The High performance programme is the coach led development plan for elite athletes.

The concept is to link players highlighted with the skill, attitude, ethics, and capability with the potential to represent New Zealand into an elite performance programme designed to link players with one on one coaching and mentoring that delivers, individualised competency based development programs for each player.

This has been done to deliver world class best practice techniques to ensure our athletes have the best possible chance to maximise their potential as bowlers.

The program is a crticial element to ensure that our elite bowlers continue to build on the legacy of our past and to ensure we stay at the forefront of the sport in terms of international achievements on the green.

After a full review of Bowls New Zealands Talent Development and High Performance programmes, some changes to the structure have been made the most notable change being the introduction of a Black Jacks Development Squad of players that are seen to be the next in line for a Black Jacks call up.

Bowls NZ National coach Dave Edwards said the introduction of the Black Jacks Development Squad was the next logical step in the High Performance pathway. We have seen some significant advances in standards since the introduction of our Regional Talent Development squads some four years ago, and what has happened now is we have a group of players who have outgrown the regional squads, and they are now seriously pushing for higher honours. We were very keen to continue the development of this group of players who are knocking on the door of the Black Jacks squad and therefore it became logical for us to introduce the Development Squad concept.

The Black Jacks Development Squad can contain up to 12 players.