Collegiate Standout | Daniel Hanson | Robert Morris University

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Name: Daniel Hanson
School: Robert Morris University- IL
Location of school: Chicago Illinois
Year in School: Junior


What is your favorite part of collegiate bowling?

My favorite part of collegiate bowling has to be the team feeling. My teammates have become a second family to me and I can always count on them for anything.

What is your preparation routine before a big event?

Practice 4-5 days a week for an hour to an hour and a half each time.

How often are you/your team working on your game(s)?

Tuesday-Thursday from 2:30 to 5:00 pm with optional practices on Monday and Friday's

What is teamwork? What does it look like on the lanes?

Teamwork is breaking the lanes down as a team, and always trusting one another. Another key to teamwork is a lot of communication and understanding how one person see's a lane differently than another but using the information given to make the best decisions possible.

How important is the physical and mental game? Is one more important than the other?

You have to have both. One is not more important than the other. If you have an amazing physical game and no mental game you will never dominate, if you have an amazing mental game but not the best physical game you will never dominate either. The best bowlers in the world have to have both or they would never make it on the tour.

How does Storm (or Roto) and their products help you and your team?

Roto Grip helps our program by providing us with the best equipment in the sport. Having the best equipment in the sport gives us a big advantage against our competitors. Roto Grip has a wide variety of shapes that match up to college patterns phenomenally.

What is your life like as a collegiate athlete?

I wake up at 8:30 am, cook some breakfast and get ready for class at 10 am. From 10 am to 2 pm i'm in class. After class I take the train and bus to practice, usually that takes about 45 minutes to an hour, so by 3pm, I'm at the bowing alley practicing until 5 pm. After that we take the hour bus and train back to the apartment and cook dinner around 6:30 pm. By the time I'm done with cooking and eating dinner it's about 7:30pm and then I start my homework for the night. If it's a little homework night I'll be done by 10pm and watch some tv until I go to sleep but if it's a busy night of homework I won't get done until 12 am. I'm usually in bed by 12:30am everyday


What does a typical practice session look like at your program?

Our varsity team all practices on the same pair of lanes everyday. Each of us is working on our own game but the others are watching and helping each other out. Our coach DJ Hayes is always behind somebody helping them understanding something new everyday. Right around February we start to do bakers everyday and start practicing Monday-Friday.

Are there mandatory workouts at your program? If no, how do you stay fit?

We do not have any mandatory workouts, but most of us live in the same building downtown and it has a gym. For us it's all on your own but if you do not take care of your body you will never reach your full potential, just like in every other sport.

How close/far is/are the practice facilities?

From the school it is a 10-15 minute drive, or up to an hour depending on Chicago traffic , but if you don't have a car it is a train ride and then you connect to a bus. Depending on how well you connect the 2 it could be as little as 40 minutes or it could take you up to and hour and 20 minutes.

How interactive are your men’s and women’s teams?

Our teams are very interactive off of the lanes but when we are practicing we only practice 1 or 2 times a month together. The other days in the month the girls do there own thing and the guys do there own thing.

What is your favorite Storm bowling ball? Why?

My favorite Storm bowing ball has to be the Torrent. I love my Torrent because for me it is such a benchmark ball that rolls nice and even. Also it is the ball that helped me place 6th individually at the Hoosier this year and got me to the ISC for the 2nd year in a row.

How do you pick your limited (5 or 6 balls) arsenal for collegiate tournaments?

I make picking my arsenal for college tournaments really simple.

1. Strong smooth ball
2. Weak smooth ball
3. Weak angular ball
4. Strong angular ball
5. My favorite ball

What is it like competing against friends on opposing teams?

It's really fun! I've known some of these guys since I was 10 and to grow up with them and experience college bowing together is a true blessing. It's always nice to have bragging rights if you win, but the friendships you make in bowling are like nothing else and they will create life long friends, and that's the important thing.

Is it possible to have a job at your program while going to school full time, bowling most days a week, traveling, etc?

Yes it is possible, some kids work nights after practice from like 6-10 or shifts, or some work on Monday and Friday's when we don't have practice.

What's the funniest thing that has happened in college bowling?'

All of our van rides to and from tournaments always have some funny moments in them. The best was on our way to a tournament and Michael Martell was sleeping in the first row of the van. We are driving down the road and a tow truck was hauling a semi so that the semi was facing us. On the count of 3 we all screamed so that Michael would wake up and when he did he started freaking out because he thought the semi was coming right at us. That was a great laugh.

What's one thing that a high school bowler should know before going into college that may surprise them?

Learn time management skills in high school. You will use time management more than you would ever imagine.

 


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Collegiate Standout | Kayla Crawford


What is your favorite part of collegiate bowling?

I love the competitiveness. The feeling I get when I need to strike in that moment to win a match or make it close is what I live for. I thrive on the high-pressure moments. Being able to come through in those moments, knowing that it was for my teammates and coaches, is an amazing feeling.

What is your preparation routine?

Before every tournament, I stretch and listen to music to get me in the zone. Before every shot I grab my ball, wipe it, visualize my targets and take a deep breath. Once I get onto the approach, I don’t think; I get comfortable and then make the shot.

How often are you/your team working on your game(s)?

As a team, we practice three days a week on the lanes for a couple hours each. Some of us practice more on our own time to work on certain areas of their games one on one.

What is teamwork? What does it look like on the lanes?

To me, teamwork is being able to overcome obstacles together. Everyone works together to help each other out. At tournaments, we typically do not know what the pattern looks like, so as a team we have to work together to overcome that obstacle. Bad shots will be made, spares will be missed, but when your teammates tell you “It’s okay, shake it off! We’ll pick you up” and then as a team, we do, that is a prime example of teamwork!

How important is the physical and mental game? Is one more important than the other?

While they are both important, the mental part of your game will make you succeed further. You can have all the best techniques with your physical game. However, if you allow something to impair your mental game, it will negatively affect your overall game.

How does Storm and their products help you and your team?

Personally, Storm products match up best with my game. I know that my teammates love Storm products as well. Storm bowling balls cover every type of ball you need from fresh to burn. The characteristics of these balls prepare us to compete to the best of our abilities. I’m thankful to bowl for a program sponsored by such a great company.

What is your life like as a collegiate athlete?

Life as a collegiate athlete requires many hours in the classroom, outside the classroom studying, and on the lanes perfecting your game. It requires time management, teamwork, and the perseverance to push you further. Being a collegiate athlete teaches you that when you feel that you’ve pushed yourself to your limits, you can always push further to achieve more.

What does a typical practice session look like at your program?

We start with an open discussion led by Coach Littig regarding a variety of topics. We then break into the men’s and women’s teams where we warm up for twenty minutes before working on specific drills to improve our techniques. We periodically have team competitions to add a little fun.

Are there mandatory workouts at your program?

In the past, we have not had mandatory workouts, but we are planning to have team workouts this coming year.

How close/far is/are the practice facilities?

An advantage that our bowling program has is that we have the luxury of utilizing two different facilities, which are both within ten minutes of campus. This is an advantage because it gives us experience on two types of approaches, lane surfaces, and oil conditioners. This makes us more adaptable for both wood and synthetic approaches.

How interactive are your men’s and women’s teams?

Both teams interact throughout campus. Since our school is a private institution, we see each other often on campus. Generally, we like to hangout after practice and go to dinner.

What is your favorite Storm bowling ball? Why?

So far, my favorite Storm ball is the Lock. I have had three in the past two years because I love the ball so much. I have had great success with them. I used my first one most of the week at the 2016 Team Trials where I made Jr. Team USA. It has also been my go to ball during both years of college, especially this past year.

How do you pick your limited (5 or 6 balls) arsenal for collegiate tournaments?

It is tricky because we don’t know the patterns and there are so many options, but I talk to Coach Crawford about what we both think I should bring. We try to take an arsenal that covers everything by avoiding any gaps between ball characteristics. I always have my spare ball, so it can be even more challenging when having to pick just four or five other balls.

What is it like competing against friends on opposing teams?

Competing against friends on opposing teams is tough when we go head to head. You have to keep in mind that you’re friends off the lanes and you wish them the best of luck, but you want to win for your teammates and yourself.

Is it possible to have a job at your program while going to school full time, bowling most days a week, traveling, etc?

At our program, it is definitely possible to have a job, but the main concern is making sure the individual isn’t too overwhelmed with their personal schedule. This can vary depending on the individual’s preferences, what their major demands of them, how flexible their bosses are with their busy schedule, etc. It can be difficult at times, but it is possible and will teach you various skills. For the most part, I prefer to be busy. I’m most productive when I’m busy.