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Level I Instructor1 USCA Level I Instructor Clinic United States Curling Association.

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1 Level I Instructor1 USCA Level I Instructor Clinic United States Curling Association

2 Level I Instructor2 Your Instructors Today Lead Instructor – ( insert name ) Second Instructor – ( insert name )

3 Level I Instructor3 Agenda Welcome, Introductions, & Overview Classroom Discussions Duties of Club Instructors How to Run Effective Learn to Curl Sessions Current USA Curling Techniques Break On-ice Demonstrations Classroom Wrap-up

4 Level I Instructor4 Housekeeping Discussion format – lets talk! Restrooms Schedule Breaks Lunch Questions?

5 Level I Instructor5 Clinic Objective Learn to teach beginners how to curl in a safe, fun, and organized environment

6 Level I Instructor6 Things to Remember 1.Safety, safety and more safety 2.Teach USCA approved techniques 3.Dress appropriately – look sharp 4.Have fun 5.Help participants be successful 6.Help participants have fun

7 Level I Instructor7 Roles of Level I Instructors Club Instructors Teach novice curlers Instrumental in recruitment of new club members

8 Level I Instructor8 Level I Instructor Activities Open house with hundreds of people or pre- game two minute crash course Learn-to-Curl clinics & Beginner Leagues Junior Programs, Little Rockers, Juniors, School Leagues, etc. P.E. Programs, High School & College Media or other fun-spiels Corporate & team-building events Other?

9 Level I Instructor9 Roles of Level II Instructors Advanced instructors and competitive coaches Teach Level I Instructors Assist club members to improve in all areas of the game Contribute to club member retention

10 Level I Instructor10 Level II Instructor Activities Conduct Level I Instructor Clinics Intermediate Junior Instruction Intermediate and refresher clinics Delivery analysis and improvement Video analysis Use of delivery training aids Drills Sweeping, interval timing, weight judgment Team communication Strategy and tactics

11 Level I Instructor11 Benefits of a USCA Certified Instructional Program Use of successful methods of instruction Enhanced recruitment of new members Development of curling skills through proper instruction Increases member satisfaction Increases member retention Increases the level of club competition Consistency of instruction among club instructors Properly trained and experienced instructors add value to club activities and membership

12 Level I Instructor12 How to Get Started Recognize the need Who takes the lead? Recruit an instructional team Design instructional offering to meet club needs Decide appropriate timing of offerings Identify target audience Promotions

13 Level I Instructor13 Instruction Team 4:1 student to instructor ratio is ideal Identify the lead instructor & assistants Teach USCA approved techniques Dont show off or intimidate Present info on need to know basis – avoid information overload

14 Level I Instructor14 Instruction Team Agree on agenda & timeframe AttitudeMake the experience fun Attirelook professional Be prepared Murphys Law: The best recruiters are often the worst instructors

15 Level I Instructor15 Instruction Team Be organizedyou are competing for participants valuable time Be aware you are responsible for safety of participants Dont make apologiesput a positive spin on everything

16 Level I Instructor16 Club Preparations Welcoming entry, warm room, & bathrooms Attractive playing area Excellent ice conditions Working audio address system Adequate curling equipment: grippers, sliders, brooms, sticks, stabilizers etc. Coffee, hot chocolate, cookies etc.

17 Level I Instructor17 Club Preparations Greeters Sign-in sheets Liability release forms Name tags Curling video and other instructional aids Promotional materials

18 Level I Instructor18 Club Preparations Instructional Aids Overhead projectors Flip Charts Handouts Posters Strategy Board Demonstration curling stone

19 Level I Instructor19 Club Risk Management Instructors are the front line for safety for both the participants and the club Ensure participants have proper footwear athletic type rubber-soled shoes such as tennis shoes Be aware of other hazardsstanding water, areas of frost or uneven ice etc. Keep a stocked first aid kit at the ice surface

20 Level I Instructor20 Club Risk Management Ensure the safety of participants personal belongings. If possible, provide a locked area and ensure the area is monitored (arenas)

21 Level I Instructor21 Safety and Club Risk Management Know your clubs liability policy and the consequences for unsigned waivers Most clubs require that nobody steps on the ice without a completed insurance liability release form Unexecuted forms may increase club liability by $2500 per claim

22 Level I Instructor22 Safety and Club Risk Management Sample ice usage policy: The XYZ Curling Club will not allow any participants on the ice whose balance appears impaired from sickness, medications or alcohol.

23 Level I Instructor23 Participant Safety Importance of stretching and warm-up Participants should have gripper shoes No running on the ice Safe use of sliders Use broom head down to help with balance Sweep safelyif you cant keep up, let it go!

24 Level I Instructor24 Participant Safety Demonstrate stepping on and off the ice surface No lifting or carrying stones No stopping stones with your hands – use your broom No pushing stones toward people with their backs turned Pay attention on the ice! (no cell phones etc.)

25 Level I Instructor25 Training Sequences Inform (instructor provides information) Demonstrate (assistants demonstrate on each sheet) Learners try Feedback (positive and constructive) Practice (learners repeat)

26 Level I Instructor26 Training Methods Lead Instructor Provides Information Sequential presentations on agenda items: Flat-foot balanced slide – training wheels, hand elevated, with stone Grip, turn, & release – play catch Practice slides emphasizing alignment Sweeping

27 Level I Instructor27 Training Methods Demonstrate Assistants demonstrate current USCA accepted techniques following presentation on each element If you arent able to demonstrate the technique properly, find someone who can

28 Level I Instructor28 Training Methods Learner Tries Maintain a fun and relaxed environment Assess learners ability to successfully and safely perform the skill Make appropriate adjustments to enable them to be successful – provide sticks, stabilizers or information on semi-upright delivery as necessary Keep the duct tape handy!

29 Level I Instructor29 Training Methods Instructor Provides Feedback Find something they did well to comment on first Be positive and constructive Give one suggestion for improvement for them to try the next time Demonstrate again if necessary Keep comments positive!

30 Level I Instructor30 Training Methods Practice Provide sufficient time for the learner to practice the what has been learned As appropriate, use drills or game situations to reinforce instruction Continue to be available to provide feedback and keep learner on track

31 Level I Instructor31 Instructor Traps Avoid over-instructing; keep it appropriate for the time period available and the experience of the participants Avoid going off topickeep instruction back on track (keep a copy of the agenda in your hip pocket)

32 Level I Instructor32 More Instructor Traps If you dont knowsay so! Be the humble instructor Ill find out and get back to you on that. Keep the group engagedchange the schedule around if you think interest is fading Poor environmental factors Noise and distractions Inadequate space etc.

33 Level I Instructor33 Still More Instructor Traps Use ice time wisely! Its cold out there! Minimize talking time on the ice Keep the group moving and engaged If a participant needs extra help, take him/her aside with another instructor Dont physically overwork participants

34 Level I Instructor34 Novice Curriculum Basics of the game Safety and physical preparation (stretching) Delivery Sweeping Basic etiquette How much of this can be done in the warm room? How would your approach differ for 1 hour Try Curling 3 hour Learn to Curl 6 week Curling School

35 Level I Instructor35 Safety and Physical Preparation Demonstrate proper pre-game stretching Demonstrate proper warm-up exercises Use of stretching to show curling delivery Review ice safety, especially use of sliders

36 Level I Instructor36 Basics of the Game Purpose of Game (Scoring) Teams and positions Ice elementsfield of play Types of shots (Draw and Take Out) Game flow, ends and game lengths

37 Level I Instructor37 Stepping on the Ice Ensure participants have proper, clean footwear, and grippers Review safety (stepping on and off ice) Distribute brooms and sliders Quickly review field of play and lines Other?

38 Level I Instructor38 DeliveryGeneral Flat footno lift PDSPress, Draw Back, Slide ABCs of a good delivery Alignment Balance Curl (Grip, Turn & Release) Power generators & delivery cadence

39 Level I Instructor39 Power Generators Leg drive Body drop/forward momentum Arm extension

40 Level I Instructor40 DeliveryBalance Balance is key part of delivery! Work up slowly Training wheels – simple, short slide with broom flat on ice (perpendicular to center line) or stabilizing device Delivery with no stone (hand elevated) Normal delivery with stone

41 Level I Instructor41 DeliveryAlignment Align body and stone toward skips broom Hack set-up position Practice slides Alignment drillstoward cups and through cups

42 Level I Instructor42 DeliveryCurl (Release) Grip, Turn, & Release A million dollar slide and a two cent release = a two cent shot. Wrist above Handlefingers together and pointing down Cradle handle between 2 nd and 3 rd knuckles Hand positioned over center of rotation of stone

43 Level I Instructor43 DeliveryCurl (Release) Rotate handle to 10:00 or 2:00 position Last 4 ft of sliderotate handle toward 12:00 & release with hand in handshake position at level of handle 2 ½ revolutions down the sheet is ideal Describe skips sign language for turn Practice across sheet with partner using skip broom & signal

44 Level I Instructor44 DeliveryPut It All Together Forward press Rock back, hips up and back, & sliding foot back Rock forward, sliding foot forward & centered under chest, slide toward broom Turn & release Cadence: press, rock-foot, rock- foot, slide

45 Level I Instructor45 Sweeping Explain why cleans and warms the ice rocks travel farther and straighter (not faster) Explain mechanics of sweeping – pressure & velocity Emphasize safety look down the ice, avoid rocks in play if you cant keep up, back off and let it go Explain burned stones (running and stationary)

46 Level I Instructor46 Sweeping Explain positioning of sweepers Explain sweeping signals (voice commands, hand signals) Explain who decides when to sweep on draws, take-outs Question: How many people can sweep? (Is this effective?)

47 Level I Instructor47 Basic Strategy Dont over-instruct here! Club strategy vs. Elite strategy Shot choicenovice curlers keep more rocks in play with lower weight shots

48 Level I Instructor48 HISEA Hammer Ice conditions Score End Ability

49 Level I Instructor49 Etiquette Self-policing Be ready when its your turn Stay out of the way Quiet and still during others deliveries Spirit of Curling - Shake hands before and after game

50 Level I Instructor50 Playing a Game Separate players into teams, assign positions Have teams shake hands and wish each other good curling! Decide hammer with coin flip (thirds or leads, depending)

51 Level I Instructor51 Playing a Game Have an instructor at each end House instructor helps skips and thirds understand how to call shots, give signals etc. Instructor at throwing end ensures participants are ready to go (including sweepers), players understand shot called, turn, delivery, where to go next, etc.

52 Level I Instructor52 Playing a Game Have fun! Celebrate rocks in the house! Explain scoring after first end Explain how to use the scoreboard Players shake hands and thank each other for a good game!

53 Level I Instructor53 Stepping Off the Ice Thank attendees for participation Congratulate them on their achievements Provide participants with instructional & promotional materials Close the salewhat would you like participants to do now?

54 Level I Instructor54 Acknowledgement & Thanks to GNCC Members Mary Jane Walsh Roger Rowlett

55 Level I Instructor55 Wrap-Up Level I Instructor Exam Certification Process Clinic Evaluation Final Questions?


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