Next Generation Coach Apprenticeship Program – Now Open for Feb 6th and 13th events

UPDATE – JANUARY 11TH – Both of these events are now WAITLISTED – if you would like to be put on the waitlist please send in your application.

The Ontario Curling Council, Ontario Curling Association and the Northern Ontario Curling Association are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for coaches who want to raise their game to the next level.  Coaches will learn from two of curling’s most highly trained and acclaimed coaches during either the OCA or NOCA Men’s Tankard, our provinces premier high performance events.

Coaches will have an opportunity to experience, analyze and review coaching situations in a small group setting.  Learn what it takes to prepare a team for a provincial or national event, and how to manage them when you get there.  Learn about scouting opposition, rocks and ice and managing the competition environment.  Learn how to conducting effective team meetings, timeouts, pre-event and pre-game practices.  Discuss game planning, strategical and tactical decision-making based on real-time game analysis.  Learn about post event debriefing.  Talk to coaches of teams at the event to gain their insight.

Travel bursaries of up to $250.00 will be available for out of town coaches.  Coaches will earn 3 Professional Development Credits for their participation in this program.

Coaches may apply to attend one of two opportunities (either OCA Tankard – Brantford, Feb 6 or NOCA Tankard, North Bay, Feb 13) – the same agenda will be used at both locations.  Each mentor will work with five Next Generation Coaches (minimum two female coaches per program).

Agenda –  Saturday, February 6 (Brantford) or February 13, 2016 (North Bay)

Location:  OCA Men’s Tankard (Brantford) or NOCA Men’s Tankard (North Bay)

9:00 am Welcome, Introductions, review of outcomes and procedures of the day.
9:15 am Pre-Event Preparations

–       Tapering, Logistical, Competition Planning, Practices, IST Support, Media Training

10:30 am Break
10:45 am Managing the Competition Environment

–       Managing distractions, Establishing routines, making effective use of pre-event and pre-game practices

12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm At arena to watch Pre-Game Preparation by teams, observe pre-game practice
2:00 pm Page 3 vs 4 – Game observation

– Discuss game and end planning, strategical and tactical decisions, timeout procedures/scripts, Post game meeting (winners/losers).

5:15 pm Dinner
6:15 pm At arena to watch Pre-Game Preparation by teams, observe pre-game practice
7:00 pm Page 1 vs. 2 – Game observation

– Discuss scouting (opposition, rocks, ice), charting, technological aids for coaching at an event, Post event debriefing


About the Mentors:

Wendy Morgan (Brantford, February 6th)wendy

One of Canada’s most accomplished coaches, Wendy is the Team Coach of reigning Canadian Scotties Champions and world silver medalists, Jennifer Jones.  She is a National Coach for Curling Canada, and has lead the Canadian Paralympic Wheelchair Curling Team/Program since 2006 producing three Paralympic Gold Medals and multiple world championships.

Wendy has coached and lead teams to the Tim Horton’s Brier, Canadian Juniors, World Seniors, Canada Winter Games, World University Games, Olympic Pre-trials, Canadian University Championships and a host of other provincial championships.  She remains a Provincial High Performance Coach in Ontario.  Wendy is a Level 4 Certified Curling Coach.


Maurice Wilson (North Bay, February 13)

Maurice Wilson has coached for 30 years in various sports from fast-pitch softball at a national level, to basketball, soccer, track and field, cricket and ice hockey at a senior level. He is an NCCP Competition Development certified coach for curling and has coached 15 teams to the provincials and three to national championships. Maurice

The teams he has coached have won titles at the bantam provincials in 2001, juniors in 2003, and OUA and CIS in 2011. He was the recipient of the Asham Coaching Award in 2003 and 2004 for provincial accomplishments and was the CIS women’s curling coach of the year in 2011. In 2012 the team he was coaching won gold at the Karuizawa International Championship in Japan. Maurice is also very active in the curling community as a Provincial High Performance coach since 2006 and a provincial Learning Facilitator and evaluator since 2005.



Next Generation – Coach Apprenticeship – Application Form


This is a first come first served application process.  Registration will remain open until the five positions are filled (two spots held for female coaches until January 22, 2016).  There is NO CHARGE for this event as it is being funded through a Quest for Gold Coach Apprenticeship Grant from the Coaches Association of Ontario.

Coaches will be responsible for their own hotel arrangements and meal costs. Travel bursaries of up to $250.00 will be available for out of town coaches and amounts will communicated upon acceptance to program.

 Applications are to be emailed to Jennifer Ferris, Manager of Programs and Operations at the Ontario Curling Council.  Jennifer can be reached at 289-527-0352 for questions.