Coaches play a huge part in the sustainability of bowls. An enthusiastic personality, skills and approachable style that coaches have helps players to be welcomed and learn the unique sport of bowls. The Coaches Corner will provide information on how to become a coach, coaching courses and resources for coaches. 

Coaching in South Australia is proudly supported by Henselite Bowls. Please visit for all your bowling equipment & apparel needs.


CoachZone is a program managed by Bowls SA to assist players and club coaches in providing first hand assistance in training sessions and experiences. CoachZone aims to increase game development through personal and club level engagement utilising the best coaches South Australia has to offer.

CoachZone aims to break down barriers by providing access to highly experienced and accredited coaches.

CoachZone will improve the skills, technique and game play of the participant(s) through different types of CoachZone sessions.

CoachZone will improve your clubs skills, strategy and culture through researched and developed drills, games and presentations.

CoachZone Sessions

  • Skill Development
  • Improvement Programs
  • Video Analysis
  • Culture, Behaviour and Standards
  • Strategies and Player Roles
  • Team Building
  • Students and Juniors 
  • Coaching Coaches

CoachZone Pricing & Booking Forms

For more information please email


Club Coach Course – $50.00

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Introductory Coach Course – $50.00

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Selection Module Workshop – $40.00

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Competition Module Workshop – $40.00

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Introductory Coach 
The Introductory Coach course is suited to coaches working with schools, social bowlers and beginners. 
• 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

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 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.  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.

Coaching re-accreditation
To apply for a Club or Introductory Coaching re-accreditation please click below to access the relative re-accreditation information. 

Re-accreditation Policy 
Club Coach Re-accreditation Form 
Introductory Coach Re-accreditation Form
Coaches Code of Behaviour 

Working With Children Checks


The Bowls SA Coaching Development Day is a great opportunity for accredited coaches to come along and develop their skills as well as potentially learn new ones. It is also a great opportunity for members whom may be interested in coaching in the future to come along and see what coaching is all about.

Coach Development Days continue to be a positive opportunity provided by Bowls SA to its members and clubs, we look forward to continuing to running successful days in the future. The Coaching & Junior committee will be continuing to work on ideas and opportunities for clubs to utilise and look forward to some exciting announcements in the future.

Coaching in South Australia is proudly supported by Henselite Bowls. Please visit for all your bowling equipment & apparel needs.


For more information on coaching players with a bowling arm please click the link below to go to the Bowls SA Coaching Committee booklet. This booklet will provide coaches with the knowledge needed to coach players with a bowling arm, from their stance to using the correct bowling arm. 

Click here to see the Coaching Players With Bowling Arms Booklet. 

Bowls SA Coaching Videos

Analysing your Technique from Home

Practicing Bowls On Your Own


A selection of drills that can be used to develop players skills in a variety of different shots.

Draw Drill 1
Draw Drill 2
Draw Drill 3
Draw Drill 4
Draw Drill 5
Draw Drill 6
Draw Drill 7
Drive Drill
Lead Drill 
Weighted Shot Drill


A selection of drills that you can set up to practice shot play and head reading by yourself or with members.


The Bowls SA Coaching & Junior committee have been working on resources to assist clubs in having the ability to work with schools. The schools coaching guide aims to provide hints on how to communicate with schools as well as activity and program examples that can be run with schools to meet SACE criteria.

Please download here


Bowls Australia have a number of resources available

“Bowling with Barrie” is a series of helpful videos that give some valuable coaching tips. Please view the videos by clicking here

“The Coaches Den” is another series of helpful videos that coaches can view for some helpful tips (these are compulsory to view to re accredit as a coach). Please view the videos by clicking here

Visit the Bowls Australia website for more information and resources

YouTube is also a great resource to view videos that can offer coaching tips

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