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.  The OCC will work in concert with Curling Canada to develop athletes and feed Curling Canada’s National Next Gen Program.

Already recognized as a National Best Practice, the OCC is continually reflecting on programming to ensure a best in class system.  Feedback is considered from:

  • Curling Canada’s High Performance Plan
  • Survey results obtained from this year’s Next Gen Participants
  • General survey results obtained during Strategic Planning Intitiatives
  • 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).

 The Ontario Curling Council High Performance Team is responsible for developing team selection criteria.  When developed, the OCC (Board of Directors) approves the criteria.  The Operations team then applies the criteria for team selection.

*Members of the 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
  • Sean Turriff, Education Manager – South – Staff representative 
  • Ryan Lafraniere (Sudbury, ON)
  • Jim Waite (St. Thomas, ON)
  • Murray Etherington (Niagara Falls, ON)

2019-2020 Next Gen Program

We thank you for your patience.  As of mid July we still do not have notification of our funding investment from any of our stakeholders.  Regardless, we are planning to open the program and will accept 10 teams to start, a later acceptance of more teams is likely when funding levels have been established (date unknown).  Another application period WILL NOT HAPPEN – we will simply accept more teams from the pool of applications received.  Deadline for Applications will be July 31, 2019 at 9:00 am EST.

For the 2019-2020 Season – 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 Next Gen “U25” – 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 2019-2020 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.

NEW:  Teams must complete a Next Gen Plan with how they plan to use resources specifically for their team.    Funds will be “unlocked” with submission of plans, routine fitness testing, shot testing, etc…

Based on a team’s plan/request, each team can use their program funds in the following way (spending limits apply):

  • OCC Consultant Coach(s)
  • Sport Specific Experts – in competition or practice environment
  • Competition and Training Expenses (ie travel, accommodation, entry fees)
  • Team Coach Support Expenses

Coaches of Program teams will receive valuable Professional Development Credits towards their NCCP maintenance of certification. 

Teams are expected to attend one of two Next Gen Camps – either August 23-25, 2019 (K-W Granite) or September 27-29, 2019 (Tam Heather/CSIO).

Athletes who are fully engaged in the program can expect an approximate 5 times return in their user fee investment.  User Fee: $350.00/athlete

Number of athletes to be supported by this program:  16

  • 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)
  • Highest Adult Women’s team from Next Gen applications – No regional consideration or age limit (4 athletes) BUT NO MEMBER OF THE TEAM CAN HAVE RECEIVED NATIONAL “A” OR “D” AAP CARDING IN THE PAST
  • Highest Adult Men’s team from Next Gen applications – No regional consideration or age limit (4 athletes) BUT NO MEMBER OF THE TEAM CAN HAVE RECEIVED NATIONAL “A” OR “D” AAP CARDING IN THE PAST

 Tier 2 – Next Gen U18/U21 “OnTrack” and Next Gen U25*

Each team (of four) will be provided a budget to use towards improving their team’s performance.  Each program will be specific to a team’s needs.

Funds are “unlocked” based on the submission of various measurement tools throughout the season which may include, a Next Gen Program Plan, Gap Analysis, Annual Plan, Goals, Fitness testing, Shot tracking/Skills Assessments.

User Fee: $200/athlete

Program Funds may be used for (spending limits will apply)

  • Mentor coaches/sport specific experts
  • Mental Trainers
  • Fitness Training
  • Ice Rental
  • Fitness Memberships

All teams will receive:

  • Access to group education – ex. Nutrition
  • Access to OCC Coach Webinars
  • Curling Specific Fitness Program and Self-Monitoring tools
  • Access to HP Equipment (speed traps, wireless microphones, instrumented brushes)
  • Coaches of Program teams will receive valuable Professional Development Credits towards their NCCP maintenance of certification.

Teams will be selected as follows:

  • Top U18/U21 Men’s and Women’s Team from NOCA
  • Top U18/U21 Men’s and Women’s Teams from CurlON
  • Top U25* Men’s Team (CTRS) – BUT NO MEMBER OF THE TEAM CAN HAVE RECEIVED NATIONAL “A” OR “D” AAP CARDING IN THE PAST
  • Top U25* Women’s Team (CTRS) – Women’s Team (CTRS) –– BUT NO MEMBER OF THE TEAM CAN HAVE RECEIVED NATIONAL “A” OR “D” AAP CARDING IN THE PAST

*U25 Team Age:  Aggregate age of team must be 105 or less as of June 30, 2019

Late Intake Team Program

The Ontario Curling Council will consider accepting additional teams from pool of Next Gen Applications when funding levels have been determined from it’s stakeholders (Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports, Curling Canada, and Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario).  We do not have an anticipated date of the Late Intake Program, nor will we know the size of the program, if at all.

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)
  • Competitive for Life/Adult- Team Development HP Services – on demand or within a camp environment
  • Mixed Doubles Granting Program (to be released when funding levels announced from stakeholders)

 

 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 coaches and athletes must complete OCC Safe Sport Training.
  4. 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
  5. All athletes and coaches will be required to pay a participant fee to be part of the program, fee is due in full by August 15, 2019.
  6. Age Eligibility:
    • U18 Teams – must be 17 or under as of June 30, 2019
    • U21 Teams – must be 20 or under as of June 30, 2019
    • U25 Teams – team aggregate age must be 105 or under as of June 30, 2019
    • U15 Teams/Events – must be 14 or under as of June 30, 2019
    • Competitive for Life/Adult Team – no age restrictions – but must play in either STOH or Brier playdowns
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. All teams must display the OCC logo on their uniforms either (sublimated or a patch) – logo files and patches are available from the OCC.
  10. 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 August 15, 2019.

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).

Teams are expected to attend one of two Next Gen Camps. – either August 23-25, 2019 (K-W Granite) or September 27-29, 2019 (Tam Heather/CSIO).

  1. August 23-25, 2019:  All teams invited – K-W Granite – Teams responsible for travel, accommodation – lunch provided.
  2. September 27-29, 2019 – Tam Heather (Toronto/CSIO) – Highly recommended for Tier 1 Teams due to proximity to CSIO– Teams responsible for travel, accommodation – lunch provided.

Application Process

Deadline for Applications (Late applications will not be accepted):  July 31, 2019 at 9:00 am EST

Age DivisionPreview Application FormLink to Application FormSupporting Points Form
U18/U21 Next Gen "On Track"Preview the U18/U21 Application FormLink to U18/U21 Next Gen "OnTrack" Program ApplicationU18/U21 Next Gen Points Form
U25* Next Gen "On Track" ProgramPreview U25*Next Gen ApplicationLink to U25* ApplicationLink to U25* Next Gen Points Form
Adult Next Gen ProgramPreview Adult Next Gen Program ApplicationLink to Adult Next Gen Application FormLink to Adult Next Gen Points Form