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High Performance

High Performance focuses on delivery of training programs to assist athletes through the Long Term Curler Development model as they strive to compete at the national and international level.

This is achieved through extensive, year-round training using the expertise of sport science to continuously improve knowledge. Methods include: Mental Preparation, Physical Preparation, Team Dynamics, Technical Expertise, Game Plan Preparation, Goal Setting, Season Planning, Strategy and Nutrition.

Mission Statement

The Curl BC High Performance and Development Program creates a foundation for dedicated and committed curling athletes in their pursuit of excellence and podium performances.  The program promotes best practices by providing access to world-class coaches and integrated support team services that will enhance teams’ abilities to achieve podium performances.

Program Objectives and Rationale

Program Objectives

This year the overall program will be focusing on all eligible athletes under the age of 35, tracking towards national podium performances.  However, we will assist other committed and dedicated High Performance teams as well.

The additional programs will allow athletes who have more than one team an opportunity to access the resources needed to develop, systematically train and compete with both their teams.  It is also set up to support athletes and teams in their transition to the High-Performance system.

Program Rationale

There has been a significant shift in sport and what performance components are required to reach the podium at the national stage.  In collaboration with Curling Canada, viaSport and Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (who are all major players in Curl BC’s HP and funding deliverables), Curl BC continues to raise the bar with its overall programming and initiatives.

Curl BC wants to partner with teams committed to achieving excellence.  More importantly, we want to affiliate with teams who are willing to invest in themselves.  In order to be the best, teams must be willing to train and compete at the same level or higher than the top teams in Canada. We want to work with teams that commit to excellence and performance in ALL areas and utilize the resources provided.

We understand there are some challenges that teams face when creating a culture of excellence. These include time, money, resources, coaching and ice availability.  However, the time is now for teams to showcase their commitment, determination and dedication to curling by empowering each other.

We look forward to working with our High Performance and Development BC athletes.

Application Process

Teams MUST submit all aspects of the application before it will be considered complete. Please read all the information before submitting the forms which are available in the Documents & Forms tab. 

Included in the application:

  • General information about the team
    • Names, addresses and birthdates of all team members and coaches as well as home club (club used most for practising)
  • Next Generation Pathway intent
    • The Next Generation Pathway is for teams that have proven past performances and will be specifically targeted by Curl BC. Teams will be selected based on rankings, past performances, and age.
    • Next Generation teams will receive additional target funding (and will also have to pay an additional fee)
  • Why does your team want to be in the HP Program?
    • What are your goals this season and how can the program help you with those goals?
    • What resources will you be making use of to help you reach your goals?
  • Detailed Pre-Season Action Plan (individual) – Covers the period May 15, 2021 to Aug. 15, 2021
  • Gap Analysis (template provided) (individual)
  • Completed fitness test (testing protocols supplied by Curl BC)
  • Functional Movement Screen (mandatory) – info supplied by Curl BC
  • Mental skills assessment

Program Fee $500 – due May 15, 2021

Additional Program Requirements – due Aug. 15, 2021

  • Competition Plan – submit to Melissa Soligo by email
  • Second fitness test results
  • Detailed Pre-Competition Action Plan #2 – Covers the period Aug 15, 2021 to Dec. 15, 2021
  • True Sport Clean for Athletes – submit proof of completion to Melissa Soligo
  • Safe Sport for Coaches –  submit proof of completion to Melissa Soligo. If this was not previously completed follow the steps below
  • Physical and strength training plan (team or individual) – targeted teams
    • Teams need a specific plan that they are following in the off-season
    • If there was a cost to getting this plan done, the invoice can be submitted
  • Fees for Next Generation Targeted Pathway due Aug. 15, 2021
    • U35 = $700
    • U21 = $500
    • U18 = $250

IMPORTANT NOTE: Carded athletes and coaches MUST have registered for their cards in order to be eligible for their remaining funding. If you have not registered, you will forfeit your teams remaining funds.

Additional Program Requirements – due Dec. 15, 2021

  • Third fitness test results
  • Detailed Competition Action Plans #3 – Covers Dec. 15, 2021 – Mar. 15, 2022
Program Expectations

It is expected that teams will submit the required information on time and online.  All information will be included in your confidential team file.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If teams fail to submit any information on time, or fail to meet program expectations, program funding will be forfeited

The program expectations, in addition to documentation, are:

  • Continuous engagement with HP Director Melissa Soligo
    • Communication team platform (Slack is preferred)
  • Teams must take part in a minimum of three events
  • Teams must hold a post-event debrief after EVERY event
  • If carded, attendance at a minimum of two speaker series webinars
  • If not carded, attendance at (a minimum) one Curl BC webinar
  • Three (3) Action Plans (May 15, Aug. 15 and Dec. 15)
  • A completed Functional Movement Screen (prior to starting a fitness plan)
  • Three (3) physical fitness tests per season: May 15, Aug. 15 and Dec. 15
  • Coaches must complete Safe Sport Training through “the locker”
  • Athletes complete True Sport Clean 101 through https://cces.ca/truesportclean101untracked
  • Engage with coach, consultant or Curl BC HP Director Melissa Soligo for a minimum of one Zoom meeting every two months related to individual training and development
Performance Incentive Funding

Due to the success of the Curl BC HP Program Performance Incentive Funding, Curl BC will be including this for another year. This is available for Curl BC Program teams only!

The top men’s and the top women’s teams in the program will receive athlete training and competition funding.  This will be determined by your ranking.

  • If a team finishes in the top 30 of the 2021/22 CTRS list as of Dec. 1, 2021, they will receive $1000
  • If a team finishes in the top 20 of the 2021/22 CTRS list as of Dec. 1, 2021, they will receive $2000
  • If a team finishes in the top 10 of the 2021/22 CTRS list as of Dec. 1, 2021, they will receive $4000

Performance Incentive Funding will be awarded by March 31, 2022, at the latest.

Program Pathways
  1. Next Generation Pathways (Four teams per pathway)*
    • U35 Excellence
    • U25 Performance
    • U18 Development
  1. High Performance/Development Pathway (HPD)
  • Curl BC teams that are not ranked in the Next Generation Pathways
    • Due to age, performance and ranking
  • Mixed Doubles
  • U SPORTS/CCAA

*Team numbers may vary depending on applications.

ELIGIBILITY for above pathways will be based on factors that include:

  • Where teams are on the Curl BC ranking list
  • Age of team members
  • Past performances
  • Past HP program involvement
Program Pathway Information

IMPORTANT NOTE:  In order to qualify for certain Pathways, three of four athletes on the team must meet the age criteria as of December 31, 2021. (Example, three of four athletes must be U35 for the Next Generation Excellence U35 category)

Curl BC High Performance and Development Program (approximate service value over $4,000)

  • Includes Mixed Doubles, CCAA and U SPORTS teams
  • All teams start the program in this Pathway

Benefits:

  • Access to incentive funding (up to $4,000)
  • Pacific Sport carding (if eligible and available) – ($1,500 worth)
  • Up to 10 hours of coach time – value at $750
  • Integrated Services Team Subsidy – $750
  • Competition Subsidy – for entry fees only!
    • $750 (BC competition) or $1,000 (out of province competition) (*1 only)
  • Subsidy for practice ice – $500
  • Free access to Webinars ($500 value)
  • Off-Season funds – $300 towards physical or mental trainers/plans
  • Access to training camps (subsidised fees)
  • Access to Curl BC technology

NOTE: We are excited to work with Mixed Doubles teams as well as College and University teams across BC.  Please email us with your team information and any information on how we can best support you.  We will do our best to assist you with your needs.

Application Fee for High Performance and Development programs is $500

Next Generation Excellence U35 Pathway: (two women’s and two men’s teams)

Teams will be invited to join this Pathway if they meet the requirements.  Invitations are based on ranking and meeting specific criteria. 

Teams who are eligible will receive:

More than $8,000 in value of services, if the team chooses to use all of the services:

  • Access to incentive funding – (up to $4,000)
  • Pacific Sport carding (if eligible and available) – ($1,500 worth)
  • Up to 10 hours of coach time – value at $750
  • Integrated Services Team Subsidy – $1,000
  • Competition Subsidy – for entry fees only!
    • $1,500 (BC competition) or $2,500 (out of province competition) (*1 only)
  • Subsidy for practice ice $500
  • Free access to Webinars ($500 value)
  • Off season funds = $300 towards physical or mental trainers/plans
  • Access to training camps
  • Access to Curl BC technology

Application Fee for Next Generation Excellence is $1,200

All teams in the Excellence Program Pathway will need to engage with HP Director and Coach Melissa Soligo at least once/month.  Funds will not be accessible to teams without engagement and communication.

Next Generation Performance U25 Pathway: (two women’s and two men’s teams)

Teams will be invited to join this Pathway if they meet the requirements.  Invitations are based on ranking and meeting specific criteria. 

Teams who are eligible will receive:

More than $7,000 in value of services, if the team chooses to use all of the services:

  • Access to incentive funding (up to $4,000)
  • Pacific Sport carding (if eligible and available) – ($1,500 worth)
  • Up to 10 hours of coach time – value at $750
  • Integrated Services Team Subsidy – $1,200
  • Competition Subsidy – for entry fees only!
    • $1,000 (BC competition) or $1,500 (out of province competition) (*1 only)
  • Subsidy for practice ice $500
  • Free access to Webinars – ($500 value)
  • Off season funds – $300 towards physical or mental trainers/plans
  • Access to training camps
  • Access to Curl BC technology

Application Fee for Next Generation Performance is $1,000

All teams in the Next Generation Performance Pathway will need to engage with HP Director and Coach Melissa Soligo at least once/month.  Funds will not be accessible to teams without engagement and communication.

Next Generation Development U18 Pathway: (two women’s and two men’s teams)

Teams will be invited to join this Pathway if they meet the requirements.  Invitations are based on ranking and meeting specific criteria. 

Teams who are eligible will receive:

More than $6,000 in value of services, if the team chooses to use all of the services:

  • Access to incentive funding (up to $4,000)
  • Pacific Sport carding (if eligible and available) – ($1,500 worth)
  • Up to 10 hours of coach time – value at $750
  • Integrated Services Team Subsidy – $1,000
  • Competition Subsidy – for entry fees only – $1,000
  • Subsidy for practice ice $500
  • Free access to Webinars ($500 value)
  • Off season funds = $300 towards physical or mental trainers/plans
  • Access to training camps
  • Access to Curl BC technology

Application Fee for Next Generation Development is $750

All teams in the Next Generational Development Pathway will need to engage with HP Director and Coach Melissa Soligo at least once/month.  Funds will not be accessible to teams without engagement and communication.

Bonus Funding

Bonus Funding may be available to teams who have met the program expectations and requirements by  December 15th, 2021.

This is available for Curl BC Program teams only!

The amount of bonus funding available will be dependent on budget and the number of teams who have met the criteria.

Forms and Documents

Ready to apply? Start the application process with the forms and resources below.

The following program requirements are due May 15. Click on the links below to fill out the forms. 

Program Fee $500 – due May 15, 2021.

Additional Program Requirements – due Aug. 15, 2021

The following forms and documents will be made available after the May 15 deadline has passed for the initial documents.

  • Competition Plan – submit to Melissa Soligo via email
  • 2nd Fitness test results
  • Detailed Pre-Competition Action Plans #2 – covers Aug. 15, 2021 – Dec. 15, 2021
  • True Sport Clean for Athletes – if this was not completed in last 2 years
  • Safe Sport for Coaches – if this was not done last year
  • Physical and strength training plan (team or individual) – targeted teams
    • Teams need a specific plan that they are following in the off season
    • If there was a cost to getting this plan done, the invoice can be submitted
  • Fees for Next Generation Targeted Stream due Aug. 15
    • U35 = $700
    • U21 = $500
    • U18 = $250

Additional Program Requirements – due Dec. 15, 2021

The following forms and documents will be made available after the Aug 15 deadline has passed for the pre-season documents.

  • 3rd Fitness test results
  • Detailed Competition Action Plans #3 – covers Dec. 15, 2021 – Mar. 15, 2022
Ranking list and ranking criteria

The categories of athletes that are considered for ranking include men, women, junior men, and junior women, mixed doubles and wheelchair. Athletes are ranked individually and points are awarded based on performance in the last four years of competition.

Due to Covid-19 we will not include points earned or results from the 2020-21 season. when calculating teams point for 2021-22 program placement, we will use the previous 4 seasons that all competitors had an equal opportunity to compete in. This includes the 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons.

  • Team points are divided by four and awarded to each player on the team.
  • Points will be retained for four years.
  • Athletes receive a cumulative point’s total.
  • Championship points are to be weighted and reduced by 25% per year.
  • CTRS points are awarded and are to be reduced by 25% a year.
  • Able-bodied and wheelchair athletes have separate ranking lists.
  • CWG teams will receive points
  • Youth Olympics team members will receive points.
  • 5th players who play 2 games or more on a rotating player team will receive points.
  • 5th players who play less than 2 games will not receive points.

Note:  When U21 athletes age out, their U21 points will then be moved to adult.  If they play in adult while still U21, the adult list will only show points that were earned in that division.

Ranking list as of April 24, 2020

Full ranking criteria (PDF)