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From Pebbles to Boulders: Annandale, not in anyone’s shadow

Just east of Toronto, and in the shadow of Canada’s largest city, is the thriving multi-cultural community of Pickering.

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Pebbles to Boulders: We’re Back!

The CCA have invited me back to write Pebbles to Boulders, where I look forward to sharing stories and informing curlers about Little Rock curling in our curling clubs.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Nipigon Shines a Bright Light

Northern Ontario communities have been struggling the last few years as major industries that once carried small towns are now leaving. All is not bad news for Nipigon, as their active Little Rock curling program does shine a bright light.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Transitioning, When Pebbles Become Boulders

Little Rockers do not stay Little Rockers forever. I know I know, they are so cute, but our kids grow up to become teenagers and bantam / junior curlers.

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Pebbles to Boulders: End of Season, What Next?

No sooner has your program started, and now the end of the season is here. The Little Rockers have worked hard and just as they are showing improvement, the season comes to a close.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Beyond Little Rocks Part 2 and Other Feeders

Carrying on from the last week, you’ll remember I spoke with several young curlers who were competing the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations provincial curling championships in Thunder Bay.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Beyond Little Rocks

I do not know about you, but when I started to work with Little Rockers, I had given no thought as to what level of excellence the kids I was involved would attain.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Who is Your Customer?

When it comes to providing customer service, I always remember the following. Treat others in the same manner that I would like to be treated.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Drills and Fun Activities – Part 2

Last week we introduced and talked about the use of drill stations as a way to maintain programming interest through out the long curling season.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Drills and Fun Activities – Part 1

When we started talking about Little Rockers in the fall, we noted that the program was primarily developmental and most of all fun. In order to break up the routine of regular curling, we would introduce a day of drills and fun activities. By changing the routine from week to week, curling is kept fun and interesting.  Here are some of those ideas to share with you.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Other Equipment

For the last two weeks we have been talking about the rocks our Little Rockers have used and are currently using in our curling clubs. Other curling equipment for personal use is necessary and some these have evolved over the years like the rocks.

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Pebbles to Boulders: From Jam Cans to Little Rocks Part 2

Crosslink Technologies from Toronto, saw an opportunity in the mid 1980’s for their injection molding company to enter a rock in the  growing  business of little rock supply.

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Pebbles to Boulders: From Jam Cans to Little Rocks – Part 1

There is a generation that might think Little Rock curling stones have been around forever.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Inclusion and Adaptation in Little Rocks

Over time, one comes in contact with amazing people and stories. Recently, I have had one of those contacts.

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Pebbles to Boulders: Special Needs Curlers

Curling, like many sports in recent decades, has come to adapt itself for the inclusion of persons with special needs. The main obstacle to overcome in many of these cases is understanding.

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