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:
- 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
|Date||City||Club||Registration Deadline||Maximum Number of Athletes||Athlete Registration Link||Coach Registration Link|
|March 11, 2017||Waterloo||K-W Granite Club||March 6, 2017 at 9:00 am||48||Closed||Closed|
|March 11, 2017||Barrie||Barrie Curling Club||March 6, 2017 at 9:00 am||32||Cancelled||Cancelled|
|March 11, 2017||Cobourg||West Northumberland Curling Club||March 6, 2017 at 9:00 am||40||Cancelled||Cancelled|
|March 25, 2017||Sudbury||Idylwylde Curling Club||March 20, 2017 at 9:00 am||40||Sudbury - Athlete Registration||Sudbury - Coach Registration|
|April 1, 2017||Ottawa||Ottawa Hunt Club||March 27, 20/17||32||Athlete Registration - Ottawa Hunt Club||Coach Registration - Ottawa Hunt Club|
|April 2, 2017||Thunder Bay||Port Arthur Curling Club||March 27, 2017||32||Thunder Bay - Athlete Registration||Coach Registration - Thunder Bay
|April 9, 2017||London||London Curling Club||April 3, 2017 at 9:00 am||40||London Athlete Registration||Coach Registration - London|
|April 9, 2017||Toronto||Tam Heather Curling Club||April 3, 2017 at 9:00 am||40||Tam Heather - Athlete Registration||Tam Heather - Coach Registration|
|April 23, 2017||Ottawa||Cityview Curling Club||April 17, 2017 at 9:00 am||32||FULL||Cityview (Ottawa) - Coach Registration|
Can’t attend one of the Eight (8) camps? Contact Manager of Programs and Operations Jennifer Ferris (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.