Author Archives: Kim Perkins

Author Archives: Kim Perkins

House Call: Spare time?

February 24, 2015

It’s the night before your regular league game and you’re sick. You need a spare. Do you have someone your team knows and trusts ready to fill in for you? Probably not.

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House Call: Don’t skip out on skipping

January 28, 2015

Of all the positions on a curling team, skip seems to be the most intimidating for new curlers. True, the position of skip isn’t a good fit for everyone, but don’t let lack of confidence stop you from giving it a try.

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House Call: Getting Started sweeps across the Ottawa Valley

December 2, 2014

The Ottawa Valley Curling Association has found a way to improve its already successful Getting Started in Curling for Adults program: they’re not just training new curlers, they’re training the trainers, too.

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House Call: Organizing tips for your corporate curling event

October 23, 2014

Social and super-fun, curling is a great activity for corporate team-building or seasonal office parties. You can simplify things for groups made up of mostly beginners so that the learning process is fun for all ability levels.

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House Call: Watching curling brings us together

March 12, 2014

The year is 1988 and I am nine years old. It is a monumental year for the sport of curling and it is a monumental year for my mother, Marilyn Barraclough. Curling is finally being showcased at the Olympic Winter Games in Calgary and my mom is President of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association, which would merge with the men’s organization a few years later to form the current, all-encompassing Canadian Curling Association.

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House Call: Tips for take-outs

January 15, 2014

A new curler sits in the hack staring at her skip at the far end. Her worst nightmare of a shot is being called; a take-out.

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House Call: Five great gifts for the curler in your life

December 18, 2013

Finding the perfect gift for somebody special can be a huge challenge. If that special someone happens to be curler look no further. Here are some great gift ideas to light up their eyes come Christmas morning.

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House Call: Seniors step off ice for floor curling

November 13, 2013

There’s no ice at the Griffiths Seniors Centre in Black Diamond, but the curlers could care less. They’re floor curling – no ice required.

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House Call: Advice from an icemaker

October 16, 2013

After a game of curling, there often seems to be a disconnect between the ice conditions and how players think the ice affected their game. Time and time again missed shots are blamed on poor ice conditions.

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House Call: A new age for team building

September 18, 2013

Picture it. You arrive at the curling club, partial team in tow. Excitement crackles in the air as old friends come together for another curling season. Except, you have a problem. Your team is one player short.

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House Call: Think about sitting on your curling club’s Board of Directors

April 10, 2013

Most curling clubs are guided by a Board of Directors. If you’re new to curling or you’ve been a member for only a few years, you might feel you don’t have anything to offer the Board. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

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House Call: Five things you can do to help your curling club

March 20, 2013

Curling clubs often operate on a shoestring budget…or less. Sure, collecting dues from members helps to offset some of the operational costs, but there are many other expenses. For the most part, clubs try to offer as many inexpensive or free events as possible. So keep this in mind: it is the job of members to help make their club a better place, just as it is the job of the curling centre to offer a friendly, clean facility with good ice.

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House Call: A word about swearing, smack talk, broom bashing and other tomfoolery

March 6, 2013

Curling is a game. No match, that I know of (though perhaps it would make good reality TV), has ever been to the death. In league play there is no car on the line; in fact, there’s very little money on the line. At most we’re usually talking enough money to cover the bar tab after the game.

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House Call: Avoid the Seasonal Curling Zombie Virus

February 20, 2013

We all love the time of year when the Scotties and the Brier dominate our TV watching schedules for weeks on end. The players are great sweepers and throwers, the shot-making is superb, and the strategy is rich with complexity.

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House Call: Four-rock rule for positive reinforcement

February 8, 2013

Learning something new, especially when you’re an adult, is tough. If you’ve chosen to learn how to curl as an adult you may, on occasion, become frustrated. Here is a simple technique you can use to build confidence and increase motivation.

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