|The Curling Manual|
Table of Contents
Section 15 Teaching Curling
Learning to curl should be fun for both students and instructors. Students will take away useful information from each clinic. All training methods and techniques will stress safety on and off the ice.
Again - HAVE FUN
Five Steps of Proper Training
Step 1. Information
Before learning can happen properly, steps must be taken to introduce the skill to the learner. This can be reviewing the web site, reading, video, discussion, etc. The important thing here is the new instructors must prepare the students properly. A discussion on the skill will always take place immediately before the demonstration.
Step 2. Instructor Demonstration
Students will do what you do. After they have been introduced to the skill, they must see it demonstrated properly. Find someone that can demonstrate properly.
3. Learner Trial
Now is the time for the students to try the new skill.
4. Instructor Feedback
As they continue to try the skill, constantly provide feedback. An additional demo may be necessary.
Students get better by practicing the skill.
A quick note on practice: We practice things to get better at something; sort of. The real reason we practice is to create a "default" skill. When anyone is asked to do something, they respond in a certain way, sometimes without even thinking about it. The default reaction comes from repetition of doing the action. It may or may not be correct or proper, but it is what we're accustomed to do.
Training creates (in the case of a new curler) or changes a default behavior or skill. No curler will become proficient at curling unless they practice. In many cases, the league night is the only practice.
What happened to his new release?
Even though he learned a new release and showed he could do it, his "default" release was still the old one. In order for the new release to become the default, he needs to practice the new release properly over and over until it becomes instinct.
How long will he have to practice to change his default? It's up to the individual. Some people have the ability to concentrate and override the default while others revert back quickly.