Curling Canada’s U12 Learn to Curl program is designed to introduce children to the sport of curling. The objective is to have fun, increase physical literacy with key fundamental movement skills (FMS), follow Curling Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework and begin sport specific techniques. It is recommended that instructors be trained in Curling Canada’s NCCP Club Coach Youth program for consistency in the program delivery. Check with local organizations to determine police screening requirements for your employees and volunteers working with minors.
Throughout the course of this 8-week program, the recommendation is to have groups in continuous motion alternating among circuits or stations. The lesson plans outline various stations for different skills using FMS as a building block for each. As you work through the lesson plans you may need to vary activities based on the number of participants as well as on and off ice space available. For example, you may decide to have the stations set up for as an obstacle course rather than 2 minutes per station or in the case of having 8 participants and playing the Triples game, participants may need to rotate through some one-on-one instructor time while 6 kids play the game. If numbers are uneven, the instructors may be expected to participate on a team/group.
Each Session is 1 hour long, and should be treated as a fun learning environment for beginners. Each session will also incorporate the desired skill development through fun games, drills and activities. In order to enhance the learning environment, the equipment used has been chosen to be playful, colourful and overall FUN! Use music to keep children engaged and moving. Music is also a great way to keep things on schedule, as most songs are 3 to 4 minutes in length. In the equipment kit provided by Curling Canada, you will find various items that focus on inclusion for all. Bright coloured balls with bells and various textures for limited visibility and delivery sticks for wheelchair participants are only a few of these. If you have any questions on inclusion adaptations please contact …………….. for information.
You will notice that each session has ON and OFF ICE components. The lesson plans have various drills and games for the week based on the theme. It is recommended that participants are divided into groups and move through these drills in a circuit pattern. For example, during the main instructional component, a third of the group would be doing drill A while another third does drill B and similarly for drill C. In the case of Warm up and Cool Down drills, 4-6 actives have been listed covering various FMS target areas. It is recommended you select 3 of these to do in a station circuit format as well.
Written by: Karen Skiffington and Helen Radford