SEATTLE – The Professional Bowlers Association, in partnership with BowlU founder Rick Benoit, will conduct a series of PBA Player Development Camps this summer, providing current and future PBA competitors advanced insights into PBA-level competition.
"Player development is extremely important to the PBA for its present and future,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “In order for our players to grow, education and attention are critical. There are few people more qualified through his experience, perspective, talent and vision to help lead PBA player development than Rick Benoit.
“We are happy to be partnering with Rick on his efforts through BowlU,” Clark added. “We also are pleased that our players will have access to his knowledge and teaching ability so they can be the best they can be and serve as inspiration for generations to come in this incredibly difficult but rewarding sport."
Benoit is a former bowling ball manufacturer’s representative and one of the sport’s most respected instructors. He founded BowlU three years ago and has been designing a specific program to help elite-level players improve ever since.
“What you will see are training opportunities that shed a new light on the athleticism of our sport,” Benoit said. “The plan is to devote a calendar month to a specific PBA Region where I intend to conduct two training weekends and at least a week of individual training opportunities.”
Five categories of development - Skill Development, Strategic Development, Practice Mode, Competition Mode and Monitoring the Elite Athlete – will be key elements to the program. Enrollment fee for the camps will be $200 per person for the weekend camps with individual training sessions during the week available for $65 per hour. PBA members in good standing will receive a $50 discount.
In addition, BowlU will provide continued training opportunities for camp attendees for a full year through its BowlU.com website for $75.
The preliminary schedule of PBA Player Development Camps includes the following. The PBA Midwest Region has not yet been scheduled:
● June: West Region, Double Decker Lanes, San Francisco (contact: Curtis Woods);
● July: East Region, Brad Angelo Lanes, Lockport, N.Y. (contact: Brad Angelo);
● August: Northwest Region, Ten Down Bowling & Entertainment Center, Roseburg, Ore. (contact: Bryon Smith);
● September: Central Region, All-Star Lanes, Indianapolis (contact: Dan Smith);
● October: South Region, center to be announced, Orlando, Fla. (contact: Sara Vargas);
● November: Southwest Region, location to be announced (contact: Rick Benoit).
In addition to the training camps, Benoit also will attend all PBA Tour events – including the upcoming GEICO PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee – where he will host player development activities and be available at no charge to all entrants at practice sessions and throughout tournaments.
For additional information, visit bowluclassroom.com/home; call Benoit at 785-215-2571 or send him an email message at firstname.lastname@example.org.