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The CurlManitoba Coaches Corner has been developed to provide curing coaches with a resource area.

If there is information, drills, etc that you would like to see in the Coaches Corner or if you have any information that you think would assist other coaches, please email the information to eowen@curlmanitoba.org

Coaching requirements can be found in the CurlManitoba Rule Book.

Do you enjoy CURLING?   Why not COACH?!?

Special Olympics Manitoba is looking for volunteer coaches in all Regions to provide curling programs to athletes with an intellectual disability.  No experience required and training is provided.  Special Olympics curling rules are based upon the World Curling Federation (WCF) and Curling Canada rules for curling competitions.

Must be able to commit 1-2 hours once a week and some weekends for competitions.  Screening is part of the application process.  To APPLY TODAY or for more information, please visit our website at www.specialolympics.mb.ca or contact Lesley Camaso-Catalan at 204-925-5625 or lcamaso@specialolympics.mb.ca.

 

ATTENTION Coaches and Instructors for CurlManitoba 

CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK AND CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY

Any coach at CurlManitoba Junior Provincial Championship MUST have a criminal record check and a child abuse registry check to be able to coach at the Provincial Level.  This includes Junior Men’s and Women’s Provincial Championships and the U18 Championship. The documents must be submitted to Elaine Owen, Development Manager, CurlManitoba PRIOR TO December 15 of the current year.
No exceptions will be allowed so if you plan to compete in any of the events do record checks NOW. Criminal record checks can be obtained at an RCMP station in your area, or at the City of Winnipeg Police Station.  You can also go online at www.winnipeg.ca or www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
The child abuse registry can be submitted on line at www.gov.mb.ca

DO IT NOW AND AVOID THE LAST MINUTE PROBLEMS YOU MAY ENCOUNTER

DRILLS

Crazy Eights

Sweeping Finesse

Field Goals

The Perfect Team

Moving Time

Hit Me Baby

Four in the Four

Draw the Port

NOTE: If you have a great that you'd like to share, please send to eowen@curlmanitoba.org

Articles for Coaches

HOW ATHLETES CAN DEAL WITH THEIR FEARS AND STRESSES

By: Stanley Popovich

Some athletes have a difficult time in managing their fears and stresses. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that an athlete can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties. When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success. Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem.  A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.  

A person should visualize a red stop sign in their mind when they encounter a fear provoking thought. When the negative thought comes, a person should think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. A person can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought.Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket.  Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your small notebook and read those statements.   This will help to manage your negative thinking. 

Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. You never know when the answers you are looking for will come to your doorstep. We may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference. Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem.  By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.  Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.

Dealing with our persistent fears is not easy.  Remember that all you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and take things in stride. Patience, persistence, education, and being committed in trying to solve your problem will go along way in fixing your problems.

  

WHEN A TEAMMATE STRUGGLES WITH DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY

By: Stanley Popovich

What do you do when a teammate has to deal with persistent fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help they need. In addition, here are some other techniques you can use to help the person cope. Learn as much as you can in managing anxiety and depression. There are many books and information that will educate you on how to deal with fear and anxiety. Share this information with the person who is struggling. Education is the key in finding the answers your looking for in managing your fears. Be understanding and patient with the person struggling with their fears. Dealing with depression and anxiety can be difficult for the person so do not add more problems than what is already there. In every anxiety-related situation you experience, begin to learn what works, what doesn’t work, and what you need to improve on in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance, you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take a walk to help you feel better. The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around.  

Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or anxious, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, you are afraid that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there all are kinds of jobs available and just because you don’t get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location. Changing your thinking can help you manage your fears.

Another thing to remember is that things change and events do not stay the same. For instance, you may feel overwhelmed today with your anxiety and feel that this is how you will feel the rest of the week or month. This isn’t correct. No one can predict the future with one hundred percent accuracy. Even if the thing that you feared does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. You never know when the help and answers you are looking for will come to you. When your fears and anxieties have the best of you, seek help from a professional. The key is to be patient, take it slow, and not to give up. In time, you will be able to find those resources that will help you with your problems.

  

HOW ATHLETES CAN MANAGE DEPRESSION

By Stanley Popovich

Sometimes, athletes deal with depression. Here is a short list of techniques that an athlete can use to help manage their depression. One of the ways to manage your depression is to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, your afraid that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there all are kinds of jobs available and just because you don’t get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location. Some people get depressed and have a difficult time getting out of bed in the mornings.  When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get their mind off of the problem.   A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Doing something will get your mind off of the problem and give you confidence to do other things. Sometimes, we can get depressed over a task that we will have to perform in the near future. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you and your team have to play in the championship volleyball game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself playing the game in your mind. Imagine that your playing in front of a large audience. By playing the game in your mind, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation. 

Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket.  Whenever you feel depressed, open up your small notebook and read those statements. Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem.  By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future. Managing your fears and anxieties takes practice.  The more you practice, the better you will become.

The techniques that I have just covered are some basic ways to manage your depression, however your best bet is to get some help from a professional.

BIOGRAPHY:

Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods" - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/