Gary Crossley

About Gary Crossley

Gary Crossley is a high-performance coach for the Ontario Curling Council. In addition, Gary teaches Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a former Olympic coach in track and field.

Blocked, Distributed and Random Practice as it Relates to Skill Acquisition in Curling

An age-old question in sport is what practice structure yields the best results in relation to effective skill acquisition. This article will define three different practice structures that are referred to as Blocked, Distributed and Random. The answer to this question is critical to all coaches, as they need to structure practices appropriately by selecting technical development drills that are appropriate given the biomotor capabilities of the athletes they are working with, as well as considering such mitigating factors as

Biomotor ability development as it relates to curling

As is the case in all sports, numerous factors must be taken into consideration if an athlete’s potential is to be fully realized. Specific fitness related elements need to be developed at the appropriate chronological and developmental ages. The timelines for the introduction of these biomotor components is well understood since the development of the two key systems in the body that need to be considered are both well defined in related literature. The nervous system is about