After the tournament season squads are selected, the focus of our program shifts from individual try-outs to that of team success. In order to ensure that our teams experience success, we conduct regular team practices, workout sessions, team meetings, and individual evaluations.
I. TEAM MEETINGS
Team meetings can be an important element in attaining an individual's and/or team's potential during the competitive season. The content and quality of these meetings revolves around the dedication and commitment of the team members themselves. Meetings are scheduled on a periodic basis and at a time decided by the coach. Team building can be the toughest job team members ever have. It's not always easy, but the rewards are tremendously satisfying and for the teams who pull together to overcome every obstacle and work their rear ends off, some¬times the reward is the biggest of all - a national championship. A typical team meeting could contain some or all of the fol¬lowing topics: individual academic progress, upcoming tournaments, general team building concepts and improvements, goal setting, mental programming skills, etc.
II. TEAM PRACTICES/WORKOUT SESSIONS
Team practices and workout sessions are held throughout the year after team selection. A standard team practice session could consist of: game simulations, role playing, communication skills, scrimmages, individual game fine-tuning and spare shooting drills, along with various team skill development techniques. Workout sessions can be scheduled in concert with team practices or at other times decided by the coaching staff.
III. INDIVIDUAL EVALUATIONS
Designed in one-on-one or small group evaluations so as to enhance player skill development in a more personalized setting, these evaluations are scheduled on a weekly basis. Scheduling revolves around the student's and assistant coach’s schedule, usually in the afternoon or late morning. They will typically be one hour in length, targeting specific training areas for improvement, and in most cases will require homework before the next lesson. The program's goal is to provide players with ample opportunities to receive individualized instruction and individual training plans. It is the players’ responsibility to put in the necessary time (from the evaluations, team meetings, etc.) outside the evaluation to incorporate into their game the techniques and training provided. This work may be considered ‘bowling homework.’ The evaluations will not move forward if this does not happen and the player jeopardizes their team playing time by not being prepared for competition. These evaluations are the responsibility of the assistant coach. The ‘bowling homework’ is the full responsibility of the student/athlete.
Student-athletes not chosen to represent WSU in the current season are strongly encouraged to continue to progress their bowling skills through a variety of services available to them.
I. ASSOCIATE COACHING
Associate coaching is available to all players in the program. This level of coaching is unparalleled in any other college bowling program. Numerous Bronze Level coaches from USBC’s Coaching Certification Program, former National Champions, WSU college graduates along with PBA titlists make up part of this all-star list of both outstanding coaches and bowlers.
II. EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS
Educational sessions are scheduled throughout the fall and spring semesters. The schedule usually consists of 10-12 elite level educational sessions taught by experts from many facets of the bowling industry. These experts include the Kegel Company, world renowned sports psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz, bowling genius Fred Borden, and WSU's nationally recognized coaching staff fronted by Head Coach Gordon Vadakin and Assistant Coach Mark Lewis.
III. TEAM BOOK
Each player is given a 200 page binder, known as a Team Book. This binder is initially filled with cutting edge educational material on all major facets of the sport of bowling. The binder is brought to each educational session, where our staff of master instructors supplements the binder’s material with further handouts and information.
IV. CORPORATE BOWLING BALL/SHOE BUYING PROGRAM
With the support of our corporate sponsors, USBC sanctioned intercollegiate bowlers in our program are allowed to purchase new bowling balls and shoes at deep, deep discounts at two possible order dates during each season. This program gives athletes the ability to order, drill and use the latest balls at greatly reduced costs.
V. PRACTICE PRIVILEGES
Free, unlimited practice is available, whenever lanes are available at Shocker Lanes throughout the academic year. Also, several commercial centers in the city have allowed free practice for players during the entire year.
VI. DEVELOPMENTAL TEAM(S)
Some non-selected players will get to be a part of a developmental team. Developmental team(s) will get to compete in collegiate team competitions. The developmental team concept is designed to enhance the players’ skill training using all of the services provided above along with teamplay training by applying their skills with a team in both a practice and competitive environment.