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

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

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

4 Housekeeping Discussion format – let’s talk! Restrooms Schedule
Breaks Lunch Questions? Level I Instructor

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

6 Things to Remember Safety, safety and more safety
Teach USCA approved techniques Dress appropriately – look sharp Have fun Help participants be successful Help participants have fun Level I Instructor

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

8 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? Level I Instructor

9 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 Level I Instructor

10 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 Level I Instructor

11 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 Level I Instructor

12 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 Level I Instructor

13 Instruction Team 4:1 student to instructor ratio is ideal
Identify the lead instructor & assistants Teach USCA approved techniques Don’t “show off” or intimidate Present info on “need to know” basis – avoid information overload Level I Instructor

14 Instruction Team Agree on agenda & timeframe
Attitude—Make the experience fun Attire—look professional Be prepared Murphy’s Law: The best recruiters are often the worst instructors Level I Instructor

15 Instruction Team Be organized—you are competing for participants’ valuable time Be aware you are responsible for safety of participants Don’t make apologies—put a positive spin on everything Level I Instructor

16 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. Level I Instructor

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

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

19 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 hazards—standing water, areas of frost or uneven ice etc. Keep a stocked first aid kit at the ice surface Level I Instructor

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

21 Safety and Club Risk Management
Know your club’s 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 Level I Instructor

22 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.” Level I Instructor

23 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 safely—if you can’t keep up, let it go! Level I Instructor

24 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.) Level I Instructor

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

26 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 Level I Instructor

27 Training Methods Demonstrate
Assistants demonstrate current USCA accepted techniques following presentation on each element If you aren’t able to demonstrate the technique properly, find someone who can Level I Instructor

28 Training Methods Learner Tries
Maintain a fun and relaxed environment Assess learner’s 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! Level I Instructor

29 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! Level I Instructor

30 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 Level I Instructor

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

32 More Instructor Traps If you don’t know—say so!
Be the “humble” instructor “I’ll find out and get back to you on that.” Keep the group engaged—change the schedule around if you think interest is fading Poor environmental factors Noise and distractions Inadequate space etc. Level I Instructor

33 Still More Instructor Traps
Use ice time wisely! It’s 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 Don’t physically overwork participants Level I Instructor

34 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” Level I Instructor

35 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 Level I Instructor

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

37 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? Level I Instructor

38 Delivery—General Flat foot—no lift PDS—Press, Draw Back, Slide
ABC’s of a good delivery Alignment Balance Curl (Grip, Turn & Release) Power generators & delivery cadence Level I Instructor

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

40 Delivery—Balance 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 Level I Instructor

41 Delivery—Alignment Align body and stone toward skip’s broom
Hack set-up position Practice slides Alignment drills—toward cups and through cups Level I Instructor

42 Delivery—Curl (Release)
Grip, Turn, & Release “A million dollar slide and a two cent release = a two cent shot.” Wrist above Handle—fingers together and pointing down Cradle handle between 2nd and 3rd knuckles Hand positioned over center of rotation of stone Level I Instructor

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

44 Delivery—Put 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 Level I Instructor

45 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 can’t keep up, back off and let it go Explain burned stones (running and stationary) Level I Instructor

46 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?) Level I Instructor

47 Basic Strategy Don’t over-instruct here!
“Club strategy” vs. “Elite strategy” Shot choice—novice curlers keep more rocks in play with lower weight shots Level I Instructor

48 HISEA Hammer Ice conditions Score End Ability Level I Instructor

49 Etiquette Self-policing Be ready when it’s your turn
Stay out of the way Quiet and still during other’s deliveries Spirit of Curling - Shake hands before and after game Level I Instructor

50 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) Level I Instructor

51 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. Level I Instructor

52 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! Level I Instructor

53 Stepping Off the Ice Thank attendees for participation
Congratulate them on their achievements Provide participants with instructional & promotional materials “Close the sale”—what would you like participants to do now? Level I Instructor

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

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

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