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Note to ALL ONTARIO CURLERS

I have been commissioned by the Ontario Curling Association (OCA) to spearhead a committee to review ALL OCA COMPETITIONS.

Our mandate is simple:

  • Consult with all stakeholders including: players, coaches, officials, staff, Board, Zone Representatives, clubs, sponsors and spectators.
  • Review and suggest amendments in each of the competition streams with emphasis on fiscal responsibility and continued success of Ontario athletes.
  • Upon completion and Board approval provide a consultation plan that will allow for stakeholder review prior to implementation
  • Implement, in cooperation with the Operational team, the approved changes to the competitions.

I invite every Ontario curler who wishes to be heard, to either attend OCA Zone Meetings (dates and places below), write your issues directly to me (itetley@ontcurl.com) or feel free to post on the Curlingzone Forum.

Feedback threads on CurlingZone to post feedback:
http://www.curlingzone.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=11224

If you do post, please sign your name and club affiliation or your post may be deleted. We’re looking for constructive ideas to move the game forward.

OCA ZONE MEETING DATES
Zone Date Location Time Region
   
14 Monday, April 20, 2015 Palmerston Curling Club 7:30 PM 4
9 Thursday, April 23, 2015 Brampton Curling Club 7:30 PM 3
6 Monday, April 27, 2015 Whitby Curling Club 7:00 PM 2
8 Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Mississaugua Golf & Country Club 7:30 PM 2
10 Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Penetanguishene Curling Club 7:00 PM 3
12 Thursday, April 30, 2015 Fergus Curling Club 7:30 PM 3
4 Monday, May 04, 2015 Quinte Curling Club 6:45 PM 1
15 Tuesday, May 05, 2015 Brant Curling Club 7:30 PM 4
16 Wednesday, May 06, 2015 Highland Country Club 7:30 PM 4
11 Thursday, May 07, 2015 Blue Water Curling Club 7:30 PM 3
7 Tuesday, May 12, 2015 York Curling Club 7:30 PM 2
13 Wednesday, May 13, 2015 St. Catharines Golf & Country Club 7:00 PM 4
5 Thursday, May 14, 2015 Minden Curling Club ** 7:00 PM 2
1 Tuesday, May 19, 2015 RCMP Curling Club 7:30 PM 1
3 Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Carleton Place Curling Club 7:00 PM 1
2 Thursday, May 21, 2015 Perth Curling Club 7:00 PM 1

Obviously our intent with this mandate is to get as many ideas as possible that will make Ontario Curling a better place. Some of our playdown systems have been in place since the 70’s and need to be modified to keep up with our ever changing competitive mix.

We want Ontario to keep producing Canadian and World Champions. We want to maintain the fun these events have been to a lot of curlers over the years. We do not want to change for the sake of change. We only want to change something if it is not working.

We have listened to some of our Canadian and World Champions at our provincials this past year. Their input is extremely valuable. But they are only one facet of all the different events hosted by the OCA.

Here is a list of all the different events hosted annually by the OCA. If you have a comment or suggestion on how to make any of them better. We will listen. We will be listening here in this blog, and at each and every zone meeting.

Please take the time and send us your comments.

Event
Type
Travelers Men’s Club Championship 2014 Men´s
Travelers Women’s Club Championship 2014 Women´s
Pepsi Junior Women Youth
Pepsi Junior Men Youth
Tim Hortons Master Women Women´s
Tim Hortons Master Men Men´s
Scotties Hearts Challenge Round Women´s
Men’s Tankard Challenge Round Men´s
Best Western Women’s Challenge Women´s
Fairfield Marriott Challenge Men´s
Scotties Tournament of Hearts Women´s
Wheelchair Championship Mixed
Men’s Tankard Men´s
OCA Bantam Girls Youth
OCA Bantam Boys Youth
Gore Mutual Schoolgirl Youth
Gore Mutual Schoolboy Youth
Senior Women Women´s
Senior Men Men´s
OCA Mixed Doubles Challenge Mixed
Best Western Intermediate Women Women´s
Best Western Intermediate Men Men´s
Tim Hortons Trophy Women´s
Tim Hortons Colts Men´s
Grand Masters Open
Provincial Stick Championship Open
Timbits Elementary School Championship Youth
OCA Women’s Tankard Women´s
Dominion Regalia Silver Tankard Men´s
OCA Senior Mixed Mixed
BrokerLink Mixed Mixed
OCA Junior Mixed Youth
OCA Bantam Mixed Youth

I thank you for your time and look forward to building a better Ontario Curling Association.

Warm Regards

Ian Tetley
OCA Chair Competitions Review Committee
itetley@ontcurl.com

 
 

My name is Trevor Host and I will be describing my experiences at the Ford Men’s World Curling Championships as a part of Team USA.

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

At the curling world championships, there are certainly no easy games. Every team here has enough experience and talent that nobody can take any game lightly.  This week, team USA has seen the whole range of games. Here’s a brief summary of the week thus far from the USA point of view.  Starting the week out with a back and forth battle versus our northern neighbors was a confidence booster for the team even though we didn’t win (0-1).  An extra end win over Norway immediately followed by two rough losses against Switzerland and Finland left us in a weary state (1-3). Fortunately, we were able to get a big end early in our next game against Italy to put us back on track (2-3).  Yesterday saw another incredibly close game against Scotland slip away as Ewan MacDonald made a hit and roll beauty of a shot with his last stone in the 10th (2-4).  A rebounding performance and capitalizing on a couple of misses from team China got us one more in the win column (3-4).  Today saw another back-and-forth game against Sweden that was abruptly ended with a couple consecutive misses resulting in giving up a 5-ender (3-5).  Now with 5 losses, we will have to win the rest to have a hope for a tie-breaker.  The team is still holding a positive attitude and you can expect a strong game tonight at 7:30 PM against Japan.

One thing people back home might not realize is that the teams really don’t have much time between the two games if playing consecutive draws.  After that game against Scotland, we got off the ice at about 5:30 PM, changing and post-game interviews take the players 15-20 minutes, the dinner break (at the arena) takes about 45 minutes, and then it’s time to change back for practice at6:55 PM for the next draw.  Not to say that this unfair in any way but I just wanted to provide a time frame for the players here at the championship.  It certainly is eat, curl, sleep, and repeat here in Halifax.

As I’m mentioned before, Canadian fans have been supportive even of us Americans.  Many people have commented on how impressive the opening Canada vs. USA match was and that they would like to see us do well.  Here’s a photo of the team signing autographs in the patch.

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My name is Trevor Host and I will be describing my experiences at the Ford Men’s World Curling Championships as a part of Team USA.

Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Curling has always been a ceremonious sport and is certainly no less so at the World Championship level.  Prior to every draw, a bagpiper plays as the teams are led out to the ice by their flag bearer.  One country is honored (honoured) each draw with its own national anthem played in the stadium.  Before our game against Scotland today, team USA was honored.  This picture is our team marching out to center ice.  Occasionally, there are entertainment performances for the fans prior to the draw as well.  The Queensland’s dancers performed a great show complete with swords, kilts, and a Scottish jig yesterday night.  Halifax has certainly provided a great experience for the fans here at the Scotiabank Centre.

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The honored team for each draw is also joined by two junior star curlers from around Nova Scotia.  This is a great opportunity for young curlers to meet and talk to the top athletes; although, the juniors can be a little star-struck when they are standing behind the sheets in the bright lights.  Fortunately, John and our team have no problem chatting with anyone so I am sure the kids had a good experience.  Of course the kids wanted to meet the Canadian squad and Johnny Mo, so we called him over and he chatted with the kids as well.  Other than the junior stars paired with each team, there have been school buses full of children in attendance for the morning games.  Getting younger audiences interested is crucial to building our sport for the future and the host committee here in Halifax has done a great job accommodating a younger generation.

 
 
 
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