Calling all Aspiring Teams in Switzerland

The Curling Academy Rodger Schmidt is hosting trainings for the Russian Men National Team preparing for the 2013 World Men Championship in Victoria, Canada and the Russian Junior Men National Team preparing for the 2013 World Junior Championship in Sochi, Russia

We will be training in Kussnacht am Rigi between February 14 and March 11, 2013 – and during this time we would like to schedule training games with local teams. Please contact the Curling Academy to arrange a time for your team, or contact Coach Rodger Schmidt directly, rodger@curlingacademy.com – +41 76 375 7878.

The 2013-14 Curling Academy Season Begins August 24 in Curling Hall Kuessnacht am Rigi

We have a number of International Teams Training and playing friendly Matches against Swiss National Teams throughout the next two months. We would be very happy to have more top Swiss competitors to play training games at our Curling facilities in Kuessnacht am Rigi and Kuesnacht Zurich

We have evening (or daytime) openings between August 24 and August 30 in Kussnacht am Rigi

Please contact our Director, Rodger Schmidt at 076 375 7878 or rodger@curlingacademy.com

Another Review of “The Five Elements of Curling Technique” by Rodger Schmidt

Olympic Coach Vancouver 2012:

I just completed a complete study of the book. Each element, each page, paragraph and sentence. I did lots of highlighting and notes with the idea of teaching from it. When I first read it last fall, I thought it was a very comprehensive procedural book on the curling delivery. After my study of each concept that Rodger detailed within each principal of every Element, I found that the information and his method of explanation is truly amazing! My hat is off to him and to you as well – What a piece of work!
I hope to use my study of the manual at the GB Jr camp this summer.

Recent Reviews of the Manual “The Five Elements of Curling Technique” by Rodger Schmidt

Independant Review:

“The Five Elements of Curling Technique,” co-authored by by Higgins, with U.S. Olympic Team Technical Rodger Schmidt’s method for understanding and improving delivery mechanics. Schmidt curled at an elite level in Canada and Europe in the ‘70s and ‘80s. He now runs a curling school based in Switzerland and has coached many Olympic teams, including the 2010 US squads.
For a bit of perspective on where I’m writing from, I am a 6th year curler from California where, yes, we curl in arenas. I’m now playing at what I’d call “close to the top of the pack” in US women’s curling. (My team tied for 5th at Nationals in 2010.) Because I don’t live in a region with dedicated ice, I’ve spent a lot of time on the road training in Vancouver and Seattle. And, because I’m a curling nerd, I’ve worked very hard to study with as many “masters” as possible.
This book was my first major exposure to Schmidt’s approach and it is very different from anything else I’ve seen – especially in the lengths it goes to to explain *why* top athletes move the way they do

Schmidt’s, however, attempts to explain in physics and body mechanics terms why it’s necessary for your shoulders to be square and why your rock or foot or hips should be in a certain place at a certain time in your delivery.
The book breaks down delivery into 5 elements:
1. Control of Center of Body Weight
2. Control of Energy
3. Control of Stone Position
4. Control of Release and Finish
5. Control of Head: Curling Intellect
So what does that mean to you? Here’s my super-brief interpretation of the Schmidt delivery for non-lifters: When you stand in the hack, feel your center of gravity and identify the line of delivery. With your draw back and push out, accelerate your center of gravity into motion behind the rock. Transfer your center of gravity onto your slide foot and continue to focus your energy behind the rock as you and the rock move into alignment on the line of delivery. Once you have reached your slide position – feel, feel, feel. When the time comes, use that feel along with your deep experience as a curler to finish the shot as needed.
The biggest strength, in my opinion, of The Five Elements of Curling Technique method is that it can be applied to all types of deliveries – from tuckers, to lifters, to flat-footers – you name it! I know this will help me teach. In the past, when a tucker came my way, the best I could do was advise them to watch Jeff Stoughton video. Now I will be able to explain why they are fishtailing in terms of force, center of weight and the timing of their push.
The material is dense and complex so don’t judge yourself if it takes you a while to sort out the nuances. (I did most of an astrophysics major at Princeton (I eventually got my degree in art) and found myself flashing back to those 2 am study sessions at times.) As an ex-near-physicist, I did have some minor quibbles here and there with some of the ideas and images and I’m not sure I’m fully on board with everything that’s said – or not said – about line of delivery. But that stuff aside, I’m glad I read the book and I found it very interesting to think about delivery in this new light.
I’m a visual learner, so I appreciated all the photos and computer illustrations. In some places, I think it might have been helpful to take pictures specifically for the book, for example, with concepts that needed to be shown head-on, like eye-dominance and rock alignment.
All in all, I think this would be a challenging first curling book for novices, but the principles should be part of all curlers’ vocabulary.
By Gabrielle Coleman

2012 Curling Academy August Sessions 22 August to 2 September

22nd August 2012 to 2nd September 2012

Location: CURLINGHALLE KUSSNACHT AM RIGI

International Team Trainings – Private Individual Lessons – Local Swiss Team Training Sessions

Indivdualized Programs – Mini Games specifically to train on ice Strategies with Coach consultation.

Mental Sessions – Strategy Sessions – Skip Sessions – Program for Beginners

Training by Rodger Schmidt, Jean Pierre Rutsche, and various additional International and Local Instructors

Build your own program for yourself or your team by contacting Rodger Schmidt – rodger@curlingacademy.com

All of the recent reviews of “The Five Elements of Curling Technique” manual have been truly great! To buy this manual contact the Curling Academy Direct and we will deliver to you.

National Calibre Athlete:

I just wanted to let you know that the elements of delivery doc is so freaking awesome.
I have been working with Wally for a year and after reading this more things are clicking in my head.

I want to organize a trip with my team to come and work with you in the summer.

Olympic Coach Vancouver 2012:

I just completed a complete study of the book. Each element, each page, paragraph and sentence. I did lots of highlighting and notes with the idea of teaching from it. When I first read it last fall, I thought it was a very comprehensive procedural book on the curling delivery. After my study of each concept that Rodger detailed within each principal of every Element, I found that the information and his method of explanation is truly amazing! My hat is off to him and to you as well – What a piece of work!
I hope to use my study of the manual at the GB Jr camp this summer.

Read Rodger’s latest Column in The Curling News November edition

Rodger visits Denmark for the European Mixed Curling Championship and offers some views on the latest issues tormenting the European Curling Federation. You must access the website of The Curling News and subscribe in order to recieve this great and longstanding publication. www.thecurlingnews.com – or get your account on twitter via thecurlingnews on twitter.

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International Team Training Programm at Kussnacht am Rigi

Teaching

The Curling Academy Instructional Season will begin August 22, 2011 in Kussnacht am Rigi Curling Hall, with a number of International Team Training programs between 22 – 29 August. This is the third season that we have been running this very successful and well received program.

We can offer the following to Teams and Individuals between 22 August and 2 September:

  • Ice reservations available for training sessions and training games
  • Training games vs International Teams
  • Technical Sessions conducted by Academy Instructors Rodger Schmidt and/or Jean Pierre Ruetsche
  • Strategy, Tactical, Mental and Team System Sessions conducted by Academy Instructor Rodger Schmidt