Archived Webinars from the OCC Webinar Series

Recognizing that coaches, parents and athletes may have missed some of our OCC Webinar Series events we have made select archived webinars available to anyone who wants to hear them.

Professional Development Credits are available to anyone who submits the answers to that webinar’s quiz.  Note there is a fee of $22.99+ tax for all quiz submissions to cover the administrative costs of tracking Professional Development Credits.

Name of WebinarDescription of WebinarLink to Webinar RecordingPreview the QuizLink to Quiz and Payment for PD Credits
Intro to Curl CoachPresenter: Stephen Orr, Developer of Curl Coach

Are you fairly new to Curl Coach? Considering adding an electronic charting tool to your coaching arsenal? This session is for you. Stephen Orr, developer of Curl Coach explains the benefits of electronic charting and the easy ways Curl Coach can give you critical information about your team. Learn how to dig into the data to reveal your team’s strengths and areas for improvement. This session explores how the app can help you build a powerful plan for your team.
Intro to Curl Coach LinkIntro to Curl Coach Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Intro to Curl Coach
Advanced Curl CoachPresenter: Stephen Orr, Developer of Curl Coach

Have you been using Curl Coach for a while and want to get more out of it? In this session, Stephen Orr, the developer of Curl Coach will take you through some of the latest additions, little-known features and commonly asked questions about the App. The session will be include an interactive Q&A session where you can ask “How do I?” questions. You can even request new features that may be missing today.
Advanced Curl Coach Webinar LinkAdvanced Curl Coach - Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Advanced Curl Coach
Fatigue ManagementThe presentation addresses how you and your team make the most of the time, energy and resources available to you between competitions and between event games to ensure you are ready to perform at your best. This includes elements of rehab, rejuvenate, repair, refuel, rehydrate, rest and reheat.

About the Presenter – Karen Watson, BC

Level 4 Certified Curling Coach – since 2016
Curling Canada Health & Doping Control Consultant – since 2005
Curl BC Consultant Coach and Wheelchair Curling Coach – since 2011
Curl BC Coach Development Coordinator (MLF) – since 2006
Learning Facilitator – training curling coaches across BC – since 2005
Coached teams to Provincials, Nationals and Worlds- since 2001
Fatigue Management LinkFatigue Management Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Fatigue Management
Team DrillsThis webinar is being delivered by Sean Turriff, a Competition Development certified coach and author of Curling: Steps to Success published by Human Kinetics. The topics to be covered are basic team practice planning and team drills. The majority of the webinar will be a description of various team drills covering a variety of skills. Sean will describe how these drills are run, what skills they are meant to develop and ways you can modify them to suit your team’s needs.Team Drills Webinar LinkTeam Drills - Preview the QuizTake the Quiz, Get the PD Credit for Team Drills Webinar
Performance ResultsAbout the Webinar: Performance results – U18 vs. U21 – Using the LTAD for curling – Ryan will compare the expected results as predicted in the Learning to Train, Training to Train and Training to Compete stages to help coaches determine best approaches to achieve the optimum performance results for their athletes.

About the Speaker: Ryan Lafraniere

Coach Ryan Lafraniere enters his 5th year at the helm of the Laurentian University Men’s and Women’s Curling Teams. Lafraniere is a NCCP Level III Certified Coach, NCCP Multi-Sport Learning Facilitator, and Master Learning Facilitator/Evaluator for the Northern Ontario Curling Association. Lafraniere additionally served as Director of the Ontario Curling Council and currently serves as one of their High Performance Program members, who also helps nominate athletes for Ontario carding status.

Lafraniere is the Director of the Amethyst Curling Camp in Sudbury, and is an instructor at the Alberta Rocks Curling Camp in Edmonton (Alberta Curling Federation) and the Trillium Curling Camp in Waterloo (Ontario Curling Association). More recently, in his role as a coach evaluator, he has worked with Curling Québec to certify their provincial coaches. He has instructed at a number of high performance curling clinics and coaching symposiums over the years, and has coached bantam, junior and high school curling teams.
Performance Results Webinar LinkPerformance Results - Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Performance Results Webinar
Making the Uncomfortable ComfortableMAKING THE UNCOMFORTABLE – COMFORTABLE!! : running effective practices & advanced practice techniques by Maurice Wilson

This webinar will focus on making your practices effective for your athletes, addressing their needs & growing their learning zones. We will also learn how to include all 4 Pillars of Performance in each practice & the role of effective process goals in the successful accomplishment of this task. The discussion will also include the role of shot tracking & shooting percentages in the development of appropriate drills for your practices. Questions & new ideas are welcome!

About the Speaker: Maurice Wilson

Maurice Wilson has coached for 30 years in various sports from fast-pitch softball at a national level, to basketball, soccer, track & field, cricket and ice hockey at a senior level. He is an NCCP Competition Development certified coach & evaluator for Curling and has coached 16 teams to the provincials and 5 to nationals.

The teams he has coached have won titles at the Bantam provincials in 2001, Juniors in 2003, OUA’s in 2011, 2012, 2014 and CIS nationals in 2011 & 2012. He was the recipient of the Asham Coaching Award in 2003 & 2004 for provincials accomplishments and CIS Coach of the Year in 2011 & 2012. In 2012 the team he was coaching won gold at the Karuizawa International Curling championship in Japan. Maurice is also very active in the curling community as a Provincial High Performance Coach since 2006 and a provincial Learning Facilitator and evaluator since 2005. He is currently involved as a mentor coach for the OCC with 3 Sudbury area teams & loving it!!!
Making the Uncomfortable Comfortable Webinar LinkMaking the Uncomfortable Comfortable - Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Making the Uncomfortable Comfortable Webinar Quiz
Are you Coachable?As one of Canada’s most successful curling coaches, Earle Morris shares the secrets to “coachability” and explains why, before a competitive curler can start on the road to winning, they first need to understand the benefits of having a coachable mentality.

Are you “coachable”? Many think so, but some struggle to accept what their coach offers. This webinar offers practical tips on how to help your athletes take feedback, handle criticism, keep an open mind, accept flaws and learn to be a more coachable athlete.

About the Speaker: Earle Morris

Earle Morris has coached teams to winning Canadian championships. Between 2009 and 2015, Earle’s expertise enabled Teams Homan, Jones and Simmons to achieve 3 championships and 3 2nd place finishes
Are you Coachable? Webinar LinkAre you Coachable? Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Are you Coachable? Webinar
Team DynamicsWhat is more important for success: talent or team cohesion? This webinar will provide an overview of team cohesion and team development using the latest research findings in sport psychology. It will also provide practical recommendations and activities for increasing cohesion on your team.

About the Speaker: Nicole Westlund-Stewart

PhD in Sport Psychology
Qualified for the 2018 Olympic Trials – Mixed Doubles
Champions Cup Grand Slam Participant (2016)
Ontario Scotties Semi-Finalist x3 (2014, 2015, 2016)
Amethyst Instructor x 4 years
Trillium Instructor x 4 years
Trillium Assistant x 2 years
Nicole is a Writing & Multimodal Communication Specialist at University of Waterloo and resides in Kitchener, Ontario.
Team Dynamics Webinar LinkTeam Dynamics - Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Team Dynamics Webinar
Coaching Mixed DoublesNew to coaching Mixed Doubles? Need to brush up on the logistics of Mixed Doubles? Not sure how to advise your athletes with the strategy of Mixed Doubles? Join us for a one hour webinar, earn one (1) Professional Development credit and learn how you can help coach your athletes to Mixed Doubles success! Speakers: Tyler Stewart and Perry MarshallCoaching Mixed Doubles Webinar LinkCoaching Mixed Doubles Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Coaching Mixed Doubles Webinar
Strength and Conditioning - What's in your Yearly Training Plan?This webinar will focus on the pre-competition point in the annual plan. We will review the annual plan looking specifically at testing and strength and conditioning. We will discuss the wen and they way of testing, dig into some guidelines for strength training and discuss different types of conditioning.

About the Speaker: Kyle Turcotte

Kyle is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist who worked for Recreation Services at the University of Manitoba where he was responsible for providing strength conditioning services to Bison Sports including the 2007 Vanier Cup winning football team. Kyle also completed a master’s degree in Biomechanics at that time. After a brief time as an instructor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Kyle joined the staff of the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba as a strength coach in 2011. Kyle serves as the Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Consultant for Curling Canada’s National Team Program and is a facilitator within Curling Canada’s Competition Development Program
Strength and Conditioning - What's in your Yearly Training Plan Webinar LinkStrength and Conditioning - What's in your Yearly Training Plan? Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Strength and Conditioning Webinar
What are you Thinking?NCCP
About the Webinar:

This Webinar will be suitable for both coaches AND athletes.

What you do/think before you step into the hack is as important if not more important to the potential success of a curling shot than what you do after you step into the hack. This webinar will show you to to use mental skills you already have to be more consistent.

About the Speaker: Bill Tschirhart
Chartered professional coach with Coaches of Canada
Mentor coach for all teams at Canadian Junior Curling Championships for the past seven years.
National Senior Team Leader/Coach for past eight years.
Author “A Pane in the Glass:A Coach’s Companion”
What are you Thinking? Webinar LinkWhat are you thinking? Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for What are you Thinking Webinar
Developing your PlaycardThis webinar will focus on “How to develop a Playcard.” A playcard consists of a series of set plays to start ends depending on point in the game and score differential. An effective playcard also takes into account the player abilities, opponent and ice conditions. The result is definitive training plans and a more clear style of play.

About the Speaker: Renee Sonneberg

Renee Sonneberg, is the Assistant Coach for Curling Canada’s National Women’s Team Program. Renee is an accomplished player in Alberta with multiple Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Canadian Junior, Olympic Trials, and Canadian Mixed experience.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Sonnenberg coached the Danish national team. Renee will be travelling with Team Canada to the 2018 Winter Olympics supporting Team Homan.
Developing your Playcard Webinar LinkDeveloping your Playcard - Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for the Developing your Playcard Webinar
Understanding Curling’s Coach Development Pathway and Maintenance of Certification - FREE WEBINARThis webinar will provide insight and explanation around Curling’s Coach Development Pathways. The webinar will be suitable to people wanting to get started in coaching at any level and to existing coaches. Coaches who were trained in the “levels” system are encouraged to attend to ensure they are receiving the most up to date information about Maintenance of Certification.

Presenter: Jennifer Ferris

Jennifer Ferris holds two roles in curling – Manager of Programs and Operations for the Ontario Curling Council and NCCP Consultant for Curling Canada. Jennifer is a Certified Master Coach Developer for the country and has been working as a Coach Developer for 22+ years in Ontario. Jennifer works with the Coaching Association of Canada to ensure Curling is meeting the Coach Development Standards required by Sport Canada. She has been the Team Leader for the group of subject matter experts who have transitioned the Levels based program into the current programs being delivered across the country.
Understanding Curling's Coach Development Pathway and Maintenance of Certification LinkUnderstanding Curling's Coach Development Pathways and Maintenance of Certification - Quiz PreviewTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Understanding Curling's Coach Development Pathways and Maintenance of Certification
In Season Maintenance of ConditioningIn this webinar we will discuss strategies for maintaining fitness levels throughout the busy curling season. This will include a discussion around monitoring and managing fatigue and recovery. In Season Maintenance of Conditioning Webinar LinkPreview the QuizGet the PD for In Season maintenance of Conditioning - take the Quiz
Advanced Curl CoachThis session is intended for coaches who routinely use Curl Coach and wish to explore its advanced features. For coaches new to eCharting, see the session “Introduction to Curl Coach”.

Have you been using Curl Coach for a while and want to get more out of the tool? In this session, Stephen Orr, the developer of Curl Coach will take you through some of the latest additions, little known features and commonly asked questions, followed by an interactive Q&A session where you can ask “how do I?” questions, and ask for features that may be missing today.
Advanced Curl Coach Webinar LinkPreview the Advanced Curl Coach 2018 QuizGet the PD for Advanced Curl Coach - Take the quiz
Latest in BrushingNolan Thiessen discusses (audio only) the Latest in Brushing theories, ideal body position, sweeping/shot management theories.View/Listen to the WebinarPreview the Latest in Brushing QuizTake the Quiz, Get the PD!

In this presentation we will be looking at what it takes to make a winner? The role of dreams-belief & achievement in this process are examined. What kills dreams- expectations, fear, & risk are the major culprits, but can be controlled by learning to harness & adopt change, aggression, & courage. Preparation is discussed at length in this webinar as well as focus/ concentration/ intensity. The development of talent & skills through practice techniques, teamwork & competition show the right path to success & learning to win. Other topics covered in this session will be the roles of: attention to detail, dealing w/ pressure, smart practice, confidence, multi-tasking, passion, energy & enthusiasm. Goal setting, attitude, responsibility & desire will also be addressed. Learning to win is a difficult concept for many, but once learned not to be forgotten or left behind! Presenter: Maurice Wilson
Link to "Learning to Win" WebinarPreview the "Learning to Win" QuizComplete the Quiz - Get the PD
5 Rock Rule StrategySpeaker: Pat Simmons, two time Brier Champion ( 2014, 2015), 9 time Brier participant, two time Grand Slam champion – Pat Simmons. Pat is now the Director of High Performance for CurlSask.

Learning outcomes from this webinar include:
– Welcome to the 5 rock rule
– Goal for End Sheet & Discussion
– Knowing yourself and your team
– Strategy Thoughts
– Corner Guards
– Defending
– “Wrinkle Shots”
– Scenarios – what the percentages tell us
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Ice and Stones with Don PowellDo you have questions about why ice and stones do what they do? Want to be able to give your athletes the right information about ice and manage changing conditions. We’ve conducted a survey and had a bunch of coaches ask these questions and more of Ontario Curling Council’s Lead Ice Technician Trainer – Don Powell. Don is a Level 4 Certified Ice Technician, during this webinar he’ll provide coaches with a an understanding of ice and stones, and he’ll answer the questions you’ve always wanted to ask.Link to Ice and Stones WebinarPreview the QuizTake the Quiz, Get the PD for Ice and Stones
Deliberate Practice with Paul WebsterCoaches will be able to:
Implement an appropriate structured and organized practice plan that focuses on the skills identified as requiring adjustment from game observation and charting

Identify appropriate activities to continue development of the targeted skills in each part of the practice plan

Make interventions that promote learning and adaptation
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Sponsorship with Emma MiskewEmma Miskew as been an integral part of Team Homan since she was 12 years old.
In addition to numerous bantam and junior provincial titles, Emma has a Canada
Games gold medal, won the Canadian Junior championships and has represented
either Team Canada or Team Ontario at the Scotties on a regular basis. Emma has
represented Canada at 3 world women’s championships and Canada at the Olympics
in 2018 in Korea.
In this webinar, Emma will be speaking about how to identify potential sponsors,
how to approach them, successful sponsorship packages and how to cultivate an
ongoing relationship. It will get you thinking about the coming season and how to
increase your opportunities for sponsorship.
Link to Sponsorship Webinar RecordingPreview the Quiz for SponsorshipGet the PD, Take the quiz
Dynamics of Coaching Women with Leith DruryMany coaches have experience working with both female and male athletes but may not understand the different approaches that may be helpful when coaching women. This webinar will address the following outcomes:

1. Coaches will understand that there is a difference in coaching females vs. males.
2. Coaches will begin to understand why there is a difference.
3. Coaches will learn what kind of approach or difference in approach works better with female athletes.

Leith Drury, PhD, is a sport psychology consultant for the CIS teams at Ryerson University and a learning facilitator with the Canadian Sport Institute in Ontario. Leith has worked with national and international calibre athletes from a multitude of sports.

Certified Coaches will receive one (1) Professional Development Credit toward their NCCP Maintenance of Certification.
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Characteristics of a StoneThis webinar will focus on the characteristics, manufacture and maintenance of curling stones. It will be beneficial information to developing an understanding of the individual stones your athlete is throwing.

Kim Tuck is the co-owner of the Canada Curling Stone Co. and has also had significant success as a mixed doubles competitor with her husband, Wayne.
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Developing Draw WeightThis webinar will focus on a technique that will help athletes develop consistent draw weight sooner. Maurice will present the physical skills that can result in a higher percentage of draw shots being made.

Maurice Wilson has coached for 30 years in various sports from fast-pitch softball at a national level, to basketball, soccer, track & field, cricket and ice hockey at a senior level. He is an NCCP Competition Development certified coach & evaluator for Curling and has coached 16 teams to the provincials and 5 to nationals.
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Building a Brushing StrategyOver the past four years, I’ve been collaborating with Dr. John Newhook, currently Dean of Engineering at Dalhousie University, in several research projects related to brushing in curling. Between John and I we have measured over 600 athletes, John largely in Atlantic Canada and myself in Ontario. The vast majority of these athletes are competitive players in the U18, U21, and U25 age groups, but we have measured men’s and women’s competitive teams as well, from both Canada and from other countries. As a result, we have amassed a great quantity of normative data for various LTAD levels and are now in a good position to assess athletes quantitatively with respect to brushing performance.

In this talk, which I call “Building a Brushing Strategy”, I will explore the idea of building a brushing strategy for a team. The talk is largely targeted at U18/U21 coaches and athletes. We will look at brushing techniques, normative data, gender differences, energy pathways and fitness, and some additional ideas and tools that coaches can use to improve the brushing performance of their teams.

Glenn Paulley is a consulting coach with the Ontario Curling Council where his specialty is brushing. A coach for the past 16 seasons, in 2016 he coached the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks varsity men to a national CIS championship. Currently he is the coach of Team Mackenzie Kiemele, a U21 women’s team that plays on the OJCT. Glenn holds a B.Sc (First Class Honours) and an M.Sc, both in Computer Science, from the University of Manitoba, and holds a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.
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5 Rock Rule - Questions and Answers with Pat SimmonsThis webinar features Pat Simmons and strategy and tactics for the 5 Rock Rule. Pat has had 9 Brier appearances, 2 world championship experiences and won 2 Grand Slams. Pat brings a wealth of knowledge about strategy and tactics in general and has experience with the 5 rock rule. Pat is now the Director of High Performance with Curl Saskatchewan.

The 5 rock rule has been in place now for a season and Pat will be facilitating this webinar through questions, answers and open discussion. Pat will explore with you some of the challenges faced by your team this past season and is prepared to discuss what strategy and tactics may work best for teams at different stages of development.
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