Tag Archives: Sweeping

Tag Archives: Sweeping

Curling Canada adopts new sweeping regulations

September 11, 2016

New regulations covering brush-head technology and sweeping technique for play at World Curling Federation events were approved on Saturday at the WCF’s Annual General Assembly in Stockholm, Sweden.

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WCF and National Research Council are testing curling brushes and sweeping technique

May 25, 2016

OTTAWA – The World Curling Federation (WCF) and the National Research Council (NRC), Canada’s “go-to” research and technology organization, are investigating the effects of curling brush head technology on ice surfaces and their potential effects on where stones come to rest.

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Hair brush-head use modified in Curling Canada broom moratorium

February 18, 2016

The use of hair brooms will be modified in Curling Canada’s broom-head moratorium for both the Tournament of Hearts and Brier, it was announced today by Curling Canada. Effective immediately, hair broom-heads can only be used by skips or vice-skips holding the broom in the house, and can only be used when the delivered rock, or the rock set in motion, is behind the tee-line. Additionally, they can be used by skips on tick shots. The revision of the moratorium comes after consultation with players, and has their overwhelming support, and will apply only to both the pre-qualifying round and ...

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Here’s what you need to know about sweeping in 2016

February 9, 2016

Forget polishing. Forget friction. Forget warming the ice too… for now. Forget what you THINK you know about sweeping. These days, it’s all about scratches.

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House Call: Six Ways to Be a Better Sweeper

January 23, 2013

I have been asked many times if sweeping actually makes a difference or if it’s just a giant conspiracy to keep the players who aren’t throwing or skipping busy. The truth is this – sweeping can make a huge difference if it is done with proper technique. Unfortunately sweeping is often dismissed as something not worth practicing and some players do not develop the skills needed to be truly effective.

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House Call: The Line’s Divine

February 29, 2012

If you’re relatively new to curling, you likely play front end on a team and never consider line call. And then, against all odds, it happens. Skipper calls in sick and your second’s out of town. You call in a spare but they have to play lead. Your third moves up to skip and suddenly… Holy Cow… you’re playing third!

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House Call: Third, Third, Third… Third is the Word!

April 21, 2011

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

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House Call: Second to None

April 14, 2011

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!

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House Call: Be a Better Lead

April 7, 2011

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

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House Call: Be Fine With Line

March 17, 2011

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.

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House Call: Burn Victim

March 10, 2011

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).

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House Call: Introducing the Toonie Tweak!

March 3, 2011

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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House Call: Communication Breakdown

February 10, 2011

Teams are constantly missing shots because of poor communication. Notice I said teams and not just throwers.

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House Call: To Time or not to Time

November 4, 2010

I often get questions from beginners about stopwatches and how to use them. The truth is, while stopwatches can be a valuable tool, they are one best left alone when you’re starting out in curling.

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House Call: Better your Brushing

October 28, 2010

Effective brushing is often overlooked by curlers. This is unfortunate because good brushing can be the difference between a great shot and a missed shot.

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