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Kegler's Connection


   October 1, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Welcome Notes
     ~ Tip of the Week
     ~ Team USA Chat Log Now Available
     ~ Bowling and the IRS
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PWBA Airs Monday/Thursday
     ~ Seniors From Naples
     ~ New PBA Site Debuts
     ~ PBA Hires Former Nike Execs
  * ABC/WIBC/YABA News
     ~ ABC Tournament Fees Due
     ~ YABA Top Stars
  * World Team Challenge News
     ~ Las Vegas Team Wins World Team Challenge Finals
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Regional Pro Sites
  * And Finally


*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes*****
This week's KC highlights news coming out of the PBA, George Freeman's Tip of the Week, and where to find the log from the chat with Bowling's Team USA.


***** Tip of the Week *****
This week George suggests going for a little diversity.

Diversity in Learning

As I've said many times before, there is no one correct style of play. Since every human being is different, each person has their own unique way of throwing a bowling ball. By the same token, there is no one correct way to teach the game either. In today's game, there are more coaches and instructors than in any time in our history. This can cause much confusion to a beginning bowler who wants to get better, or even a skilled player who wants to perfect his or her skills. The best advice I can give is to not put all of your eggs into one basket. What I mean is, don't get so wrapped up in one way to play the game that you ignore other possibilities of reaching the same goal. What works for some will not work for others, and vice versa.

If there is an abundance of instructors in your area, seek them out. It is always a good thing to get more than one perspective on the game, especially in today's environment. What used to work 20 years ago may not work today. Locking yourself in to only one perspective limits your options and you will end up cheating yourself in the long run. You may embrace some things one instructor says, other things may not work for you. But you need to give yourself the opportunity to decide for yourself what works and what does not. If you are worrying about upsetting your coach, don't worry. I can't think of one instructor worth his salt that would frown upon you for trying to expand your horizons. After all, that's what this game is all about. No one knows everything (despite the appearances they give ;) ).

Even the tips I give here week to week, while many have written me to tell me how much they enjoy them, will not necessarily work for everyone. I'm only one perspective, so give the tips I give you a try. Some of them will work great for you, others will not. It doesn't mean you're "doing it wrong," it just means that for you, personally, it isn't the best thing for your game. So, keep an open mind, and don't get too down on yourself. Even the best in the world have trouble when they learn new things.

Till next time,
George Freeman


***** Team USA Chat Log Now Available *****
Special thanks to GSTD Bundy for organizing the special guest chat with Debbie Kuhn, Diandra Hyman, Missy Bellinder, Janette Piesczynski, Jolene Etem, and Kassy Hyman. Tuesday night's chat with Team USA is now available for download in the Grandstand Bowling Forum Bowling Library (AOL Keyword: GSBOWLING) or you can read it in its entirety at http://www.bowlingfans.com/chats/teamusa2000.shtml.


***** Bowling and the IRS *****
Did you ever add up how much you spend on bowling during a given year? Do you dream of writing off part of the expense? CPA and bowler Pat Douglas will walk you through the differences between the IRS's definition of a hobby and a business. Read all about it at http://www.bowlingfans.com/extras/index.shtml


*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PWBA to Air Monday/Thursday *****
The Brunswick Women's World Open will air on Monday, October 2nd, 2000 at 8 pm ET on ESPN2 with a reair on Thursday, October 5th at 1pm ET. Competing on the telecast for the $14,400 first place prize will be
1. Cara Honeychurch
2. Lynda Barnes
3. Marianne DiRupo
4. Liz Johnson
5. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard


***** Seniors from Naples *****
The PBA Seniors have just completed their tour stop in Naples, FL. Unfortunately, the telecast does not air until October 18. For those who would like to be surprised, we'll keep with our tradition of not revealing telecast results, but for those who would like to know who won, please visit http://www.bowlingfans.com/news/#37


***** New PBA Site Debuts ******
The new PBA site, www.pba.com, has finally debuted. After being mentioned each week during PBA telecasts over the summer, the site is actually live and the old site is gone. According to the PBA, the new site is a "work in progress" and some features of the old site have not made it over to pba.com. Kegler's Connection will do our best to bring you up-to-date news and standings in the meantime.


***** PBA Hires Former Nike Execs *****
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), has selected two former top Nike executives with over 30 years sports marketing experience between them to lead the league which was recently purchased by high-tech entrepreneurs Chris Peters, Mike Slade and Rob Glaser.

Ian Hamilton, former global director of tennis sports marketing will join as commissioner, and Steve Miller, former global director of sports marketing will report to Hamilton as president. Both will run day-to-day operations for the PBA at its new headquarters in Seattle.

Read the entire press release at http://www.bowlingfans.com/news/#31


*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** ABC Tournament Fees Due *****
For team captains who have reserved dates for the ABC Championships Tournament in Reno next year, October 1st is the due date for completed forms and the rest of the entry fees.

However, even if you haven't reserved a date you still have time to put together teams. Visit http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/events/record.html?record=1794 for information.


***** YABA Top Stars *****
Congratulations to the youth bowlers who have amassed some incredible scores. YABA celebrates their talent every two weeks by posting their honor scores at http://www.bowl.com/bowl/BowlDotCom/common/news/record.html?record=2402


*** World Team Challenge News ***
***** Las Vegas Team Wins World Team Challenge Finals *****
After nearly a year and 16 qualifying tournaments, one of bowling's most prestigious team titles came down to one shot.

In the end, Sunset Lanes/Hammer West of Las Vegas with team members, Mike Foreman, Tim Schwerdtfeger, Rick Benard, Paul Enright, and Paul Renteria topped a field of 16 of the nation's top bowling teams to win the 2000 American Bowling Congress/Brunswick World Team Challenge Grand Championships Tuesday at AMF All Star Lanes in Kenner, LA.
For more information, please visit http://www.bowl.com/bowl/abc/common/news/record.html?record=2401


*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) .125 at 15:59 EDT on 09/29/00.
Brunswick Corp. (BC) 18.25 at 16:00 EDT on 09/29/00.


***** Regional Pro Tour Sites *****
All this talk about a new PBA got you curious? If you want to know more about the regional programs in your area, here are the links to get you started.

The new PBA site has a regional index with stories and upcoming tournaments located at http://www.pba.com/regional/index.asp

In addition we found the following regional PBA links.

The PBA's Eastern region information can be found at http://www.pbaeast.com/

The PBA Southern region has a page located at http://www.southpba.com/

The PBA Headquarters region is located at http://www.hqpba.com/

The Midwest region has a site located at http://www.mwpba.com/

The Southwest region's site is located at http://www.swpba.com/

The Western Region's site is http://hometown.aol.com/pbawbowl/page/index.htm

On the women's side:

The PWBA Southeast region has a website with information updated regularly. They can be found at http://www.geocities.com/pwbase/


*** And Finally ***
That does it for another week in the trenches of bowling. Send us your news and story ideas at [email protected].


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