Lane Ranger Training – Introduction

Tenpin Bowling Australia’s Participation Programs

Lane Rangers, using the Bowl Patrol and Bowl Abilities programs, are easily able to create an enjoyable ‘learn to bowl’ experiences for everybody.

In partnership with the National Sport Organisation – Tenpin Bowling Australia and the kind support of Sport Australia’s Move it Aus funding, the programs have been designed to increase participation rates and provide an inclusive pathway into more regular bowling for anyone interested in tenpin bowling. The programs can help with joining a league, becoming a world champion or aspiring to beat your bestie!

Bowl Patrol is Australia’s only national junior tenpin bowling program designed specifically for primary school-aged children. It is an 8 session program that is adaptable and utilises modifications to make learning to bowl fun. It teaches the fundamental skills of the sport, improves co-ordination and balance, allows all abilities to play within the same program. Bowl Patrol is FAST, FUN and ACTIVE and promotes skill development, a sense of achievement, socialisation and teamwork.

Bowl Abilities is an inclusive program designed specifically for older teens and adults with a disability to learn the basic skills of tenpin bowling, socialise and increase activity levels. This project aims to better equip coaches, support workers and teachers with a program to enable people of all abilities to learn how to bowl in a truly inclusive environment.

Learning to bowl should be available to every body, with a few easy tips and activities, teaching someone to bowl will be loads of FUN!


Please note, only accredited centres can run TBA’s programs in-centre utilising the carpets and resources, this also ensures they have access to the correct equipment and program support. But… Bowl Patrol and Bowl Abilities can be adapted to almost any environment; school playground to community hall by our Lane Rangers – ask us how.

It is recommended for you to complete Special Olympics Australia’s online courses to increase your knowledge and understanding of inclusion.
Special Olympics Australia Online Learning  ‘Improving Sport for People with an Intellectual Disability’ and ‘Introduction to Autism’.

What have I learnt? The difference between Bowl Patrol and Bowl Abilities, and why these programs have been created.

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