​​​Joondalup Lawn Bowling Club


Top Tips - Preparing for next season

 


“I have taken some excerpts from a publication by John Snell which contains some great advice for different positions. There is also a copy on the Coaches Corner notice board. Now is the time to start preparing for next season, particularly if you want to play in a different position or a higher grade”

 

Stevo

JOHN SNELL

 

LEADS:

Learn to use the mat to draw around or under a bowl close to the draw line instead of changing hands.

The lead sets the pattern and dictates whether or not the team adopts defensive or aggressive tactics.

The importance of rolling the jack to the length required by the skip cannot be over emphasised

Generally, you should bowl on the kindest (or more predictable) drawing side and don’t bowl “around the clock”

Don’t try anything else other than getting your 2 bowls near the jack. The ONLY exception is to draw about half a metre BEHIND the jack with your second bowl if your first is more than 300mms in front.

Never “niggle” at the head unless instructed to do so by your Skip.

In practice, work on your rhythm and practice drawing around or under a short bowl.

 

SECONDS:

The main qualification for a second is command of the draw shot with no preference for either hand.

Should the lead fail with both his bowls, the Second’s job is to assume the Lead’s role and DRAW.

When drawing to a position, whether it’s on the draw line or offset, imagine a jack on the indicated spot, give it full concentration and draw a “toucher”.

 

THIRDS:

“Good Thirds should be seen and not heard” is not necessarily 100% true. Don’t offer an opinion before the skip has had a chance to speak as he may have decided on the shot to play and any suggestion for something different may erode his confidence

If asked a question by the Skip, the Third should be decisive in his answer leaving the Skip in no doubt.

Underestimate the distance is short or long, particularly short bowls. If you call a short bowl as 1 metre out, the player will try to add AT LEAST another metre and will often be 2 – 3 metres too long.

Should the Third be called on to play a vital draw shot under extreme pressure, either pray or imagine there are no other bowls on the green and draw to the jack.

 

 

SKIPS:

To be a top Skip demands that you have the following attributes: psychology, self-control, tactics, empathy, leadership, counselling, poise, determination, intestinal fortitude and it will help if you can bowl!

Build the head first before you think about attacking. Your top priority is to get bowls in the head.

Be prepared to accept second shot. Such a decision can mean the difference between winning and losing (not just on your rink) at the end of the day.

Underestimate the distance is short or long, particularly short bowls. If you call a short bowl as 1 metre out, the player will try to add AT LEAST another metre and will often be 2 – 3 metres too long.

To excel as a Skip, you need to develop a reasonable sense of humour and use it not only for your own enjoyment but to put your players at ease, particularly when “the chips are down”


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Bowls WA 2019 Coach Courses and Modules

 


 

2019 Club Coach Courses

 

Bowls Australia Presenters and Assessors are pleased to announce the upcoming Club Coach Courses for 2019:

June 8 & 9 - Osborne Park Bowling Club, 31 Park Street, Tuart Hill

July 20 & 21 - Cambridge Bowling Club, 39 Chandler Avenue, Floreat

September 7 & 8 Bowls Safety Bay, 130 Gloucester Crescent, Shoalwater

 

On the day:

  • Report to the correct venue by 9 am
  • Each day will end at approximately 4:30 pm
  • Bring your Question & Answers
  • Bring your On Green Assessment Form
  • Bring your Coaching Manual
  • Bring your own lunch

 

The Club Coach course is ideally suited to coaches regularly working at club level, coaching teams or individuals. 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

 

Identify appropriate drills for shot development

 

Apply technique analysis to provide appropriate feedback

 

Identify the correlation between line and weight and environment

 

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

 

 

 

 Registration Forms are available on the Bowls WA website. Course cost is $110.

Once we receive your registration and process payment we will mail out to you a Club Coach Manual, a series of Questions and Answers, and a receipt for payment.

 

NOTE: WA Working with Children Check (WWC) requirements for Club Coach Courses is currently under review. It is a legal requirement to have a WWC when directly coaching children. If you state that you are coaching with children this check can be obtained from most Australia Post Outlets for a cost of $11 as a volunteer. Processing of the cards takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks so we highly recommend you apply prior to taking the Club Coach Course

2019 Selection Modules

Bowls Australia Presenters and Assessors are pleased to announce the upcoming Selection Modules for 2019:

Thursday September 12 - 6-9 PM

Osborne Park Bowling Club, 31 Park Street, Tuart Hill

Thursday September 19 - 6-9 PM

Rossmoyne Bowling Club, 35 Tuscan Street, Rossmoyne

On the day:

  • Report to the correct venue by 5:45 pm
  • Each session will end at approximately 9:00 pm
  • Manuals will be provided upon arrival

 

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 bench-marking 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.

2019 Competition Module

Bowls Australia Presenters and Assessors are pleased to announce the upcoming Competition Module for 2019. Please note: this module will only be available if participant registration reaches four (4).

Wednesday October 9 - 6-9 PM

Willetton Bowling Club, Burrendah Blvd, Willetton

On the day:

  • Report to the correct venue by 5:45 pm
  • Each session will end at approximately 9:00 pm
  • Manuals will be provided upon arrival

 

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.

For more information, please contact Denise McMillan

E: denise@bowlswa.com.au | W: 9340 0804 | M: 0449 619 841


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JOB OPPORTUNITY

 


JBC is growing rapidly with new members now having to wait to begin their coaching. The club needs more qualified coaches, both men & ladies.

 

Coaching is very rewarding and will definitely improve the level of the coach’s own bowls. Hours will vary according to demand; but 2 more qualified coaches will result in about 2 hours per week being needed to assist. You don’t have to be the best bowler in the club to be a good coach; just able to analyse & improve new bowlers’ techniques and help them enjoy the game.

The pay is sensational and doubles each year!!!!!

 

If you can assist or need more information, please see Eric Buck or Geoff Stevenson.

 

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