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A Complete Training Session for a Bowls Club at Premier League Level

(Note: mat placement for the diagrams is assumed at the bottom of the page/screen)
TOPIC providing players with enhanced bowls skills,
WARM UP always having 4 bowls for training

Deliveries into nearest ditch - Mat set 4m from ditch and deliver back into the ditch –technical consistency, discipline to sat down till bowl ends in the ditch
Caterpillar Warm up - 2 ends of bowls to gauge consistency for deliveries per end

Push placed bowl –deliver weighted push into bowl to end metre further up green, 2 attempts from same end as purpose to show skill & discipline weight;
Leapfrog- start from the minimum line and draw to the ditch and move the mat back a mat length (ML) at a time, 7-8 minutes today as an introduction;
Weighted options (5) with mat on furtherest 2m.mark with head set 4m from the ditch- total 20 deliveries, work in pairs
Draw shot / metre through/ 2m through / 4m through/ drive

Knowledge about bowls

You’re standard set up posture –
height of hand, body posture & pre delivery routine
what wins, know why you won, being unaware of why you won is deficient skill
9% activity on the green is the total activity of bowling, rest all in your mind
game plans- at least have one = target, direction, focus, motivation
option # – what would YOU do either F/H B/H if yellow or black goes first
ask for a call(s) then play it out as a fours team (i.e.do a few of the calls)

Situation- final end pennant scored level overall.
Attitude of prospective premier league players
what will YOU specifically do to improve from 2014
what behaviours have to change
   situation awareness (SA), share the responsibility
  from spectator to SA contributor, team member
  Respect, and accept, for your selected position
  Discord: tactical decisions create opinions, cause division
  Ability to judge distance better from the mat


Division one leads & seconds – 28-36% within ML (i.e.12- 15 deliveries)
ML the zone of excellence as only a revolution from perfection
Draw or drive 7/10 in training to be regarded an elite bowler
12.5% changing hands success rate,

Measurement of performance, both front end team and both player(s)
PRACTICAL, 2 per rink
Draw bowling within ML of the jack
Add a metre behind the head/ jack
Play a metre over / thru the ehad
4 bowls delivered 2to be ML of jack, one to be behind
jack throwing 80% within metre of desired spot

option # Tactical–using front end players in either situation

Head: black holds 2 shots, and in diagram on right short bowl is metre from head
either diagram 2 attempts to draw into head, two attempts to be a m. behind head
diagram play first as yellow; now attempt if you play first as black
(calls might be for either hand - draw; push bowls; drive; block entry shot; cover)

Measurement of performance, both team and player(s)
  front end 14/21 ends with 2 bowls in head
  front end 20/21 ends to have a back bowl
  each team member to contribute a minimum 12/21 ends
  40% effective deliveries in pennant, 17/42;

alternate hand every delivery 2 ends
head simulation – barrier of bowls requiring wide draw or weight into head
skip calls- stopwatch workshop
‘hide it’ behind 2 shot bowls of ours, rather than trail it head set up

Final end in pennant - tactics training
Assume the team scoreboard is equal and the winner on this rink can win the game and the pennant match for the club. Those 3 bowls are all an inch from the jack. So the second for both teams is about to deliver.
Let’s assume you are the front (yellow) bowls
1 do 4 draw bowls to the shot bowl
2 draw 4 bowls all a metre directly behind the head
3 now with first bowl disturb the head with weight not to exceed 2m.thru the head
4 if you miss try with second delivery, or third, or fourth
5 however if bowl (1 or 2) in point 4 is successful, head is disturbed and now your other bowls are to be drawing for a resting toucher, staying on the same RH backhand.
The practice session is for a RH backhand

Final end in pennant- game simulation of that head above

Knowledge about bowls

measured performances of lead/2nd is >40% in premier league
lengths- range differences -/10: min 2.8, med 1.3, max 3
premier league front end 16/21 ends with 2 in head won
premier league wins majority 11/21 ends
premier league won when had control of minimum/ maximum length
estimate distances- ML at minimum, metre at maximum
perception = reality, assume a confident demeanour
debriefs- review, future preview, future training
Division one teams history remaining in premier -
Know 2014 finalists records & relegated clubs records

Game simulation Training- set up a number of heads on separate rinks for players
Winners & losers
with 2-3 players competing on each rink for one end and the winner moves over to the next rink, loser(s) stay and reset the head to compete against their new ‘winner’.

Tactical skill
Deliveries 4-6 vital usage if called sensibly by the skip
Back bowl early, by the time 4 deliveries are complete
Bowls in the head, preferably 2 of 4
Take opportunity NOW
Play what opposition intends to do
SA on bowls, heads, temperament of our team and opponents

Communication skills.
Behavior – reinforce it, or, change it for the better
Vague call- around here versus precise call= play metre thru here
Spectator Verbals to avoid
Are we holding; we are 3 down; be up; you’re short, again;
Be positive; take grass
Jack throwing call to lead at long end- stand 3m from ditch
Non verbal signs/ behaviour to avoid
Sensory awareness – all four of us
Perception in eyes of other 31 players – lead first bowl heavy
TCUP = think carefully under pressure OR team (remain) calm under pressure

Lachlan Tighe Website www.lachlantighebowls.com
Lachlan Tighe email l.a.tighe@bigpond.com mob.0409 532 953


February 2015 Master Class Coach Workshop Lessons - Changing Hands, Lesson 2

January 2015 Master Class Coach Workshop Lessons - Changing Hands, Lesson 1


December 2014 - Leadership

November 2014 - Bowlers as Players, Attributes

October 2014 - Pressure, Training to Cope

September 2014 - Mental Toughness

August 2014 - Going, Going...Gone

July 2014 - Masterclass Coaching

June 2014 - Missing Opportunities

May 2014 - We Don't Need Coaches

April 2014 - Five Years On

March 2014 - Winners Win with Leadership

February 2014 - Keeping Your Cool

January 2014 - Player Self Appraisal


December 2013 - Skill Intensity Program

November 2013 - Singles Serve

October 2013 - Weight Control Delivery

September 2013 - Team Cohesion, Selection

August 2013 - Knowing the Options

July 2013 - Coaching is Communication

June 2013 - Warriors

May 2013 - World Champions Reactions

April 2013 - Singles Tactics

March 2013 - Winning Pennant Finals

February 2013 - Training to win

January 2013 - ...Finally, Selectors


December 2012 - Deliberate Practice

November 2012 - Weight Control Delivery Discipline

October 2012 - Using the Second in a Fours Team

September 2012 - Pennant Team Pep Talk

August 2012 - Skill Audit

July 2012 - Skill Audit

June 2012 - Teamwork

May 2012 - One percenters

April 2012 - Trust

March 2012 - Lessons Learnt

February 2012 - Stop watch decisions workshop

January 2012 - Lessons learnt from attending the BA Hall of Fame Inaugural Award Night


October 2011 - Positivity, Self Belief, Mental Toughness

August/Septemeber 2011 - Alert

April 2011 - Sensory Awareness

March 2011 - Attitude in Teams


December 2010 - Caterpillar Program

November - Decision Options

October - Lachlan was in Dehli for the Commonwealth Games

September - Slow Green Drill

August - Decisions to Make

July - The Summit - Player Awareness

June - Pressure

May - Mastering the Yard On Shot

April - Consistency

March - Lessons Learnt 

February - Mind Games


December - Tactical Skill Decisions

November - What Bowlers Need to Succeed

October - A Winner's Menu

September - Training Skills for Thirds and Skips

August - Training Skills for Leads and Seconds

July - Attributes of Elite Bowlers

June - Goals

May - Tactical Skill

April - Pre-Delivery Routine