Wichita State University Shocker Bowling prides itself on conducting the most advanced, diverse and in-depth tryout process in college bowling. Tryouts at Wichita State are structured to evaluate every aspect of a player's current skill level. The process starts early in the fall semester, runs three weeks in length and includes 33 total games bowled, a skills test and a physical training test.
As players bowl 33 games over 10 different challenging lane patterns in a three week period, they will be recorded in a number of statistical categories. These statistical categories are: first and second ball accuracy, pocket percentage, carry percentage, average first ball pinfall, makeable spares, splits left and overall spares percentage. Mentally, the on-lane portion of tryouts is arguably the toughest part of the tryout process. Players benefit from this process by learning the strengths and weaknesses of their bowling game.
The skills test was developed to determine a players first and second ball accuracy on different areas of the lane. The skills test is performed in a one-on-one format between the player and a coaching staff member. Players are asked to shoot four ten-pins, four seven-pins, and play two different angles. The angles are marked by tape placed on the lane. Accuracy and execution are required during the skills test portion of the tryout process.
During the physical training portion of the tryout process, players are scored based on the number of pushups and sit-ups they can do, each during a two minute period. Afterward, they will be scored based on a two mile run time. The coaching staff believes in maintaining a solid workout regimen and the physical training test was developed in order to determine a players athletic ability and strength.