CHICAGO – In just two years, the International Art of Bowling has revolutionized the way bowlers are coached through The Circle, which uses a unique formula consisting of personalized training and tips, video analysis, live chats, forums, special guests, webinars and more to help bowlers improve, even from a distance.
The Circle is an extension of all the great information available at IABowling.com or an IAB Bowler’s Bootcamp, available to a select group of the most dedicated bowlers. Now, The Circle will be expanding with the addition of United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Bill Spigner and former Bowlers Journal International columnist Joe Cerar Jr.
Spigner and Cerar both are accomplished on the lanes and well-versed in the technical aspects of the sport. They will head the new Circle Tech Team and join USBC Silver coaches Diandra Asbaty and Jason Belmonte, who use their personal experiences and stories of triumphs, as well as disappointments, to help them relate to Bootcamp participants and website guests.
“I am extremely excited to have Joe and Bill as a part of the IAB Tech Team,” said Belmonte, the 2012-2013 PBA Player of the Year. “With their wealth of knowledge, no question will go unanswered. It’s an honor for the IAB to add these two well-known coaches to our online community. I can’t wait to pick their brains.”
Spigner is a three-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion and 1996 Team All-Events champion at the USBC Open Championships, which helped earn him a spot in the USBC Hall of Fame in 2001.
The 64-year-old earned his USBC Gold coaching certification in 2000 and has been a Bowlers Journal International Top 100 coach since 2006. Some of his strengths and focuses include fundamentals, ball drilling, layouts, lane conditioning, spare systems and understanding any style of bowling. He also has spent time in pro shop and bowling center operations.
“Throughout my business career in bowling, I’ve continued to teach and was going to continue teaching after we sold Hawthorn Lanes in 2008,” said Spigner, who began teaching professionally in 1979 and has been a longtime contributor to magazines such as Bowling Digest and BJI. “I greatly look forward to working with IAB and their great coaching staff, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue and expand my coaching career.”
Cerar, 59, has been a fixture in the Milwaukee and Wisconsin bowling communities for five decades as a bowler and as a knowledgeable and innovative pro shop operator at Milwaukee’s Bowlers Pro Shop. Most notably, Cerar spent eight years as the author of “No Holes Barred,” a monthly ball-review column in Bowlers Journal magazine. He also shares his knowledge as a part of Above180.com.
His strengths include ball drilling, ball movement and lane transition, which will help Circle members understand their equipment and what moves need to be made on the lane and why.
On the lanes, Cerar has rolled perfect games with plastic, rubber, urethane, solid particle, pearl particle, pearl reactive and solid reactive cover stocks during the past 40 years, and his accomplishments at the city, state and national levels helped him into the Tri-City Hall of Fame.
“I’m so excited to be joining my friends Jason, Diandra and Bill in helping bowlers of all skill levels improve and learn,” Cerar said. “Since I’ve always been a sponge (nerd) for bowling information, I’m sure I can help Circle members understand the intricacies of today’s layouts, surfaces, cores and coverstocks. Bowling today is not the same game I grew up with, and that’s OK. It keeps things interesting and intriguing for bowlers as there’s so much more to learn.”
While The Circle membership has been limited to about 80 in its early years, the expansion of the team behind the scenes also will make room for more bowlers to benefit from the personalization and interaction that make The Circle a one-of-a-kind experience.
To become a member of The Circle, or for more information about the International Art of Bowling, visit www.iabowling.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/iabowling.
International Art of Bowling
The International Art of Bowling (IAB) was established in August 2010 by USBC Gold coach Ron Hoppe and USBC Silver coaches, Jason Belmonte and Diandra Asbaty. It’s a one-of-a-kind bowling experience focusing on the artistic representation of fundamentals, lane play, equipment, and versatility.
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