator or official filing a grievance regarding his/her opportunity to participate in, or attempt to qualify for selection to participate in a protected competition.
D. Due Process – Procedure. When an athlete, coach, trainer, manager or administrator is charged with a violation, which does not require an immediate decision or a decision in less than twenty (20) days, the following elements of due process will be provided:
E. Due Process – Expedited Procedure. When an athlete, coach, trainer, manager or administrator is charged with a violation, which requires an immediate decision or a decision in less than twenty (20) days, the following elements of due process will be provided:
F. Appeal. Written notice of the appeal procedures will be included with the written decision. Appeals must be filed within ten (10) days of the written-decision date. Appeals will be heard and decided by a USBC Appeals Committee, which has at least 20% athlete representation within thirty (30) days. An athlete has further appeal rights as outlined in the USOC Constitution.
G. Published Procedures. Due process procedures are published for athletes, coaches, trainers, managers, administrators and officials in the following way:
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Participants accumulate points over the course of the year in the events listed on this page. The top 16 men and women will become eligible for the final ranking tournament, which will be held at a date and location to be determined. The top eight men and women from the final ranking tournament will represent the American Zone in the World Ranking Masters.
In 1961, the United States became a member of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs, recognized since 1979 as bowling's worldwide governing body by the International Olympic Committee.
The U.S. made its official international debut in the 1963 FIQ World Championships in Mexico, dominating the competition by winning seven out of a possible eight gold medals.
The U.S. Team Trials—predecessor to the USBC Team USA Trials—began in 1971 and were held every other year until 1985, bringing together top amateur and leading collegiate bowlers to determine competitors in FIQ and other international events.
In 1989, a flourishing U.S. national bowling program necessitated the founding of a national governing body known as the United States Tenpin Bowling Federation, which later changed its name to USA Bowling. Governed by a 12-member board which included three athletes, USA Bowling enjoyed recognition as the sport's governing body in the United States by the U.S. Olympic Committee and the FIQ.
USA Bowling coordinated all amateur international competition promoted by USOC or FIQ and conducted the National Amateur Championships. It also pioneered instruction and coaching programs to help bowlers sharpen their skills.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, two figures became legendary for their efforts to place bowling in the global spotlight – Jerry Koenig and Fred Borden.
In 1987, Jerry Koenig was the guiding force in achieving medal status for bowling in the Pan American Games, serving as administrative coordinator for bowling's participation as an exhibition sport in the Olympic Games in South Korea.
Meanwhile, Fred Borden guided the national amateur team to international prominence as the heart and soul of Team USA.
Among the highlights of Borden's years as Team USA head coach is the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, when Cuban leader Fidel Castro visited the competition as a spectator. Perhaps as an intimidation factor, Castro showed up at the bowling center with his entourage just before the competition. After Patrick Healey Jr. rolled an important strike, Borden turned toward Castro and shook his fist in the air. Team USA won gold medals in the men's and women's team event and Healey captured the men's individual event gold medal.
"We dominated the Pan Am Games that year," Borden said. "Fidel Castro had to salute the American flag. There's nothing more rewarding than seeing your athletes on the medal stand as they're playing the National Anthem."
One student of Borden's who knows something about the medal stand is Diandra Asbaty, a two-time U.S. Amateur champion and 10-time Team USA member generally regarded as one of the best female bowlers in the world. Asbaty won four medals, including the Masters gold medal, at the 2003 World Championships in Malaysia.
"It was Fred Borden's last tournament as our coach and everyone felt that they wanted to pay tribute to him by performing the best we could," Asbaty said. "To me, the biggest tournament in the world is the World Championships and to have such a great showing in a country where bowling is really respected was incredible."
As part of Team USA's history, Borden and Asbaty know first hand how integral coaching was to the success of Team USA and USA Bowling.
Though Borden will be remembered for leading Team USA to success, his name also is synonymous with USA Bowling Coaching (now known as USBC Coaching).
A visionary leader in the bowling industry, Borden developed and authored the USA Bowling Coaching program's core cirriculum, the only bowling coaching program recognized by the United States Olympic Committee. USA Bowling Coaching soon blossomed into a complete program that trains and certifies quality coaches for bowlers of all ages and abilities.
Borden's work greatly improved the pool of competitive bowlers in the United States and continues to have a profound influence across all levels of bowling throughout the world. Several Team USA members are following Borden's example and serve as USBC-certified coaches at different levels. For them, USBC Coaching not only prepares the next level of elite athletes to climb the ranks but also to continue the growth of bowling as a lifetime sport.
In 2006, Borden was by joined by Bill Hoffman and Lynda Barnes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to help train Brazilian coaches and prospective athletes for the 2007 Pan American Games.
"We recognize the Brazil Bowling Confederation's efforts to keep bowling as a sport in the Pan American Games, and we were thrilled to assist in the sport's growth there," USBC Chief Officer of National Governing Body Kevin Dornberger said. "One way to ensure continued growth is through coaching, and we were honored to be a part of bowling's rising popularity in Brazil and throughout Latin America."
The Team USA contingent also assisted the Brazilian junior team in preparation for the 2006 American Zone Youth Championships in Mexico. It paid off in a remarkable silver medal in the boys' team event. Growing the sport in other countries, particularly in Central and South America, promises greater notoriety for bowling in the years to come.
With 92 countries represented at the 2006 QubicaAMF World Cup, international support for sending competitors to the showcase demonstrates bowling's potential as an Olympic sport. Each year, the World Cup brings together more countries than any other tournament on the calendar, proving that the international sports community is strongly interested in bowling.
In addition to the countries with established bowling programs that appear in international competition on a regular basis, other countries with fledgling programs such as Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, India and Uzbekistan also competed at the World Cup. More than 100 million people bowl worldwide, of which more than 10 million take part in tournaments, leagues and championships.
Olympic-sport status or not, one perk enjoyed by Team USA members is the annual trip to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for training camp. While days at the Olympic Training Center are long and the practice sessions grueling, the classroom meetings are informative and the bonding time is entertaining. The "team" is put into Team USA – a team that stands for honor, for pride and for country.
"Team USA gives me the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest players and coaches in the world," said Lynda Barnes, wife of Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour star Chris Barnes and mother of twins Ryan and Troy. "It makes me a better person, player, mom and teammate."Read More