Coaching Kids Curling

Coaching Kids Curling

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

Episodes

September 25, 2022 50 min

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...

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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 - Home

Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurling

Glenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curlin...

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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 (...

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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 diffe...

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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"? ...

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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....

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THE "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!" SERIES: Episode #6

This 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 medall...

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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...

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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...

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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 thr...

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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, ...

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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 s...

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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 advic...

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March 21, 2022 43 min

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 GUES...

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March 20, 2022 49 min

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 th...

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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 ...

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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 e...

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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 Cl...

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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 curl...

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THE "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!" SERIES: Episode #5

This 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.

Sabrina Ribau is a member of t...

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