Introductory Coach

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

Club Coach

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

Coaching Basics and The Etiquette of Bowls 

Advanced Coach

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
9. Up to date with ASADA Anti-Doping Policies

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 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.


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 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 Bowls Queensland coaching committee to find out when the modules will be conducted in your area.


Code of Ethics form 

Club Coach Re-accreditation application form

 BA Coaches Den Videos

Current and Competent letter template

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