Program Schedule

The BowlAbilities program evolved based on TBA's National Junior Participation Program- Bowl Patrol- and the success of teaching primary-school aged participants how to bowl.  BowlAbilities is an adapted version of Bowl Patrol, designed with older teens and adults with a disability in mind. Sessions are designed to be inclusive and to develop fundamental physical, social and cognitive skills- encouraging participants to be more active and have fun in a safe environment.

Here is the Program Overview which outlines what happens each week. We have a theme and focus each session that teaches participants more than just bowling, we discover the pin setting machines, look inside the pin, learn how to score and so much more.

Whilst we try to stick to the program schedule and encourage the Lane Rangers to broaden the experience for participants with Back-of-the-Lane activities and learning experiences; BowlAbilities is flexible and should meet the needs of every participant where possible. To be able to do this effectively, we ask that every participant has a parent, carer or friend in attendance every session to help with group dynmaics and to be a familiar person to support the participant and the Lane Ranger's delivery.

Here's how your Patrollers will progress, at their own pace, through each session receiving a coloured wristband when they achieve the required score;

  1. Score 30 on 9 metre carpet = white wrist band
  2. Score 30 on 6 metre carpet = yellow
  3. Score 30 on 3 metre carpet = orange
  4. Score 30 on full lanes = green
  5. Score 60 on full lanes = blue
  6. Score 80 on full lanes = black
  7. Personal Best
  8. Vs Parents/Friends

We're also proud to present resources designed to include and enhance the experience of a participants who require a little more assistance, such as a Word Board, Schedule, Social Story and Low-Sensory Sessions, ensuring every participant has a positive experience and achieves their best!

Word Board
Social Story
Visual Schedule

We've also partnered with world-champion bowler Jason Belmonte to teach our Patrollers how to coach 2-handed delivery.

2-Handed Bowling

Contact us for more information or chat to your centre's Lane Ranger.

bowlabilities@tenpin.org.au or 0412717385

We'd like to acknowledge our partners and friends who have helped to develop the Bowl Patrol program to make the BowlAbilities program suitable for everyone:

- Special Olympics Australia

- Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) & Waratah West Primary School

- Amaze (Victoria)

- Autism Gold Coast (Queensland) 

- ACT, NSW, WA, VIC and NT Governments (e.g. Sport & Recreation Victoria)

- VicHealth

- Vicsport 

- Oz Tenpin, ZONE BOWLING, Independent centres

- Parent, carers and teachers who complete the surveys

- Lane Rangers