Coaches to be slugged a $125 fee

ANYONE who wants to become a bowls coach is to be slugged a fee expected to be $125, plus the cost of a coaching manual (price not yet available), then a possible further fee when reaccreditation is due.

This is among new coaching procedures an NRDBA coaching panel memo to clubs says were clarified after discussions and correspondence with the RNSWBA and Bowls Australia.

The guidelines include having present qualified Level 1 coaches remain as club coaches until reaccreditation is due, when they will be required to qualify under the new system.

All new coaches and those to undergo reaccreditation will be given training and will be examined by a qualified Bowls Australia assessor.

Level 2 coaches will be club coaches until they qualify to become advanced coaches – though this procedure is not yet available.

Says the NRDBA panel’s memo: “Bowls Australia and the RNSWBA are looking towards a new generation of coaches with the better training of present and future coaches. It is anticipated that other changes will be gradually introduced over a 10-year time frame period to achieve this goal.”

A LONG-TIME bowls administrator, after seeing the new procedures for the game’s coaches, commented: “We won’t be having too many new coaches or reaccreditations. It’s bloody stupid.”

What on earth are the boys in the ivory tower coming at now? Instead of devoting all their attention to arresting the drain on playing numbers, they’re introducing rules that will surely chase out the volunteer coaches.

Why would anyone pay $125 for the privilege of spending untold hours of their time with no reward other than the pleasure of seeing newcomers bowl properly?

Why would they pay another fee for mandatory reaccreditation or buy a new coaching manual?

Why would those who have been doing this thankless job for free for ages, be prepared to undergo further training, then pay through the nose to get the go-ahead to continue?

The well-heeled southern clubs, and the State and national sides, have professional coaches – and professional everything else from fitness trainers to sports psychologists – so all this baloney will be no great change or impost for them.

But for struggling clubs in the bush, it means only the most dedicated coaches will be prepared to accept new procedures that will further eat into the time and resources they give to the job freely and voluntarily. 
Out of the box

WINNING a club singles championship is an achievement. Winning a champion of club champions singles title against the other champions in the district is better. Better still is going on to take out the zone championship to become the best club singles champion in all three districts. To do that once is good. To do it three years in a row is something really out of the box.

Yamba’s John Collins has just brought off the remarkable hat-trick. He’s won his third successive Zone One champion of club champions singles title, beating Casino RSM’s Gary Burt 31-16 in the final.

Burt is no pushover, either; he’s been having his usual consistent year. With clubmates Knipples
Knudson and David Ball, he made up for his loss in the zone final by picking up the $3000 first prize in the Grafton Open Two-Bowl Triples.

The zone champion of champion pairs went to Ballina’s David Zorzo/Richard Latta.

In the final of this, Latta brought off the near impossible with his last bowl. Leading 23-19 going into the last end, but down seven shots to Jamie Eichorn/Keith Moore (Yamba), Latta threaded the one
bowl he had left through the cluster around the jack, trailed it into the ditch and picked up a shot.
Final score: 24-19.

The singles and pairs State finals are at Penrith on November 17-21.

NRDBA champion of club champions events continue on October 10-11 – triples at Evans Head, fours at East Lismore. A re-draw was necessary in the triples after a late entry was accepted because of ‘extenuating circumstances’.

Triples (skips only): R Pollack v A Langridge; B Frame v G Higgins, J Donadel v P Corcoran; R Grady v T Makin.
Fours (skips only): A Jennings v G Lightfoot, P Carey v I Bird, P Langby v D Ball, A Teys v G

Vietnam Veterans’ charity day

ONE of the highlights of the bowls calendar is the annual Vietnam Veterans’ charity day for the 2LM Children’s Christmas Appeal. Last year, $1604 was raised.

It’s on again this year at Lismore Workers Heights on Sunday week, and is open to everyone – bowlers, non-bowlers and mixed (mufti dress). If you don’t have bowls, some sets are available. The day will start at 9am and it costs only $10. Contacts are Peter Harley (6624 4888) or Sheldon Maher (6624 4486). 

Complaints about attendances at training for juniors have brought no improvement. Only six turned up at Sunday’s session. Coaching will be available in the first week of school holidays on Wednesday and Thursday (contact T Sheen at Evans Head club).

Coming up: This Saturday, Kyogle’s Dot Bodycote Day. Wednesday and Thursday, October 7-8, Alstonville Festival of Bowls.

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