OCC Launches New Webinar Series for Coach and Athlete Development

Webinar Series

The Ontario Curling Council (OCC) and its members, the Ontario Curling Association and the Northern Ontario Curling Association have collaborated and will jointly host the OCC webinar series for coach and athlete development.

Certified Coaches  and athletes alike will be able to learn from some of the games most qualified subject matter experts on a variety of topics.  The OCC is aiming to “fill” the season with meaningful learning opportunities for coaches and curlers to access.  Certified coaches will earn valuable professional development credits towards their Maintenance of Certification.

The first webinar is one that you won’t want to miss – Coaching Optimal Brushing in Curling, November 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm EST.

Our presenter is Glenn Paulley.  Glenn was the coach of the 2016 CIS Champions – Wilfred Laurier Men’s Team.  Glenn is a Certified Competition Development Coach, an OCC HP Consultant Coach and  is one of the leaders in brushing technique research in the country.

What to expect…

Without doubt sweeping is the most under-coached, under-practiced, under-appreciated, and under-rated aspect of the game.” – Daryl Horne

In this presentation, I will describe the various factors that influence great brushing, including:

  • Physical fitness and the physiology of brushing
  • Technique
  • Normative data
  • Smart broom and video analysis
  • Drills

All too frequently, brushing technique is mired in opinion, rather than hard, objective data because it is very difficult for an athlete to determine just how much of an impact they are making on a stone. In this sense, the availability of smart curling brushes is a “game-changer” in the coaching of the sport. In this presentation, we will describe in detail optimal brushing technique. This will include brushing using both closed and open stances, coaching points surrounding either method, and the need to combine both video analysis and smart broom data so that a discussion with an athlete is based on objective measurements. We will also discuss how proper technique can be coached, both off-ice and on-ice, the importance of physical fitness, and how strongly fitness is correlated to effective brushing. We will also discuss the results of last summer’s WCF “Sweeping Summit” and what the outcome of that summit means for teams playing in competitive events this season.

This is joint work with Gary Crossley of Wilfrid Laurier University, and John Newhook of Dalhousie University.

Join us for this informative webinar on November 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm EST.  INTRODUCTORY RATE:  $14.99 + HST.


Check out the other webinar topics already scheduled.

Check back often for more informative professional development sessions.

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