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The goal of this podcast is to help those who are involved with youth curling programs, including coaches, volunteers, program organizers and parents.

Our primary focus will be on "U12" or "Little Rocks" curling, but this podcast will occasionally touch on topics of interest to U15/U18/U21 coaches and organizers. Coach Glenn Gabriel will offer advice, share resources and give you the occasional pick-me-up when you need it.

To contact Coach Glenn, e-mail: coachingkidscurling@gmail.com

Our Web site is: coachingkidscurling.com

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THE "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!" SERIES: Episode #3This episode is part of a series where I interview current and former competitive curlers to find out how they grew to love the sport of curling as a young person. In addition, I'll ask some of them what it's like to coach young people. And, in other cases, I'll ask them what it's like having their own children in the sport.Monica Walker is a three-time U.S. national champion and currently the third for Team Jamie Sinclair. In this episode, we talk about her family's history in the sport, why she decided to start curling, and the unique junior development program at her home club (Broomstones CC in Wayland, MA, USA). Monica will be competing in two US Olympic Curling Trials this fall: The Women's Team Trial in November and the Mixed Doubles Trial with partner Alex Leichter in October. Finally, she talks about her involvement with the Global Initiative For DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) In Curling. [NOTE: This interview was recorded in July 2021.]Some of the topics we discuss include:* Broomstones CC in Wayland, Massachusetts (4:00)* Her first time on the ice, being taught to slide by Korey Dropkin's dad, Keith, and the amazing feedback she received about her delivery (7:05)* The "JET" program, a youth Olympic development program at Broomstones, that provided resources such as specialized fitness training, equipment, travel opportunities in Canada, etc. (12:29)* A famous local soccer player that she admired growing up (19:23)* How curling made her self-conscious (20:21)* The most fun part of curling, according to Monica (21:09)* THE BIG QUESTION: How do we get kids to fall in love with the sport of curling and stay with it for the long-term? (24:11)* Her current competitive situation, training in Minnesota (29:05)* The Global Initiative For DEI In Curling (31:47)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Broomstones CC Web site:https://www.broomstones.com/Global Initiative for DEI in Curling:Email: globalcurlingDEI@gmail.com Newsletter: https://buff.ly/3oscEH7YouTube: https://buff.ly/39kGyZQFacebook: https://buff.ly/36h9zU2Instagram: @GlobalCurlingDEITwitter: @GlobalCurlDEI#changethefaceofcurling Team Sinclair:@teamjsinclair (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)Monica Walker:@monwalkcurl (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
September 30 is International Podcast Day. In this episode, Coach Glenn shares some of the curling podcasts he listens to and why he likes listening to them. A big shout-out to all the podcasters who are doing this for the love of it, 'cause most of us ain't making any money! :-)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:International Podcast Day (Sep 30) Web sitehttps://internationalpodcastday.com/Rocks Across The Pond Podcast Web sitehttp://www.rocksacrossthepond.com/Game of Stones Podcast Web sitehttps://www.gameofstonespod.com/Inside Curling Podcast Web sitehttps://podcast.sportsnet.ca/inside-curling/Inside Curling Podcast Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/InsideCurling/2 Girls And A Game Podcast Web sitehttps://2girlsandagame.libsyn.com/Empowered Performance For Curlers Podcast Web sitehttps://empoweredperformance.ca/podcast/#Curling Legends Podcast Web sitehttps://curling.libsyn.com/From The Hack Podcast Web sitehttps://fromthehack.com/Rock Logic Podcast Web sitehttps://www.si.com/curling/rocklogicThe Extra Extra End Podcast Web sitehttps://www.tesn.us/podcastThe Whole Spiel Podcast Web sitehttps://www.usacurling.org/the-whole-spielFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
In 2021, the Government of Canada declared September 30 as "National Day For Truth And Reconciliation." According to the Govt. of Canada Web site: "The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities." In this episode, Coach Glenn explains why this day is important to him and shares some actions he is planning to take to broaden his knowledge of Indigenous issues.Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:National Day For Truth & Reconciliation Government of Canada Web sitehttps://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html"Canadian Indian residential school system" Wikipedia articlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Indian_residential_school_systemTruth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (2015)https://nctr.ca/records/reports/#trc-reports"Indigenous Canada" coursera online coursehttps://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada"Getting Involved In Diversity & Inclusivity With Brittany Tran" CKC Episode (May 16/21)https://www.buzzsprout.com/1048435/8471784Podcasts from Downie Wenjack Web sitehttps://downiewenjack.ca/our-work/reconciliactions/"Thunder Bay" series from Canadalandhttps://www.canadaland.com/"Our Native Land" by Tchadas Leohttps://www.cheknews.ca/podcasts/our-native-land/"Coffee With My Ma" by Kaniehtiio Hornhttps://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/coffee-with-my-ma/id1372866076"The Historical Natives" by Mackenzie Taylor & Josef Staffordhttps://www.thehistoricalnatives.ca/"Residential Schools" by Historica Canadahttps://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/residential-schools-podcast-series"The Secret Life of Canada" by Falen Johnson & Leah Simone Bowenhttps://www.cbc.ca/radio/secretlifeofcanadaAboriginal Sport Circle Web sitehttps://www.aboriginalsportcircle.ca/Goldline Curling #UnitedWeCurl Initiativehttps://blog.goldlinecurling.com/united-we-curl/"Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Kerry Galusha (Yellowknife, NWT)" CKC Episode (Sep 21/21)https://www.buzzsprout.com/1048435/9235715Curling Canada Diversity & Inclusivity Resource Guide (2021)https://www.curling.ca/files/2021/04/Diversity_Booklet-en-1.pdfGlobal Initiative For DEI In Curling Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/GlobalCurlingDEI/Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
THE "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!" SERIES: Episode #2This episode is part of a series where I interview current and former competitive curlers to find out how they grew to love the sport of curling as a young person. In addition, I'll ask some of them what it's like to coach young people. And, in other cases, I'll ask them what it's like having their own children in the sport.In 2019, a TSN poll named Jill Officer the greatest female second in Canadian curling history. In this episode, I ask her how she first got involved in the sport and when she decided to take the sport more seriously. We discuss the challenges of teaching kids and what she considered when her own daughter decided to take up the sport. Finally, we talk about her current goals and what she'll be doing for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Some of the topics we discuss include:* Growing up in Winnipeg (2:52)* Starting curling at age 10 and her mom's hesitation to get her into the junior league (7:25)* What attracted Jill to curling and what other sport she might have played (11:16)* Playing against Jennifer Jones and eventually being asked to be on her team (15:05)* Getting pranked by Team Sandra Schmirler in Bern, Switzerland (22:12)* The coaching lessons that Jill learned when she taught a kid at curling camp how to throw a draw when all he could do was hit (26:57)* Why her daughter started curling at 9 years old (32:36)* Jill's advice to parents who want to introduce curling to their kids (37:19)* THE BIG QUESTION: How do we get kids to fall in love with the sport of curling and stay with it for the long-term? (39:56)* Not every kid needs to be trained to be "competitive" (43:56)* Going back to university! (44:55)* Being an "athlete mentor" for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing (45:41)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Jill's Twitter Account:https://twitter.com/JillOfficerJill's Instagram Account:https://www.instagram.com/jillofficer/"Jill Officer named Olympics mentor" article (May 13/21) from Winnipeg Free Presshttps://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/curling/jill-officer-named-olympics-mentor-574416352.html"Canada’s Greatest Curlers: Officer named greatest second after running away with vote" article (Feb 19/19) from TSN.ca Web sitehttps://www.tsn.ca/canada-s-greatest-curlers-officer-named-greatest-second-after-running-away-with-vote-1.1253747Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
NEW SERIES! PRESENTING "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!": Episode #1This is the first episode in a series where I interview current and former competitive curlers to find out how they grew to love the sport of curling as a young person. I'll also be asking these curlers about their experience coaching youth. And, in some cases, I'll ask them about what it's like having their own children in the sport.Kerry Galusha is a longtime competitive curler and member of the famous Koe curling family. In this episode, I ask her about her early days of curling and what she found most exciting about the sport. We also discuss her involvement coaching juniors at her home club, Yellowknife CC. And we also talk about her role as a KidSport ambassador in the Northwest Territories.Some of the topics we discuss include:* How her family first got her involved ("forced" into?) curling (3:43)* What made her fall in love with the sport (9:01)* Kerry's experience at her first nationals, meeting some now-famous friends! (10:17)* Meeting Sandra Schmirler at the '94 nationals and meeting another famous curler who she wanted to play mixed with! (15:15)* Travel was the spark that hooked her to competitive curling! (17:07)* How she got involved in coaching with the junior program at Yellowknife CC (19:23)* Buying stopwatches for her girls' team (22:58)* Why did the girls she coach stay with her for so long? (26:12)* Advice to parents who want to introduce their kids to curling (28:57)* In Kerry's opinion, the best part of coaching kids (29:48)* THE BIG QUESTION: How do we get kids to fall in love with the sport of curling and stay with it for the long-term? (31:20)* Kerry's competitive team update as of July 2021 (36:10)* Kerry's role as a KidSport ambassador in NWT (38:02)* What sports did she watch at the Tokyo Summer Olympics? (40:45)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Team Galusha social media accountsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeamGalusha/Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/teamgalusha/Twitter:https://twitter.com/TeamGalushaKidSport NWThttps://www.sportnorth.com/kidsport/kidsport-nwthttps://www.sportnorth.com/kidsport/kidsport-nwt-ambassadors (Kerry's bio)Yellowknife CC Web sitehttps://yellowknifecurling.com/Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
In the Summer of 2021, Bayview Golf & Country Club (located just north of Toronto) voted to close its curling program. It was the latest club in the Greater Toronto Area to end its curling program, part of a trend in the last 10-15 years of golf clubs deciding to close their curling sections. In this episode, I speak with Bayview curling member, former Bayview Curling Manager and competitive curler Julie Hastings. We discuss what led to the club's decision, what will become of the curling membership (including the youth curlers), and talk about the legacy of the club.Some of the topics we discuss:* What led to the end of curling at Bayview (1:58)* The decision was sudden (5:00) and final (9:00)* Julie's first memories of Bayview (11:10)* How a major event in Julie's life happened on Sheet #1 at Bayview (12:23)* Remembering her kids throwing their first rocks there (13:56)* Future Champs Bonspiel history & possible future? (18:30)* Legacy of competitive curling  & Julie's contribution (21:35)* Importance of finding new homes for their youth curlers (24:23)* Why clubs should keep their curling program (25:55)Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
In July 2021, Curling Canada announced that they were injecting $200,000 toward the creation of new grassroots programs for youth. In this episode, Helen Radford, Curling Canada's Youth Curling Manager, joins me to discuss the goals of this initiative as well as offering advice for potential applicants.Some of the topics we discuss include:* Why the emphasis on two-year plans (2:37)* Encouraging more BIPOC youth to try curling (4:24)* The importance of intercity/interclub leagues and why it's important for kids to go outside of their club (11:54)* Be creative with formats e.g., doubles & triples (16:20)* Getting schools to make curling part of their phys-ed programs (17:51)* Where did the money come from? (22:34)* Application deadline Sep 30, Decision deadline Oct 29 (25:07)* Contact Helen directly if you need advice or guidance with your application (27:02)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Curling Canada's Funding Announcement (July 26/21)https://www.curling.ca/blog/2021/07/26/200k-in-grassroots-youth-programs/Curling Canada Funding Application Pagehttps://www.curling.ca/foundation/funding/Curling Canada's Diversity & Inclusivity Home Pagehttps://www.curling.ca/diversity-inclusivity/Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
When we teach kids how to deliver a rock, are we making the process easy for our kids to learn (and easy for our coaches to teach)?  In this week's episode, Coach Glenn explains how simplicity and consistency can make your teaching methods more effective and efficient.Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/This podcast episode uses:  "Bike, Bell Ding, Single, 01-01.wav"By InspectorJ (http://www.jshaw.co.uk)Of Freesound.org (http://Freesound.org)This podcast episode uses: "buttonchime02up.wav"By JustinBW of Freesound.org (http://Freesound.org)
Are we putting in the effort to learn about the kids we coach? Can we step into their shoes and see our sport through their eyes? In this week's episode, Coach Glenn challenges youth coaches to learn the "language" of their athletes.Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/This podcast episode uses:  "Bike, Bell Ding, Single, 01-01.wav"By InspectorJ (http://www.jshaw.co.uk)Of Freesound.org (http://Freesound.org)This podcast episode uses: "buttonchime02up.wav"By JustinBW of Freesound.org (http://Freesound.org) 
When parents find out that Coach Glenn is a dad, they ask the same question: "So... When is your son joining Little Rocks?" In this week's episode, Coach Glenn explains why the answer is harder than it sounds. Then he brings on a special guest to help him answer the question!Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Do we think about what our young curlers eat, even if it's what we feed them for snack after practice? In this episode, I speak with Melissa Kazan, a registered dietitian (RD) and sport nutritionist in Richmond Hill, ON. We have a wide-ranging conversation that includes why we shouldn't label foods as "healthy" and "unhealthy," what we should feed our kids before and after practice, and the importance of variety, tradition and taking pleasure in the food we eat.  I also reveal my own nutritional "Achilles heel" as a Little Rocks coach (while getting some advice to solve it!) Some of the topics we discuss include:* Why it's important to know the nutritional needs of kids (2:37)* Young athletes should be well-fuelled for practice (7:59)* The "pee test" - How to know if you're well-hydrated or not (13:43)* "All foods fit" - Don't label food good or bad (19:35)* What to look for in a post-practice snack (21:40)* Nutritional advice to new bonspiellers (28:01)* What to consider for a bonspiel lunch menu (30:40)  and why you should offer snacks as well as the meal (33:04)* Should I feel conflicted if I use candy/chocolate as holiday treats or on-ice prizes? (36:14)* Why we should trust kids to regulate themselves, even around a bag of Halloween candy (39:10)* What is a Registered Dietitian (RD)? (41:10) and what is a "Nutritionist"? (43:38)* Coach Glenn admits his nutritional "Achilles Heel" and what can he do about it (46:54)* Take time to eat! (48:46)* Melissa's favourite smoothie and a introduction to smoothie ingredients (51:52)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Melissa Kazan Sport Nutrition Web sitehttps://www.melissakazan.com/Melissa's e-mail address:  healthyme@melissakazan.comMelissa's Instagram handle: mksportnutritionFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
This is a two-part series!John Benton is a longtime American competitive curler, administrator and coach. He also owns a company called "Cold Granite Curling" that provides training for individuals and teams. His approach to the delivery is called the "Release Point Method" (RPM). In Part 2, we continue our discussion of the three "planes," the value of keeping things simple, and talk about the state of Junior Curling at his club in Minnesota.NOTE: It's helpful if you can download the RPM Handbook PDF in advance to follow the conversation.Release Point Method (RPM) Handbook linkhttps://bit.ly/3c6lwimSome of the topics we discuss include:* Where do US curling coaches find out how to teach the delivery? (1:00)* Working on the Glide Plane by doing long slides (3:03)* Don't be super critical of a kid's setup when working on Line Plane (5:40)* A drill from Coach Lino Di Iorio (Balance Plus) that highlights the difference in setup between inturns and outturns (7:14)* The difficulty of looking for lateral movement when an athlete wears all black (11:17)* RPM is a "minimalist" method and one not tied to specific techniques (12:57)* What is Cold Granite Curling? (16:55)* A summary of the Junior programs at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine, Minnesota (19:50)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Cold Granite Curling Web sitehttps://www.coldgranite.com/Release Point Method (RPM) Handbook linkhttps://bit.ly/3c6lwim"Curling - The Slide Demo.mpg" YouTube video from Continental Cup 2012https://youtu.be/y8OQkNk8WpYPro-Slide Delivery Aid by Reid Carruthers - Hardline Web sitehttps://hardlinecurling.com/en/pro-slide-by-reid-carruthersFour Seasons Curling Club (Blaine, MN, USA) Web sitehttps://www.fourseasonscurlingclub.com/Curler Outreach Program Web sitehttps://curleroutreach.org/John's e-mail address: jbcurler@gmail.comFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
This is a two-part series!John Benton is a longtime American competitive curler, administrator and coach. He also owns a company called "Cold Granite Curling" that provides training for individuals and teams. His approach to the delivery is called the "Release Point Method" (RPM). In Part 1, we introduce RPM, talk about the three "planes," and discover why he felt the need to create this set of delivery principles.NOTE: It's helpful if you can download the RPM Handbook PDF in advance to follow the conversation.Release Point Method (RPM) Handbook linkhttps://bit.ly/3c6lwimSome of the topics we discuss include:* Two coaches that influenced his thinking about the delivery (4:03)* Why looking at the delivery from a side view led to a breakthrough in his thinking (6:02)* What is the "Release Point" (8:57) and why we should practice it off the ice (11:47)* The "Glide Plane" (13:05)* The "Line Plane" (16:48)* The "Support Plane" aka "balance" (20:40)* How to get kids to work on their "Support Plane" (24:05)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Cold Granite Curling Web sitehttps://www.coldgranite.com/Release Point Method (RPM) Handbook linkhttps://bit.ly/3c6lwim"Curling - The Slide Demo.mpg" YouTube video from Continental Cup 2012https://youtu.be/y8OQkNk8WpYPro-Slide Delivery Aid by Reid Carruthers - Hardline Web sitehttps://hardlinecurling.com/en/pro-slide-by-reid-carruthersFour Seasons Curling Club (Blaine, MN, USA) Web sitehttps://www.fourseasonscurlingclub.com/Curler Outreach Program Web sitehttps://curleroutreach.org/John's e-mail address: jbcurler@gmail.comFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Brandon Shintani is a high school sophomore from New Jersey, U.S.A., who created his own Web site and podcast called "Mind-Design Sports." What sets his content apart from other sports psychology resources is the fact that it's produced by teens for teens and kids. In this episode, we talk about why he became interested in sports psychology, different resources that he recommends, and we reveal a couple of our favourite present-day athletes. #AsianHeritageMonthSome of the topics we discuss include:* What led Brandon to his interest in sports psychology? (4:01)* What he learned from the Navy SEALs that he uses in his own life (6:41)* Why is it important for teens to produce this content? (12:43)* What can adult coaches be aware of when coaching "Gen Z" athletes? (19:27)* "Anything you do is a good first step" (22:23)* Brandon's favourite sports psychology resources (24:06)* Two "underdog" athletes that Brandon and I admire (25:38)* What an e-mailer from Mexico suggested as a possible podcast episode topic (and how it relates to curling!) (28:18)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Mind-Design Sports Web sitehttps://www.mind-designsports.org/Player.fm Web site (podcast listening app)https://player.fm/The Official Navy SEAL podcasthttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-official-navy-seal-podcast/id1376847001"Finding Mastery" podcast with Dr. Michael Gervaishttps://findingmastery.net/"Increase Your Impact" podcast with Justin Su'a | A Podcast For Leadershttps://increaseyourimpact.libsyn.com/Brandon's LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonshintani/Thanks to listener Tenielle Bachek for sending kind words about the podcast last April! Tenielle is the Junior Coordinator for the Little Rockers in Okotoks, Alberta. I wish all my fellow youth coaches, program organizers and volunteers the best of luck as we prepare for a Fall 2021 re-opening (I hope!)Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Brittany Tran is a competitive curler from Alberta who recently participated in the 2021 Scotties and Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship in the Calgary "bubble." An Asian-Canadian, she decided last year to step up and help with Curling Canada's and Curling Alberta's Diversity and Inclusivity initiatives, including CC's new D&I digital resource guide.  In this episode, we talk about her early days of curling, what led her to get involved in D&I, and different ways for clubs and programs to encourage more BIPOC participation.Some of the topics we discuss include:* Getting involved in curling through her family (1:56)* Learning about the sport alongside her Vietnamese father (3:51)* Growing up in Red Deer, Alta. (6:30)* Why she decided to get involved in Diversity & Inclusion (9:00)* Why different formats to play the sport are good (15:53)* Different ways to get BIPOC kids to try curling (19:44)* Playing on a competitive team with other Asian-Canadians (23:43)* Does she consider herself a role model for Asian-Canadians in curling? (24:35)* What would she say to a young Asian-Canadian girl who wanted to try curling? (25:32)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Curling Canada Diversity & Inclusivity Web page (including Digital Resource Kit)https://www.curling.ca/diversity-inclusivity/Brittany's e-mail address: brittanyy.tran@gmail.comBrittany's IG: brittanyy_tranFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Above the Arctic Circle, the town of Inuvik, N.W.T., is home to a curling centre with a thriving junior program. In this episode, I speak with Nick Saturnino, president of the Inuvik Curling Center, about its multiple youth programs, giving responsibility to young people, and creating new competitive opportunities for youth in his territory.Some of the topics we discuss include:* A short history of curling in Inuvik (3:18)* What is "Smash-Up Derby"? (6:46)* The "Rock Star Festival" for kids 5-8 years old (9:11)* Getting young people to help run the junior program (15:31)* Paying the youth who help with the junior program! (17:35)* Young people are allowed to use the ice during school lunchtime without supervision (21:03)* A new "1-on-1" league for U12s/U15s that was started last season (26:52)* Why a healthy junior program can grow future curling coaches (35:30)* The U12/U15 "Rock The Rings" regional competition in Yellowknife (36:59)* Fundraising for travel costs (41:14)* The importance of LTAD for young curlers (44:14)* Give kids an opportunity to try curling - don't schedule it at the same time as other sports! (46:32)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:"Inuvik Kids Embrace Curling" Curling Canada blog story (Jan 18/2021)https://www.curling.ca/blog/2021/01/18/inuvik-kids-embrace-curling/Inuvik Curling Center Facebook Grouphttps://www.facebook.com/groups/267452016646110/NWT Curling Association Web sitehttps://www.nwtcurling.com/Nick's e-mail address: curlinginuvik@gmail.comFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Stephanie Thompson is a registered kinesiologist and owner of Empowered Performance in Markham, ON. In January 2021, she was one of five recipients of a Gender Equity Award grant from Curling Canada. Her plan was to create a "virtual group fitness program for young girls, focusing on reducing curling-related injuries." In this episode, we update her grant idea, talk about the mission of her business and spend time talking about my favourite topic: Little Rocks and what to do for warmup and (maybe) cooldown. She even invents a new curling term!Some of the topics we discuss include:* Where did the idea of a virtual fitness program for young women come from? (1:30)* 1/3 of girls drop out of sport by late adolescence (2:53)* Why fitness equipment is being sent to teams inside the Calgary bubble! (5:36)* The topics covered in her virtual fitness program (9:54)* Young females need upper body strength (11:11)* Men typically have heavier weights than women (13:03)* The main goal of Empowered Performance (21:00)* Do we need a warmup and cooldown when working with U12s? (23:32)* Warmup ideas for Little Rocks (26:24)* Do we need a cooldown for young kids? If yes, then what? (29:34)* The new term Stephanie invented (33:02)* It's okay if you're doing less activity/training during these pandemic times! (34:51)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:The Rally Report: Encouraging Action to Improve Sport for Women And Girls (2020)https://womenandsport.ca/resources/research-insights/rally-report/Empowered Performance For Curlers Podcasthttps://empoweredperformance.ca/podcast/#Stephanie's e-mail address: steph@empoweredperformance.caFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
As a youth coach and/or organizer, you've probably heard of Safe Sport, the "Rule of Two" and Rowan's Law. What do we need to know as we prepare our programs for the re-opening of curling clubs? In this episode, Jennifer Ferris, Manager of Programs & Operations for the Ontario Curling Council, joins me with updates to these three essential issues for youth curling.Some of the topics we discuss include:* What is "Safe Sport"? (1:23) and the ''Universal Code" (3:58)* Clubs need to ensure policies are in place and updated (6:49)* Coaches need to act if they see abuse (8:40)* The "Rule of Two" and how it's not only for kids (9:56)* An update of Rowan's Law (concussion awareness), including a "return to play" procedure (16:11)* Injury prevention - for example, the use of double grippers and helmets (22:40)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Ontario Curling Council Web sitehttps://ontariocurlingcouncil.com/blog/Safe Sport Training module (Coaching Association of Canada) (including UCCMS)https://safesport.coach.ca/Respect In Sport traininghttps://www.respectgroupinc.com/respect-in-sport/Commit To Kids traininghttps://www.commit2kids.ca/en/#Making Headway In Sport NCCP modulehttps://coach.ca/nccp-making-head-way-sportJennifer's e-mail address: jennifer@ontcurl.comFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Amélie Blais founded Passion Curling in Quebec in 2015. Since then, its youth programs have expanded to clubs across Canada. In this episode, we talk about how she started curling, her competitive experience, the creation of Passion Curling and becoming certified as a Competition-Development coach.Some of the topics we discuss include:* How her family got her started in curling (1:33)* Her competitive experience, including playing in the Quebec Winter Games at age 11 (5:04)* What was missing from her curling club and how it motivated her to create "Passion Curling" (9:53)* The U12 "Blizzard" program that will be used in Saskatchewan and B.C. (15:03)* Coaching a Quebec "Colts" team in order to get her Comp-Dev certification (19:10)* The contract she signed with her Colts team (24:26)* What values are important to her as a coach (27:30)* Being a Rocks & Rings instructor in Quebec (31:16)* A kid who reminded Amélie of herself when she taught kids curling (34:50)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Passion Curling Web sitehttp://passioncurling.com/Amélie's e-mail address: passioncurling@gmail.comFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
You've likely heard of these youth curling programs: Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings, Hit Draw Tap, For The Love Of Curling Scholarship Program. But did you know that they're supported by the Curling Canada Foundation? In this episode, the Foundation's Manager, Brodie Bazinet, joins me to talk about the philanthropic program of Curling Canada and its support of youth curling across this country.Some of the topics we discuss include:* What is the Curling Canada Foundation and what is its mission? (1:19)* Details of the "For The Love Of Curling" Scholarship Program (4:54)* The first (and famous) curling event she attended in her new role as foundation manager (14:27)* Being backstage right before the Brier final teams were introduced (15:29)* Being a curling mom in Ottawa (17:09)* How her son ended up playing in three bonspiels in his first curling season (18:43)* What she learned about curling after four years in her role (20:33)* Why sport isn't seen as "philanthropic" and why it's worth investing in (22:58)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Curling Canada Foundation Web sitehttps://www.curling.ca/foundation/"Hit Draw Tap" Youth Skills Competition Web sitehttps://www.hitdrawtap.ca/Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings elementary school program Web sitehttps://rocksandrings.com/For The Love Of Curling Scholarship Program Web pagehttps://www.curling.ca/foundation/youth-scholarships/Brodie's e-mail address: brodie.bazinet@curling.caFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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