Bowls Victoria offers a variety of courses for new and accrediting coaches.

Coaches play an important role in bowls by assisting players to develop their playing skills on the green.

Our coaches are responsible for training, analysing a performance, and providing instruction, mentoring and encouragement to help develop good bowlers into great bowler.

A coach is one of the first people a new player meets when they come to a club. Due to this, it’s important that as a coach, you possess the necessary personality, skills, knowledge and approach to ensure a player receives a quality coaching experience.

As a coach, it’s important that you have some important key attributes to guide and support all bowlers:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • A sensitive, supportive and positive approach
  • The ability to build confidence and motivate others
  • A helpful and proactive attitude
  • Good time management and patience

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Club Coach

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.

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

The Club Coach Accreditation is ideally suited to coaches regularly working at club level, either coaching a team or individual coaching.

Introductory Coach

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! 

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

The Introductory Coach Accreditation is ideally suited to coaches working with schools, social bowlers and those introducing new bowlers to the game

Selection Module

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.

Competency statements:

  • Explain the role of a selection panel and their relationship with coaches, players and committee
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  • 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

The Selection Module is designed for club coaches, selectors and others who are keen to ensure their club has best practice selection standards.

Competition Module

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.

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

The Competition Module focuses on the aspects of competitive bowls.

Bowlers Arm Upskill Session

The sessions will include

A general overview of coaching

  • Discussion around the different types of bowling arm devices available
  • Discuss types of bowling techniques eg ( fixed, short and long step deliveries)
  • Have bowlers bowl into ditch so coaches can assess the correct length of the device is suitable for the applicant
  • Rolling into the ditch at 6 metres to assess technique and pre-shot routines


  • To assess and assist with weight control
  • Up shots and over draw
  • Drives for those as requested.

The cost to attend these sessions will be $25.

Bowls Victoria run 3-hour coaching module specifically focused on the skills and knowledge you need to better coach Arm Bowlers.

Advanced Coach

Administered by Bowls Australia, the Advanced Coach accreditation is suited to coaches whom Bowls Victoria believe will provide a valuable experience for a coach at a region, state level, or premier league or development level.

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The Introductory & Club Coach Reaccreditation Policy is built on the fundamental premise that coaches who volunteer their time within their club should be able to do so without hassle, provided their club values their services.

The Introductory & Club Coach Reaccreditation model is:

  1. Regular Practical Coaching
    All coaches should be actively practising their craft. They are required to keep a log of regular coaching (recommended to be 60 hours over four years for Introductory Coaches & 200 hours over four years for Club Coaches. Please note if this is not achieved this will not effect eligibility for reaccreditation). The log can be in the form of a notebook, excel spreadsheet or any other means of demonstrating hours of practical coaching over a four year period. This must be available at time of reaccreditation and shown to the coach’s nominated club (see point two).

  2. Complete a Reaccreditation Application form with updated details
    When reaccrediting, coaches must complete the relevant application form to ensure Bowls Victoria has the current details for all the coaches within Victoria.  These forms include current Working with Children Check (WWCC) details, which is a requirement for all new and reaccrediting coaches.
  3. Current and Competent letter’ from their nominated Club
    All 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:
    • the reaccreditation candidate has been actively coaching (and they have seen the log detailing the hours); and
    • the Club is satisfied with the performance of the coach and is happy for that coach to continue.
    • If the Club does not value the services of the coach, they are free to decline signing the ‘current and competent letter’.

  4. View ‘The Coaches Den’ coaching videos
    Bowls Australia has developed several 2 – 5 minute videos which will form the personal development component of reaccreditation. These videos will be updated from time to time in accordance with relevant industry standards and legislation changes. The videos are interesting, valuable and relevant to current coaching needs and a great resources for coaches.

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‘The Coaches Den’ coaching videos

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CoachForce aims to administer traditional coach and umpire accreditations, generate greater engagement in personal and professional development, increase retention of existing bowlers and provide mentoring opportunities.

The Bowls Victoria’s CoachForce Program is a club support initiative available to all Bowls Clubs in Victoria.

Further Information

For more information on coaching or becoming a coach please contact:
Matthew Ottobre
Education & Training Manager
P: 0411 516 328