> instruction program with a BCA certified instructor? If so please
> Tim fm CT
I take it you are not asking for referrals, but asking about the general
quality of the BCA certified instructor program.
I was a BCA certified instructor until a few years ago. I became one
simply by applying. There were no tests and very minimal criteria to meet.
I am no longer in the program, so I can't tell you if there have been any
changes. I've heard that the BCA started their "masters" instructor
program because of complains that there was no quality control for their
certified instructors. Ostensibly the "masters" have to be tested in some
way, although I'd bet that some people were simply grandfathered in because
they were certified for so long. So don't assume that being a BCA
instructor is any kind of assurance of quality.
Also, don't assume that because someone plays well they will make a good
teacher. Ironically, I've found that the best players usually make the
worst teachers. Good players can certainly tell you a lot about game
strategy, but most people taking lessons mostly need work with their
fundamentals. The best players are usually "naturals" at the game, which
means they have not had to worry much about stroke and stance. So they
certainly won't be able to help you much with yours. Great players don't
know how to teach others because they actually don't know how they do what
they do. They are likely to be baffled about why you can't draw the ball
the length of the table, because it's always been so easy for them. It's
the people who have had to struggle a bit who are more likely to be great
students of the game, and therefore, great teachers of others. It's more
important for a teacher to be hyper-observant and able to communicate than
to be a great player. Remember the old saying: "those who can't do, teach.
Those who can't teach, become guidance counselors."
In terms of finding a teacher, ask around, particularly to old students.
Also, don't assume that you will notice immediate improvement. If an
instructor corrects an old bad habit, it will usually pull your game down
until you adjust to the change. So be patient and practice practice
Rambling-in-CA, aka Laura