In past years KLBC have run a coaching program for League Teams. This was open to everyone, whether they play in league or not, but it was geared to players in the Monday Pennant League or the Ed Angel League. We covered such topics as :-
Training - not just 'playing games' or trying to get close to the jack, but really building up our technical level
Game management - what is the team's game plan and what is everyone's role on the team
Debriefing - what worked and what didn't; team-mates learning from each other
The schedule went like this :-
Week #1: we were introduced to the principle of training to succeed and learned a few basic drills. All of this was outlined in this hand-out.
Week #2: we talked about positional play; what is the role of each team member (skip, vice and lead); how can we prepare to play our position more effectively. Three positionally specific drills and a synopsis of the roles and goals of each position were provided in this hand-out.
Week #3: there were two topics; team management and trial ends. Under team management we looked at effective communication. We also looked at some novel ways to get the most of trial ends. You can see all of this on the week's hand-out.
Week #4: continued our discussion of team members' roles and goals and included a few drills which can be run for a group which allows them to interact and compete. The hand-out.
Player Development - helping our bowlers be the best they can be
There is a lot of coaching and training material available for lawn bowlers. When you play better bowls, you enjoy the game more and you help make the bowlers around you improve. When they play better, they enjoy themselves more - and so it goes on. Here are four practices to get you started, each one tailored for the four positions on a team: