What is involved in becoming a Bronze Coach?

For working with beginner – intermediate athletes: up to 170 / 180 average.

The Bronze coaching accreditation is the second level of accreditation within the TBA coaching framework. The Bronze course is a multi-platform course including a face to face course, online theory assessment, on lane practical assessment and 20 hours additional coaching experience.

This coaching program covers planned skill development, communication skills and development of competitive athletes. This course continues the progression of the concepts and basic mechanics learned in the online Level 1 course. At the conclusion of the program, coaches should be more competent in the following:

  • Philosophy of coaching
  • Fine-tuning the physical game
  • Understanding lane conditions and adjustments
  • Elements of the mental game
  • Components of the bowling ball
  • Dynamics of ball motion
  • Using video analysis and different vantage points
  • Coaching athletes and giving a lesson

Who should become a Bronze Coach?

Current level 1 coaches who wish to advance their coaching skills beyond the basics and progress to the next level. Bronze certification is particularly relevant for coaches of intermediate level junior bowlers, current league bowlers, local representative teams and coaching people with a disability.

Minimum Requirements

  • Participant must be at least 18 years of age;
  • Must be a current registered TBA member;
  • Must hold a current Working with Children check or equivalent from their State of residence; and
  • Must be a current registered TBA Level 1 Accredited Coach (at the time of the course)

Enrolment Process


  • FACE TO FACE: if there are sufficient numbers of participants to make it viable, a course will be planned and run at locations in different States.
    • These will be advertised on the website, email and social media.
    • Face to face consists of 9am – 5pm over 2 days, usually on a weekend.
    • Participants are required to attend the whole weekend to complete the classroom theory component plus on lane practical (part 1).
  • REMOTE VIA ZOOM (online): if there are multiple participants scattered across various States, a Remote Bronze Course may be planned and run to cover the classroom theory component only.
    • These will be advertised on the website, email and social media.
    • Participants join the course via zoom from their own locations.
    • A remote bronze course is usually run over 3 sessions (evenings), each lasting about 3 – 3 ½ hours. ( @ 10 – 11 hour total commitment)
    • Participants are required to attend all three sessions to complete the classroom theory.
    • The on lane practical assessment (part 1) must be completed independently, in addition to this zoom course.

Register your interest (EOI) with course option preference and TBA will inform you directly when any courses are planned. No payment is required until a course is confirmed.

Complete the following:


  • REGISTER: New Coach Registration Form
    • Complete and sign: Coach/Official Code of Behaviour Individual Agreement (included in the registration form)
    • Complete and sign: Personal Character Declaration for Coaches and Officials (included in the registration form)
  • PAY: Make payment of $385
    • credit card or bank transfer (proof of transfer required)
  • PHOTOS: 1 quality jpeg photo (head and shoulders included in the photo with no other people visible and a single coloured background, SMILING high quality photo)
  • ONLINE COURSE: Register or log into the Australian Sport Learning Centre and complete
    • Community Coaching – Essential Skills course
  • ONLINE COURSES(2): Register or log into the Play by the Rules eLearning and complete both:
  • ONLINE COURSE: Register or log into the SIA eLearning (ASADA) and complete
    • Anti-Doping Fundamentals Course
    • Anti-Doping Annual Update (yearly Update)

All of the above steps MUST be completed in addition to attending the face to face / remote coaching course. These are all nationally recognised courses and certificates provided by external sources and websites, and are not linked directly to TBA. You will need to go to each website, register if it is your first time, complete each requirement as requested, and forward a copy of certificate for our files and to prove successful completion.

Next steps include:


  • REGISTER AND PAY: Make sure you enrol in an upcoming TBA Bronze coach accreditation course in your State (face to face) or remote (online) and have paid the registration fee of $385 in full;
  • ATTEND: Attend the entire practical certification course (Theory Component)
    • Face to Face or Remote (online).
  • EXAM: Log in to complete and pass the online theory assessment through the USBC Online Learning Portal.
    • Your Login information will be sent via email during the week following the face to face / remote course.
  • PRACTICAL: On Lane Evaluation Component (Part 1):
    • Working with athletes to complete an analysis task.
    • Face to face courses include this on location as part of the two days.
    • For remote (zoom) courses, this requires organising an additional time on the lanes with athletes, and an “approved” coach (mentor) to supervise.

Next steps include:



  • EXPERIENCE: Complete 20 Hours of practical coaching experience: Test your new knowledge on the lanes and gain some confidence as a coach.
    • Work with beginner – intermediate athlete(s) as a coach on the lanes.
    • Keep a log of your coaching hours, with dates and details, to be signed off by a silver coach / centre manager each session.
    • Working with a mentor (Bronze or Silver Coach) permitted.
    • Submit proof of your 20 hours coaching experience, then you are ready for a final On Lane Evaluation Component (Part 2)
  • PRACTICAL: On Lane Evaluation Component (Part 2):
    • After completing your own 20 hours experience, you are required to complete one final on-lane evaluation task to prove competency.
    • Working with athletes to complete a task.
    • These sessions will be arranged to suit participant location, and must be witnessed by Course Instructor or authorised Silver Level Coach.

When all elements above are completed to our satisfaction, we will officially accredit the participant as a new TBA Bronze Level Coach.

Forward to TBA via
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