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Wheelchair Curling Instruction Videos

This manual and video shall be your guide to the establishment of basic implementation of a grassroots development wheelchair program for your community with the essential tools for implementation and maintenance.

Wheelchair curling is an adaptation of curling for athletes with a disability. It is actually very similar to “ordinary” or (Able-bodied) curling. The rules are close to the same but do have differences. Wheelchair curling is played with the same rocks and on the same ice as regular curling, though the rocks are delivered from a stationary wheelchair and there is no brushing. Rocks may be delivered by hand while leaning over the side of the wheelchair, or pushed by a delivery stick.

The NEW Wheelchair Curling Instruction Manual will be available January 1, 2013

Wheelchair Curling Instruction Videos

Wheelchair Curling Instruction Video Introduction: Wheelchair curling in Canada started in the year 2001. This dream was that Canada could once again become a prominent force in a brand new wheelchair sport. Wheelchair curling was first adapted in Europe in 1999, when  a hand full of countries got together to have a “bonspiel”.
Wheelchair Curling Instruction Video Basic Equipment: Wheelchair curling in comparison to all other wheelchair sports will be found to be the cheapest and most economical wheelchair based sport that exists for the recreation player today.  There is of course the option for players to invest greater amounts of monies if they wish to become more competitive.
Wheelchair Curling Instruction Video Proper Positioning: The wheelchair should be set parallel to the target line for athletes using their arm to deliver the stone. If using a curling delivery stick then the wheelchair should be centered on the target line. The feet and wheelchair are completely behind the hog line and the rock must be released prior to the leading edge of the stone crossing the near side of the hog line.
Wheelchair Curling Instruction Video Wheelchair Buddy System: “The buddy system” is when one wheelchair curler grabs the shooter’s wheelchair from behind, stabilizing the shooter significantly (see photo). It also provides additional activity and role responsibility for the curlers, increases safety, and increases the confidence of the strong shooter whose wheelchair can move around during the throwing action.
Wheelchair Curling Instruction Video Releasing the Stone: The handle of the rock needs to be placed at a 12 o’clock position and rotated at the end of the delivery slightly clockwise or counterclockwise to apply rotation. The rotation either clockwise or counterclockwise only need be slight.   Releasing the rock with this method is sometimes referred to as a ‘Palm Up’ for clockwise turn or ‘Palm Down’ for counterclockwise.
Wheelchair Curling Instruction Video Making a Club Accessible
Wheelchair Curling Instruction Video Closing

Thank you to Chris Daw, Ernie Comerford and Shannon Wilcox 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.

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