Another registered Australian Tenpin Bowling centre is discovering the benefits of offering Tenpin Bowling Australia’s premier ‘learn to bowl’ experience Bowl Patrol.
Led largely by local bowler and Tech at the Bowland Marion centre in South Australia, Jason Barr has proved there’s plenty of local interest in learning how to bowl. Despite initial hesitations, Jason hadn’t had much experience coaching kids to bowl, he completed easy online Lane Ranger training and encourages Patroller parents and carers to help.
“I think the program is going along nicely and now that we are few weeks in, we can see the differences in skill levels. The kids all seem to be enjoying things so far and have been excited to learn the “next thing”.
Together with safety checks and the support of South Australia’s Bowl Patrol community, the program is off the ground and running. Tenpin SA’s manager Lyn Alexander, as well as local Lane Ranger Gracie Perry, were there to offer Jason support at every step of the way.
“As this is my first time running the program, I am learning as we go. Being a bowler myself it is easy to understand the concepts I am teaching.
Managing the time and getting through everything in the session has been my only issue so far however as I get further into the program I believe I will get better at this.
Overall it is going well, I think I get as excited as the kids knowing the next skill I am going to teach and everyone seems to look forward to the next session.”
The Bowl Patrol program breaks down learning to bowl into eight sessions, each one-hour duration, where warming up, understanding a technical element, practicing new skills, and playing two 5-frame games are part of every experience.
“We know there’s a huge range of technique when it comes to bowling, what we want to do is attempt to teach a few ways, knowing that kids will work out what feels best for them as they go” added Tenpin Bowling Australia’s Program and Development Manager, Emily Rennes.
Anyone who has ever started something new knows that it takes some time to get it going. Committing to the program and encouraging kids to learn how to bowl is vital for the future success of the sport. Many of our Patrollers (Bowl Patrol graduates) go on to join the junior league, some even representing their state at national championships.
Keen to understand Bowl Patrol more and maybe offer it at your local centre? Jump on to bowlpatrol.com.au to find out more and start online Lane Ranger training, like Jason!