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The goal of this podcast is to help those who are involved with youth curling programs, including coaches, volunteers, program organizers and parents.
Our primary focus will be on "U12" or "Little Rocks" curling, but this podcast will occasionally touch on topics of interest to U15/U18/U21 coaches and organizers. Coach Glenn Gabriel will offer advice, share resources and give you the occasional pick-me-up when you need it.
To contact Coach Glenn, e-mail: coachingkidscurling@gmail.com
Our Web site is: coachingkidscurling.com

Coaching Kids Curling Glenn Gabriel

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The goal of this podcast is to help those who are involved with youth curling programs, including coaches, volunteers, program organizers and parents.
Our primary focus will be on "U12" or "Little Rocks" curling, but this podcast will occasionally touch on topics of interest to U15/U18/U21 coaches and organizers. Coach Glenn Gabriel will offer advice, share resources and give you the occasional pick-me-up when you need it.
To contact Coach Glenn, e-mail: coachingkidscurling@gmail.com
Our Web site is: coachingkidscurling.com

    Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, MA)

    Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Jenna Burchesky (Walpole, MA)

    THE "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!" SERIES: Episode #4

    This episode is part of a series where I interview current and former competitive curlers to find out how they grew to love the sport of curling as a young person. In addition, I'll ask some of them what it's like to coach young people. And, in other cases, I'll ask them what it's like having their own children in the sport.

    Jenna Burchesky is a two-time U.S. Junior National Champion and will be competing in the U.S. Mixed Doubles Olympic Trials this month with her partner, Ben Richardson. In this episode, we talk about her early days in the sport, an early bonspiel that left a lasting impression, her current competitive situation, and the creation of the "Curler Outreach Program." [NOTE: This interview was recorded in August 2021.]

    Some of the topics we discuss include:
    * The Scottish carpet at Broomstones CC outside Boston (2:17)
    * Why she returned to curling at age 10 after a failed first attempt at the sport (3:36)
    * Making a friend in curling (5:00)
    * What made the Cape Cod Junior Summer Bonspiel memorable (8:39)
    * Why she likes working with kids and her experience coaching at youth curling camp (12:20)
    * A story about giving useful feedback as a curling coach (14:58)
    * The creation of the "Curler Outreach Program" and its roots as a junior recruiting program (19:40)
    * How to attract more kids to your youth curling program (28:05)
    * Meeting a future teammate at her first Junior nationals (30:07)
    * Her current competitive situation (32:16)
    * THE BIG QUESTION: How do we get kids to fall in love with the sport of curling and stay with it for the long-term? (34:49)

    Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:

    Broomstones CC Web site:
    https://www.broomstones.com/

    Grand National Curling Club (GNCC) Web site:
    https://www.gncc.org/

    US Junior Curling Association Web site:
    https://www.usjuniorcurlingassociation.org/
    * Youth curling camp organizers

    Curler Outreach Program Web site:
    https://curleroutreach.org/
    * Video section includes "Building and Maintaining Junior Curling Programs: A Panel Discussion" Webinar recording (Aug 1/21)

    Jenna Burchesky Social Media
    Instagram: @jenna_burchesky
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenna.burchesky

    Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurling

    Glenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunrise

    By Josh Woodward
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward

    Licensed under CC BY 3.0
    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 37 min
    Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Monica Walker (Boston, MA)

    Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Monica Walker (Boston, MA)

    THE "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!" SERIES: Episode #3

    This episode is part of a series where I interview current and former competitive curlers to find out how they grew to love the sport of curling as a young person. In addition, I'll ask some of them what it's like to coach young people. And, in other cases, I'll ask them what it's like having their own children in the sport.

    Monica Walker is a three-time U.S. national champion and currently the third for Team Jamie Sinclair. In this episode, we talk about her family's history in the sport, why she decided to start curling, and the unique junior development program at her home club (Broomstones CC in Wayland, MA, USA). Monica will be competing in two US Olympic Curling Trials this fall: The Women's Team Trial in November and the Mixed Doubles Trial with partner Alex Leichter in October. Finally, she talks about her involvement with the Global Initiative For DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) In Curling. [NOTE: This interview was recorded in July 2021.]

    Some of the topics we discuss include:
    * Broomstones CC in Wayland, Massachusetts (4:00)
    * Her first time on the ice, being taught to slide by Korey Dropkin's dad, Keith, and the amazing feedback she received about her delivery (7:05)
    * The "JET" program, a youth Olympic development program at Broomstones, that provided resources such as specialized fitness training, equipment, travel opportunities in Canada, etc. (12:29)
    * A famous local soccer player that she admired growing up (19:23)
    * How curling made her self-conscious (20:21)
    * The most fun part of curling, according to Monica (21:09)
    * THE BIG QUESTION: How do we get kids to fall in love with the sport of curling and stay with it for the long-term? (24:11)
    * Her current competitive situation, training in Minnesota (29:05)
    * The Global Initiative For DEI In Curling (31:47)

    Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:

    Broomstones CC Web site:
    https://www.broomstones.com/

    Global Initiative for DEI in Curling:
    Email: globalcurlingDEI@gmail.com
    Newsletter: https://buff.ly/3oscEH7
    YouTube: https://buff.ly/39kGyZQ
    Facebook: https://buff.ly/36h9zU2
    Instagram: @GlobalCurlingDEI
    Twitter: @GlobalCurlDEI
    #changethefaceofcurling

    Team Sinclair:
    @teamjsinclair (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

    Monica Walker:
    @monwalkcurl (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

    Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurling

    Glenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunrise

    By Josh Woodward
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward

    Licensed under CC BY 3.0
    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 37 min
    Curling Podcasts I Listen To (International Podcast Day 2021)

    Curling Podcasts I Listen To (International Podcast Day 2021)

    September 30 is International Podcast Day. In this episode, Coach Glenn shares some of the curling podcasts he listens to and why he likes listening to them. A big shout-out to all the podcasters who are doing this for the love of it, 'cause most of us ain't making any money! :-)

    Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:
    International Podcast Day (Sep 30) Web site
    https://internationalpodcastday.com/
    Rocks Across The Pond Podcast Web site
    http://www.rocksacrossthepond.com/
    Game of Stones Podcast Web site
    https://www.gameofstonespod.com/
    Inside Curling Podcast Web site
    https://podcast.sportsnet.ca/inside-curling/
    Inside Curling Podcast Facebook Group
    https://www.facebook.com/InsideCurling/
    2 Girls And A Game Podcast Web site
    https://2girlsandagame.libsyn.com/
    Empowered Performance For Curlers Podcast Web site
    https://empoweredperformance.ca/podcast/#
    Curling Legends Podcast Web site
    https://curling.libsyn.com/
    From The Hack Podcast Web site
    https://fromthehack.com/
    Rock Logic Podcast Web site
    https://www.si.com/curling/rocklogic
    The Extra Extra End Podcast Web site
    https://www.tesn.us/podcast
    The Whole Spiel Podcast Web site
    https://www.usacurling.org/the-whole-spiel

    Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurling

    Glenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunrise

    By Josh Woodward
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward

    Licensed under CC BY 3.0
    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 12 min
    National Day For Truth & Reconciliation: What Can I Do?

    National Day For Truth & Reconciliation: What Can I Do?

    In 2021, the Government of Canada declared September 30 as "National Day For Truth And Reconciliation." According to the Govt. of Canada Web site: "The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities." In this episode, Coach Glenn explains why this day is important to him and shares some actions he is planning to take to broaden his knowledge of Indigenous issues.

    Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:
    National Day For Truth & Reconciliation Government of Canada Web site
    https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html
    "Canadian Indian residential school system" Wikipedia article
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Indian_residential_school_system
    Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (2015)
    https://nctr.ca/records/reports/#trc-reports
    "Indigenous Canada" coursera online course
    https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada
    "Getting Involved In Diversity & Inclusivity With Brittany Tran" CKC Episode (May 16/21)
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/1048435/8471784

    Podcasts from Downie Wenjack Web site
    https://downiewenjack.ca/our-work/reconciliactions/
    "Thunder Bay" series from Canadaland
    https://www.canadaland.com/
    "Our Native Land" by Tchadas Leo
    https://www.cheknews.ca/podcasts/our-native-land/
    "Coffee With My Ma" by Kaniehtiio Horn
    https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/coffee-with-my-ma/id1372866076
    "The Historical Natives" by Mackenzie Taylor & Josef Stafford
    https://www.thehistoricalnatives.ca/
    "Residential Schools" by Historica Canada
    https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/residential-schools-podcast-series
    "The Secret Life of Canada" by Falen Johnson & Leah Simone Bowen
    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/secretlifeofcanada

    Aboriginal Sport Circle Web site
    https://www.aboriginalsportcircle.ca/
    Goldline Curling #UnitedWeCurl Initiative
    https://blog.goldlinecurling.com/united-we-curl/
    "Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Kerry Galusha (Yellowknife, NWT)" CKC Episode (Sep 21/21)
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/1048435/9235715
    Curling Canada Diversity & Inclusivity Resource Guide (2021)
    https://www.curling.ca/files/2021/04/Diversity_Booklet-en-1.pdf
    Global Initiative For DEI In Curling Facebook Page
    https://www.facebook.com/GlobalCurlingDEI/

    Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurling

    Glenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunrise

    By Josh Woodward
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward

    Licensed under CC BY 3.0
    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 13 min
    Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Jill Officer (Winnipeg, MB)

    Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Jill Officer (Winnipeg, MB)

    THE "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!" SERIES: Episode #2

    This episode is part of a series where I interview current and former competitive curlers to find out how they grew to love the sport of curling as a young person. In addition, I'll ask some of them what it's like to coach young people. And, in other cases, I'll ask them what it's like having their own children in the sport.

    In 2019, a TSN poll named Jill Officer the greatest female second in Canadian curling history. In this episode, I ask her how she first got involved in the sport and when she decided to take the sport more seriously. We discuss the challenges of teaching kids and what she considered when her own daughter decided to take up the sport. Finally, we talk about her current goals and what she'll be doing for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

    Some of the topics we discuss include:
    * Growing up in Winnipeg (2:52)
    * Starting curling at age 10 and her mom's hesitation to get her into the junior league (7:25)
    * What attracted Jill to curling and what other sport she might have played (11:16)
    * Playing against Jennifer Jones and eventually being asked to be on her team (15:05)
    * Getting pranked by Team Sandra Schmirler in Bern, Switzerland (22:12)
    * The coaching lessons that Jill learned when she taught a kid at curling camp how to throw a draw when all he could do was hit (26:57)
    * Why her daughter started curling at 9 years old (32:36)
    * Jill's advice to parents who want to introduce curling to their kids (37:19)
    * THE BIG QUESTION: How do we get kids to fall in love with the sport of curling and stay with it for the long-term? (39:56)
    * Not every kid needs to be trained to be "competitive" (43:56)
    * Going back to university! (44:55)
    * Being an "athlete mentor" for the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing (45:41)

    Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:
    Jill's Twitter Account:
    https://twitter.com/JillOfficer
    Jill's Instagram Account:
    https://www.instagram.com/jillofficer/

    "Jill Officer named Olympics mentor" article (May 13/21) from Winnipeg Free Press
    https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/curling/jill-officer-named-olympics-mentor-574416352.html

    "Canada’s Greatest Curlers: Officer named greatest second after running away with vote" article (Feb 19/19) from TSN.ca Web site
    https://www.tsn.ca/canada-s-greatest-curlers-officer-named-greatest-second-after-running-away-with-vote-1.1253747

    Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurling

    Glenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunrise

    By Josh Woodward
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward

    Licensed under CC BY 3.0
    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 47 min
    Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Kerry Galusha (Yellowknife, NWT)

    Curling As A Kid & Beyond! With Kerry Galusha (Yellowknife, NWT)

    NEW SERIES! PRESENTING "CURLING AS A KID & BEYOND!": Episode #1

    This is the first episode in a series where I interview current and former competitive curlers to find out how they grew to love the sport of curling as a young person. I'll also be asking these curlers about their experience coaching youth. And, in some cases, I'll ask them about what it's like having their own children in the sport.

    Kerry Galusha is a longtime competitive curler and member of the famous Koe curling family. In this episode, I ask her about her early days of curling and what she found most exciting about the sport. We also discuss her involvement coaching juniors at her home club, Yellowknife CC. And we also talk about her role as a KidSport ambassador in the Northwest Territories.

    Some of the topics we discuss include:
    * How her family first got her involved ("forced" into?) curling (3:43)
    * What made her fall in love with the sport (9:01)
    * Kerry's experience at her first nationals, meeting some now-famous friends! (10:17)
    * Meeting Sandra Schmirler at the '94 nationals and meeting another famous curler who she wanted to play mixed with! (15:15)
    * Travel was the spark that hooked her to competitive curling! (17:07)
    * How she got involved in coaching with the junior program at Yellowknife CC (19:23)
    * Buying stopwatches for her girls' team (22:58)
    * Why did the girls she coach stay with her for so long? (26:12)
    * Advice to parents who want to introduce their kids to curling (28:57)
    * In Kerry's opinion, the best part of coaching kids (29:48)
    * THE BIG QUESTION: How do we get kids to fall in love with the sport of curling and stay with it for the long-term? (31:20)
    * Kerry's competitive team update as of July 2021 (36:10)
    * Kerry's role as a KidSport ambassador in NWT (38:02)
    * What sports did she watch at the Tokyo Summer Olympics? (40:45)

    Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:
    Team Galusha social media accounts
    Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/TeamGalusha/
    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/teamgalusha/
    Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/TeamGalusha

    KidSport NWT
    https://www.sportnorth.com/kidsport/kidsport-nwt
    https://www.sportnorth.com/kidsport/kidsport-nwt-ambassadors (Kerry's bio)

    Yellowknife CC Web site
    https://yellowknifecurling.com/

    Follow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurling

    Glenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.com

    The intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunrise

    By Josh Woodward
    https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward

    Licensed under CC BY 3.0
    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    • 44 min

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