Coaching Kids Curling

Snow Day! (AKA "Curling Day At Tam Heather Bonspiel" 2023)

July 31, 2023 Season 2 Episode 99
Coaching Kids Curling
Snow Day! (AKA "Curling Day At Tam Heather Bonspiel" 2023)
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Show Notes

What do you do when the biggest snowstorm of the season comes on the same day as your youth bonspiel? For Alison Harris of Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club in Toronto, she had to react quickly. Find out what she did the night before the bonspiel and what she did to reschedule her event later that season. We also talk about the unique format of the “Curling Day At Tam Heather” bonspiel and her plans for the 2023-2024 season.

Some of the topics we discuss:
* In-person interview with Alison on April 8, the rescheduled bonspiel day  (1:22-5:20)
* 30+cm of snow starts coming down March 3rd, the day before the bonspiel (6:41)
* Who was responsible for communicating the cancellation with coaches, players and club staff? (10:40)
* Finding an alternate date for the bonspiel quickly (12:52)
* Did the change in date affect any aspects of the bonspiel? (15:07)
* Advice for bonspiel organizers handling weather cancellations (16:35)
* Alison's plans for the 2023-2024 season: Coaching a U15 team! (19:47)
* What is the most important part of a youth bonspiel? (22:46)

Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:

Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club (Toronto, ON, Canada)

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Glenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach and coach developer 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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