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Kegler's Connection


   January 30, 2001

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  Grandstand News:
      1. Welcome Notes
      2. Tip of the Week
  PBA/PWBA News:
      3. Shafer Successfully Defends Orleans Open Title
      4. Telecast Schedule
      5. BallBeat is Back
      6. Get the Inside Scoop from the PBA Tour
  ABC/WIBC/YABA News:
      7. National Sanction Card Fulfillment Expands in ABC/WIBC
      8. YABA Announces More Sponsors for JOG
      9. Youth Stars
  World Team Challenge News:
      10. Brazeau Pro Shop Wins Seminole World Team Challenge
  USA Bowling News:
      11. USA Bowling Coaching Certification Schedule Set
  Miscellaneous News:
      12. Stock Watch
      13. And Finally
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1. Welcome Notes

Now that the Super Bowl is over, Kegler's Connection promises to bring you all the "bowl" news you *really* want. In this issue, you'll read about a great site from one of the PBA Tour ball reps, you'll learn who won last week's World Team Challenge in Florida, and George offers tips on new shoes.
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2. Tip of the Week

This week George talks about new shoes.

One of the most important pieces of equipment in your arsenal has nothing to do with your bowling ball. Your bowling shoes provide you with a foundation in which to throw your bowling ball. But what about when you get brand new shoes? Here are some tips on how to implement them into your game.

1. Walk around in your new shoes. You need to get the feel of your shoes. How they bend, how they feel on your feet, etc. All these things contribute to a comfortable feel, which is essential. If you are up on the approach thinking how weird your shoes feel, you're taking away from your focus on the lanes. So get as comfortable as you can with them. Try walking around in your house with them on, or even around the concourse of the bowling center. Anywhere you'd be likely to walk at the bowling center.

2. Test them on the approach. Don't try to throw a ball with your shoes without doing a "practice slide." Go up on the approach and pretend there is a ball in your hand. Then make your approach, and slide. This will give you a good starting point to judge how your shoes differ from what you are used to. You may need to scuff the soles of your shoes to give them a more worn texture to make them easier to slide on, most centers have wirebrushes at the counter, but most pro shops sell them. It's a good tool to have in your bag.

3. Purchase shoe guards. Again, most pro shops sell these too. They are little booties that go over your bowling shoes so you can walk in areas that are hazardous to bowlers, like snack bars and bathrooms, where water and other things can get on the soles of your shoes, affecting your slide. I would strongly suggest investing in a pair of these things. If not for both feet, then just the sliding foot.

Well, hopefully these tips will help you get better aquatinted with your new shoes. Shoes are the foundation to a solid delivery, so make sure you know them.

Until next time,
George Freeman
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3. Shafer Successfully Defends Orleans Open Title

One year ago, Ryan Shafer was looking for his first win in his 14-year PBA career. Today, he a three-time titleist who successfully defended his title in Las Vegas last week. Shafer's win makes him #1 in the World Power Rankings, replacing Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

1. Ryan Shafer, $25,000
2. Jeff Lizzi, $12,000
3. Michael Haugen, Jr., $7,000
4. John May, $5,000
5. Walter Ray Williams, Jr., $4,000

Read all about the Orleans Open at:

http://www.pba.com/news/nw_FullStory.asp?ArticleID=383
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4. Telecast Schedule

Sunday, February 4, 12:30 pm ET, ESPN, PBA National Championship
Sunday, February 11, 12:30 pm ET, ESPN, Parker Bohn III Empire State Open
Sunday, February 18, 12:30 pm ET, ESPN, The Tarheel Open

For more bowling telecasts visit:

http://www.bowlingfans.com/tv/
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5. BallBeat is Back

With all the staff changes, it's hard to keep up with who's throwing what. Want to know a specific drilling for a ball you saw thrown on TV? Visit BallBeat for all the latest info from the PBA Tour:

http://www.bowlingfans.com/ballbeat/

Manufacturers: Make sure your staffer and independent info is reaching thousands of readers every month. Email us at: [email protected]
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6. Get the Inside Scoop from PBA Tour

Rick Benoit, the Brunswick Ball Rep on the PBA Tour, has a lot to do each week. Not only does he work EVERY squad from practice session until the telecast, suggesting equipment and drillings, playing coach and sports psychologist--he now runs his own web site. Rick's site includes info on staff players and pictures from every tour stop. Rick also posts round-by-round results, nightly.

For more information, visit:

http://www.1opinion.net/
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7. National Sanction Card Fulfillment Expands in ABC/WIBC

Beginning March 15, 2001, all associations who utilize the Winlabs program will have their sanction cards mailed to members directly, based on overwhelming response of members who preferred that method in a poll. Eighty percent of members preferred home delivery of the cards, rather than being handled at the association level.

For complete details, please visit:

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/news/record.html?record=2719
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8. YABA Announces More Sponsors for JOG

The YABA has announced a sponsorship agreement with four of the major bowling ball manufacturers for the upcoming year. AMF, Brunswick, Columbia 300 and STORM have agreed to support YABA and its Junior Gold Program for 2001.

Read more at:

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/yaba/common/news/record.html?record=2714

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9. Youth Stars

From January 4th through January 17th, members of the Young American Bowling Alliance shot 13 800 series and countless other honor scores. See if you know the future stars of bowling by visiting:

http://www.bowl.com/templates/BowlDotCom/common/news/record.html?record=2721

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10. Brazeau Pro Shop Wins Seminole World Team Challenge

Brian Brazeau is no stranger to World Team Challenge wins. His win January 21 was his fourth in nine years. Read about the first event of the World Team Challenge season at:

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/events/results.html?record=2716
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11. USA Bowling Coaching Certification Schedule Set

USA Bowling has announced its 2001 coaching certification conference schedule. The tentative schedule begins in February and includes nine Bronze and three Silver level seminars across the United States.

For information on where you can get certified, visit:

http://www.bowl.com/bowl/usa/common/article.html?record=2525
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12. Stock Watch

AMF (AMBW) .135 at 11:06 EST on 01/30/01
Brunswick (BC) 19.24 at 11:24 EST on 01/30/01
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13. And Finally

Thanks for helping us continue to be the number one, independent, weekly news source online for bowling news. We accept for consideration any news,story ideas, and press releases, or anything else you think we should know. Just email [email protected].



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