Team dynamics

New OCC Webinar – January 24, 2018 – Team Dynamics with Guest Speaker Nicole Westlund-Stewart

Join us on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm EST for another OCC webinar -this one is suited for coaches and athletes and at a time when many teams consider reforming it's one you don't want to miss. Our speaker is Nicole Westlund Stewart - an accomplished curler, instructor and coach who just happens to have a PhD in Sport Psychology.  She will have just finished competing at the Mixed Doubles Olympic Trials. Webinar Summary: What is more important for success:  talent...

Goal Setting: It’s Where It All Begins

Everyone wants to win. Some even know what it takes to win. Few are willing to do what it takes to win! In one of the other articles I have provided on this site [sic], I referred to Lindsay Sparkes who identified for the curling world the characteristics of championship teams. If you have not read the article, you should! Not that my writing is any great shakes but the work that Lindsay has done is invaluable! But how does a team...

What makes a team a championship team?

Those of you who have previously read my words will know that the role of the coach, in the proverbial twenty-five words or less, is to make the team greater than the sum of its parts. Indeed, four players, banding together to achieve a level of accomplishment must do exactly the same thing. It's not just a case of making eight shots per end for 8 or 10 ends. We have all seen "four skips" crash and burn. In fact,...

Famous Last Words

Many have asked me what I say to teams about to play for a major curling prize like the recently concluded World Senior Curling Championships in Fredericton, NB. It's certainly a legitimate question and I do have a meeting with the teams prior to the "big game" to offer last words (the jury's out on just how "famous" they may or may not be). But before I reveal what I said to Teams Canada in Fredericton the night before the...

Women v Men

I'm writing this post with great trepidation. I know there will be a collection of out-of-joint noses, raised eyebrows, furled foreheads and clenched teeth after reading this post. I also hope there will be as many, "You know, it's a hard pill to swallow but I think he's right".I'm going to go where many curling ink-stained wretches have feared to tread. I'm about to draw distinctions between female and male curling teams. OK, here goes and damn the torpedoes.Women, as...

Good Athletes Are Good Actors

The Canadian curling world has been abuzz (there's a word I'm using for the first time) of late over the expulsion of a player in a provincial play down game (I know the player well). I've been inundated by questions re. the appropriateness of the decision by the official to take such an action. There were very few who questioned the inappropriateness of the action by the athlete which caused the situation. But what disturbed me more was the photograph...