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Kegler's Connection

   August 20, 2000

Table of Contents
  * Grandstand News
     ~ Welcome Notes
     ~ Tip of the Week
  * PBA/PWBA News
     ~ PBA Announces Scholarship Winners
     ~ International Family Doubles Winners Announced
     ~ ABC/WIBC Approved Bowling Balls
     ~ WIBC 2001 Tournament Open For Delegates; Soon Open to All
  * World Team Challenge News
     ~ Team USA Members and Alumni Win WTC Event
  * Miscellaneous News
     ~ Stock Watch
     ~ Secretarial Software and League Posting Info
  * And Finally

*** Grandstand News ***
***** Welcome Notes *****
School is starting in parts of the country, and that means league bowling is back. If you start your leagues this week, we wish you luck, and if you're still deciding what leagues you'll be bowling, we wish you luck on your choices.

***** Tip of the Week *****
This week George Freeman writes about staying confident while in a slump.

Staying confident

One of the biggest causes of slumps is the loss of confidence. You throw a bad game, and try even harder the next game. Sometimes one tries so hard they forget the fundamentals, they try "steering" or "aiming" the ball into the pocket, and this takes away from the natural flow of your game. This causes another bad game, maybe even worse than the first. A snowball effect ensues and all of a sudden you're in a bonafide slump. All from the perception that you were doing something terribly wrong the first time around, when in fact it was probably a case of bad luck, or in the more likely event, you lost the confidence in your ability to throw a bowling ball.

There are some people who think they are only as good as their last game. These are the types who find them in slumps the easiest. When Norm Duke bowls a 140 game in a tournament, he is still Norm Duke, he doesn't become a 140 average player simply because he has a bad game. He trusts his abilities, and sticks with his game plan, the next game could very well be 300. That is something all the top pros have in common, their faith in their own abilities. You can do the same thing. You have to realize that each game is just 10 individual frames in one package. Just because you have a bad game doesn't mean you're a bad bowler, it means you're a human being that can sometimes make mistakes. Don't brood over a bad game, or even a bad set. Every game starts out at zero, so every game you have a clean slate to do the best you can do. So, next time you have a bad game, take it with a grain of salt. You'll still have bad games from time to time, but you'll rebound from them much more quickly.

Till next time,
George Freeman

*** PBA/PWBA News ***
***** PBA Announces Scholarship Winners *****
Marc DiErrico, Robert Spigner and Jackie Edwards each received college scholarships from the PBA this month.

For the entire story, visit

*** ABC/WIBC/YABA News *****
***** International Family Tournament Winners Announced *****
Lewisville, Tex. -- Ethan and Gordon Meeks, Elmore, Ala., and Colby Hicken and Louis Mak, Gothenburg, Neb, took the Youth/Adult and Teen/Adult division titles, respectively, at the BPAA International Family Tournament 2000 held at The Main Event Entertainment Center in Lewisville, Tex. and presented by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America and Qubica USA. Both first-place teams each won $3,000 scholarships to go towards their college education. $30,000 in scholarships was given overall. More than thirty teams from different states and Canada competed in each division.

For the entire story, visit

***** ABC/WIBC Approved Bowling Balls *****
ABC and WIBC have provided a list of approved bowling balls for the 2000-2001 season. This should clear up any questions that tournament directors or association officials might have regarding equipment. Bowlers, too, should make themselves familiar with the list as it gets updated throughout the year.

You can find the list at

***** WIBC 2001 Tournament Open for Delegates *****
WIBC has opened the phone lines to delegates for the 2001 WIBC Championship Tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. On August 21, the phone lines are open to anyone interested. The tournament runs April 17 through June 15, 2001.

Returning for 2001 will be the Friendship Squad, for bowlers without a team or a doubles partner. WIBC pairs bowlers from all over the country to compete in the tournament.

For more information, including an online reservation form, visit

*** World Team Challenge News ***
***** Team USA Members and Alumni Win WTC Event *****
John Gaines, Shawn Evans, Tommy Jones, Larry Barwick, and Sam Zurich have plans the week of Sept. 22 through the 27 in New Orleans. The team won the August 5-6 World Team Challenge event in Spartanburg, SC.

For the complete story, visit

*** Miscellaneous News ***
***** Stock Watch *****
AMF (PIN) 0 9/32 at 15:45 EDT on 08/18/2000
Brunswick (BC) 21 1/16 at 16:01 EDT on 08/18/2000

***** Secretarial Software and League Posting Info *****
It happens every year. Someone has to be secretary and this time it's you. If you're a first-time league officer, here are a few helpful websites to give you a head start. offers secretarial software, clipart, and a free demo. is the official website of ABC, WIBC, and YABA (among others). They have a fully searchable rulebook feature, and a staff to answer rule related questions. now also features webhosting to post league sheets. offers league secretarial software, clipart, a newsletter, demos, and bracket programs. offers bracket software, secretarial software, and a demo.

If you need to find something on the web, but get tired of finding sites on Bowling Green, Kentucky, you'll want to try

Next week, we'll offer up some personal stat trackers for those number crunchers who want to know where they stand the minute they put on their street shoes.

*** And Finally ***
Thanks for making Kegler's Connection the #1 weekly bowling newsletter online. If you have any story ideas you'd like us to consider for Kegler's Connection, email us at [email protected].

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