Answers to your most frequently asked questions

How much does it cost?

$99 inclusive of GST - this typically includes the eight weeks (one, 1 hour session a week) plus a Patroller Pack; t-shirt, backpack and drink bottle. This is their coaching, games, wristbands and becomes $79 from the second program on. Some states and territories offer a voucher, Bowl Patrol is an accredited program for you to use your voucher. At this stage, we can't accept vouchers online, but suggest you complete the Registration form and email it along with a copy of your voucher to bowlpatrol@tenpin.org.au More info under 'About Bowl Patrol'

Can I join a program mid-way through the term?

Due to the structured format of the program children need to commence at the beginning. But don’t worry - a new program commences each term!  Send us an email at bowlpatrol@tenpin.org.au to register your interest for the next program.

What happens if I miss a week?

That’s fine. Just come along the following week and our Lane Rangers will take your child through any important points that they missed. 

What happens in a typical weekly session?

Bowl Patrol has a different theme every week. Themes range from learning how to target to throw more strikes and how to pick up spares right through to a back end tour of the bowling lanes – you won’t believe how far apart those pins actually are! 

But the one constant is that each week your child has two opportunities to progress to a new level.   Our new shortened game format with a simpler scoring system is something that your child will look forward to each week.  The sense of achievement from going up a level or simply beating your personal best score means there is something to celebrate every week. 

Does my child need bowling shoes? What should they wear?

Ordinary shoes can damage the surface of the approach so your child will be required to wear bowling shoes that are provided free of charge to wear each week. It’s important that children wear comfortable loose clothing such as t-shirts, tracksuit pants or shorts that allows free range of movement.   

How many levels can a child progress through each week?

Children can only progress one level per week.

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My child already knows how to bowl a little. Can they start the program at a higher level?

All children begin on the same level, and must work their way through each level. With a different theme every week there is plenty to learn and challenge every child.  Plus your child will want to collect all the rewards for progressing along the way! 

If no bumpers or ramps are used, isn’t this too challenging for younger children?

Children want to be challenged! Our innovative program shortens the lane by using carpet to bring children closer to the pins.  To begin, all children start from halfway down the lane making hitting the pins even without bumpers more than achievable.  As their skills develop, children move further away from the pins until they are eventually bowling on the entire lane with no bumpers!

How heavy is a bowling ball? I’m worried it will be too heavy for my child.

Bowling balls start at 6 pounds or 2.7kg. As a rough rule of thumb children should bowl with a ball that is approximately 10% of their body.  It is for this reason we recommend children start the program at the age of at least 5 and preferably 6 years old.

Can parents get involved?

Absolutely – in fact the last week of the program sees your child putting all their new knowledge into practice to beat you – so you’d better be paying attention!

Kids love their parents getting involved and we need some keen parents to work with our Lane Rangers to help reinforce the skill learnt for the week, provide some encouragement and keep kids on task.  There is no specialist bowling knowledge required.

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My child didn’t progress through all levels of the program. Can they participate again?  

Of course! Like anything, children progress at different levels and are not expected to successfully complete all six levels.  They can simply enroll in Bowl Patrol again next term and commence from where they left off. 

I can’t find a venue close by? Why not?

Bowl Patrol is a brand new program and we are progressively rolling this out across the country. If you can’t find a suitable venue please drop us an email and we’ll contact you as soon as your nearest centre is running the program.

Is enrolling online the only option?

Like most junior programs, the only option for enrollment is through the Bowl Patrol website. Programs need a minimum of five participants to proceed, although this may vary for each centre. 

What are the credentials of the Lane Rangers (coaches)?

All Lane Rangers have undergone training to deliver the Bowl Patrol program and have current Working with Children (or equivalent) checks. Rangers enjoy a supporting relationship with their centre manager, state/territory coordinator and the national office.

What happens if there's not enough children to run a program? Or my program is cancelled?

It's ideal for at least five participants per Bowl Patrol program so that the activities and sessions are enjoyable and sociable. There are also costs associated in paying coaches and centres for the delivery. If there aren't enough participants registered in your program, we may sadly be forced to cancel it. In this case, we try to accommodate your child in an alternative program (another day or centre nearby), offer to roll your registration over to the following term or lastly completely refund your registration fees. 

Can Bowl Patrol be used with special kids or by schools?

Absolutely! Bowl Patrol is the perfect inclusion sport catering to a wide range of abilities. Schools can access funding via the Australian Sports Commission's Sporting Schools program, while special ability groups can access funding for additional sessions via Special Olympics Australia. 

Can I use my state/territory sport vouchers for this program? 

Yes you can, tenpin bowling and the Bowl Patrol program are assisting each state/territory offering the voucher program to spend their voucher on the program. In some states, this $100 voucher will cover the full cost of the program ($99) in others (e.g. SA - $50) the difference will need to be paid up via credit card on your registration form. 

Contact us to find out more.