Next Generation Program

The Ontario Curling Council (OCC) and its membership, CurlON and the Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) are committed to the growth and development of competitive athletes with the intent of putting Ontario and Northern Ontario athletes on national and international podiums for years to come.

The OCC is also working closely with Curling Canada and the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) to identify athletes who are specifically tracking towards potential Olympic podium performances in the next 2-3 quadrennials, Curling Canada has a clear plan for 2026 targeted athletes and are awaiting a funding decision from Own the Podium.  The OCC will work in concert with Curling Canada – using the same talent identification criteria, testing more athletes, more often and working to feed a National Next Gen Program.

Already recognized as a National Best Practice, the OCC is pleased to announce some revised programming for the 2018 and 2019 season.  These revisions are a direct response to a number of factors:

  • Curling Canada’s High Performance Plan
  • Survey results obtained from this year’s Next Gen Participants
  • General survey results obtained in regards to Mixed Doubles
  • Feedback from our membership (CurlON and NOCA)
  • Performance/Engagement of teams within the program
  • Feedback and input from our funding partners (Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario, Curling Canada, Membership).

Program structure and eligibility has been developed by the board appointed Ontario Curling Council High Performance Team*.  The Ontario Curling Council High Performance Team is responsible for team selection criteria and application of that criteria to admit teams/athletes into the program.

*Members of the 2018-2019 High Performance Team:

  • Jennifer Ferris, Manager – Programs and Operations, Ontario Curling Council (Ex-officio)
  • Heather Houston, Ontario Curling Council – Board Representative (Ex-officio)
  • Andrea Ronnebeck, Ontario Curling Council, Education Manager – North – Staff representative
  • Ryan Lafraniere (Sudbury, ON)
  • Jim Waite (St. Thomas, ON)
  • Sean Turriff (Markham, ON)
  • Murray Etherington (Niagara Falls, ON)
2018-2019 High Performance Program:

Conscious of the “Next Gen” brand (by Own the Podium) and Curling Canada’s High Performance Plan – the Ontario Curling Council will be re-vamping its provincial high performance program to fully align with the National Program and ensure that Ontario and Northern Ontario athletes continue to develop. 

Within the province of Ontario – there will be three (3) “Tiers” of programming:

Tier 1:  Next Gen “OnTrack” – Supported by the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI)

Tier 2:  Next Gen “OnTrack” and “Competitive for Life/Adult” teams – OCC supported

Tier 3:  “Excel” – User Fee supported and OCC subsidized

Tier 1 – Next Gen “OnTrack”

The Ontario Curling Council has been accepted into the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI) operated by the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario (CSIO) for the 2018-2019 season.  Participation in OHPSI, provides Integrated Support Services from the CSIO. This will be inclusive of Mental Training Services, Nutritionist, Strength and Conditioning Services – broad based education for all OCC program teams, plus individualized/team support for OHPSI Program athletes. Each team will be supported by an Ontario Curling Council Mentor Coach and Sport Specific Subject Matter experts for sport specific development – in a competition, camp and practice environments.  Program teams will have access to ice at designated camps, access to instrumented brushes, video analysis, wireless microphones, speed traps.  Coaches of Program teams will receive valuable Professional Development Credits towards their NCCP maintenance of certification. Athletes who are fully engaged in the program can expect an approximate 5 times return in their user fee investment.  Program funds are provided through delivery of services, NOT cash funds.

Number of athletes to be supported by this program:  14

  • Highest U18/U21 Men’s team from Next Gen applications – No regional consideration (4 athletes)
  • Highest U18/U21 Women’s team from Next Gen applications – No regional consideration (4 athletes)
  • U25 individuals – 1 male, 1 female from NOCA and 1 male, 1 female from CURLON – MIXED DOUBLES TEAM WILL BE FORMED (4 athletes)
  • One formed Mixed Doubles team with an aggregate age of 55 years or less – No regional consideration (2 athletes)
  • User Fee: $350.00/athlete
 Tier 2 – Next Gen U18/U21 “OnTrack” and “Competitive for Life/Adult”

Each team (of four) will be provided a technical budget to use with a designated mentor coach or sport specific experts for sport specific development in competition, camps and practice environments.  Teams will be provided six mental training sessions with a Mental Trainer, group nutrition education, access to OCC webinars, Curling specific Fitness Programs and monitoring tools. Program teams will have access to ice at designated camps, access to instrumented brushes, video analysis software, wireless microphones, speed traps, etc.  Coaches of Program teams will receive valuable Professional Development Credits towards their NCCP maintenance of certification. “Half” carded teams will be provided half of all services/technical budget.

  • Top U18/U21 Men’s and Women’s Team from NOCA
  • Top U18/U21 Men’s and Women’s Teams from CurlON
  • OWG (U18) Winners Team’s one Men’s, One Women’s (Already declared)
  • Top Men’s Team (CTRS) – no age restrictions (one full “card”, one half “card”) – BUT NO MEMBER OF THE TEAM CAN HAVE RECEIVED NATIONAL “A” OR “D” AAP CARDING IN THE PAST
  • Top Women’s Team (CTRS) – no age restrictions (one full “card”, one half “card”) – BUT NO MEMBER OF THE TEAM CAN HAVE RECEIVED NATIONAL “A” OR “D” AAP CARDING IN THE PAST
  • User Fee: $200/athlete ($100/athlete for half “cards”)
Tier 3 – Excel Program

 The Excel program will be more generalized training (i.e. camp format) aimed at assisting more athletes, this program will be based on a user fee system and will be subsidized by Ontario Curling Council.  The Ontario Curling Council is not accepting applications for the Excel Program at this time, each event will have its own registrations as dates/ice/location are secured.

Excel Program activities – Proposed

  • U15 Challenge Cups (4 south, 2 north)
  • Next Gen “OnTrack” Invitational Camp/Combine – March 2019 – Pending Ministry Funding.
  • In lieu of Tier 2 Mixed Doubles team support, The OCC will support Mixed Doubles Training Camps/Competitions – The OCC will attempt to host 3-4 Mixed Doubles Training Camps/Competitions, which will include Coach Development
  • Competitive for Life/Adult- Team Development HP Services – on demand or within a camp environment
Program/Service Comparison

Program Activity

Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3

Supported by OCC HP Coaches at Camps

X X

X

Supported by OCC HP Coaches at Competition(s)

X X

X

Supported by OCC HP Coaches in Practice

X

X

 

Access to Sport Specific Subject Matter Experts (i.e. Brushing, Strategy)

X X

Fees apply

Invitation to attend Training Camps (Travel, Accommodation not included)

X X

Fees apply

Access to High Performance Equipment (Instrumented Brushes, Wireless Mics, Speed Traps)

X X

Fees apply

Individualized & Monitored Strength and Conditioning Program by CSIO

X

   

Curling Specific Fitness Program Designed by Strength and Conditioning Coach

X

X

 

Fitness Testing

CSIO administered

Team Coach Administered

 

Group Nutrition Training (Camp or Web delivery)

X X

X

Individualized Nutritional Counselling by CSIO

X

   

Mental Training (Team and Individual) by CSIO

X

   
Mental Training (Team/Group) by OCC practitioners   X

X

Annual Planning Consultation

X

X

 

Curling Canada – Talent Identification/Skill Tracking

X X

X

Free access to OCC Webinar

X

X

 

Team Coach Professional Development Credits

X X

X

Fees to participate in program (per athlete) $350 $200

Per Event

 

General Eligibility

  1. All athletes must be residents of Ontario (Military Family, Student exemptions may apply).
  2. All athletes must be a member of either a Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) or CurlON affiliated club.
  3. All teams must be actively working with a Coach, who is at minimum Certified Competition Coach (Competition Introduction).
    • All coaches must be a member of a Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) or CurlON affiliated club OR pay a membership fee directly to either Association.
    • All coaches must have a valid police on file with either NOCA or CurlON
    • All coaches must comply with Rowan’s Law (Concussion Education protocol) – to be determined by Ministry, Tourism, Culture and Sport – Summer/Fall 2018.
  4. All athletes and coaches will be required to pay a participant fee to be part of the program, fee is due in full by June 30, 2018.
  5. Age Eligibility:
    • U18 Teams – must be 17 or under as of June 30, 2018 (includes athletes on OWG teams)
    • U21 Teams – must be 20 or under as of June 30, 2018
    • U25 Athletes – must be 24 or under as of June 30, 2018
    • U15 Teams/Events – must be 14 or under as of June 30, 2018
    • Tier 1: Mixed Doubles (Formed Team) – total aggregate age of 55 years or under (calculated as of June 30, 2018)
    • Competitive for Life/Adult Team – no age restrictions – but must play in either STOH or Brier playdowns
  6. Competitive for Life/Adult Teams – no member of the team has been a recipient of a NATIONAL – “A” or “D” Athlete Assistance Program Card (AAP) from Sport Canada in the past.
  7. All teams must play in their respective (NOCA or CurlON) competitive playdowns for their discipline – failure to enter playdowns may result in a team needing to reimburse OCC for their participation in the program.
  8. All teams must display the OCC logo on their uniforms either (sublimated or a patch) – logo files and patches are available from the OCC.
  9. All coaches and athletes must sign an OCC athlete/coach agreement and abide by OCC policies – particularly Code of Conduct and Harassment. Violation of any policy may lead to discipline as per the OCC’s discipline policy.  All athlete agreements must be signed by June 30, 2018.
Save the Dates – Tier 1 and Tier 2 Teams

Next Gen Training Camps

  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 Teams must attend at least one training camp
  • Teams responsible for accommodation, meals and travel expenses, lunch will be provided at the camp
  • Northern Teams (600 km (one way) or more) may be accommodated by having a program coach travel to them (fees apply).
  1. August 25-26, 2018:  All teams invited – K-W Granite – Teams responsible for travel, accommodation – lunch provided.
  2. November 3-4, 2018:  U18/U21 Teams – St. Catharines Golf and Country Club – Teams responsible for travel, accommodation – lunch provided.
  3. November, 17-18, 2018:  Adult, Mixed Doubles, U25 Teams – St. Catharines Golf and Country Club – Teams responsible for travel, accommodation – lunch provided.

Webinars (The following dates have been secured so far, MORE DATES THIS SUMMER WILL BE ADDED)

Tier 1: 

  • Mental Performance:  TBD
  • Nutrition/S&C:  June 26, 2018 – 7-9 pm

Tier 2:

  • S&C (Adults):  July 5, 2018 12-1:00 pm
 Application Procedure/Supporting Resources:
Age/DisciplineOnline Application LinkApplication PreviewApplication Points Form (for upload)Rankings ListApplication Deadline
U18/U21 Next Gen "OnTrack" - Tier 1 or Tier 2 ProgramU18/U21 Next Gen OnTrack - Tier 1 or Tier 2 ONLINE ApplicationU18/U21 Next Gen On Track Application PreviewU18/U21 Next Gen OnTrack - Application Points FormU18/U21 2017-2018 - Next Gen Rankings ListJune 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm EST - late applications will NOT be accepted.
U25 - Tier 1 Next Gen OnTrack - Individual ApplicationU25 Tier 1 - Next Gen OnTrack - Individual - ONLINE Application LinkU25 - Tier 1 Next Gen OnTrack - Application Preview
U25 Tier 1 Application Points Form for UploadMen's 2017-2018 CTRS Standings

Women's 2017-2018 CTRS Standings
June 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm EST - late applications will NOT be accepted.
Tier 1 - Formed Mixed Doubles TeamsTier 1 - Formed Mixed Doubles Teams ONLINE application LinkTier 1 - Formed Mixed Doubles Teams - Application PreviewN/ALink to CMDRS on curling.ca
June 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm EST - late applications will NOT be accepted.
Tier 2 - Adult/Competitive for Life - Four Player TeamsTier 2 - Adult/Competitive for Life - Four Player Teams ONLINE application LinkTier 2 - Adult/Competitive for Life - Four Player Teams Application PreviewN/AMen's 2017-2018 CTRS Standings

Women's 2017-2018 CTRS Standings
June 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm EST - late applications will NOT be accepted.