Find Balance with The Lawn Bowls Addict
I’m an experienced Bowls Coaching Professional - including High Performance - who can help shape your bowling performance into a successful and productive experience. Whether it’s anything else that’s important to you, I’ll help you develop the habits and skills to effectively deal with the challenges and emotional moments you may encounter in your play.
Name - Howard Sandler
High Performance Coach, Auckland, New Zealand.
I have been coaching bowls for many years, initially in South Africa, and currently in New Zealand.
I have coached at a number of International events: Israel 2008 - 2012 (Atlantic Rim and World Bowls), Norfolk Island 2014 - 2016 (Asia Pacific and World Bowls), Samoa (Pacific Challenge) and The Cook Islands 2022 (Birmingham Commonwealth Games).
I have coached the Israeli, Singapore, Samoa, Cook Island and Norfolk Island Teams.
I have attended 2 World Bowls Tournaments as Coach, once in Adelaide in 2012 and then Christchurch in 2016. I attended the Asia Pacific in Christchurch in 2015, and the Atlantic Rim in Johannesburg, South Africa - 2010. The teams from both these countries performed well at these events under my direction. Israel achieved 1 Gold,1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal at the Atlantic Rim, and Norfolk Island qualified in all events in Christchurch coming 6th behind Canada, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia.
In May 2016, the United States Women’s Team invited me as a Consultant to work with and prepare them for the North American Challenge.
Birmingham Commonwealth Games was a highlight in July 2022 after 2 long years of Covid restrictions. The Cook Island Womans Team did very well - Womans Triples Quater Finalists, Womans Singles Quater Finalist, Womans Fours Quater Finalists.
Over many years my record with Youth NZ - Under 18s and Under 25s - has been exemplary - with wins over Australia in the annual Trans Tasman event. Under my direction, the Boys Under 18 won in 2013/2014 - the only time that they have ever won this event!
Auckland Centre Events 2022-2023 -
Auckland 1-5 years 3 x Junior Players excelled to be chosen as Auckland Reps.
Auckland Secondary School Event 2022- Auckland Girls Grammar under my guidance where winners in the Bowls North Harbour Secondary School Tournament (the 3 girls were newbies of just 2 weeks coaching tuition!)
I am fully accredited with Bowls NZ and hold their Performance Coach and Coach Trainer Certificates - 1 of only 6 such recipient certificates in New Zealand.
In 2015 I opened my own Coaching Academy and have since Accredited +30 Coaches and plan to continue upgrading those coaches keen enough to do so.
In 2017 I launched my own Players Academy - a 1st in New Zealand!
Experienced Coaching Professional
My Coaching Philosophy.
To share my experiences with my fellow coaches and players.
To achieve my goals, I will ensure that communication will always be on a two-way basis.
Listening and showing respect towards those I coach is paramount.
Sincerity and integrity are part of my values and I will endeavour to honour the opinions of all those people that I work with.
You Reap The Fruits of Your Labour
Get in touch today to see what I can do for you.
1977 - Represented South Africa at the Maccabi Games held in Israel
1987 - Four Regional Titles in South Africa for Southern Transvaal
Club National Representative in Fours, Triples, Pairs & Singles 20 times over 20 years
Coach in South Africa Bowls SA Coaching Certificate
1995 Re-Accredited Bowls NZ Coach - Level 1
1995 - 1998 Coaching - Club Coaches
2000 Coaching Level 2 Certificate
2001 - 2003 Zone - Head Coach
2001 - 2003 Assistance Coach Auckland 1-5 year players
2003 - Current Director of Coaching - Auckland
Mar 2009 Bowls New Zealand Coach Trainer
Apr 2009 - 2017 Auckland Bowls High Performance Manager
Apr 2009 - 2012 National Coach - Israel
Feb 2010 Coach Trainer Auckland
Mar 2010 Coach Mentor - New Zealand
Jun 2011 Head Coach - Open Women
Aug 2011 New Zealand Coach of the Year
July 2012 Auckland Open Women’s Head Coach
Mar 2013 New Zealand - Under 18 vs Australia
July 2013 Auckland Head Coach Open Men
Mar 2014 New Zealand - Under 18 vs Australia
Apr 2014 Bowls NZ - Advance Coach Accreditation
(only 4 in NZ)
May 2014 Appointed National Coach for Norfolk Island
Jun 2015 Auckland Bowls Coach of the Year
May 2016 U.S.A - Coaching Consultant
Jan 2017 All African States Event - Susan Kariuki (Kenya)
Apr 2018 Ruth Gilor - Semifinalist in The Scottish Open
Oct 2018 South East Asia Games - Coach for Singapore Team
July 2019 South Pacific Games - Coach for Samoan Team
2020 Remote coach Jamaica leading up to Comm Games
March 2020 - April 2022 Covid Restriction and lockdowns
July -August 2022 Cook Islands Coach at Birmingham Comm Games
Need help to achieve your bowling goals in life? I use an array of communication skills to provide coaching services that give you the tools for success. In addition to 1-on-1 consultations and group sessions, I regularly host workshops and seminars for people who are interested in developing their own coaching techniques.
Auckland Girls Grammar Team - Winners North Shore Challenge November 2022
Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022
LHS - Howard Sandler ( Lead Coach) with Jason Lindsay ( Manager/Player)
RHS- Howard Sandler Cook Islands Coach with Neil Burkett South African Coach
Howard & Bill Cornehls -
Friend, Coach & Mentor.
Past Australian Representative & Australian High Performance Coach.
Don Niven - Friend and Assistant Coach for Youth.
Was Coaching Coordinator for Bowls North Harbour
Coached bowls at St
Peter's College 2008-2010.
Head Coach at Rawhiti Bowling Club.
Coached at Milford & Brown's Bay Bowling Club.
Coached the North Harbour Women's Rep Team in 2013.
Vince Lombardi Quotes
Winning isn’t everything, but it’s the only thing. In our team, there is no second place. Either you’re first, or you’re last.
Second place is meaningless. You can’t always be first, but you have to believe that you should have been – that you were never beaten – that time just ran out on you.
You never win a game unless you beat the opponent next to you. The score on the board doesn’t mean a thing. That’s for the supporters. You have got to win the war with the opponent standing next to you. You’ve got to get your opponent.
"My coaching is based on Lombardi's Coaching Philosophy."
Positive Coaching Quotes
Successful people do what Unsuccessful people are not willing to do.
Mental toughness is sticking to something that is really important rather than telling yourself that it is too difficult.
Most people that are truly successful enjoy what they are doing.
- They see a challenge as
an opportunity rather than
- They have confidence that they
will survive even if they fail.
is choosing your thoughts
and actions based on values
rather than on personal gain
HOWARD'S BOWLS CV
Jan 2018 - Current
Lawn Bowls Coaching Academy (Private and Schools)
Auckland Bowling Club
May 2016 - Dec 2017
Office Manager, High Performance Director and Youth Academy Director.
High Performance Management.
Bowls Development.Bowls Mentor.
Bowls Auckland Inc
June 2005 - May 2016
Early in 2005 the position of Coaching, Collegiate and High Performance Manager became available.
I successfully applied for the post, seizing the opportunity to encompass my passion for the game of bowls with my organisational skills.
My years of experience as a player and coach were perfect for the joint positions being offered.
I have been able to share my enthusiasm for the game with the youth from as young as 12yrs old.
I have organised local and national tournaments and increased the number of schools involved with youth players in the Auckland Region from 10 to 32 schools and the number of players from 500 to approx 2000.
Promoted to High Performance Manager on top of the Collegiate and Coaching role.
Coach Trainer and Mentor for 25 Coaches.
Regional Coaching - Auckland vs Queensland 2010 - 2016
This event has been a great success over the years, allowing young players to gain experience on different surfaces.
Players from Auckland and other centres in New Zealand have been involved with Queensland (Under 25s & 18s) and the results have been fantastic as many of the players have achieved New Zealand Team status.
Under 18 Coach - New Zealand.
I attended as the male coach for this group for two years running and was the only coach whose team defeated the Australian Team in the Trans Tasman event.
2008 - Present
I have had the honour of working with various International nation states over the years and I have attended numerous events e.g. - Atlantic Rim (2x), Asia/Pacific and World Bowls for Israel, working with Norfolk Island in that capacity when I attended the Asia Pacific in Christchurch (2015).
This includes many test series involving Scotland, Hong Kong and China.
I was appointed as Manager/Assistant Coach for the Trans Tasman in April 2016 for the Blind and Disabled NZ Team.
I spent three weeks in Samoa and was appointed coach for the Samoan Team in May - July 2019. I was their Coach during the Pacific Challenge where we achieved exceptional results - Mens Pairs Gold Medal, Mens Singles Silver Medal and Womans Pairs Bronze Medal.
As Cook Islands Lead Coach, we went to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July 2022 where the Women achieved Quater Finalists positions in 3 disciplines- Singles, Pair and Triples!
Appointed Coaching Consultant for Bowls United States of America
REFEREES ON REQUEST
TEAM USA WOMEN’S CAMP EVALUATION
- 15th May 2016
Given that this was the first opportunity that Team USA women, selectors and Coach Howard met, and also given the time constraints involved (one long weekend), the training camp was most successful.
This success is attributable to Howard’s keen sense of how to blend simple learning with fun; to his very positive, sincere, yet firm attitude; and to his employment of a team-driven approach to coaching. In addition, the Camp succeeded, owing to Brenda’s many hours of planning and communicating with Howard, the Selectors, the Team members and the venues (club and restaurant) as well as the other Selectors’ presence and support throughout.
In the discussion sessions, Howard used a team-driven approach to assess the needs and goals of his audience. While he furnished a large amount of written material (which we are to review on our own time), his main didactic focus was on interactive activities in which the Team expressed their strengths, weaknesses, goals, and needs. Howard then adapted these responses to several activities on the green.
Among the Team Needs that Howard immediately recognized as important were: the need for effective communication between players, the need to build cohesiveness and unity between team members (the “I” in Team concept), a success-oriented way of thinking, and the need for enjoyment (joy) when developing/practicing specific skills (e.g. drills) and competing.
Although I was only able to participate from an armchair, I felt I gained almost as much from the camp as if I had been on the green. In fact, I was truly able to observe more of the Team as a whole from this vantage point.
The activity that impressed me the most - because it best incorporates all of Howard’s concepts that I mention above – was the “drawing to a short mat set at the diagonal corner of the green” drill.
In my opinion this activity encouraged the bowlers to work/bond as a group to reach the desired goal, it taught team-strategy (as in having the best draw bowler lead the way), it taught drawing skills on a fast green and to unconventional mat location, it taught how to draw to your own team’s bowls to build a head and ultimately win, and it was ENJOYABLE.
Sitting in the chair with my eyes closed, I firmly believe my healing process was advanced as I listened to the melodious, happy voices of my teammates and Howard's, ring out across the green.
The only downside to the Camp was that is was too short and the meals took more time than expected. It is hoped that Howard will be available to us by email to help and support us.
Thank you Howard and Brenda.
USA WOMENS COMBINED CAMP EVALUATION
I thought camp was extremely valuable and productive.
The fact that camp wasn’t just focused on drills.
The fact that Howard put us through some exercises that were not only enjoyable, but were atypical and not something that I would have done on my own.
Also the exercises were group oriented.
The group had to work together to accomplish a goal and yet still competitive.
The overall focus of the camp was about coming together as a team—a cohesive team.
The selectors also had the team focus.
I am impressed with the direction the selectors are going.
Certification - Coach Trainer
Certification - Performance Coach