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If you have a child that is active in other sports besides curling, you might know of sports where they test their skill levels and earn badges or pins or certificates. For years in Ontario, we had a program called the "Skill Awards" where kids, having learned certain curling skills, would earn a badge that they could sew on their jacket or sweater.In today's episode, I speak with Beth Iskiw from Edmonton, Alberta. Beth has been involved with the development of a new national skills award program for Curling Canada called “RockStars.” We explain what the program is about, what feedback they’ve received from the pilot program, and how youth program organizers can get more information about it.Some of the topics we discuss:* What is the RockStars Awards Program? (1:58)* Lesson plans come included in the RockStars binder (4:52)* Assessment anxiety for the kids (7:40)* Report cards/Achievement reports (9:11)* Sample lesson plan (12:07)* A fun drill for kids that Beth learned (15:13)* How to get a copy of the RockStars Program (17:03)* The lessons have visual diagrams (21:27) and links to Curling Canada videos (22:16)* What was the transition from competitive curler to youth coach? (23:51)* Beth's advice to youth curling coaches (25:55)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Ellerslie Curling Club (Edmonton, Alta.) Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/ellersliecurling/RockStars e-mail: RockStars@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/
No matter which club or facility you curl at, the start of the season is an exciting time. Chances are it’s been a few months since you last saw the kids in your program, not to mention the volunteers and parents. And with your first practice approaching quickly, you’re thinking about what you need to do to prepare for “Day One."In this episode, I have a conversation with two youth program organizers from Ontario: Abbie Darnley from the Stroud Curling Club and Maggie Dame from the Ilderton Curling Club. The three of us share what we do to get ready for the new season and what to expect on that first day.Some of the topics we discuss:* Background information about our clubs, youth programs and start dates (2:20)* Question #1: What's one thing you do to prepare for your youth program in advance of "Day One"? (7:05)* Question #2: What's one thing that a new youth coach can expect on Day One? (18:59)* Maggie's first-ever "Day One" last season (24:11)* Do we check equipment prior to Day One? (29:41)* Snacks! (32:02)* Where do we get our volunteers? (35:46)* How will we know that Day One is a success? (39:51)* The 2023 is in London, Ontario, which is near the Ilderton CC (42:34)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Ilderton (Ont.) Curling Clubhttps://ildertoncurlingclub.com/Ilderton (ON) Junior Program e-mail address: juniors@ildertoncurlingclub.comStroud Curling Club (Innisfil, ON)https://stroudcc.com/Brier 2023https://www.curling.ca/2023brier/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/
What’s happening with Coach Glenn and his Little Rocks program this season? In this episode, he tells you about his club's recent Open House as well as his curling plans this fall, including an update about the podcast!Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:East York Curling Club (Toronto, ON) Web site:East York Curling Club - HomeFollow 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: "buttonchime02up.wav"By JustinBW of Freesound.org (http://Freesound.org)
What does youth curling look like in Scotland? In this episode, I have a conversation with Scott Dakers, from Livingston, Scotland, just outside of Edinburgh. We talk about his experience working with the Gogar Park Young Curlers at Curl Edinburgh, the competitive pathway, as well as how success in Beijing affected their junior program.Some of the topics we discuss:* An introduction to the junior curling program at Curl Edinburgh (2:59)* Who coaches the kids on the ice? (8:48)* How do new kids join their program? (13:27)* Three fun drills ("Your Side," "Short Curling" & "Box") for kids (19:18)* Advice for coaches who want to use video with kids (21:52)* The "Performance Pathway" for competitive curlers (24:51)* Young curlers play with many other curlers at different competitions (28:03)* Importance of having coaches on the ice during youth competitions (31:31)* Scott's "It's My Call" Drill where they visualize the shot they're making (32:47)* Effect of Scottish success at the Beijing 2022 Olympics on Scott's junior program (35:53)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Curl Edinburgh Web sitehttps://www.edinburghcurling.co.uk/Gogar Park Young Curlers FB Web sitehttps://www.facebook.com/Gogar-Park-Young-Curlers-163371907682343/"Ice Diamond Award" citation for Jenny Barr ( 2022 Scottish Curling Awards)https://www.scottishcurling.org/2022-scottish-curling-awards-make-your-vote-count/Scottish Curling Skill Awardshttps://www.scottishcurling.org/development/junior-curling/skill-awards/"Drills & Coaching Aids" Resource Page (Scottish Curling Web site)https://www.scottishcurling.org/resources/coaching-resources/drills-coaching-aids/British Curling Performance Pathwayhttps://www.britishcurling.org.uk/about/performance-pathway/Scott's E-mail Address: scottdakers@aol.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/
In the Spring of 2022, Curling Canada introduced the “All Heart Junior Curler Award.” Young people are encouraged to create curling programs that focus on diversity and inclusivity. The 8 winners will receive a monetary award that is split between themselves and their club.In this episode, I have a conversation with Karsten Sturmay of Edmonton, Alberta. We talk about how he got involved with the creation of this award, how it differs from the "For The Love of Curling" scholarships, and what his curling plans are for next season.Some of the topics we discuss:* A Diversity & Inclusivity Program Plan is part of the application for this award (2:51)* What type of "diversity" are they seeking? (8:17)* How it differs from the "For The Love Of Curling" Scholarships (12:30)* What can applicants to do increase their odds? (16:01)* Why are the awards called the "All Heart" awards? (18:24)* Karsten's involvement with Kidsport Alberta (24:07)* Curling programs are eligible for Kidsport funding! (27:27)* What Team Karsten Sturmay will look like in 2022-23 (28:40)* What Karsten likes to do in the curling off-season (31:42)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:All Heart Junior Curlers Awards (Curling Canada Web site)https://www.curling.ca/foundation/youth-scholarships/ Kidsport Canadahttps://kidsportcanada.ca/Karsten's Social MediaTW & IG: @k_sturmayTeam Karsten SturmayFB: @TeamKarstenSturmayTW & IG: @ Team_SturmayFollow 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 October of 2020, the Coaches Association of Ontario launched a Web site called "Safe Sport 101." This month, the CAO has launched an 8-part e-learning series as a follow-up to that Web site. In this episode, I welcome back Eric McLoughlin to learn more about this series.Some of the topics we discuss:* What is "Safe Sport" and why is it important for coaches? (1:52)* What is the "Safe Sport 101 Playbook"? (5:27)* A deeper dive into one of the modules, "Punishment & Discipline" (10:32)* An example from the TV show "Ted Lasso" (12:15)* An example from Eric's own curling experience! (14:55)* The essence of coaching (18:03)* A practical exercise for fostering positive team dynamics (22:00)* What is the CAO and its mandate? (27:37)* What part of Eric's curling game does he want to improve next season? (31:02)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:"Safe Sport 101 Playbook" Web site:https://safesport101.coachesontario.ca/playbook/"Safe Sport 101: A New Resource For Coaches With CAO's Eric McLoughlin" - Ep. 28 of Coaching Kids Curling (Oct 25/20)https://www.buzzsprout.com/1048435/6045700"Lessons From 'Ted Lasso' With Kim Tuck & Sean Stevinson" - Ep. 82 of Coaching Kids Curling (Apr 17/22)https://www.buzzsprout.com/1048435/10455818Eric's E-mail Address: ericm@coachesontario.caCAO Phone Number: (416) 426-7086Follow 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/
May is #AsianHeritageMonth in Canada.  What's it like being a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person Of Colour) coach in a predominantly white sport? In this episode, Coach Glenn shares a personal story after reading a Facebook comment about diversity in curling.Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:"How We Can Make Curling A Truly Diverse Game/A Donnovan Bennett Essay" video from Sportsnet (May 6/22)https://youtu.be/HiQ6ORC40GkCurling Canada Diversity & Inclusivity Web Pagehttps://www.curling.ca/diversity-inclusivity/USA Curling Diversity & Inclusion Web Pagehttps://www.usacurling.org/diversity-inclusionBlack Rock Initiative Web Sitehttps://bricurling.ca/Global Initiative For DEI In Curling Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/GlobalCurlingDEI/Goldline Curling #UnitedWeCurlhttps://blog.goldlinecurling.com/category/unitedwecurl/"Changing The Face Of Curling" Symposium, Niagara Falls (May 26-28/22)https://www.curling.ca/about-curling/business-of-curling/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: "buttonchime02up.wav"By JustinBW of Freesound.org (http://Freesound.org)
THE "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!" SERIES: Episode #6This 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.Johnson Tao is a silver medallist at the 2022 Canadian U21 Curling Championships. He also curls for the University of Alberta and is one of the winners of the 2021 “For The Love Of Curling” Scholarships given out by Curling Canada. In this interview, we talk about how he attended the Vancouver Olympics at age 7 and how that sparked his interest in curling. We talk about how he coached his own high school team in Richmond, B.C. Then we talk about what it means to be a competitive curler who is also Chinese-Canadian.Some of the topics we discuss:* How watching the curling at Vancouver 2010 led to him joining a junior curling program (3:57)* The first time he visited a curling club (5:28)* What was it about the sport that he enjoyed? (7:56)* His first competitive team (10:44)* Coaching his high school team (13:27)* How he was recruited to the University of Alberta (17:15)* What does a "typical curler" look like? (22:20)* How to get more BIPOC curlers into clubs (24:20)* Johnson's "curling idol" (27:28)* RAPID-FIRE QUESTION SECTION (28:36) including Mother's Day greeting (33:01)* Johnson's new hobby (33:33)* 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? (34:18)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Richmond (B.C.) Curling Club Web sitehttps://richmondcurling.com/University of Alberta Varsity Curlinghttps://bearsandpandas.ca/sports/curlingVancouver Curling Club Web sitehttps://vancurl.com/"Fiesta" by IZ*ONE Music Videohttps://youtu.be/eDEFolvLn0AJohnson's IG: @jtaotaotaoTeam Tao IG & FB: @TeamTaoJohnson's E-mail Address: jtao0747@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/
Last February, we held our first-ever dream practice draft. In this episode, the draft participants return to the podcast to re-evaluate our picks and to find out who won the popular vote.Some of the topics we discuss:* Which "dream practice" (besides our own) would we have voted for? (3:47)* Which draft picks were we jealous of? (8:47)* Practice ideas that we used at our own practices (14:51)* The ideas we left "on the table" (21:40)* How our "Honourable Mention" winner got their "celebrity guest" to vote for them (29:41)* The first-ever winner of the 2022 "Dream Practice Draft" (34:02)* What new idea will you bring to your practices next season? (37:59)2022 DREAM PRACTICE DRAFT WINNERSHONOURABLE MENTION:TEAM TENIELLEWarmup: “Warmup Bingo”Song: “Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue SwedeDelivery Drill: “Yummy/Yucky” AKA “Have You Ever?” – Line kids up at sideboard. If they respond positively to a statement (e.g., “Do you like pizza?”) they slide across to other sideline. Otherwise, they stay still. They end up sliding back and forth.Sweeping Drill: Progressive Hog Line DrillGame: The “Howard Game” – No takeoutsSnack: Hot Dogs and Fruit KebabsCelebrity Guest: Marc Kennedy @LeftykenbearOVERALL CHAMPION:TEAM MIKEWarmup: @justdancegameSong: “Blinding Lights” by @theweekndDelivery Drill: Spin-A-Ramahttps://bit.ly/3CWdDbvSweeping Drill: Cornbrooms! Kids will realize how easier it is to sweep with current brooms ;-)Game: “12-Foot” – Rocks only count in the 12-foot circleSnack: Donuts! (a) Boston Cream w/ Icing Handle & (b) Vanilla Glazed with a “House" (@TimHortons)Celebrity Guest: @jeffstoughtonDraft Participant contact info:Patrick Brown, Uxbridge CC (ON)Twitter: @garnetcanoeTenielle Bachek, Okotoks CC (AB)Twitter: @BachekTenielleE-mail: Okotokscurlingjuniors@gmail.comMichelle Hunt, Royal City CC (New Westminster, BC)Twitter: @littlekidscurlGlenn Gabriel (Pickering, ON), East York CC (Toronto, ON)Twitter: @kidscurlingE-mail: coachingkidscurling@gmail.comMike Gregotski, High Park Club (Toronto, ON)Twitter: @mgregotskiFollow 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/
Who teaches people how to curl at your club? In many clubs, it’s an ongoing challenge to find people who are interested, qualified and available to teach new curlers. That also applies to those who coach and instruct young people. In this episode, I interview Delores McCallum, Tim McChesney & Helen Garside of the Oakville Curling Club in Oakville, Ontario. They were all involved with in establishing Oakville’s “Instructor Co-Op,” an instruction team that was founded to solve some of the challenges they experienced when it came to recruiting and training new coaches.NOTE: This conversation was recorded in March 2022.Some of the topics we discuss:* Why was the Instructor Co-Op founded? (3:05)* What kind of person makes a good instructor? (5:46)* What image is the Co-Op trying to convey? (12:34)* How did they pick the colour of their jackets - and what lesson did that teach Delores about the Co-Op? (19:41)* Why are the coaches paid? (22:37)* A summary of youth programs at Oakville this season (28:48)* When did they realize that the Co-Op was a good idea? (31:44)* What advice would they have for clubs who want to start their own instruction teams? (36:03)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Oakville (Ont.) Curling Club Web sitehttps://oakvillecurlingclub.com/Adult Learn To Curl ("ALTC") Program via Ontario Curling Council Web sitehttps://ontariocurlingcouncil.com/blog/club-development-2/adult-learn-to-curl-altc-program/Helen's E-mail Address: helen.garside@mac.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/
In August of 2020, Apple TV+ released the first season of Ted Lasso, the story of an American football coach who is hired to manage a soccer team in the English Premier League. After two seasons and 22 episodes, the show is a runaway hit, winning 7 Primetime Emmy awards in 2021, including “Outstanding Comedy Series.” In this episode, I speak with Sean Stevinson of Lafayette, Colorado, and Kim Tuck of Strathroy, Ontario. The three of us have a conversation about the lessons we can take from “Ted Lasso” and use in our youth programs.NOTE: This conversation was recorded in late January 2022.Some of the topics we discuss:* Introductions for Sean (1:50) & Kim (2:04)* Show summary (2:40)* First lessons: Kim (3:54), Sean (5:34) & Glenn (6:58)* Kim's 2nd lesson - Getting joy back into the game (9:05)* Sean's 2nd lesson - Importance of trust (13:30)* Kim's favourite character (17:55)* Glenn's 2nd lesson - Take your athletes' concerns seriously! (19:55)* Sean's favourite characters (22:53)* Kim's other favourite character (24:34)* Glenn's favourite characters (26:10)* Curling update from Sean (28:48)* Curling update from Kim (30:04)* What else is everyone watching? (30:41)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:"Ted Lasso" Wikipedia pagehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_LassoRock Creek Curling (Lafayette, CO) Web sitehttps://rockcreekcurling.com/Sean's E-mail Address: sean@rockcreekcurling.comKim's TW: @HoglineSallyTeam Tuck FB Page: @teamtuckmixeddblsFollow 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/
Since 1989, the Ray Kingsmith Memorial Bonspiel is held every December in the Greater Calgary Area of Alberta. The bonspiel is one of the oldest, most prestigious junior bonspiels in the country with arguably the biggest prize purse. In this episode, I speak with Andy Jones of the Calgary Youth Curling Association (CYCA) and Marlene Kingsmith, Ray's daughter. We talk about the history of the bonspiel, the life of its namesake, the CYCA, and why the prize money doubled at the most recent "Kingsmith" in December 2021.NOTE: Both interviews were recorded in late January and early February 2022.Some of the topics we discuss:* Bonspiel details and basic history (1:57)* How did Andy get involved in the first place? (5:16)* What is the CYCA? (7:45)* How the CYCA dealt with COVID (12:07)* What makes the "Kingsmith" special? (15:52)* Jim's version of Marlene's prize money story (17:28)* Marlene: What was Ray like as a dad? (23:39)* Ray loved sports besides curling (26:03)* .Why did Ray love curling? (30:40)* Marlene accompanied her dad to Switzerland for the 1974 Silver Broom (31:49)* Her experience at the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics (33:42)* Parents and organizers make the "Kingsmith" special (39:06)* Marlene's version of the prize money story (42:07)* What would Ray think of the bonspiel created in his name? (44:50)* Ray Kingsmith posthumously wins the World Curling Federation's Freytag Award (45:45) & a funny story about the award ceremony in Regina (46:58)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Calgary Youth Curling Association (& "Kingsmith" bonspiel details)https://cyca.curling.io2021 Kingsmith news article "Team Wipf wins CYAC Ray Kingsmith Memorial" on the Cochrane Now Web site (Dec 31/21)https://cochranenow.com/articles/team-wipf-wins-cyac-ray-kingsmith-memorialRay Kingsmith's entry on the Curling Canada Hall of Fame Web site:https://www.curling.ca/hof/people/kingsmith-raymond-a-ray/World Curling Federation Freytag Award Recipientshttp://worldcurling.org/awards/freytag/"Sticks and Stones" Documentary (2014) on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/FRiMLH3n3mA"Sticks 'n' Stones" Book (2021) by Warren Hansenhttps://www.warrenhansenauthor.com/about-the-book.htmlAndy's E-mail Address: curl@cyca.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/
Every February, the curling community celebrates "Curling Day In Canada." One of the events is a story contest put on by Curling Canada where curlers from across the country submit their stories in the hope of winning a prize. In January 2021, Cheryl Rajala of Sudbury, ON, wrote about an incredible moment at the U18 Northern Ontario Provincial Championships in March of 2020.In this episode, you'll hear Cheryl read her story ("How To Make A Curling Mom Cry") and talk about what led up to that moment. We'll also talk about the challenges of being a mom of two competitive curlers, and how to deal with victories and defeats as a curling parent. NOTE: This interview was recorded in late February 2022.Some of the topics we discuss:* How Cheryl's husband got her to curl (5:30)* How a mining strike led to her children curling (6:27)* What sparked the kids' love of the sport? (7:50)* Youth Challenges (10:38)* Challenges of having two competitive curling kids (12:26)* Money: Fundraising and sponsorships (14:58)* Expectations going into the U18 Northern Ontario Championships (17:37)* The lead-up to the "moment" (19:15)* Did the "moment" surprise Cheryl? (21:55)* Current competitive status of Brendan & Lauren (22:45)* Advice for curling parents (23:56)* Dealing with defeat - what can parents do? (25:07)* Do they ever take a break? (28:27)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Curling Day In Canada: "How To Make A Curling Mom Cry" article (Jan 22/21)https://www.curlingdayincanada.ca/how-to-make-a-curling-mom-cry/Cheryl's Twitter: @CherylRajalaFollow 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 state of Wisconsin has a long tradition of high school curling. It's also the only state in the U.S. that organizes a high school curling championship. In today's episode, I speak with Jim Wendling, a teacher at Wausau West High School. He gives me an overview of high school curling in Wisconsin, including his own program. We talk about a popular event called the Tietge High School Bonspiel. And, finally, he gives advice about how to get high school kids to love the sport.NOTE: This interview was recorded in late February 2022, just after the Wisconsin High School Curling Championship.Some of the topics we discuss:* Details of the Wausau West HS curling program (2:34)* Organization of HS leagues in Wisconsin (5:32)* How do new kids find out about their program? (9:50)* Who runs these HS programs? (12:51)* How did Jim get introduced to curling? (13:22)* Where does the money come from to pay for these programs? (17:25)* 2022 Wisconsin HS State Championship (23:56)* The Tietge High School Bonspiel (the biggest HS bonspiel in the US) and why it's great for new curlers (27:50)* Jim's children and their involvement in the sport (31:54)* How HS curling fills a gap that junior competitive curling may not (33:56)* An abridged history of HS curling in Wisconsin (36:59)* Advice to potential new HS programs: Start slow with some HS bonspiels (41:48)* A story about his son curling with an 80-year-old (45:11)* Will the Beijing Winter Olympics result in a "bump" in interest for curling? (46:48)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Wisconsin State Curling Association (incl. High School Curling)https://wi-curling.org/Wausau Curling Club/Wausau Curling Centerhttps://wausaucurling.org/index.phpJim's E-mail Address: jwendling@wausauschools.orgFollow 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 Feb. 2022, five youth curling coaches from across Canada gathered for a one-of-a-kind competition: To create their best youth curling practice. The twist? They were doing it in the format of a fantasy sports draft!In Part 2 of this 2-part series, we make our final selections, offer practice planning advice, and share what's going on at our individual clubs.Some of the topics we discuss:* SNACK category (1:25)* CELEBRITY GUEST category (16:04)* Advice for youth practice planners (25:32)Team Reviews & Club Program Updates:* Patrick Brown, Uxbridge CC (27:58)* Tenielle Bachek, Okotoks CC (31:19)* Michelle Hunt, Royal City CC (34:27)* Glenn Gabriel, East York CC (36:50)* Mike Gregotski, High Park Club (38:29)*****FINAL DRAFT RESULTSTEAM PATWARMUP: Imitating Other SportsSONG: “Scatman” by Scatman JohnDELIVERY: Progressive Hog Line Drillhttps://bit.ly/3qkeG00SWEEPING: Enemy Sweepers – Create two 4-person teams. Front ends switch teams so they’re on the “enemy” team.GAME: “Guard Zone Madness” – Play 1 End No Guard Zone, then play Next End “Mandatory Guard Zone,” Switch for a few ends, then finish with 5-Rock Rule.SNACK: Ice Cream Cone Filled w/Spaghetti & Sauces with Garlic Bread (Sponsored by @olivegarden)CELEBRITY: @MattJamilton (USA) & @TheRockTEAM TENIELLEW: “Warmup Bingo”SONG: “Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue SwedeD: “Yummy/Yucky” AKA “Have You Ever?” – Line kids up at sideboard. If they respond positively to a statement (e.g., “Do you like pizza?”) they slide across to other sideline. Otherwise, they stay still. They end up sliding back and forth.SW: Progressive Hog Line DrillG: The “Howard Game” – No takeoutsSN: Hot Dogs and Fruit KebabsCELEB: Marc Kennedy @LeftykenbearTEAM MICHELLEW: “High Knee Dance Party”SONG: “All Star” by @smashmouthD: Progressive Slides – Ex: Kids slide to back line for first slide, then tee line next, then 12-foot, etc.SW: Hot Shots (see p.9)https://bit.ly/3MZ5WpEG: Bocce CurlingSN: Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Sponsored by Amaury Guichon)CELEB: @BennyHeebzTEAM GLENNW: Lunge CircleSONG: “Dynamite” by @bts_bighitD: One-Rock Slidehttps://bit.ly/3KXXrJQSW: Footwork with 2 Rockshttps://bit.ly/3qohGZ9G: Four Cornershttps://bit.ly/3qmBY5cSN: Fries & Ketchup (@kfc)CELEB: Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan)TEAM MIKEW: @justdancegameSONG: “Blinding Lights” by @theweekndD: Spin-A-Ramahttps://bit.ly/3CWdDbvSW: Cornbrooms! Kids will realize how easier it is to sweep with current brooms ;-)G: “12-Foot” – Rocks only count in the 12-foot circleSN: Donuts! (a) Boston Cream w/ Icing Handle & (b) Vanilla Glazed with a “House" (@TimHortons)CELEB: @jeffstoughton***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 late February 2022, five youth curling coaches from across Canada gathered on Zoom for a one-of-a-kind competition. Their mission: To each create their best youth curling practice. The catch? They were creating their "dream practices" using the format of a fantasy sports draft!In Part 1 of this two-part series, we lay down the ground rules, introduce ourselves to the listeners, and make our first four draft picks. Let the competition begin!Some of the topics we discuss:* Draft Format (2:28) & Ground Rules (3:38)* Draft Participants Introduce Themselves  and Their Favourite Sports Teams (4:52)* WARMUP EXERCISE & SONG category (8:18)* DELIVERY DRILL category (13:32)* SWEEPING DRILL category (27:02)* GAME VARIATION category (35:34)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Random.Orghttps://www.random.org/***Draft Participants (in draft order):Patrick Brown, Uxbridge CC (ON)Twitter: @garnetcanoeTenielle Bachek, Okotoks CC (AB)E-mail: Okotokscurlingjuniors@gmail.comMichelle Hunt, Royal City CC (New Westminster, BC)Twitter: @littlekidscurlGlenn Gabriel (Pickering, ON), East York CC (Toronto, ON)Twitter: @kidscurlingE-mail: coachingkidscurling@gmail.comMike Gregotski, High Park Club (Toronto, ON)Twitter: @mgregotskiNOTE: Full show notes (including links to drills/activities/exercises) will appear in Part 2 of this series. Link/URL to those show notes will appear here soon.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 a first for the podcast, Coach Glenn takes a road trip for an in-person interview at the Oshawa (Ont.) Curling Club. On March 5, 2022, OCC hosted its Youth Funspiel, which hosted many U12 and U21 teams from clubs across the Greater Toronto Area.In this episode, Coach Glenn speaks with OCC Little Rocks and Junior Co-Convenor Liz Wrigley at the end of a busy bonspiel day. We talk about the excitement of the day, the challenges of organizing a bonspiel during COVID, and what she wants the kids to get out of the event.Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Oshawa (ON) Curling Club Web site:https://oshawacurlingclub.com/Liz Wrigley's Twitter handle: @LWrigley05Follow 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/
We produced roughly 40 episodes of this podcast from January to December 2021. In this episode, Coach Glenn shares his personal podcast highlights of the year. And, like many year-end reviews, it's a list - of 21 random facts!NOTE: I name check a LOT of previous episodes and guests in this week's episode. There's no easy way to post show notes for this, so I encourage you to visit the podcast Web site to listen to the episodes and read the individual show notes: coachingkidscurling.comLinks to the resources mentioned in this episode:Twine Time Podcast Web site:https://twinetime.libsyn.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/This podcast episode uses:  "Bike, Bell Ding, Single, 01-01.wav"By InspectorJ (http://www.jshaw.co.uk)Of Freesound.org (http://Freesound.org)
For more than 30 years, kids representing elementary schools from across Ontario have played in the annual elementary school curling championship. The 33rd edition of this event was originally scheduled to run in March of 2020, but was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. In today's episode, I speak with the three co-chairs of the 2022 event - Kathy Waechter, Jen Elston & Mike Cottrill - of the Wingham Golf & Curling Club. We talk about the plans for the event, what COVID protocols they’ve implemented, and why this event is meaningful for all of them.Some of the topics we discuss:* Details of the event (2:14)* Where is Wingham, ON? What is it famous for? (6:43)* A description of the Wingham Golf & Curling Club (8:30)* The experience of bringing a school team to a previous championship (9:58)* COVID protocols (12:16)* Making this event special, like a "first experience at a Brier!" (15:58)* Sponsors (18:54)* What is the goal of this event? (21:13)* Youth curling program at WG&CC (22:53)* What would a hypothetical school team from Pickering, ON, get from this event? (25:23)* All three guests are passionate about youth curling (26:13)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Wingham (ON) Golf & Curling Club Web site:https://www.winghamgcc.com/WG&CC E-mail:manager@winghamgcc.comWG&CC Phone:(519) 357-2179Event E-mail:elementarycurling2020@gmail.comNew Holland (McGavin/Robert's Farm Equipment)https://www.robertsfarm.com/Joe Kerr Limited (Wingham, ON)https://joekerrlimited.ca/Alice Munro Wikipedia Entryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_MunroFollow 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/
Coaching kids can be serious business, but not all the time! No matter how serious it gets, there are always moments of fun. In fact, they can be some of the most memorable moments of your coaching career. In today's episode, I share funny coaching moments with two previous guests of the podcast: Mike Gregotski of High Park Club and Greg Wilson of Brantford Golf & Country Club. Can those moments help improve your youth curling program?Some of the topics we discuss:* Watching small kids use a big scoreboard (3:16)* How one coach surprised the juniors during a photo shoot (7:00)* Finding out why kids chose a certain shot and the importance of listening (12:58)* Letting kids innovate new drills and games like the "Brantford Drill" (17:23)* What are some lessons we can take away from these funny moments? (26:00)* The current curling situations for youth programs at High Park (29:05) and Brantford (29:48)* Coach Glenn shares a curling joke! (31:50)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:High Park Club (Toronto, ON) Web site:https://www.highparkclub.com/Brantford (ON) Golf & Country Club Web site:https://brantfordgolfandcountryclub.comMike's E-mail:littlerocks@highparkclub.comTwitter:@mgregotskiGreg's E-mail:littlerocksbgcc@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/
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