Coaching News


21 October 2008

Michael Rocks will be running a series of four coaching sessions on Wednesday evenings during November for experienced players who wish to improve their skills. The sessions are limited to 12 players. If there is sufficient interest a second series will be run in the New Year.

Note: These sessions are not aimed at new players.

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WPA Coaches' Workshop

16 August 2008

Notes from the Workshop held at the Khandallah Pétanque Club.

Present: Kath Alison (Kapiti), Claire Bradburn (Silverstream), Rex Hayes (Kapiti), Gwen Hill (Kapiti), Jan McHardy (Kapiti), Graeme Morris (Masterton), Ralph Priddle (Masterton), Michael Rocks (Khandallah), Pat Scholes (Kapiti), Enoka Smiler (Park Avenue), Bryan Wells (Horowhenua), Dirk Winnie (Khandallah)

Apologies: Barrie Sinclair (Manawatu), Ngaire Sinclair (Manawatu), Christine Strichen (Wanganui East), Richard Turfrey (Wanganui East).

The workshop started off with a round-up of what everyone had been doing since the May 2007 Coaching Course at Kapiti.

In summary:


Everyone was paired up and attempted the Indoor Throlf course. The circuit comprised 6 exercises:

  1. Throw a soft ball into a 20 litre bucket
  2. Throw a juggling bag over a chair barrier onto a carpet square
  3. Throw a juggling bag into a 40cm circle
  4. From a sitting position, throw a juggling bag over a bar into a 65 cm hoop
  5. Roll a ball along the ground and end up between the four marker cones
  6. Throw a juggling ball through a horizontal hoop suspended above the ground.

After completing the exercise there was a discussion on:

The teams then redid the exercise to see if they could improve their score.

Note: After lunch there was a demonstration of what the empty milk containers were for.

In the afternoon, the discussion was on what we would like to see happen in the Wellington region.

Two further practical discussions were held:

  1. Situation - Score 11-11, 8m end, three boules on the terrain. Team A is holding 2 shots and has 1 boule in hand. Team B has 2 boules in hand and has to play. What type of tactics were the most appropriate?
  2. Situation - Player measuring to see who holds the point moves the cochonnet. What happens now?

WPA Coaches' Workshop

25 July 2008

A Coaches' workshop, along the lines of the Umpires' workshop, is being arranged for all qualified (and prospective) Pétanque Coaches in the WPA Region. Possible dates are: Saturday 16, Sunday 17 or Saturday 30 August.

To register your interest in the workshop, please contact Michael Rocks (mrocks (at), or 04-973-0011).

Note: The workshop will be for Coaches, not for players wanting to receive coaching.

PNZ Level 2 Coaching Exam

3 September 2007

Kath Alison (Kapiti), Claire Bradburn (Silverstream), Sharon Cannon (Bay View), Fay Doyle (Kapiti), Gwen Hill (Kapiti), Jan McHardy (Kapiti), Michael Rocks (Khandallah), Pat Scholes (Kapiti), Barrie Sinclair (Manawatu), Bryan Wells (Horowhenua) successfully passed their Level 2 Coaching exam.

The presentation of certificates took place at the Regional Doubles Championship at Horowhenua.

PNZ Level 1/2 Coaching Course

20 May 2007

PNZ Coaching course participants

The successful participants in the first PNZ Coaching Level 1/2 Training course held at Kapiti Pétanque Club, 19/20 May.

Front row (l-r): Kath Alison (Kapiti), Fay Doyle (Kapiti), Gwen Hill (Kapiti), Sharon Cannon (Bay View), Claire Bradburn (Silverstream), Christine Strichen (Wanganui East)
Middle row (l-r): Rex Hayes (Kapiti), Pat Scholes (Kapiti), Jan McHardy (Kapiti), Karepa Mataira (Park Avenue), Barrie Sinclair (Manawatu), Ngaire Sinclair (Manawatu), David Lippard (Herne Bay - Examiner), Neil Goodwin (Tauranga BOP - Examiner)
Back row (l-r): Richard Turfrey (Wanganui East), Ralph Priddle (Masterton), Bryan Wells (Horowhenua), Dirk Winnie (Khandallah)
Absent: Michael Rocks (Khandallah - behind camera)/p>

All participants were awarded their Level 1 Coaching Certificate, with Rex Hayes also awarded his Level 2 certificate under the "grandfather" clause. The remaining participants have the option of sitting an exam to qualify for their Level 2 certificates.