The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

National Governing Body for Curling in Scotland

Drills and Coaching Aids

Drills

Listed below is a range of drill and practices. There are more being compiled as this is an ongoing project and more download will be added.

Purpose – Each drill has been designed with a specific purpose or skill to enhance the curlers’ performance.
No. of players – Depending on class or club size, some drills may not be suitable as they require more participants than available.
Difficulty Level – The drills are listed in order of difficulty. The difficulty level, or star rating, is on scale of one to five where one is the easiest and five the most difficult.

It should be noted that a curler’s range of ability, in certain areas of technique, may require different level drills. eg a curler’s delivery after some coaching may change in technique, a low level weight control drill would be required until new delivery is comfortable.

Name Purpose No of Players Difficulty Level
Polo Driving Balance Any 1 Download
Short Curling Game play & Team Roles 2+ 1 Download
Skittles Line up & Balance Any 1 Download
Ten pin Curling Line up & Balance Any 1 Download
Tic tac Curling Tactics 4+ 1 Download
Tunnel Training Line up & Balance Any 1 Download
W Control Line up & Direction Any 1 Download
Pop goes the Weasel Angles Any 2 / 4 Download
Pop corn Line up & Angles Any 2 / 4 Download
Circles Sweeping stamina / Talent Assessment 8+ 3 Download
Crazy eights Take out shot practice Any 3 Download
Follow the Leader Shot playing practice 2+ 3 Download
Hide & Seek Line & Weight Control 4+ 3 Download
Keep Away Sweeping stanima / Weight control 4+ 3 Download
Kipper Weight Control 2+ 3 Download
Progressive Hogline Weight Control 2+ 3 Download
Round the Clock Weight Control 2+ 3 Download
Las Vegas Line & Weight Control 2, 4 or 8 4 Download
Line Dancing Line & Weight Control 4+ 4 Download
Picket Fences Take out practice 2+ 4 Download
Climb the ladder Weight Control 4 5 Download
Roll Over Shot play & Angles Any 5 Download

More drills are in the the RCCC Drills & Coaching Aids folders available in your ice rink. Please note some drills have acknowledged sources while other drills and coaching aids are attributed to the RCCC. When using any Drills or Coaching Aids, all acknowledgments and attributes should be continued.

If there are any drills or practices that you currently use, which are not listed, or you use variations which work well, we would welcome your input. Please forward any relevant suggestions, ideas or feedback to Lynne MacKenzie.

Coaching Aids

Coaching aids are designed to assist coaches in their teaching of a specific skill or technique.
Information sheets are suitable to be used as handouts to participating curlers.

Name Objective
Handles Information sheet for grip and handle techniques Download
Sweeping Information sheet for sweeping techniques download
Sweeping Advanced Information sheet for advanced sweeping techniques Download
Toilet Roll Tubed Handles A teaching exercise to assist grip and release Download
Inky Hands A teaching exercise to diagnose delivery faults Download
Hip lift A teaching exercise for a player to develop hip lift position Download
Coaching session elements A sample of the 5 elements required for a coaching session Download
Player profile wheel A sample of a completed player profile Download
Coach profile wheel A sample of a completed coach profile Download
Session plan A blank template (in word format) Download
Human knot An off ice game for team building and fun Download
Ha An off ice game for team building and fun Download
Marching madness An off ice game for team building and fun Download

Coach Gatherings

2011 During the 2011 Coaches Gathering, there was an exhibit of resourceful coaching ideas. which are downloadable below;

Name Purpose
Blindfolded slides Aids balance and concentration during delivery Download
Box Slides Aids balance during delivery Download
Bridges with pedulums A version of plum lines to aid line up and targeting Download
Bungee slides Should only be used with experienced curlers Download
Lino step on slides A cheap robust alternative to the overshoe bags Download
Mobile skip brush A free standing brush, useful for aiming and targeting Download
Pull along slides Aids and encourages balance during delivery Download
Show the line Allow curlers to see the line of delivery Download
Straight arm sleeve An cheap easy to make, inhibiter which does not allow the curler to fully bend their arm Download
Tunnel training with ropes Aids identification of line of delivery faults Download
Umbrella slides Aids and encourages balance during delivery Download

 2013 During the 2013 Coaches Gathering, there was a “share table” containing samples that experienced coaches contributed and allowed us to share. A selection is downloadable below;

Puzzles and Quizes Contributed by Area Format  
Curlword Margaret Martin Hamilton PDF Download
Linkword Margaret Martin Hamilton PDF Download
Match word to meanings Margaret Martin Hamilton PDF Download
Missing link Margaret Martin Hamilton PDF Download
Name the Rink Margaret Martin Hamilton PDF Download
Rules & Etiquette level 1,2&3 Margaret Martin Hamilton PDF Download
Whats wrong with the pictures Photos by Ian Martin.  Hamilton PDF Download
 Word link Margaret Martin Hamilton PDF Download
Word search Margaret Martin Hamilton PDF Download
Session plans 
1to1 Club Improver Pam Mackay Edinburgh Word Download
Blank session plan grid RCCC Word Download
Blank session plan grid RCCC Excel Download
Corporate 2hrs Bob Kerr Stirling Word Download
Curlings Cool RCCC Word Download
Junior Club Jim Stables Waterfront Word Download
Try Curling 70min Derek Young Stirling Word Download
Miscellaneous
Explanatory Handout SYC Bob Kerr Stirling Word Download
Family funspiel rules Jim Stables Waterfront Word Download
Junior Club membership application form Jim Stables Waterfront Word Download
Mindset information sheet SIS PDF Download
New start Handout SYC Bob Kerr Stirling Word Download
Simple tactics RCCC Jpg Download
Stick delivery tips RCCC Word Download
Sweepie safety rules Jan Howard Waterfront Word Download
Sweeping Graphic Brad Askew RCCC Jpg Download
Use of Technology to aid line of delivery Tony Zummack BC pdf Download

Try Curling

Below are some coaching aids for delivering Try Curling Sessions

Name
Try Curling Session Plan Download
Safety Download
Warm Up Download
Cool Down 1 Download
Cool Down 2 Download
RSG delivery Download

Assistant Coach / TAC

Name
Assistant Coach Accreditation paperwork download