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  • October 16, 2013 8:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In early October, Chris Olander, along with Dwight Okahara, myself Liza Beres, and numerous other California curlers attended a skills clinic hosted by the Granite Curling Club in Seattle.  At this clinic, Bill Tschirhart, Canadian curling coach and Karen Watson of Curl BC spent an intense weekend working on delivery, sweeping, strategy, team dynamics, mental preparation and more.  I asked Chris to reflect on his weekend and write a blog entry for us.  Here are his observations.

    "Don't throw rocks, deliver stones."

    Our weekend ended on that note. That was the last thing that Bill said before he waved goodbye and left for his ferry ride back to Vancouver Island. We did not start there though. Before we got that nugget of wisdom, my brain had already exploded. Ok, exploded might not be quite the right word. Filled? Stuffed? Saturated? Saturated, I think that's more appropriate. 

    I spent the weekend in Seattle with 24 other curlers at a skills clinic taught by world renowned coaches Bill Tschirhart and Karen Watson. How do you process and comprehend all the wisdom two world class coaches deliver to you over a 3 day intermediate curling skills clinic? One thing at a time. On more than one occasion, Bill or Karen would say, "one thing at a time". Sometimes this was after a question about what to focus on when we were all learning so many new things. Sometimes it was just a reminder to us to slow down and focus on the one or two things that we really wanted to take away from this course.

    This weekend was like a curling information buffet. We gorged ourselves, as people are often want to do at a buffet. Still, I'm sure we all had a few specific things in mind that we really wanted to improve. For me, it was delivery and tactics & strategy. I was really looking forward to the strategy and tactics part of the clinic since I am the skip for the 8 bit Sliders. Really looking forward to it. I want to get better at strategy and tactics...I can only learn so much from watching games off of TSN and curlingtv. That's almost all the video content I watch anymore. While that was a valuable session in the clinic and a blast to go through (and, the thing that hurt my brain the most), it's not the thing that really sticks in my head about this clinic. Addition by subtraction, that was the big one for me.

    My delivery routine is where I kept my focus. More specifically, simplifying my delivery and routine to be more efficient and effective. That's what I spent the most thought on each time I stepped on to the ice. I joked at some point in the clinic that it was going to take me a half hour in the hack before each of my shots. I have come up with a reliable, repeatable checklist of things I need to do to give myself the best chance to deliver the stone that I want to deliver. While that time is a bit exaggerated there is a kernel of truth. I spent a few minutes in the hack the first time I ran through my list. It felt like an eternity. There are so many things to remember, though one at a time. Right now, for me, it still takes a while to run through all of the things on my list. I'm working on taking as little time through each step but this process is going to take a while to turn into an effortless routine.

    The other thing I took away from this weekend was how much I appreciate Bill's style as a coach. His message of player empowerment really resonated with me. I remarked to one of my teammates...a coach who tells you exactly what to do every time is really placing you in a cage. Perhaps a successful cage to a point, but a cage none the less. You're bound by those rigid, static decisions. Bill's empowerment is like a key. It unlocks things and makes you free. He helped me discover things about my delivery, strategy, team dynamics, even things unrelated to curling. That truly is empowerment and a gift that will pay dividends for years to come.

    So here I am, in the airport in Seattle, waiting to board my flight back to Burbank. I'm back to where I started writing a beer ago. I could have picked any number of other things to take away from this clinic and they all would have been great. For me, right now...Don't throw rocks, deliver stones. As much as this is about playing a curling match at any level, it's also about practice (and probably life too). I've always known that I should practice with a purpose but now I feel that I've been given the keys to practice on a whole different level. And there is so much stuff to practice. But one thing at a time. No matter how long the list, it's always one thing at a time. 

    - Chris Olander -
    October 7, 2013
  • October 07, 2013 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Hollywood Curling hosts the 
    2013 Halloween Mini-Spiel

    Costume Contest
    Food & Beverages

    8 Teams- Random Draw

    Round Robin tournament
    7 One-end games
    Total points = winners

    Prizes For Best Costumes, First And Second Place Teams

    OCTOBER 27, 2013
    From 5:30PM - 9:00PM

    8750 VAN NUYS BLVD
    Panorama City, CA

    $25 per person
    Advance Registration Required
  • September 25, 2013 6:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    ATTENTION CURLERS: There will be an informational session at 5:30pm on Sunday, September 29, and a repeat of that information on Wednesday, October 2 at 8:30pm regarding competitive play. Any curlers interested in learning more about the PIC or Club Playdowns should attend one of these sessions, or send us an email.
  • September 25, 2013 11:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • September 17, 2013 7:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    McCall Curling Club is hosting their annual Rocktober Spiel October 4-6, and there are still some spots available.  Visit for more details.

  • August 06, 2013 8:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    USA Curling Announces Fargo FANdango Contest!

    Fandango contest on Facebook
    Are you curling's Most Creative Fan? Then the Fargo FANdango is for you!
    Click here to view this on USA Curling's website.

    One lucky FAN will win a Fargo-esque VIP experience for two to be the Most Creative FANS of USA Curling at the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Fargo, N.D., to be held Nov. 10-17, 2013.


    5-day, 4-night* Fargo-esque VIP experience for two includes:

    - Round-trip (domestic economy) airfare to and from winner’s hometown (U.S. destinations only) and Minneapolis. Upon arrivial in Minneapolis you will be driven to Fargo, accompanied by 2010 Olympian John Benton, whom you can direct all of your curling questions to!
    - Ground transportation to-from airport, and throughout the VIP experience in Fargo
    - 4 nights’ accommodations and breakfast (double occupancy) at the headquarters hotel, the Holiday Inn Fargo
    - Credentials and VIP seating for winner and guest for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team Trials
    - Meet-and-greet with competitors in the Trials, including current Olympians
    - On-ice experience on the Olympic Trials ice (on the Fifth Man sheet)
    - $100 shopping spree at Scheels Sports flagship store in Fargo
    - Photo opps with the famed woodchipper from the movie “Fargo” (located at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor’s Center)

    Oh, but that's not it! You also get:

    -Tour Fargo Brewing Company and taste the new Stone's Throw Scottish Ale* (must be 21 or older)
    -Free DVDs of the movies Fandango, Men with Brooms, and Fargo Souvenir USA Curling apparel, plus authentic Fargo winter earflap hats
    - Sit in the USA Curling webstreaming booth and call an end of one game of the Trials action with on-air personality Ben Tucker
    -Have a picture of your face installed under the ice of the Fifth Man sheet at Scheels Arena
    - Behind-the-scenes at the Trials with USA Curling ice technicians
    - Personal Fargo tour with local personalities
    - Personal workout session at the Fargo Family Wellness Center with 3-time NCAA wrestling champion Steve Saxlund
    - Curling at the Fargo-Moorhead Curling Club
    - Tour of the Fargo Air Museum
    - Meet and greet with “How Fargo of You” author, and receive autographed copies of the book

    Do you rock the social media world every day? Entrants should be ready to show us their tweeting skills and other ways they will use social media to promote the FANdango and curling in the lead-up to the event, during the event and after.

    To enter, tell USA Curling why you should be chosen to be the Most Creative FANS at the Trials. Entries must be in the form of a video showing your passion for curling, Fargo, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and adventure.

    Entrants must also name at least one fact about Fargo or North Dakota as part of their contest entry.
    Entries will be judged and the Most Creative FAN chosen by the USA Curling Media/Public Relations Committee, whose decision will be final.
    Entrants (and guest of the winner) must be 18 years or older (age verification will be required).
    Entries close Sept. 6. Winning FAN chosen and announced by Sept. 16.
    Entries should be submitted via email to Terry Kolesar at USA Curling by Sept. 6.
    * contest winner can select Nov. 9-13 or Nov. 14-18 for the VIP experience

  • August 05, 2013 5:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Welcome to the new home of! 

    We hope you'll click around and explore all the new features and info on the site.

    - New calendar features let you search for events by name, type, or date; you can save events to your own calendar, so you never forget what time we prep the ice again!

    - Register for leagues, pay online, and get confirmation emails right away.

    - Online registration for Learn to Curls coming in the fall!

    - Pay for your membership online, and get access to special members only features on the website!

    - Donate to the club, and you'll be able to easily track it online.  A bonus for tax season!

    - Adopt a Stone from the web, making the process even easier to leave a legacy on the ice!

    - Merchandise store coming soon!

    - Get reminders for league nights, schedule changes, rosters, and more

    Our website is hot off the press!
    We're thrilled to have a new website with some great new features. We hope it will make joining a league, booking a private party, or becoming a member a little easier.

    New features will continue to roll out in the next few months. Thanks for your patience while we continue to develop the site to make it a great resource for curling in SoCal. Notice something isn't working the way it should? We'd love to hear from you!
  • July 21, 2013 8:36 AM | Deleted user

    Thanks to our sponsors at the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition, Hollywood Curling was thrilled to auction off a pair of tickets to the 2014 WFG Continental Cup, taking place January 16-19, 2014 in Las Vegas. If you missed out on your chance to bid on these tickets, we have one more opportunity for you to win a pair of seats to all 11 draws of the event.


    1/ $10 OR 3/$25

    Buy your tickets at the next league date, pick up game, or Learn-to-Curl. Tickets on sale through September 22nd. Ask any board member for details!

  • July 20, 2013 12:16 AM | Deleted user
    Curling returns to the LA Kings Valley Ice Center in September.
    Sunday, September 8 @ 6pm
    $15 each or 4/ $50 - come out and try the sport, no experience needed!
    Sunday, September 15 @ 6pm
    $20 per person- all levels welcome

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