2004 Shocker Bowling Tryouts Underway

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Collegiate bowlers representing 20 states, Canada and Columbia are participating in the 2004 open tryouts of the national championship-winning Wichita State Shocker Bowling program. There are 50 men and women participating in the tryout process with sixteen players returning from last year's season to try out for the new team.

Collegiate bowlers representing 20 states, Canada and Columbia are participating in the 2004 open tryouts of the national championship-winning Wichita State Shocker Bowling program. There are 50 men and women participating in the tryout process with sixteen players returning from last year's season to try out for the new team.    

The three week process will evaluate each candidate on multiple levels - bowling skills, statistics and physical abilities. The multiple areas that are evaluated in the tryout process give the coaching staff a thorough picture of each bowler's ability as well as potential.

Each candidate will bowl 33 games over a three week period on competitive collegiate lane conditions. These oil patterns are unlike the typical recreational lane conditions that many players might be familiar with. Adjustment skills are also tested as bowlers deal with changing lane conditions as a game progresses. The tryout process also involves a thorough physical test of push-ups, sit-ups and running.

Team selection process began August 24 and will continue through September 10, 2004. The selected team decision will be made on September 14.

The men and women's bowling program continues to win national tournaments and produce numerous national and international stars. The Shocker bowling program is led by national championship winning coaches Gordon Vadakin and Mark Lewis.

The Rhatigan Student Center has been the major financial and administrative supporter of the Wichita State University bowling program for the past 46 years.

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