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Upcoming OCC Webinars for Coach and Athlete Development

The Ontario Curling Council will continue its popular Coach Professional Development Webinar Series this season – and we have a number of great sessions scheduled.  Each webinar is $19.99 + tax, and will earn CERTIFIED NCCP Coaches one professional development credit towards Maintenance of Certification. October 21, 2019 – Building a Brushing Strategy” Over 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

OCC New Board of Directors, New Strategic Plan, and Annual Report Released

New Season, New Council (Board of Directors) With the completion of the CurlON AGM over the weekend, the Ontario Curling Council  is able to announce the Council (Board of Directors) who will guide the Ontario Curling Council for the 2019-2020 Season: Steve Meunier, Chair Richard Helm, Secretary/Treasurer David Blair Rick Meraska Jonathan Giancroce Heather Houston Gerry Sundwall We thank outgoing Councillors Grant Allman (CurlON) and  Michael Szajewski (NOCA) for their contributions to the Ontario Curling Council over the 2018-2019 Season. Strategic Plan Over the summer the Ontario Curling Council finalized it’s

Safe Sport Program for Clubs Webinars

The Ontario Curling Council, in partnership with its members – CurlON and Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) will be offering webinars on the topic of “Safe Sport for Clubs.” Registered participants who attend the webinar can expect to learn about: Legal requirements for your Curling Centre to implement Rowan’s Law Safe Sport Best Practices for the prevention of Abuse, Discrimination and Harassment There are four webinars scheduled, they are FREE and available only to CurlON and NOCA Member Affiliated clubs. October 2, 2019 at 11

The Gauntlet Drill

A long-standing line of delivery (LOD) drill used in curling is one where the athlete delivers a stone by sliding between a series of markers (cones, cups, or stones) to practice line of delivery. We term this drill the “gauntlet drill”. When coupled with a point laser and video recording, the gauntlet drill is an excellent way to practice an athlete’s line of delivery and its use permits root-cause analysis of line of delivery faults that can materialize as competitive

2019-2020 Next Gen Program Teams Announced

The Ontario Curling Council is pleased to announce the following teams have been selected to the Ontario Curling Council’s 2019-2020 Next Gen Program. Tier 1 Teams will be supported through the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario’s – Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative. As explained in the initial Call for Applications – the program has been opened in a limited capacity due to stakeholder investment levels being unknown. Should funding level support the acceptance of more teams, we will draw from the

Using lasers in curling

This article is joint work with John Newhook of Dalhousie University. In curling, a point, or “dot”, laser is (nearly) essential to the setup of several drills, most commonly the “gauntlet drill”. In the gauntlet drill, the laser acts as the “target broom” to which the athlete throws their stone, and at the same time the laser shines a “dot” on the striking band of the stone so that it is much easier to observe lateral movement in the stone during