Curl PEI, with help from Fresh Media and PEI’s seven dedicated curling facilities, has launched a new website to help get more people interested in our sport and into our clubs, by explaining how the game works, how to rent the ice, join a curling club, etc. – everything you need to know to “give curling a shot”. Check it out at RockTheIce.ca.
The following videos and information courtesy of the Canadian Curling Association, will provide a brief intro to the sport of curling, and the reasons why it is such a great sport!
For more info, including rules, strategy, equipment, and a glossary of curling terms, visit the “Go Curling” section of the CCA’s curling.ca website.
Here is a two minute guide to curling – How it’s played, scored, won, and why curlers yell so much!
The Curling Canada has released two new videos on learning to curl. The first covers delivering the rock, both from a traditional hack position, and by using a delivery stick.
The second covers Wheelchair Curling, showing the proper technique for delivering stones from a wheelchair, including some safety advice.
Here is a series of instruction videos, with coach Earle Morris, along with Erin Morrissey, on getting started in curling for adults.
Getting Started in Curling for Adults – Instruction Videos
|IntroductionThe goal of the Getting Started for Adults program is to attract new curlers and to retain them. People are more likely to stick with a sport if it is fun, reasonably priced, and they get good at it. Unlike the traditional one-day clinic, the program helps entry level and novice curlers get progressively better through continued weekly instruction and skill development.|
|How to Safely Move on the IceBefore stepping down onto the ice surface, the curlers should be instructed on one of the most important safety issues: how to step onto the surface in the safest manner. They should be directed to always step down with the gripper foot first. They should also be directed to not to step or jump over any rocks to get onto the ice.|
|Finding Good BalanceGet a sense for what the curling slide position feels like.|
|Adding Momentum to the DeliveryThe curling delivery is a complex activity that requires the coordination of a number of different body movements. To correctly develop the delivery, every curler should divide the skill into specific phases of development.|
|Gripping & Releasing The RockYou should grip the handle of the curling stone firmly. The index finger and the thumb provide the major guiding force. The release point is that location on the ice when the stone leaves your hand.|
|BrushingEffective brushing enables the stone to maintain its momentum longer than it would have had it not been brushed thus allowing the stone to travel further. Since the amount the stone curls is dependent on time, a brushed stone will not have as much time to curl and, as a result, the stone will travel straighter.|
|Warming Up With Progressive SlidesThis warm-up basically has the athlete without a rock slide to the back-line (a big stretch really), their next slide is to the t-line, then top 12 foot, half-way (between the top 12 and hog) and then hogline. Each slide they should try not to go past….again the slower the better to work on strengthening those muscles……with the added benefit of some weight control work as well!!|
Thank you to Earle Morris and Erin Morrissey for their contributions to this video work and the planning guide. Also, many thanks to the Guelph CC for the use of their facility and to Switch Frame Media for the filming and editing.