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Kegler's Connection

   March 20, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Scrambler Winners
     ~ Rick's Report -- The Release
     ~ New Chat Schedule Debuts
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PBA Announces Media Awards
     ~ ABC Adopts Sanction Fee Increase
     ~ Norris Makes 71st ABC Tournament Appearance
     ~ WIBC Tournament Info/Delegate Stuff
     ~ Bowler's Encyclopedia/Bowler's Guide Offer
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Scrambler - Top Winners *****
Congratulations to our Scrambler winners. Scramber chat is held the second and fourth Mondays of the month with HOST GSTD SteveM. Test your bowling knowledge and your typing reflexes against other bowlers online. The Ten in the Pit chat room is accessible by visiting Bowling Chat (On AOL Only) .

1st Place: KR822 - 363 points
2nd Place: Yorkilvr - 237 points
3rd Place: Abwlr - 158 points

***** Rick's Report -- The Release *****
(continued from last week)

After giving the forces a directional vector, now consider the force of each and you try and picture how strong each vector appears. If the bowler pulls up on the ball, you can apply a strong value to this force vector. If a bowler dips at the line, apply a force value to this vector. If the swing plane is in a certain direction, apply a force value relative to the speed and force of it. A long slide is going to have a high force value in the direction of the slide especially if the bowler is still sliding at the point of ball release. If a hand collapses at release consider this as a force because it has a dramatic difference in ball reaction versus the bowler who is trying to contract his muscles through the release. How about the follow through? Some are long and reach out on to the lane while others break off at the elbow, becoming much shorter and applying a directional force that is up. A person with stronger fingers is going to have a stronger force value in the direction the fingers are applying the force. Watch all aspects of the bowler's game and try to apply a directional vector with a force value for each element of his style. Now do this for different bowlers. You will see a dramatic difference and you will have a better understanding of the tools available to match up to what ever the conditions are. Understanding all of these tools and finding ones that you can use to help you match up to what you are reading on the lane is the art of matching up. The more release tools you have in your game, the fewer balls you will need. Balls are an important factor in our game, but not near as important as the release tools.

When you look at a lane condition you usually find it favors a particular style. When you come up with a game plan on how to attack a given condition you can combine the release tools you have to match up to it by simply realizing the directional forces that match up and those that do not. Many of you are probably thinking that this sounds too difficult, when actually it is more of a observation issue. You do not have to have exact values just observe and notice how each game has its own set of force vectors. You will also notice that those that match up to a given condition usually fall into a very similar group of force vectors. This not always the case as some conditions are so soft, but even then one can usually narrow it down to who has the best reaction and carry percentage.

This tip is to bring the observation level up a notch. In a later tip we will discuss actual hand positions and hand motions.

Until another tip,

***** New Chat Schedule Debuts *****
Join us as we welcome new chat hosts, HOST GSTDs Pizza, Bundy, Rerack, and Silver as they join our chat schedule rotation. By popular demand, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays will feature longer blocks of hosted chats. For more information, visit Bowling Chat (On AOL Only) later this week.

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PBA Announces Media Awards *****
The PBA announced the winners of the 1999 PBA Media Awards. During the 17th annual event, winners received a commemorative plaque, and $300 for first, $200 for second, and $100 for third.

For a list of all the winners, visit

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News ***
***** ABC Adopts Sanction Fee Increase *****
Delegates at the ABC National Convention in Albuquerque, NM voted to increase sanction fees to $8 for national dues and local dues to a maximum of $8 for a potential maximum sanction fee of $16 per year. Each local association decides what their local dues are.

To see how delegates voted on other proposed amendments, visit

***** Norris Makes 71st ABC Tournament Appearance *****
Ninety-two year old Joe Norris made history by tying an all-time ABC tournament record of 71 tournaments attended. During those tournaments Norris has knocked down 123,770 pins. Dick Weber, Norris' doubles partner, is the only other active bowler with 102,645 pins.

For more information on this legendary duo, visit

***** WIBC Tournament Info/Delegate Stuff *****
ABC delegates have headed home, but the WIBC convention is on the minds of its delegates. For all the information on tournament scores, seminars for delegates, or anything related to the National tournament, visit:

***** Bowler's Encyclopedia/Bowler's Guide Offer *****
Want to learn about the only person to make 7-10 splits in consecutive frames? Or find the bowlers with the most 300 games or 800 series in a season? Or discover the highest individual or team series in your state?

The answers to these and many, many more questions can be found in the newly-revised fourth edition of the Bowlers' Encyclopedia record book. The 240-page book combines the best statistics, oddities, facts and figures of the American Bowling Congress, Women's International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling. There's information about amateur, college and professional competition. There's even an extensive section profiling the sport's great players.
For more information, visit

*** College Bowling***
***** Intercollegiate Bowling Championship Fields Announced *****
The Intercollegiate Bowling Championships Sectionals runs March 18-19 in four cities across the United States where 64 men's and 57 women's teams compete to see who advances to the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships. The top four teams in each division advance from the sectionals to the Championships April 26-30 in Wichita, Kan.

For more information, visit

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 2 3/8 at 14:32 EST on 3/20/2000
Brunswick (BC) 16 at 14:46 EST on 3/20/2000

*** And Finally ***
So ends another exciting week in the sport of bowling. While both pro tours are on hiatus, many tournaments are heating up, so the focus shifts. Make sure you read Kegler's Connection for the most up-to-date information coming from all areas of the bowling world. Tell your teammates to subscribe and keep them in the know too. If you story ideas or press releases, feel free to send them to HOST GSTD Diva. Have a great week!

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