Players who win, and win repeatedly, are not simply more skilled. These athletes think in special ways. They concentrate more effectively, and they recover from mistakes and losses better than common bowlers. In this fast paced and informative workshop Dr. Dean Hinitz will present the secrets of world class players in developing championship play. This interactive presentation will give you multiple tools to develop a champion mindset in the bowlers you are training.


Dean Hinitz resides in Reno, Nevada where he has a practice working with athletes, performers, and anyone committed to reaching for their personal stars. He also maintains a clinical and business consultation practice, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. 

Dr. Hinitz has been a champion gymnast and martial artist, and has pressed his limits in running, triathlon, rock climbing, and of course bowling. He has tripped, fallen, dusted himself off, and had to follow every one of the principles to championship play outlined in his books and workshops.

Dr. Hinitz works with Team USA, several national champion collegiate bowling programs, numerous Hall of Fame Bowlers, champion athletes, and teams from a wide range of sports. He has worked with corporations as diverse as International Gaming Technology (IGT), The United States Postal Service, Caesar’s Tahoe casino, The City of Reno, Nevada County, and Artown in Reno. Dr. Hinitz regularly gives seminars on coaching, competing, and maximizing personal potential. 

Dr. Hinitz is the author of "Focused for Bowling" published in 2003, and “Bowling Psychology.” Both books are applicable to virtually any performing or achievement arena. He has been a contributing writer for Bowling This Month. He is a guest presenter at the Kegel Training Center and has been for more than 15 years.

Ultimately, Dr. Hinitz works with commitment. His mission is to help you win at whatever “game” you are declaring is important to you. A hero’s journey has both light and dark stretches. He’s got a compass, a water bottle, and a torch, and as far as he’s concerned, there is no greater honor than traveling that path with you. 


As a bowling coach your athletes expect you to help them when they can’t find solutions themselves. We all have been trying everything we have in us in the heat of the competition realizing we are not getting through to our athlete. We see them becoming more and more unreachable and … uncoachable. Sandwiched between wanting to push them through it (there are no shots to waste! It is still possible to make it!) and empathy for their feelings of panic and fear (we have been in this place before!), we are looking for a way to really be heard and understood.

In this workshop we learn you insights, tools and power tricks to regain a smarter, more efficient conversation and connection faster. This way your player gets his ‘alert and common sense’ back faster and easier (this is hell for them too!). Based on neuroscience and how the brain works, we give you practical information and tips that get you further and help you understand what is going on in our conversations with each other. This will enable us to activate our (and the players) higher executive functions of the brain, strengthening our ability to make good decisions.


Muriël Verbruggen – Van Langenhove holds a degree in Clinical Psychology (1994) and is a trained coach (Co-active Coaching and licensed Insights practitioner) and conflict mediator. She is also a USBC Bronze Level Coach. Muriël has close to 20 years of experience in coaching and consulting to enhance performance and wellbeing both in sports (tenpin bowling) and business environments. Typical assignments include working with individuals and teams to create empowerment, master sport psychological skills, uncover potential, handle stress, build and maintain high quality relationships with self and others.