National Training Squad


In an effort to develop a clear pathway for athletes to progress from grass roots through to elite level competition, Tenpin Bowling Australia Limited (TBA) introduced the National Training Squad (NTS) in 2011.

TBA through its High Performance Committee consistently evaluates feedback from current athletes, coaches, State Associations and the wider community and makes changes to both programs to strengthen the pathway to elite level competition with the ultimate goal of developing world class athletes. The vision of TBA’s High Performance Program is simply:

To develop and deliver programs and pathways which produce world class bowlers and coaches that enrich the Australian Bowling Community.

Given many countries have well developed high performance programs, the introduction of the NTS is imperative if Australia is to achieve TBA’s strategic objective of being ranked in the top 10 in the world.

The squad will remain current from 1st January to 31st December each year, commencing from the 1st of January in the year in which the athlete was inducted into the squad.

The National Training Squad consists of up to a maximum number of:

  • 12 adult male bowlers
  • 12 adult female bowlers
  • 12 male and female youth bowlers over the age of 18 years but under 21 years of age as at the 1st January
  • 12 junior boys and 12 junior girls who have not reached the age of 18 years on January 1st of the current year
  • 12 male and 12 female senior bowlers who have attained or will attain the age of 50 years or above in the current year

For more information about the National Training Squad please check out the current NTS Policy.