Regional Talent Identification Camps

May 2017 Update

Online Assessments:  We have commissioned two separate organizations to assist us with the content of both the Strategy and Mental Skills Assessment – both organizations require more time to complete the project to the standards requested.  We expect them very soon.

For Next Gen Program Applications – we will use only the skill based testing results on the application.

We are still finalizing pilot locations for our Excel Program, and we are working hard to finalize details of that program.

Thanks for your patience!

OCC – Manager of Programs and Operations.


Regional Talent Identification Camps are used to identify Ontario’s future generation of podium performers.  Like most competitive sports, a skill assessment and competitive knowledge assessment can assist program administers with determining needs of the sector, as well as providing opportunities for athletes who are “showing promise” of future podium performances.  Talent Identification, is very new to the sport of curling, and the Ontario Curling Council has become a leader in Talent Identification and Development in the country on behalf of Curling Canada and Own the Podium.  Each year our processes become more refined and we are attempting to grow the development opportunities for curlers in Ontario.

The Ontario Curling Council has scheduled eight (8) Talent ID Camps for March and April 2017.

Results obtained from the testing conducted at these camps will feed into the applications of future programs* operated by the Ontario Curling Council.  Camps will also provide valuable skill development through a station approach, where curlers can improve upon all aspects of their delivery and brushing.  Curlers will be registered and tested as individuals, and this year will include an on-line quiz to measure Mental Skills and Strategical Decision Making which must be completed prior to arriving at the camp.  Curlers must be between the ages of 13-20 on the day of the camp.

See a sample agenda from last year’s camps  Thunder Bay Agenda

Development Stations will include:

  • Brushing
  • Release/Rotation
  • Line of Delivery
  • Team Systems (Communication, Timing, Weight Systems)

Each camp will also provide coaches a professional development opportunity.  The camps will be open for coaches to observe and work along side of Provincial Coaches.  There is also a specialized presentation just for coaches.  Topics for this year’s  presentation include Gap Analysis, Season Debriefing, Goal Setting and Off-Season Planning.  Coaches will earn 3 professional development points towards their maintenance of certification.

Fee per curler:  $50.00 (includes HST) – includes lunch and snack

Fee per coach:  $50.00 (includes HST) – includes lunch and snack

DateCityClubRegistration DeadlineMaximum Number of AthletesAthlete Registration LinkCoach Registration Link
March 11, 2017WaterlooK-W Granite ClubMarch 6, 2017 at 9:00 am48ClosedClosed
March 11, 2017BarrieBarrie Curling ClubMarch 6, 2017 at 9:00 am32CancelledCancelled
March 11, 2017CobourgWest Northumberland Curling ClubMarch 6, 2017 at 9:00 am40CancelledCancelled
March 25, 2017SudburyIdylwylde Curling ClubMarch 20, 2017 at 9:00 am40Sudbury - Athlete RegistrationSudbury - Coach Registration
April 1, 2017OttawaOttawa Hunt ClubMarch 27, 20/1732Athlete Registration - Ottawa Hunt ClubCoach Registration - Ottawa Hunt Club
April 2, 2017Thunder Bay Port Arthur Curling ClubMarch 27, 201732Thunder Bay - Athlete RegistrationCoach Registration - Thunder Bay
April 9, 2017LondonLondon Curling ClubApril 3, 2017 at 9:00 am40London Athlete RegistrationCoach Registration - London
April 9, 2017TorontoTam Heather Curling ClubApril 3, 2017 at 9:00 am40Tam Heather - Athlete RegistrationTam Heather - Coach Registration
April 23, 2017 OttawaCityview Curling ClubApril 17, 2017 at 9:00 am32FULLCityview (Ottawa) - Coach Registration

Can’t attend one of the Eight (8) camps?  Contact Manager of Programs and Operations Jennifer Ferris ( or 289-527-0352) for alternative arrangements.

*Talent ID results will feed into the Next Generation Program and the “Excel” Program – a new Pilot program for the 2017-2018 Season.  The “Excel” Program will be open to Teams, individuals and their coaches and will operate in major urban centres (Locations TBD) in a 6-8 week long league format which will provide a combination of instruction and competition led by a provincial coach.  Rural Centres will receive similar instruction but in a “Development Day” format where the provincial coach will travel to a rural centre for a day of learning and competition.

Details and  a call for applications for both programs will be posted to the OCC website by May 2017.