Coaching Kids Curling

Dream Practice Draft (Part 2 of 2)

March 21, 2022 Glenn Gabriel Season 1 Episode 78
Coaching Kids Curling
Dream Practice Draft (Part 2 of 2)
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Show Notes

In Feb. 2022, five youth curling coaches from across Canada gathered for a one-of-a-kind competition: To create their best youth curling practice. The twist? They were doing it in the format of a fantasy sports draft!

In Part 2 of this 2-part series, we make our final selections, offer practice planning advice, and share what's going on at our individual clubs.

Some of the topics we discuss:
* SNACK category (1:25)
* CELEBRITY GUEST category (16:04)
* Advice for youth practice planners (25:32)

Team Reviews & Club Program Updates:
* Patrick Brown, Uxbridge CC (27:58)
* Tenielle Bachek, Okotoks CC (31:19)
* Michelle Hunt, Royal City CC (34:27)
* Glenn Gabriel, East York CC (36:50)
* Mike Gregotski, High Park Club (38:29)


WARMUP: Imitating Other Sports
SONG: “Scatman” by Scatman John
DELIVERY: Progressive Hog Line Drill
SWEEPING: Enemy Sweepers – Create two 4-person teams. Front ends switch teams so they’re on the “enemy” team.
GAME: “Guard Zone Madness” – Play 1 End No Guard Zone, then play Next End “Mandatory Guard Zone,” Switch for a few ends, then finish with 5-Rock Rule.
SNACK: Ice Cream Cone Filled w/Spaghetti & Sauces with Garlic Bread (Sponsored by @olivegarden)
CELEBRITY: @MattJamilton (USA) & @TheRock

W: “Warmup Bingo”
SONG: “Hooked On A Feeling” by Blue Swede
D: “Yummy/Yucky” AKA “Have You Ever?” – Line kids up at sideboard. If they respond positively to a statement (e.g., “Do you like pizza?”) they slide across to other sideline. Otherwise, they stay still. They end up sliding back and forth.
SW: Progressive Hog Line Drill
G: The “Howard Game” – No takeouts
SN: Hot Dogs and Fruit Kebabs
CELEB: Marc Kennedy @Leftykenbear

W: “High Knee Dance Party”
SONG: “All Star” by @smashmouth
D: Progressive Slides – Ex: Kids slide to back line for first slide, then tee line next, then 12-foot, etc.
SW: Hot Shots (see p.9)
G: Bocce Curling
SN: Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Sponsored by Amaury Guichon)
CELEB: @BennyHeebz

W: Lunge Circle
SONG: “Dynamite” by @bts_bighit
D: One-Rock Slide
SW: Footwork with 2 Rocks
G: Four Corners
SN: Fries & Ketchup (@kfc)
CELEB: Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan)

W: @justdancegame
SONG: “Blinding Lights” by @theweeknd
D: Spin-A-Rama
SW: Cornbrooms! Kids will realize how easier it is to sweep with current brooms ;-)
G: “12-Foot” – Rocks only count in the 12-foot circle
SN: Donuts! (a) Boston Cream w/ Icing Handle & (b) Vanilla Glazed with a “House" (@TimHortons)
CELEB: @jeffstoughton

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Glenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at

The intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"

By Josh Woodward

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