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CHAMPIONSHIPS


Officiating clinics set as Detroit readies for Junior Nationals By Fred Zosel, Detroit Curling Club


ing of the USA Curling Junior National Champi- onships in late January. “We need lots of timers, like every Nationals,


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so we’re reaching out not only to our members but also to the Great Lakes Curling Association and even our community at large,” said Jim Mor- ris, club president. Te training will comprise separate clinics for


Level I and Level II officials. Level I qualifies of- ficials to operate game timing clocks and Level II to participate in on-ice officiating decisions. Saturday’s Level I clinic runs from 8:30 a.m. to


5:30 p.m., as does Sunday’s Level II session. Both clinics will be led by Donna Statzell, a Level IV official with the U.S. Curling Association. Te cost is $25 for each clinic and includes lunch. Level I officials enjoy a front-row view of cham-


pionship games as game timers. Te game timer is responsible for operating the time clock on an assigned sheet. Te operator must be thoroughly familiar with the equipment, as well as the rules governing the use of time clocks. In addition, Level I officials gain experience as end-ice ob- servers working on the “other side of the glass.” Rules, procedures, and the manner in which the


From Page 16: Junior Nationals Updates


formed decisions in the selection process for the Junior HPP teams, all the while improving the overall level of talent in the pool. Aſter a couple years of existence, future selec-


tions to the HPP junior teams would likely come from athletes who are currently in this pool or have aged out of the pool. It is hoped that the D- Pool will not only provide training and develop- mental tools to aspiring competitive curlers at a younger age, but also help foster an increase in competitive curling by training a broader pool of athletes. Te goal is to open the application process for


the D-Pool by Nov. 1. By creating an environment for a highly


competitive U21 National Championships, and fostering team formation and personal develop- ment at the U18 level, USA Curling is on track to achieving sustained competitive success on the world stage. Q


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he Detroit Curling Club will conduct clinics Dec. 16-17 to train game timers and on-ice officials for the club’s host-


duties of Level I officials fit in the overall struc- ture of officiating at a curling competition will be emphasized throughout training. No ice time is required for the Level I course. Participants are highly encouraged to down-


load the WCF CurlTime soſtware onto their lap- tops and bring with them to the training. Registration fee is $25; includes lunch and


a pocket-sized copy of the most current USCA rules book. Level II officials are responsible for in-the-


moment decision-making while working as on- ice supervisors, timing supervisors and, at some events, hogline officials. As the decisions made by Level II officials can impact the outcome of a game or even the event, strong knowledge of the rules paired with good interpersonal skills are es- sential. Training for Level II officials emphasizes procedures, rules, mechanics and case studies of actual game situations and officiating decisions. Level II officials work directly with chief umpires and deputy chief umpires to further hone their skills during events. Registration for all courses is handled through


the USCA national office Anyone interested in attending the clinics can register at: https://us- acurlingwiassoc.wliinc19.com//events/Officiat- ing-Courses-Detroit-15/details. Te Detroit Curling Club is dedicated to the


Detroit curlers are putting away the summer sticks and pulling out winter ones, as it prepares to host Junior Nationals in late January.


enjoyment, fellowship and promotion of curling, and offers curling from October to April at its facility in Martin Road Park, Ferndale. To learn more about the club, go to www.detroitcurling- club.com or call 248-544-0635. Q


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