Inclusion Tips for Coaches

Coaches play a major role in the development and enjoyment of bowlers. Coaches are in a position to be leaders by providing welcoming and inclusive environments within bowling centres. You don't need to learn a new skill set as inclusive is an example of good coaching practice.

Good coaches understand all athletes and are able to adapt as needed in order to get the best out of their athletes and provide the best environment to do so.

Inclusion Tips for Coaches

Communicating with People with a Hearing Impairment

What You Can Do

Always be open and accepting of any bowler who approaches you to coach them.

- Put the bowler before the disability eg. Leanne is a bowler with cerebral palsy.

- Some bowlers with disability may experience disadvantage when it comes to participating. Like all bowlers they will have varying abilities. Ask the bowler what they are able to do and work towards maximizing their abilities.

- Consider the factors that may disadvantage your bowlers with a disability (use the TREE principle: teaching or coaching style, rules, equipment and environment) and look at how these can be adapted and modified to make your coaching more inclusive.

- Get to know your individual bowlers—it is not necessary to understand specific disabilities but you need to know each of your bowlers.

- Be proactive, build awareness and educate other bowlers and coaches about being inclusive; share your ideas and experiences with others.

- Look to learn from other coaches, seek advice from Tenpin Bowling Australia and other key organisations including the Sports CONNECT Network contact in your state.