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15 for 15’s Athlete Series – Online Athlete Development for U15 Curlers

The Ontario Curling Council is proud to be launching our 15 for 15’s Virtual Athlete Series.  We recognize that there is a lot of interest from young athletes to engage in curling and are striving to deliver as much as we can.  The 15 for 15’s Series is a series of online events directed towards U15 athletes.  The series consists of five interactive online sessions on topics that athletes can use in a Covid impacted season.  Our intention is to

No Curling? No Problem!

Hey curling fam! There are a lot of emotions surrounding our respective curling seasons. Some of you have access to ice, and some of you don’t. Regardless, it seems like everyone’s “Normal” curling season has been shifted and we have all the feels; disappointment, anger, frustration, fear, regret, you name it. As a perpetual optimist I can’t help but find the silver lining in literally everything. I like to give myself the time and space to feel those feels of course, but instead of

You’ve got to pick one; open or closed

Glenn Paulley said it best “sweeping is what makes curling an Olympic sport, but it is the most under-coached aspect of the game”. Sadly my own curling has been put on hold this year, but that means I’ve had way more time to watch a lot of curling, and am grateful to get to work with a bunch of athletes in the Better Brushing Strength Study as we pick apart what’s working & what’s not in their… Source Stephanie Thompson

Return to Play – Youth Programs

[Please note this information comes from an OCC Webinar recently held on this topic.  Click HERE to access the recording of that webinar] Starting up curling programs during the worst pandemic in recent history is the current challenge for curling clubs across the country.  Youth programs may have special considerations for many reasons.   The following is for information purposes only and is not to be considered as recommendations by NOCA or anyone affiliated or

What is the *best* Mask to Wear for Curling?

You’ve asked, & now I’ve (finally) answered; “What is the best mask to wear for curling?”. I am not a doctor, but here is what I have learned from a lot of smart people. What we don’t know: A crap-tonne, don’t get me started. Let’s pay attention instead to what we do know: Masks + 2m physical distance is the best way to keep us safe from contracting and sharing COVID. Keeping a small social circle* helps make contact tracing easy, and decreases the risks for you

Team Homan Virtual Junior Camp

  The Ontario Curling Council is proud to be helping Team Rachel Homan deliver their first ever virtual youth curling camp! The camp consists of three sessions, October 20, 21, 22 at 7:00pm EST.  Sessions include “Technical & Physical“, “Strategy” and “Team Dynamics & Mental Training“.  For more information and to register head to the Homan Camp Registration page!  Spaces are limited so don’t miss out!   Team Homan Website