BOWLS NEW ZEALAND PERFORMANCE COACH ACADEMY
The Bowls NZ Performance Academy process is outlined in detail below.
The Performance Coach Academy is aimed at developing coaches who are an accredited Development Coach or represented the Blackjacks and are wanting to ‘grow’ as a coach.
The Academy will include several modules, hands on coaching and will be run over two years, the first year will be a learning and the second an activating component. If accepted on the course a commitment and passion for bowls and coaching is a pre-requisite and the following personal development opportunities will be on offer:
1. Online Coaching workshops-Bowls specific – various presenters
2. A personal coach development plan targeted to the area you wish to utilise your expertise with
3. Quarterly appraisals to review your plan.
4. Access to Blackjacks high performance staff
5. Online Learning opportunities- non bowls
6. Mentoring – From appropriate personnel
7. Smiling Minds Program – Each participant will be encouraged to sign up to this app.
8. Opportunities to assist coaching at high profile programs that each coach wants to target towards. I.E. the North/South fixture, observing Blackjacks trainings, assigned to National Intercentre teams etc.
9. There will be two weekends over the 2 years where all participants will get together to partake in modules and events.
10. Collaboration with coaches from other sports.
The cost to attend the entire Academy is $200 per year ($400 in total). An initial $200 will be required at the time of registration. The actual cost to facilitate this Academy will not be covered by the participants entry fee, Bowls NZ will make a commitment to source the extra funding required.
Content in the first year will be aligned to Coaching Effectiveness. Compulsory modules where each participant will be expected to take a lead in at least one. The following gives a breakdown of the four key pillars of coaching and an ‘other’ section critical to coaching:
1. Technical – The NZ Way, Technique Analysis, technology to assist with technique analysis and rectification if required, Biomechanics, Performance Analysis
2. Physical – Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition/Hydration
3. Mental – Mental skills, Leadership, effective communication, conflict resolution, feedback, Coach Approach
4. Tactical – Skill acquisition, practice/training programs, coaching a team, selection, rink coaching, Culture, Planning, Game Analysis
5. Other – Time Management, Code of conduct, Athlete Management, Ethics and Laws, Drug Free, Anti Corruption, Coaching Athletes with a disability
The second year will have the focus on hands coaching where each participant will work on a year-long periodisation plan in their chosen field of preference. There may well be opportunities to coach teams at events if deemed necessary.
This will provide each participant a chance to use learnings from the first year and grow as a coach. An important outcome will be that each participant will be able to extend athletes they work with.
There are a limited number of International roles and the expectation is for most Performance Coaches that learnings will be used in other roles just as important in the game of Lawn Bowls I.E. Coaching programs at Club and Centre Level, coaching representative teams, coaching Para athletes/teams/programs, setting up and running school academies
Places in the Academy will be extremely limited to ensure candidates have the best opportunity to learn.
Performance Coach accreditation will only be presented to participants who successfully complete the two-year program
If the above interests you please register your interest by filling out the below form.
It is our objective to finalise the Performance Coaches by 9 February 2024