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THE ROCK STOPS HERE: Preseason Musings...
Greetings from the Smokanagan. It's been a while since my last entry. Like anyone else in summertime, I thought a bit of a vacation from the curling world was in order. Sorry to disappoint those of you who hoping it was a permanent vacation, but now it's back to work. So what's happened since we last chatted?
BLOG: Vince Tries Curling
Vince of the You Almost Had It Podcast stepped out onto the ice to try everyone's favorite Winter Olympic sport. At a "Learn to Curl" event hosted by the Charleston Curling Club, Vince soaked in the rules, history, and lingo of this great sport.
TWINE TIME: BetweenTheSheets: Queens of the House
Who do YOU think will be this season's Queens of the House? Time to have YOUR say in the #TwineTime Fan Vote!
NO STONES LEFT UNTURNED: A Tale of Three Teams: Clarity Needed in USA Curling’s Discretionary Pick Process
What does it actually take for American curlers to represent USA Curling at an elite level? Given recent occurrences at the 2017 National Championships ("Nationals") and the announcement of the teams selected to compete at the upcoming 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials ("Trials"), there have been some questions among curlers regarding this process. One of the major sources of confusion is that of the discretionary pick process used by USA Curling. The discretion exercised by USA Curling in selecting teams to compete at an elite level has produced much uncertainty. A shining example of the issues with the discretionary pick process can be seen by comparing the cases of Team Birr (Blaine, MN), Team Wood (Parker, CO/California), and Team Leichter (Boston, MA).USA Curling recently...
PLAYDOWNS: Plenty of opportunities for curling coach training
By Rebecca Connop Price Are you a curling coach, or are you hoping to become a curling coach in 2017? Curl BC is offering a number of Club Coach and Competition Coach workshops across the province. The Club Coach Workshop is a great opportunity to ensure your members have trained coaches who deliver youth, intermediate, [...]
;nbsp;Chuck Hay, legend, died last week, aged 87. That's him in happy times on the hack at the Brora rink. You will find the World Curling Federation's obituary here, and the Royal Club's here.Some years ago I wrote the following about Chuck and his team of John Bryden, Alan Glen and David Howie:"Chuck Hay and his team won the Scottish title in 1965, the first of a string of successes as the team was to dominate the Scottish Championship for four years. Such success was well deserved. Hay had watched the Richardson rink with their long sliding deliveries, the takeout game with its blank ends, and the powerful sweeping. He made a conscious decision to copy the Canadian style of play. The Richardsons had impressed Hay both on and off the ice and he and his team set out to...
CURLBC: Plenty of opportunities for curling coach training
Are you a curling coach, or are you hoping to become a curling coach in 2017? Curl BC is offering a number of Club Coach and Competition Coach workshops across the province. The Club Coach Workshop is a great opportunity to ensure your members have trained coaches who deliver youth, intermediate, and recreational curling programs. This workshop is designed to enhance the skill set of the coach/instructor who functions primarily at the club level, be it with beginner curlers from youth to master age groups. The Competition Coach Workshop is the first step in becoming Competition Coach Certified but is also a great opportunity for those coaching and curling at a club level to gain skills and knowledge. To coach in the playdowns for BC Winter Games, U18 and U21, teams require a coach who is...
FROM THE HACK: Behind the Hack with Cheryl Bernard - Guest, Dr, Penny Werthner
In the premiere episode, Cheryl is joined by Dr. Penny Werthner, a 1976 Olympian and the current Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Werthner is a noted sports psychologist who has worked with Canadian athletes at the national level since 1985, including several curlers.
STONECAST: Ep. 23 - Mike Pfundstein
Our interview with Mike Pfundstein.
SPORTSNET: Field confirmed for Road to the Roar Curling Pre-Trials
ORLEANS, Ont. – Olympic medallists John Morris and Shannon Kleibrink are two of the headliners in the 28-team field for the Home Hardware Road to the Roar Pre-Trials curling competition. The Nov. 6-12 event at Summerside's Credit Union Place will determine the final entries for the Canadian Curling Trials in Ottawa. The Trials winners will represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Morris won gold with skip Kevin Martin at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Kleibrink skipped Canada to a bronze medal at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy. For the men's and women's draws at the Pre-Trials, teams will be seeded No. 1 through No. 14 based on their 2016-17 rankings, Curling Canada said Thursday in a release. Teams will then be split into two pools of seven for...
ONTARIO CURLING COUNCIL: Coach Training Calendar Released – Registration Now Open
For the 2017-2018 Season, the Ontario Curling Council will be assuming responsibility of Coach Training inclusive of National Coach Certification Programming (NCCP) on behalf of our members, Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) and Ontario Curling Association (CurlON).;nbsp; By moving coach training to one organization, we can more efficiently run programs, keep our Coach Developers current with their training, and ultimately train more coaches through NCCP workshops and Professional Development. We'll be adding more professional development webinars and learning opportunities throughout the year as well as some NCCP workshops for NOCA region.;nbsp; But for coaches who want to get registered for training this fall – registration is now open.;nbsp; Just click on our new events Calendar,;nbsp;or;nbsp;follow...
CURLING CANADA: 2019 World Junior Championships to be played in Liverpool, N.S.
The planet's best young curling teams will gather in Liverpool, N.S., for the 2019 World Junior Curling Championships, it was announced jointly today by the World Curling Federation and Curling Canada. The 2019 World Juniors, featuring 10 men's and 10 women's teams in the Under-21 age group, will be played Feb. 17-24 at Queens Place ...
TWO GIRLS AND A GAME: ICYMI - Season Opener 2016
ICYMI - Season opener from 2016!  The girls discuss off season antics, training and catch up on all things curling!
CURL MANITOBA: Order of Manitoba Honour for Bob Picken
Manitoba Sports Media legend Robert J. (Bob) Picken was one of a dozen Manitobans honoured Thursday, July 13 for their contributions and accomplishments by investiture in the Order of Manitoba.Picken, pictured with Curling Canada Chair-Elect Resby Coutts after the ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature, was recognized for a sports media career spanning six decades as well as for his contributions to the Manitoba sports community.Among many, Picken;'s resume includes a term as President of the Manitoba Curling Association. He was the World Curling Federation;'s first Media Relations Officer.Bob Picken is recognized as a mentor by a long list of sports journalists and broacasters who have worked in Manitoba during the span of his career.The complete listing of the 12 new members of the Order of...
DAVID MURDOCH ENDS COMPETITIVE CAREER ON HIGH AS HE ANNOUNCES NEW COACHING CAREEROlympic silver medallist David Murdoch has decided to call time on his competitive curling career and will now join the coaching ranks at British Curling, the programme that has also supported his successful pursuit of seven national, three European and two world titles. The 39 year old skip will now utilise his skills and experience gleaned at the very top of the game as he switches his focus to coaching the next generation of curlers. Murdoch admitted he was still feeling disappointed about the recent decision that means he would not be heading for his fourth Olympic Games in South Korea next year. He has however stated that he is ready to embark on the next exciting step as British Curling Consultant Coach,...
CANOE: Format changes coming to Brier, Scotties
Format changes coming
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Terry Jones: Sweeping changes to Brier, Scotties formats will make them more enjoyable
Nunavut will play seven round-robin games in the new Scotties and Brier format rolled out Tuesday by Curling Canada. And there will be no camouflaging that. But a creative twist will be introduced that will definitely add interest and appeal while the association proceeds with the politically correct decision to include Nunavut, Yukon and the Northwest Territories as fully accredited ‘provinces' in the two showcase events. Instead of the relegation system in which four teams competed in a mini-tournament prior to the Scotties and the Brier to admit one team to join the field for the normal nine-day competition, there will be a 16-team, two-pool round-robin format. To get to 16 teams, Curling Canada announced the creation of a new ‘play-in' game for the two top teams in season Canadian...
WINNIPEG SUN:  Curling Canada announces big changes to Brier, Scotties formats
There will be a play-in game to decide the 16th team at the men's and women's national curling championships next season.
THE CURLING NEWS BLOG: Curling Tours Partner for the Future
The World Curling Tour (WCT) and Curling Champions Tour (CCT) have announced a formal merger, creating a truly global tour of some 250 championship curling events.
JILL'S HOUSE: Becoming an honourary Siberian
Jill Officer details her trip to the Arctic Curling Cup, eight arctic nation women’s teams playing in Dudinka, Russia for a total prize purse of US $100,000!
BURNED STONE: Participation in Newfoundland Tankard To Sky Rocket in 2018
KARWACKI: quick 5 with carruthers
Reid Carruthers is a Canadian curler. He skips his own team based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Carruthers has won the 2016 Canada Cup of Curling, 2017 WFG Continental Cup of Curling as part of Team North America, and the 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. He is currently representing Canada at the 2017 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta with Joanne Courtney.
Adapting to changes in the sport of curling will reduce the threat that is posited by doomsayers. Curling has emerged as both a sport and a recreation, but it is the recreation side that attracts 95% of your market.
CURLING LEGENDS PODCAST: Episode 23 - Paul Savage, Part 2
In Part 2 of my conversation with Paul Savage, we'll cover the 1987 Olympic Curling Trials and the controversy surrounding the qualification process.   We talk about the early days of the Skins format, the Battle of the Sexes and Paul's experience as fifth man with the Mike Harris Rink during their run to a Silver Medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.  There are a few extras after our talk as well.  Paul shares stories from the Kurl for Kids Celebrity Bonspiel, Men With Brooms, the World Lefthanders Curling Championship and explains how to perform the plate dance.  At the very end is an excerpt from Episode 8 where Warren Hansen discusses his version of the 1987 Trials, which I reference with Paul at the beginning of the show.
CURL WITH MATH: Episode 23 - Paul Savage, Part 2
In Part 2 of my conversation with Paul Savage, we'll cover the 1987 Olympic Curling Trials and the controversy surrounding the qualification process. ;nbsp; We talk about the early days of the Skins format, the Battle of the Sexes and Paul's experience as fifth man with the Mike Harris Rink during their run to a Silver Medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. ;nbsp;There are a few extras after our talk as well. ;nbsp;Paul shares stories from the Kurl for Kids Celebrity Bonspiel, Men With Brooms, the World Lefthanders Curling Championship;nbsp;and explains how to perform the plate dance.;nbsp; At the very end is an excerpt from Episode 8 where Warren Hansen discusses his version of the 1987 Trials, which I;nbsp;reference;nbsp;with Paul at the;nbsp;beginning;nbsp;of the show.Check...
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Support from home felt all the way to China by world champs
They beamed as;nbsp;they came down the escalator at Ottawa International Airport. Emma Miskew and Lisa Weagle said they hadn't expected the large crowd that greeted them at the airport Monday evening after helping Rachel Homan's team win a;nbsp;world women's curling championship in Beijing. “It's hard to describe the feeling,” said Weagle, the team's lead. “We knew a few people were going to be here and see our families, but we had no idea that the reception was going to be quite as big as it is, so we are really thrilled to see so many people.”;nbsp; Miskew agreed.;nbsp; “It's very moving,” the team's third;nbsp;said. “I know we had support from far away even though we were on the complete other side of the world, so we were in a little bit of a bubble...
MIKE THE CURLING GUY: Cloning, Double Rye and Coke and Investing with a Porpoise
Okay…have not blogged in forever, My apologies, but watching the Brier on TV, and playing at the Club has gotten me back in it, so here goes.
DON LANDRY: Edmonton Eskimo Sean Whyte is all over that thing called curling
Included: That time Rachel Homan beat him in a FG kicking contest...
CURLINGZONE: Cheating Controversy in Switzerland
Swiss Mixed Doubles champions Martin Rios and Jenny Perret under fire after video shows possible cheating in important round-robin game.
COACH BILL: The Art of the Time Out
Yes, I know, it's been more than awhile since I've put fingers to keyboard on my blog site. Thank you to the many who have sent emails and made telephone calls to inquire if I was, well, OK! I doubt I've never been fully OK, but thanks, I'm fine!;nbsp;So what's the reason for the no blogs for several months? I made a deal with myself that I wouldn't write just for the sake of writing. If there wasn't something to say, I wasn't going to say it! But now there is and it's time to reach into the electronic mailbag to answer an email sent from someone for whom I have great respect. His name is John Newhook from one of my favourite cities in Canada, Halifax. I had the joy of spending an afternoon with John at the iconic Mayflower CC as he walked me through...
NERDCURL: Twitter Predicts A McCormick Steamroller In Day 2 2017 USA Nationals Results
In case you have missed what is going on, Twitter has predicted the outcome of the February 12 Mens and Womens Round Robin games two days early in our completely scientific NerdCurl US Curling Twitter National Championships.
THE SCOTCH: The 2017 WFG Continental Cup cont..
Team North America's lead heading into this final day seems insurmountable but don't tell that to the mostly European Team World supporters. They remember the "Meltdown at Medina" and are hoping for the curling equivalent upset. Fortunately for the North American's there isn't really a disastrous alliterative term I can think of that works with Vegas. However, much to the liking of TSN and the Orleans ticket gate there is still plenty to play for. Pride is always good, especially with so many fans still cheering (sans Packer fans). But more importantly each game and end has some cash money tied to it which could seem pretty useful if you curl for a living and spending your last night in Vegas.
BACKSEAT GAFFER: US Curling Power Rankings - January 3, 2017
The back half of the 2016-2017 curling season kicks off this week with the Meridian Canadian Open on the World Curling Tour and the USA Nationals Challenge Rounds taking place closer to home. A preview of the challenge rounds, highlights from an interview with Thomas Howell (lead for the top-ranked Heath McCormick rink) as their team embarks on its first Grand Slam of Curling event, and the updated rankings are on-tap in this week’s edition.
BELFRY CURLING: Juniors (U21) entries down but in other events revamped curling playdowns appear solid
FLYING V: Curling Canada Club Curler corruption
e premise of this article is to vocalize my disdain for the current format, not necessarily the structure for which the bonspiel is set up but more precisely the flawed qualification process that has been implemented to secure a spot in this event.
GOLDLINE: The Brushing Controversy
Never in that period of time have I witnessed the tumult in the sport that we have seen in the past few years. In the eye of this tornado has been the pads we curlers use on our brushes.
ROARING GAME: Team Smith triumph at Oakville OCT Fall Classic
Team Smith claimed the Oakville OCT Fall Classic men’s title and $3,000 prize money by defeating Team McCormick of the USA 7-2 in the final.
FULL GRANITE JACKET: 2018 Olympic curling women’s team predictions
Just for fun, since the Summer Olympics are over and life is all about finding something to fill the void.Here's the qualification table. So far only Korea is qualified as the host nation.Canada - Rachel Homan - They were on the cusp of making it to Sochi, but as fate turned out it was actually Jennifer Jones' turn to represent Canada on the podium. This is a hard one to gauge, as I could also see Jones could repeat as the country, or Chelsea Carey or Val Sweeting or someone else having a hot run at the Roar to wear the maple leaf. Homan's the best on paper in any given tournament. Little has changed this century: politics are better, phones keep improving, and Canada will be the curling gold medal favorite.Korea - EunJung Kim - The host nation's top ranked team is #11....
I wanted to have a forum to discuss minor notes from in and around the curling world. Short House will do that for me, from time to time when I have quick thoughts about goings on you can find them here. Often it is a tall task for me to keep my writing brief but I will try.Sweeping Summit releaseThis past week the World Curling Federation released a statement updating the process of the Sweeping Summit that was held in Kemptville earlier this spring. The statement outlines initial findings and recommendations.As is the norm with the current "instant information" world that we live in, many are craving the full NRC results and data. Patience is not a virtue that sports fans let alone curling fans hold. Although we all would have loved the information to be released in real time in...
GAME OF STONES: What's going on at the Sweeping Summit?
DISCLAIMER! – I sometimes work for Curling Canada, but have little to no idea what’s going on at the Summit. I’m not at all involved in it. These are my musings, thoughts, and opinions. There is nothing official about any of this… Cheers – Brian Chick Hey… you know what we haven’t talked about lately? SWEEPING! Of course, this year’s buzz topic has already been beaten into the ground. We’ve seen a million articles (some of which I wrote), blog posts, videos, and heard a million more anecdotes about what is possible with brush X vs. what you can do with brush Y. There were about 143 different rule changes, depending on which level(s) of competition you played, and endless debates about what sweeping can do, should do, shouldn’t do, and what “they” – the associations – should...
ANDREWJBERGMAN: Something Rotten in The State of...Curling
There’s something a little odd about the sport of curling, and I don’t mean the design of Team Norway’s pants.
THE CURLING LOBBY: What's your Brier Prediction?
Don Landry of Yahoo Sports wrote a great preview of the Tim Hortons Brier today and we'd love to hear your thoughts on his choices and your own predictions! his bosses at Yahoo that curling matters by posting them to his blog. Click on the link above, read and/or scroll down to the View Comments link and VERY IMPORTANT, post something in the comments section!Something positive about the Brier, about curling that may show Yahoo that they should be investing more into our great sport!Sharing is caring!
BEHIND THE GLASS: Some Reflections on the Scottish Curling Championships
Sadly, I was only able to make the Saturday sessions.;nbsp; See travelling on business?;nbsp; Nightmare!;nbsp; Anyhow, up we went to Perth, there to watch things and dream of times past.I don't know about anyone else, but I always find it very difficult to support one team.;nbsp; It was easier in olden times when teams represented ice rinks and comprised typically local players.;nbsp; The Torrance rink was from Hamilton and the Hay rink from Perth; if the skips name was Adam or Horton, chances were that they were from Glasgow and the Hendersons were Aberdeen born and bred.;nbsp; So, if you went to Dundee or Perth or Kirkcaldy, there to watch the Scottish Championship finals in February, you had "your" team.Now - it's a nightmare!;nbsp; Four of us decided to sit in the bleachers...
BOB WEEKS ON CURLING: Menard's column rubs one athlete the wrong way
Jean-Michel Menard's guest blog the other day has seemingly rubbed at least one fellow athlete the wrong way. Speedskater Ivanie Blondin sent out a Tweet saying that she felt he was acting a bit spoiled.Feeling embarrassed for this guy. I'd count myself extremely lucky to be treated half as good as how he is treatedâ€;quot; Ivanie Blondin (@IvanieB) April 2, 2015Menard said that he was bothered by the constant erosion of perks and accessibility given to the curlers at the Brier. Of course everything is relative. If you haven't had any of that stuff, you don't know what you're missing. And certainly most other athletes don't get treated as the men curlers do at the Brier. Even the women at the Scotties never had it quite as good as the men....
CURLINGPIX: 2015-2016 Curling Season Photos by Rich Harmer
Hello everyone. ;nbsp;This year has been busy with a new 'regular' job for me. ;nbsp;Over the summer I was at the Arena Nationals in Cedar Rapids. ;nbsp;You can see the pictures here:;nbsp; the fall I was at the St Paul Cash Spiel. ;nbsp;The pictures aren't totally done yet. ;nbsp;You can see the pictures which are done here:;nbsp; shot the Junior Olympic Trials Finals in Blaine this fall. ;nbsp;This photo set is pretty much done. You can see the pictures here:;nbsp; The events I'm scheduled to shoot coming up are: ;nbsp;US Open of Curling 2016 in Blaine, Mixed Nationals 2016 in Blaine, US Junior Nationals 2016 (playoffs) in Wilmar, ;nbsp;and US Nationals in Jacksonville,...
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GRASSROOTS CURLING: Five things I learned from hanging out with Team Glenn Howard
The Team Glenn Howard Fantasy Curling Camp wrapped up at the Guelph Curling Club on Sunday afternoon, ending three days of - of - of what? Learning, laughing, and a fair bit of pain (delivery, after delivery, after delivery....!) Moments of illumination, moments (long ones!) of frustration. Good times with new friends. Lots of failure. A few successes. And a long list of "Things I'm going to do
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