Everybody who plays starts somewhere. Young and novice bowlers first contact with the sport may be through introductory level coaches. Bowls Australia is preparing introductory level coaches across Australia to ensure that this first point of contact is enjoyable and rewarding for both the coach and the player. Creating a positive first experience for new bowlers is pivotal to the sustainability of the sport and our clubs.
The Introductory Coaches course prepares participants to;
• Assess and manage the risks of coaching at an Introductory level
• Utilise a range of communication techniques
• Plan and safely conduct a training session, ensuring fun and maximum participation through games and activities
Adapt activities to meet player abilities
The Club Coach course is ideally suited to coaches regularly working at club level, either coaching a team or coaching an individual. Amongst a range of other knowledge and skill components, this course covers a broad range of general coaching theories and specific bowls content, including;
• Conduct a coaching session to teach skills and tactics
• Identify appropriate delivery options to place bowl smoothly on running surface
• Identify appropriate drills for shot development
• Apply technique analysis to provide appropriate feedback
• Identify the correlation between line and weight and the impact of environmental conditions
• Implement inclusive activities for the coaching of bowls
• Identify physical growth and development considerations
• Identify the specific responsibilities of lead, second, third and skip
• Assist athletes with basic nutritional strategies for sports performance
• Demonstrate effective communication strategies
The Advanced Coach accreditation is ideally suited to coaches who STA’s believe will provide valuable coaching experience to the STA at a premier league club, development squad, zone/group/district and state level. This may include coaches who are currently coaching at a zone/group/district level coaches, state junior coaches, state assistant coaches, premier level pennant clubs and development squad coaches.
The Advanced Coach accreditation comprises of best practice material taken from the Australian Sports Commission’s Intermediate General Principles and re-designed to specifically meet the needs of bowls coaches. The content can be split into two sections; coach preparation and player preparation. Knowing your own coaching style, coaching philosophy, how to plan your program and how to teach, observe and provide feedback to your players are all key components throughout coach preparation. Player preparation covers how players acquire skills, how to analyse movement, the principles of physiology and working with a player’s mental ability. The course is conducted face to face over four days with topics delivered by experts in their field.
The prerequisites for the course are:
1. The coach must be currently in a position or currently seeking a position within the recognised state system (i.e. currently coaching or seeking a position which is either a zone/group/district level coach, state junior coach, state assistant coach, premier level pennant club and/or a development squad coach)
2. Endorsement from your STA to attempt the accreditation (see below)
3. Current personal email address
4. Mobile phone with SMS capabilities
5. Access to a video camera
6. Current Club Coach accreditation and attendance at the Competition and Selection Modules
7. Current working with children check. This is state/territory specific. Please check with your Department of Justice (or equivalent) to ensure you can meet all the requirements.
8. Current First Aid certificate. Minimum certificate requirement is course code: HLTFA301C – Apply First Aid. Providers of First Aid certificates conduct this course under different titles, e.g. HLTFA301C is covered under St John’s Ambulance’s ‘Apply First Aid Course’ and Red Cross’s ‘Senior First Aid Course.’ Please check with your chosen provider to ensure you are completing the HLTFA301C course.
Coaching is an integral part of our sport’s success but it can often be a difficult and daunting task without the right information and guidance, which is why Bowls Australia have developed the official Activities Handbook to assist the bowls fraternity.
The Activities Handbook was designed to create a positive learning environment, enabling activities and games to be carried out safely and therefore enhance the fun of learning the game of bowls.
The handbook is an official Bowls Australia publication supporting introductory and club coaches during their training sessions that perfectly complements the suite of resources also available by Bowls Australia.
Whilst the apparent simplicity of lawn bowls belies the skill and mental application required to play the game well, these activities are designed to be used for a range of players. The handbook contains activities and practical drills coaches can use to liven up training in a fun and involving manner.
National coach Steve Glasson OAM believes the handbook is a great resource for beginner and experienced bowlers alike.
“The handbook is a fantastic tool for all bowlers and I really recommend it,” Glasson said.
“Every bowler can find ways to improve their game and there are so many facets of this book that could benefit even the most experienced bowler.
“I intend to use the book at Australia squad camps to provide a visual guide for the players and it’s a great resource to give to them to take away.
“The handbook really shines when coaching at club level. The tips and techniques found in the book are matched with an abundance of skill tests and drills to help players improve.”
The Bowls Australia Activities Handbook can be purchased from the Bowls Australia shop
or through your State and Territory Association for $19.95.
The Competition Module focuses on the aspects of competitive bowls. Coaches should attend this workshop to gain further information on how to best prepare players for competition, where to find the laws of the sport and conditions of play and understand how to educate players to focus on the elements they can control.
The workshop contains practical on green elements where players can discover what their own shot timeline is and how best to collect statistics.
You do not need to be an accredited coach to attend a workshop – it’s open to players, committee members, selectors and other interested persons.
The Selection Module is designed for club coaches, selectors and others who are keen to ensure their club has best practice selection standards.
Coaches should attend this workshop to learn more about benchmarking players, which can assist with selection, while selectors and committee members are advised to attend this workshop to learn how to create a selection policy and a healthy philosophy for their club.
Contact your state/territory coaching committee to find out when the modules will be conducted in your area.
Coaching code of behaviour
to download the coaching code of behaviour.
Useful coaching links
Coaches Code of Behaviour
Australian Sports Commission
The Coaches Den video series
Coaches Re-accreditation information