This year Bowls BC has developed multiple Coaching Programs to help develop skills.

The effective delivery of community Bowls programs relies upon the recruitment, engagement, and  most importantly the ongoing development of coaches. Coaches play a major role in organizing Bowls participants, teaching the  skills and strategies, as well as improving athlete fitness and motivation to train and compete.

The Coach-Athlete relationship forms a key component in a participants rationale for starting and then continuing in the Sport of Lawn Bowls. The quality of coaching also contributes to a participants satisfaction with a persons overall Bowls experience and continued performance throughout their development.

Bowls Club Coach NCCP

Bowls Club Coach is designed to train coaches who will be working in a club environment with a wide range of beginner bowlers to introduce the basic skills of lawn bowls.


LTAD Alignment
Learn to Bowl:  Getting Started

Coach Accreditation Available
The highest level of accreditation for Bowls Club Coach is NCCP TRAINED.  Coaches can achieve this status by completing the one-day workshop:  Bowls Club Coach.

Workshop Outline
The goal of this workshop is to help prepare coaches to do some of the specific tasks required to introduce the sport to beginners within a club setting.

  • Setting the Scene for Coaching (30 minutes)
  • Facility/Equipment and Laws of the Game (45 minutes)
  • History/Hierarchy/Terminology (30 minutes)
  • Making Ethical Decisions as a club coach (60 minutes)
  • Safety and Emergency Action Planning (45 minutes)
  • Teaching the Basic Skills 30 minutes
  • Practice Coaching 1 emphasis on organization and set up to accomplish a goal (60 minutes)
  • Practice Coaching 2 emphasis on teaching skills to real participants and delivering effective communication/feedback (60 minutes)

Bowls Competition Coach NCCP

This workshop is designed for the coach who will be working with a wide range of bowlers who are competing in club tournaments and possibly playing in provincial play-down events.

LTAD Alignment
Train to Play – Club Competitor
Learn to Compete – Provincial Competitor

Coach Accreditation Available

There are two statuses available for coaches:  Trained and Certified.  TRAINED status is achieved after successful completion of:

  • Bowls Competition Coach Workshop,
  • Multi-sport Make Ethical Decisions workshop, and
  • Multi-Sport Teaching and Learning Workshop.

CERTIFIED status is available after the coach has successfully completed

  • Bowls Competition Coach Portfolio,
  • Formal evaluation in a bowls coaching environment

AND CAC’s online evaluation for Make Ethical Decisions.

How To Access Training

Coaches interested in accessing the Bowls Competition Coach Workshop need to contact their Bowls provincial coaching coordinators. This two-day workshop covers the following topics as they relate to the competitive club and provincial bowlers:

  • Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Performance Analysis
  • Practice Planning
  • Teaching and implementing basic tactics and strategy

Coaches looking to access the multi-sport workshops Make Ethical Decisions and Teaching and Learning need to contact their Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative

For complete training, coaches must also take two multi-sport workshops:

  • Make Ethical Decisions
  • Teaching and Learning

Athlete & Coach Development Pathway

BCB Coach Development Model