Coaching

National Coaching Accreditation Scheme

Bowls NSW is pleased to endorse the new National coaching structures which will be jointly administered with the NSWWBA. The implementation of qualified Assessors and Presenters (P&A) aim to provide professional accreditation and re-accreditation courses for all levels of coaching, from Introductory Coach through to High Performance Coaching standards.

Coaches Courses Outlines:

Introductory Coach

Ideally suited to coaches working with schools, social bowlers and those introducing new bowlers to the game. This accreditation is perfect for the coach who is assigned a group of bowlers celebrating an event (e.g. Christmas party). The course takes coaches through the safety aspects of organising a group on the green and a plethora of activities designed to engage new participants instantly!

Introductory Coach Competency statements:
• Identify the roles and responsibilities of an introductory coach
• 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

Club Coach

Ideally suited to coaches regularly working at club level, either coaching a team or individual coaching. Coaches who are coaching a pennant team will benefit from obtaining this accreditation as the course covers the constants and variables of a delivery, managing the safely aspects of bowls and harnessing various communication methods.
Club Coach Competency statements:

• Demonstrate the legal and ethical responsibilities of a club coach
• Identify the roles and information needs of a club coach
• Review the coaching session
• Demonstrate appropriate risk management audit
• Apply risk management principles
• Work cooperatively with parents, officials and sports administrators
• 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
• Outline social development considerations
• Identify the specific responsibilities of lead, second, third and skip
• Apply the basic rules for sport of Lawn Bowls
• Identify issues regarding drugs in sport
• Identify common bowls terminology for club level competition
• Assist athletes with basic nutritional strategies for sports performance
• Demonstrate effective communication strategies

Competition Module

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 what they can control. The workshop contains practical on green elements where participants can discover what their own shot timeline is and how best to collect statistics.

Competition Module Competency statements:
• Describe the things a player can influence
• Explain the role of a skip
• Demonstrate effective communication between skip and team members
• Analyse the head and provide appropriate feedback to your players
• Record accurate scores during a game

Selection Module

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 the benchmarking players which can assist with selection. Selectors and committee members should attend this workshop to learn how to create a selection policy and a healthy philosophy for their club.

Selection Module Competency statements
• Explain the role of a selection panel and their relationship with coaches, players and committee members
• Develop a selection policy and criteria and explain their purpose
• Explain the process of creating performance standards
• Explain the legal and ethical considerations, appeals and repercussions of selection
• Collect and manage the use of data to help selectors

Advanced Coach

The Advanced Coach accreditation is ideally suited to coaches who believe they will provide valuable coaching experience to their state/territory association at a premier league club, a development squad, a 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.

Advanced Coach Competency statements:
• Display and maintain the professional behaviours and standards expected of an Advanced Coach
• Demonstrate positive and inclusive coaching philosophy
• Identify personal strengths and limitations to develop your own coaching style
• Demonstrate self evaluation skills and techniques for improving coaching performance
• Manage a coaching program by creating a support network for stakeholders and players
• Develop and implement a season, weekly and session plans for a team or an individual
• Manage the safety requirements of coaching
• Demonstrate a range of coaching methods and communication techniques
• Design and execute training drills and activities appropriate the level of players being coached
• Determine the complexity and organisation of a skill
• Identify how a skill may be simplified
• Demonstrate understanding of learning styles
• Develop activities to improve a player’s physical abilities
• Demonstrate an understanding of anatomy and be able to effectively communicate with health care professionals
• Identify biomechanical principles that can be utilised to improve the player
• Apply technique analysis using biomechanical principles and various technologies to instruct the player
• Take into account growth and development considerations when coaching a range of players
• Assist players to use correct nutritional strategies to enhance bowls performance
• Use basic psychological training skills to assist players prepare for bowls performance
• Provide basic information to players regarding anti-doping issues
• Demonstrate a clear understanding of the mechanisms needed to develop a successful team
• Develop skills necessary to be able to coach different personality styles

Reaccreditation

Please see below the Club Coach Reaccreditation model. In summary, the Club Coach Reaccreditation model is:

Regular practical coaching component – all club coaches should be actively practicing their craft. They are required to keep a log of regular coaching (recommended to be 200 hours of a coaching at club level or higher). The log can be in the form of a notebook, excel spreadsheet or any other means of demonstrating 200 hours of practical coaching (over a four year period, e.g. – 50 hours of practical coaching per year). This must be available at time of reaccreditation and shown to the coach’s nominated club (see point two).

2.‘Current and competent letter’ from their nominated club (see example template below) – all club coaches are required to have their club president/secretary verify their competency and hours of active coaching. In signing this letter, the club is endorsing that:
a) the reaccreditation candidate has been actively coaching (and they have seen the log detailing the hours); and
b) the club is satisfied with the performance of the coach and is happy for that coach to continue coaching at club level or above.

Dear coaching committee,
I can confirm that has been actively coaching at .
is a well respected coach at our club and someone who performs the role of club coach frequently for our members.

has completed approximately of coaching at our club (or higher level) over the past four years and I have sighted his/her log book which details the records.

On behalf of our club, we are delighted to see this person be reaccredited as a club coach and happy to provide support as required.

View online videos on Bowls Australia website – BA has designed/sourced several short videos which will be updated from time to time in accordance with relevant industry standards and legislation changes. While it is impossible to ‘force’ a coach to view videos (the same as it is impossible to force a coach to listen to the presenter during a course), we will keep the videos interesting, valuable and relevant to current coaching needs.

Each participant will be able to view coaching videos available online via the STA/BA websites. A small library of these DVD’s will be provided to each STA for those candidates that are unable to view video’s online. They will (as part of their reaccreditation process) be asked to tick the appropriate box on the reaccreditation form to show they have viewed and understood the videos. We will have a range of coaching videos online which will jointly form the personal development component of reaccreditation.


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Course Costs:

Introductory Coaching Course – $44.00 per person

Club Coach – $110.00 per person

Selection Module – $50.00 per person

Competitions Module – $50.00 per person

Coaching Course enrolment form

Reaccreditation Costs

Introductory Coach Reaccreditation – $15.00 per person

Club Coach – $25.00 per person

Coaching Reaccreditation form

Refund Policy

  1. Any course enrolment cancelled more than 2 working days of the course commencement will incur a fee of 10% of the course cost.
  2. The refund must be sought by written advice to [email protected]
  3. No refund will be offered to an enrolment cancelled within the timeframe of 2 working days of the course commencement.
  4. Any course not attended and without prior notification will forfeit all payments made.
  5. In the event that Bowls NSW cancels a course, you will be offered a full refund or you may elect to transfer to another course at no cost.
  6. All manuals, workbooks must be returned to Bowls NSW in an unused condition. No refunds will be given for materials that are considered to be used.
  7. Refunds will only be processed upon receipt and inspection of any returned materials.
    Transferring & Rescheduling
  8. Bowls NSW will transfer your application at no cost if written notification is received a minimum of 5 working days prior to course commencement.
  9. Transfer requests received after this time will incur a $15.00 transfer fee payable to Bowls NSW.
  10. Transfers must include a new course date to ensure no further charges apply.
  11. Failure to provide this new course date before the commencement of the original course, will be considered a cancelled enrolment and may forfeit all payments and/or potential refunds.
    Group (Client) Booking Cancellations
  12. Bowls NSW requires written notification for cancellation of group (client) bookings.
  13. Written notification must be received a minimum of 5 working days prior to course commencement, if you wish to cancel a group (client) booking.
  14. Cancellations received after the time will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total course cost.