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In the world of high performance athletics, differences among athletes from a technical perspective are so small as to make measurement all but impossible. The vast majority of championship athletes tell us that consistency of performance has its base in the mental skills that allow the athlete to perform. The skills of mental preparation can be learned and they must be practiced.

Mental Preparation

Learn how to…

  • do what you already know you can do.
  • stay focused throughout the entire game.
  • avoid competitive breakdown.
  • dispel distractions.
  • engage “quiet eye” techniques.
  • use the power of the mind.
  • practise without going to the curling club.
  • keep “self one” just busy enough so that “self two” can just do it.
  • maintain the “performer self”.
  • identify and remain in “the zone”.

Technical Analysis

This area is what most athletes think about when they conjure up the NTC. It’s our signature skill but the way we work with athletes’ deliveries, may surprise you! We have at our disposal, the latest diagnostic equipment to help you identify technical areas where adjustment may be required. In all areas of technical analysis and adjustment, the policy of the NTC program is to empower the athlete!

We are not about “slicing and dicing” your delivery. It’s just not our style!

Learn how to…

  • make effective delivery adjustments in the midst of a competition.
  • self analyze your delivery from a video tape.
  • superimpose the perception of your delivery with what’s really happening.
  • match stones.
  • read ice.
  • understand angles (i.e. the drag effect).
  • use timing systems effectively.
  • identify and modify technical skills from both an individual and team perspective.
  • brush more effectively.

Game Plan Preparation

This is the most over-rated and misunderstood aspect of curling. We’ll reveal its mysteries and empower your team to make the right decision based upon your teams hopes, aspirations, talents and experiences.

Learn how to…

  • build a game plan.
  • identify the type of team you really have.
  • avoid outperforming the opposition and lose the game.
  • structure the plan for each end.
  • establish your team’s strategic philosophy.
  • clearly identify when a shot is, or is not worth playing.

Nutrition

Teams ignore “nutrition” at their own peril! Work with the Calgary Flames nutritionist, KELLY ANNE ERDMAN.

Learn how to…

  • avoid the “carbo bounce”.
  • support your mental skills through proper nutrition.
  • eat to win.
  • set up an athlete’s menu.
  • purchase the right foods.
  • when to eat.
  • what to eat.

Physical Preparation

At the host facility, we will be able to access the expertise of the professional staff so that NTC athletes can embark upon a regime of fitness in another location (home or commercial fitness center) specifically designed to take full advantage of the skills developed. As with nutrition, teams ignore physical preparation at their own peril!

Learn how to…

  • build muscular strength and muscular endurance.
  • build a sound aerobic base.
  • augment and maintain flexibility.
  • build and maintain core stability.
  • augment and maintain balance.
  • maintain a fitness regimen away from the Calgary Winter  Club Fitness Centre.

Coaching

Some teams in the NTC program have a certified coach and some do not.

If you do, the NTC staff will work with your coach to make his/her task easier. If you do not have a coach, the staff of the NTC is available to conduct practices, gather competitive data while attending games involving your team (as time permits) and actually coaching your team in non-playdown events.

In playdown events, if an NTC team is the only team in the event, an NTC staff member, if asked will act as your identified coach for the event.

Our full time staff member, Paul Webster, will not be coaching a team during the season, however you may find our volunteer Assistant Coaches along side you in an event.  We feel this can only strengthen their coaching expertise and we trust their integrity.

Team Dynamics

The goal of any four curlers who call themselves a competitive team is to become greater than the sum of their parts. To do this they must learn how to work together toward a common goal. Most of the distractions with which a team deals comes from within the team. Most of the problems that befall a team have their basis in some aspect of team dynamics.

Learn how to…

  • communicate effectively with your team-mates
  • identify when the “oil light” is ON and what to do about it.
  • discover your base personality and how it meshes with your team-mates
  • work your way through the inevitable “storming” stage of team dynamics
  • do STOP-START-CONTINUE and other team dynamics activities.

Video Analysis

Video analysis through software has taken over our sport in the last three years.. A number of our La Releve and National Team Program athletes have seen this software live and we are now taking this technology a step further. We are now offering this service to curlers across the country.