||For our program, our youth spend a minimum of 30 minutes working on a particular skill each week. I have at least 2 instructors per group on the ice @ all times. I also found that we can keep the kids attention for 90 minutes MAXIMUM. A 2 hour program is too long, especially for some of the younger kids.
We don't get into playing a full ends or more until around Christmas. We start off by playing 1 end only & we build from there. By the end of the year, the kids are playing a full 6 ends...
I also found breaking the kids up into 3 groups helped to keep things organized a lot better out on the ice.
Tickers (6-8) use a 1/2 sheet of ice
Biters (8-10) use a full sheet & lite rocks
Peelers (10-12) us a full sheet & full rocks
For the Tickers, I use a 3 part delivery we teach to the kids: Get Ready, Get Set & Go.
For the older kids, I use the Curl Canada teaching approach.
For the most part, a lot of the drills used for teaching adults work well for the kids.
I find that a lot of the skill development revolves around balance, balance, balance, even for the older kids...
I've also used many of the drills from the Royal Caledonian Club to great success: http://www.royalcaledoniancurlingcl...-coaching-aids/
Just keep the program fun & don't get discouraged when kids wander off...
Our motto is: "Have Fun, Be Safe & Try your Best."