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House Call: Visually Impaired Curling

In recent years curling has been touted as a life sport. It can be played by children, adults and seniors, and there are very few stages of life when the sport is not an option. But aside from being a life sport, curling is also easily accessible to those with disabilities, including the visually impaired.

 
House Call: Slow Play is Poison

Each time we met them in the round robin we cringed. Not because they were rude or especially skilled but because they were slow.

 
House Call: Curling for Everyone – Wheelchairs, Special Olympics, and Stick Curling

It has often been said that curling is a sport you can play for life. Never has this been more true.

 
House Call: They’ve figured it out in Fredericton

Gone are the times when a two-day Learn to Curl clinic is enough to score new members for a curling club.

 
House Call: Curling is the Real Social Network

Whether you’ve been on the ice for weeks, you’re lacing up your shoes for the first time this week, or you still have a little time to go before you get your first game of the season in, let’s take some time to consider the many benefits of social networking.

 
House Call: Ice Legs

Listen up wobblers and weeblers! Nobody wants to see you fall, so take a few pieces of advice from someone who calls too many ambulances at this time of year.

 

Skips are a rare breed. Not because a skip needs to be the best player on the team, you don’t, but because skipping can be lonely and stressful. You are alone at the far end with no company but the opposition.

 

The third is the heart of every team. The go-between the skip and the front end. A jack of all trades; the third needs to throw hits and draws with ease, understand the ice

 

On many teams the second is the secret weapon. Take Jill Officer (team Jennifer Jones) for instance, without her amazing takeouts her team would be in big trouble. While the lead sets up the end the second is there to keep things on track and sometimes to put a derailed train back on the tracks!

 

Being a good lead isn’t about making all your shots all of the time. There’s so much more to it.

 

She squats down in the hack and cleans her stone. She stands up and waits for her skip to take control of the house. Her skip shows the desired shot outcome and lays down the broom.

 

Club Championships are upon us, the majority of the season has come and gone, it’s time to take a hard look at what we’ll take into next season. Here are some telltale signs it’s time to take advantage of end-of-season sales and replace worn out equipment.

 

If you are new to the third or skip position you know what a challenge it can be to call line. The person in control of the house is not meant to be a broom-holding statue. There’s so much more to it.

 

Every curler has burned or will burn a stone at some point (a burned stone is when a stone is touched while in motion by the throwing team).

 

This season at the Calgary Winter Club I decided to introduce a new program for beginner and intermediate curlers called The Toonie Tweak. I want to share what I did because it is successful and can easily be replicated at other clubs.

 

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