Coaching

Bowls NZ Coaching Plan 2014-2017

The Coaching Plan 2014-2017 released in November 2014 has been created in conjunction with the National Coaching Advisory Group (NCAG). This group was formed in late 2013 to review the coaching plan in operation at the time and make recommendations in consideration of the modern landscape of bowls in New Zealand.

This Coaching Plan is a blueprint for how over the next four years we will build on the existing coach development platform to ensure that bowls has enough quality coaches to support participants at every stage of the player pathway. Whether they are experiencing their first taste of Have a Go, representing their region with pride in the National Secondary Schools Finals or carrying the hopes of the nation into the 2018 Commonwealth Games, we want our players to be supported by the very best coaching possible.

The creation of the Bowls Coaching Plan has been a collaborative effort between Bowls New Zealand, Sport New Zealand, bowls coaches and coach developers. A group of experienced coaches and coach developers, from both bowls and other sports, were charged with identifing the main issues facing bowls coaching across the wider bowls community and to provide solutions to these challenges by developing the initiatives contained in the Bowls Coaching Plan. The working group members:

Kaushik Patel, National Coach Development Manager - Bowls New Zealand

Dave Edwards, National Coach - Bowls New Zealand

Andrew Eade, Coaching Lead - Sport New Zealand

Cushla McGillivray, Board Chair and Coach Developer - Bowls New Zealand

Peter Belliss, Assistant National Coach Bowls New Zealand

The Bowls New Zealand Coaching Team will work in partnership with Clubs, Centres, Regional Service Centres and coaches to action the key delivery areas listed in the Plan.

You can access the full coaching plan by clicking on the following link:

Bowls NZ Coaching Plan 2014 2017

Bowls New Zealand Coach/Player Framework

Bowls New Zealand Coach Development Program

The key changes made in the Bowls New Zealand Coach Development Program are:

o An upheaval of the Introductory Coaching Course which now targets wholly the Learn Community of bowlers and the name of the course has changed to the Foundation Coach Course.

o The name change of the Bowls NZ Coach Course to the Bowls New Zealand Development Coach Course.

o Current Introductory and Bowls NZ Coach accredited coaches will have their name change done automatically on the Bowls NZ database however they will not be receiving new certificates.

o The Update Course being an official course for Development Coaches who are encouraged to update every two years to keep their accreditation active.

o A new From Go to Pro booklet full of Games and drills for bowlers of all abilities.

The name changes to the courses are to keep in line with the Sport New Zealand coach/player framework and gives a clear definition to coaches of the communities they are catering for

The costs to attend the courses has had a major overhaul and keeps in line with Bowls New Zealand philosophy of user pays programs. The costs have been calculated on a neutralised structure to ensure there is a standard charge no matter where you attend. The fee covers costs for coach developers, club/green hireage, manuals and resources.

The Foundation Coaching Community

The participants they coach

Foundation coaches support participants enjoying their first experiences in bowls. The vast majority of the participants will be adults wanting an enjoyable experience with work colleagues, mates or family. This community also includes Secondary School children who play organised bowls and younger children who are encouraged by Intermediate and even Primary Schools sessions.

Who the coaches are

Foundation coaches can come from anywhere its not about who they are but rather whether they understand and care about the development of people and offering them an enjoyable experience that will make them want to come back for more.

Typically Foundation Coaches are

Club members who co-ordinate Mates in bowls, Business House bowls, Corporate bowls

Parents

Secondary school teachers

Community Development Officers

Older secondary school students

Tertiary students

The ideal Foundation Coach will

Nurture a love of sport and active recreation

Focus primarily on fun, participation and skill development

Understand the needs of the participant

Encourage multiple sports and skills

Understand that they are in the business of creating not only better players, but better people

Have a sense of working in a wider coaching community with similar goals

The Foundation Coach Course

Will be 4/5 hours long one or two evenings a week or a weekend day

Highlight the role of the coach, show the basic delivery, show alternative fun games with booklet included, and other applicable information

Will be non-examinable

A coach is accredited on completion of the course

There will be a $50.00 per coach charge to attend this course

Coaches will receive the From Go to Pro games and skills booklet, a workbook and other appropriate material.

The Development Coaching Community

The participants they coach

Development coaches support a wider range of participants and coach adults who play and enjoy organised bowls in a competitive environment.

Development coaches also coach young people who continue in organised sport through the secondary school in the club setting. This might include those junior players (in terms of playing years) developing to play at a Representative or National level.

Who the coaches are

Development coaches can come from anywhere

Its not about who they are but rather whether they understand and care about the development of people in sport of all ages.

Typically Development Coaches are

Club Coaches

Club Players

Community Development Officers

Tertiary students

The ideal Development Coach will

Nurture a love of multiple sports

Focus on skill development and decision making

Understand the needs of adults who play and enjoy organised bowls in a competitive environment.

Reinforce ethical approaches to sport and recreation

Provide for participants needs and aspirations

Understand that they are in the business of creating not only better players, but better people

Have a sense of working in a wider coaching community with similar goals

The Development Coach Course

Will be 12 hours long over a weekend or 3/4 evening sessions

Highlight CoachApproach, The New Zealand Way delivery, Technique Analysis, Sport Science etc.

Coaches will be assessed in a variety of ways

Once a coach has been accredited they will be encouraged to Update every two years if they wish to continue actively coaching.

There will be a $100.00 per coach charge to attend this course

Coaches will receive a workbook, the following coaching booklets The Basics, The Principles of Coaching, Skills and Drills and other appropriate material.

The Update Course

The participants they coach

Coaches attending the Update Course will be Development coaches who wish to continue supporting a wider range of participants and coach adults who play and enjoy organised bowls in a competitive environment.

Development coaches also coach young people who continue in organised sport through the secondary school structure in the club setting. This might include those junior players (in terms of playing years) developing to play at a Representative or National level.

Who the coaches are

Development coaches who enjoy their coaching, believe they are making a difference and wish to continue coaching.

Typically Development Coaches who attend the Update Course are

Club Coaches

Club Players

Community Development Officers

The Development Coach Update Course

Will be 3/4 hours long over a weekend day or 1/2 evening sessions

Modules appertaining to the needs of the coaches attending or new modules will be presented

Once a coach has been Updated they will be reaccredited for a further two years and encouraged to Update every two years if they wish to continue actively coaching.

There will be a $30.00 per coach charge to attend this course

Coaches will receive appropriate material appertaining to the modules being presented at the course.

Modules will include, Team Coaching, Selection, Technique Analysis and other relevant modules pertaining to the needs of the participants.

The Performance Coaching Community

The athletes they coach

Performance coaches support the narrowing range of identified players who have shown extra ability and are moving towards national representative bowls and players who are competing in an international environment.

Who the coaches are

Performance Coaches require considerable coaching experience and a high degree of bowls knowledge. They are often in roles where they are looking to coach individuals and teams at the highest level and are generally contracted by Bowls NZ to coach teams.

Typically Performance Coaches are

Experienced development coaches who have shown ability in coaching more talented athletes and teams

Former elite bowls players who have shown a desire to become involved in coaching

Dedicated to lifelong learning and coaching innovation

The athletes they coach

High Performance coaches support the few elite athletes who are competing with distinction on the international stage

The ideal Performance Coach will

Refine the understanding of what it takes to achieve success at the highest level and strive relentlessly to evolve players into winners

Understand the needs of top level bowls players and their required behaviour

Create a training and learning environment that enables success at the highest level

The Performance Coach Course

Will be approx 30 hours over an extended weekend or over two weekends

Advanced modules appertaining to the needs of the coaches and the players/teams they are coaching will be presented

Accreditation will be gained by a thorough theory and practical assessment phase during and post course

There will be a charge to attend this course, the exact amount will be confirmed prior to the course.

Coaches will receive appropriate material appertaining to the modules being presented at the course.



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