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The goal of this podcast is to help those who are involved with youth curling programs, including coaches, volunteers, program organizers and parents. Our primary focus will be on "U12" or "Little Rocks" curling, but this podcast will occasionally touch on topics of interest to U15/U18/U21 coaches and organizers. Coach Glenn Gabriel will offer advice, share resources and give you the occasional pick-me-up when you need it. To contact Coach Glenn, e-mail: coachingkidscurling@gmail.com Our Web site is: coachingkidscurling.com

The goal of this podcast is to help those who are involved with youth curling programs, including coaches, volunteers, program organizers and parents. Our primary focus will be on "U12" or "Little Rocks" curling, but this podcast will occasionally touch on topics of interest to U15/U18/U21 coaches and organizers. Coach Glenn Gabriel will offer advice, share resources and give you the occasional pick-me-up when you need it. To contact Coach Glenn, e-mail: coachingkidscurling@gmail.com Our Web site is: coachingkidscurling.com

Location:

Canada

Description:

The goal of this podcast is to help those who are involved with youth curling programs, including coaches, volunteers, program organizers and parents. Our primary focus will be on "U12" or "Little Rocks" curling, but this podcast will occasionally touch on topics of interest to U15/U18/U21 coaches and organizers. Coach Glenn Gabriel will offer advice, share resources and give you the occasional pick-me-up when you need it. To contact Coach Glenn, e-mail: coachingkidscurling@gmail.com Our Web site is: coachingkidscurling.com

Twitter:

@kidscurling

Language:

English


Episodes

Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Monica Walker (Boston, MA)

10/17/2021
THE "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!" SERIES: Episode #3 This episode is part of a series where I interview current and former competitive curlers to find out how they grew to love the sport of curling as a young person. In addition, I'll ask some of them what it's like to coach young people. And, in other cases, I'll ask them what it's like having their own children in the sport. Monica Walker is a three-time U.S. national champion and currently the third for Team Jamie Sinclair. In this...

Duration:00:37:38

Curling Podcasts I Listen To (International Podcast Day 2021)

10/10/2021
September 30 is International Podcast Day. In this episode, Coach Glenn shares some of the curling podcasts he listens to and why he likes listening to them. A big shout-out to all the podcasters who are doing this for the love of it, 'cause most of us ain't making any money! :-) Links to the resources mentioned in this episode: International Podcast Day (Sep 30) Web site https://internationalpodcastday.com/ Rocks Across The Pond Podcast Web site http://www.rocksacrossthepond.com/ Game...

Duration:00:12:54

National Day For Truth & Reconciliation: What Can I Do?

10/3/2021
In 2021, the Government of Canada declared September 30 as "National Day For Truth And Reconciliation." According to the Govt. of Canada Web site: "The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities." In this episode, Coach Glenn explains why this day is important to him and shares some actions he is planning to take to broaden his knowledge of Indigenous issues. Links to the resources mentioned in this episode: National Day For Truth &...

Duration:00:13:17

Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Jill Officer (Winnipeg, MB)

9/26/2021
THE "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!" SERIES: Episode #2 This episode is part of a series where I interview current and former competitive curlers to find out how they grew to love the sport of curling as a young person. In addition, I'll ask some of them what it's like to coach young people. And, in other cases, I'll ask them what it's like having their own children in the sport. In 2019, a TSN poll named Jill Officer the greatest female second in Canadian curling history. In this episode, I...

Duration:00:47:50

Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Kerry Galusha (Yellowknife, NWT)

9/21/2021
NEW SERIES! PRESENTING "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!": Episode #1 This is the first episode in a series where I interview current and former competitive curlers to find out how they grew to love the sport of curling as a young person. I'll also be asking these curlers about their experience coaching youth. And, in some cases, I'll ask them about what it's like having their own children in the sport. Kerry Galusha is a longtime competitive curler and member of the famous Koe curling family....

Duration:00:44:30

When A Club Closes (Bayview Golf & CC, Thornhill, ON) With Julie Hastings

9/12/2021
In the Summer of 2021, Bayview Golf & Country Club (located just north of Toronto) voted to close its curling program. It was the latest club in the Greater Toronto Area to end its curling program, part of a trend in the last 10-15 years of golf clubs deciding to close their curling sections. In this episode, I speak with Bayview curling member, former Bayview Curling Manager and competitive curler Julie Hastings. We discuss what led to the club's decision, what will become of the curling...

Duration:00:31:07

New Curling Canada Funding For Grassroots Youth Programs With Helen Radford

9/6/2021
In July 2021, Curling Canada announced that they were injecting $200,000 toward the creation of new grassroots programs for youth. In this episode, Helen Radford, Curling Canada's Youth Curling Manager, joins me to discuss the goals of this initiative as well as offering advice for potential applicants. Some of the topics we discuss include: * Why the emphasis on two-year plans (2:37) * Encouraging more BIPOC youth to try curling (4:24) * The importance of intercity/interclub leagues and...

Duration:00:30:51

Simplicity & Consistency: Keys To Teaching The Curling Delivery

7/4/2021
When we teach kids how to deliver a rock, are we making the process easy for our kids to learn (and easy for our coaches to teach)? In this week's episode, Coach Glenn explains how simplicity and consistency can make your teaching methods more effective and efficient. Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurling 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...

Duration:00:16:00

Are We Speaking Their Language?

6/27/2021
Are we putting in the effort to learn about the kids we coach? Can we step into their shoes and see our sport through their eyes? In this week's episode, Coach Glenn challenges youth coaches to learn the "language" of their athletes. Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurling 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...

Duration:00:11:10

"So... When Is Your Son Joining Little Rocks?" (Father's Day 2021)

6/20/2021
When parents find out that Coach Glenn is a dad, they ask the same question: "So... When is your son joining Little Rocks?" In this week's episode, Coach Glenn explains why the answer is harder than it sounds. Then he brings on a special guest to help him answer the question! Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurling 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...

Duration:00:09:48

Nutrition for Young Curlers With Registered Dietitian Melissa Kazan

6/13/2021
Do we think about what our young curlers eat, even if it's what we feed them for snack after practice? In this episode, I speak with Melissa Kazan, a registered dietitian (RD) and sport nutritionist in Richmond Hill, ON. We have a wide-ranging conversation that includes why we shouldn't label foods as "healthy" and "unhealthy," what we should feed our kids before and after practice, and the importance of variety, tradition and taking pleasure in the food we eat. I also reveal my own...

Duration:00:56:03

Delivery: Release Point Method With John Benton (Part 2 of 2)

6/6/2021
This is a two-part series! John Benton is a longtime American competitive curler, administrator and coach. He also owns a company called "Cold Granite Curling" that provides training for individuals and teams. His approach to the delivery is called the "Release Point Method" (RPM). In Part 2, we continue our discussion of the three "planes," the value of keeping things simple, and talk about the state of Junior Curling at his club in Minnesota. NOTE: It's helpful if you can download the...

Duration:00:29:28

Delivery: Release Point Method With John Benton (Part 1 of 2)

5/30/2021
This is a two-part series! John Benton is a longtime American competitive curler, administrator and coach. He also owns a company called "Cold Granite Curling" that provides training for individuals and teams. His approach to the delivery is called the "Release Point Method" (RPM). In Part 1, we introduce RPM, talk about the three "planes," and discover why he felt the need to create this set of delivery principles. NOTE: It's helpful if you can download the RPM Handbook PDF in advance to...

Duration:00:32:37

Sport Psychology - For Teens & By Teens - With Brandon Shintani of Mind-Design Sports

5/23/2021
Brandon Shintani is a high school sophomore from New Jersey, U.S.A., who created his own Web site and podcast called "Mind-Design Sports." What sets his content apart from other sports psychology resources is the fact that it's produced by teens for teens and kids. In this episode, we talk about why he became interested in sports psychology, different resources that he recommends, and we reveal a couple of our favourite present-day athletes. #AsianHeritageMonth Some of the topics we discuss...

Duration:00:33:48

Getting Involved in Diversity & Inclusivity With Brittany Tran

5/16/2021
Brittany Tran is a competitive curler from Alberta who recently participated in the 2021 Scotties and Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship in the Calgary "bubble." An Asian-Canadian, she decided last year to step up and help with Curling Canada's and Curling Alberta's Diversity and Inclusivity initiatives, including CC's new D&I digital resource guide. In this episode, we talk about her early days of curling, what led her to get involved in D&I, and different ways for clubs and programs to...

Duration:00:28:26

Junior Program Profile: Nick Saturnino, Inuvik Curling Center (N.W.T.)

5/9/2021
Above the Arctic Circle, the town of Inuvik, N.W.T., is home to a curling centre with a thriving junior program. In this episode, I speak with Nick Saturnino, president of the Inuvik Curling Center, about its multiple youth programs, giving responsibility to young people, and creating new competitive opportunities for youth in his territory. Some of the topics we discuss include: * A short history of curling in Inuvik (3:18) * What is "Smash-Up Derby"? (6:46) * The "Rock Star Festival"...

Duration:00:49:27

All Things Curling Fitness With Stephanie Thompson

5/2/2021
Stephanie Thompson is a registered kinesiologist and owner of Empowered Performance in Markham, ON. In January 2021, she was one of five recipients of a Gender Equity Award grant from Curling Canada. Her plan was to create a "virtual group fitness program for young girls, focusing on reducing curling-related injuries." In this episode, we update her grant idea, talk about the mission of her business and spend time talking about my favourite topic: Little Rocks and what to do for warmup and...

Duration:00:39:07

Safe Sport, Rule of Two & Rowan's Law With OCC's Jennifer Ferris

4/25/2021
As a youth coach and/or organizer, you've probably heard of Safe Sport, the "Rule of Two" and Rowan's Law. What do we need to know as we prepare our programs for the re-opening of curling clubs? In this episode, Jennifer Ferris, Manager of Programs & Operations for the Ontario Curling Council, joins me with updates to these three essential issues for youth curling. Some of the topics we discuss include: * What is "Safe Sport"? (1:23) and the ''Universal Code" (3:58) * Clubs need to ensure...

Duration:00:28:27

Passion Curling With Amélie Blais

4/18/2021
Amélie Blais founded Passion Curling in Quebec in 2015. Since then, its youth programs have expanded to clubs across Canada. In this episode, we talk about how she started curling, her competitive experience, the creation of Passion Curling and becoming certified as a Competition-Development coach. Some of the topics we discuss include: * How her family got her started in curling (1:33) * Her competitive experience, including playing in the Quebec Winter Games at age 11 (5:04) * What was...

Duration:00:41:27

The Curling Canada Foundation With Brodie Bazinet

4/11/2021
You've likely heard of these youth curling programs: Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings, Hit Draw Tap, For The Love Of Curling Scholarship Program. But did you know that they're supported by the Curling Canada Foundation? In this episode, the Foundation's Manager, Brodie Bazinet, joins me to talk about the philanthropic program of Curling Canada and its support of youth curling across this country. Some of the topics we discuss include: * What is the Curling Canada Foundation and what is its...

Duration:00:28:37