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WHEELCHAIR CURLING PACKAGE

INTRODUCING PEOPLE TO THE SPORT


Picture by Håkan Sundström

A GUIDANCE PACK FOR ICE RINKS, PARTICIPANTS, COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS

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RULES

COACHING      

WORLD WHEELCHAIR CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP RULES

  1. Each game shall be played over 6 ends with an extra end to be played should the teams be tied.
     
  2. Each player shall release their stones before the hog line.
     
  3. No sweeping is permitted.
     
  4. All players must deliver the stone from a stationary wheelchair which shall be placed so that the stone is delivered from the centre line.


    Picture by Hugh Stewart
     
  5. Each team must be comprised of mixed gender. At the start of the competition each team shall be composed of four players, each player playing two stones and playing each stone alternately with his opponent. Where five players are registered, these five players have equal standing and may be used at any time, in accordance with the rules, at the discretion of the skip or coach. At least one member of the on-ice team must be of the opposite gender, unless there is a reason adjudged valid by the Chief Umpire
     
  6. Delivery of the stone may be undertaken by the conventional arm/hand release or by the use of the extender cue.
     
  7. Wheelchair Curling should be restricted to individuals with significant impairments in lower leg/gait function i.e. spinal injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, double leg amputation etc., who usually require a wheelchair for daily mobility. More specifically those who are non ambulant or can walk only very short distances. Determination of minimum disability and appropriate classification shall be made by authorised international sports classifiers.
     
  8. Moreover the WCF rules of play shall apply.

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SAFETY CODE & PRACTICE

  • CHECK OUT YOUR ICE RINK FOR EASY ACCESS
  • CHECK OUT THE FIRE SAFETY CODES AND ACCESS TO FIRE EXIT
  • A RAMP MAYBE REQUIRED FOR ACCESS ON TO ICE PAD

GETTING ON ICE ................

  • REMOVE GRIT FROM WHEELS OF WHEELCHAIR
  • MAKE SURE RAMP IS IN PLACE
  • HELPERS HAVE GRIPPY SOLES ON
  • SAFETY BELTS MAYBE REQUIRED
  • REVERSE CHAIRS ON TO THE ICE FOR THOSE WHO REQUIRE ASSISTANCE

DELIVERY .................

  • BRAKES ON
  • WORK THE BUDDY SYSTEM (i.e. Wheelchair curler gripping the rear wheels of the thrower's chair)


Picture by Hugh Stewart

EQUIPMENT..............

  • TAKE CARE WHEN MOVING STONES
  • DON'T SWING BRUSHES

ETIQUETTE .............

  • WHEN MOVING WHEELCHAIRS UP AND DOWN THE SHEET MAKE SURE THEY ARE AT THE SIDE OF THE SHEET

EMERGENCY CALL           -       ICE

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DELIVERY

CONVENTIONAL ARM/HAND DELIVERY


Picture by Hugh Stewart

  • LINE-UP STONE AT A COMFORTABLE DISTANCE FROM THE HOG LINE USING THE BUDDY SYSTEM.
  • IF RIGHT HANDED PLACE CHAIR TO LEFT HAND SIDE OF CENTRE LINE AND SIMILARLY IF LEFT HANDED, TO RIGHT HAND SIDE OF CENTRE LINE.
  • PULL STONE BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS A FEW TIMES TO GAIN MOMENTUM AND THEN RELEASE STONE WITH A FOLLOW THROUGH TOWARDS THE BROOM.

HANDLES

  • CHAIR ANGLED AT 11 O'CLOCK INTURN
  • CHAIR ANGLED AT 1 O'CLOCK OUTTURN

EXTENDER CUE DELIVERY


Picture by Håkan Sundström

THE START POSITION IS NO DIFFERENT TO THE CONVENTIONAL ARM/HAND RELEASE DELIVERY.  HOWEVER SOME WHEELCHAIR CURLERS WHO DO NOT USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM ANGLE THEIR CHAIRS.

THE CUE IS EXTENDABLE TO SUIT EACH PERSON’S REQUIREMENTS.

INTURN-

PLACE THE END OF THE CUE AT 11 O’CLOCK AND DELIVER WITH A STRAIGHT ARM, FOLLOWING THROUGH TO THE BROOM.

OUTTURN-

PLACE THE END OF THE CUE AT 1 O’CLOCK AND DELIVER WITH A STRAIGHT ARM, FOLLOWING THROUGH TO THE BROOM.

THE ACCURACY OF THE EXTENDER CUE IS SUCCESSFUL FOR TAKEOUTS OR FOR WHEELCHAIR CURLERS WHO DO NOT POSSESS THE SAME UPPER BODY STRENGTH TO USE THE CONVENTIONAL ARM/HAND RELEASE.

MANY WHEELCHAIR CURLERS USE BOTH DELIVERIES IN A GAME SITUATION, WHICH IS PERMISSIBLE.

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CLOTHING RECOMMENDATIONS

  • LAYERS RATHER THAN THICK TOPS
  • THERMAL UNDERWEAR
  • WARM TROUSERS - NO JEANS
  • WARM FOOTWEAR - INSOLES
  • GLOVES, HAT
  • NO PART OF THE BODY TO TOUCH THE METAL ON THE WHEELCHAIR

BE AWARE OF THE CURLERS GETTING COLD - DO NOT HAVE TOO LONG A SESSION - REST TIMES PERHAPS A TEN MINUTE BREAK

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COACHING ETIQUETTE

  • WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW.............
  • EVERY WHEELCHAIR USER IS DIFFERENT EACH WITH A DIFFERENT SET OF CHALLENGES
  • THEY WILL TELL YOU WHAT THEY CAN OR CANNOT DO
  • BE PREPARED TO ADAPT
  • BY MAKING SMALL ADJUSTMENTS TO YOUR COACHING STYLE YOU CAN WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY WITH DISABLED PEOPLE
  • IF YOU FEEL HELP TO PUSH A WHEELCHAIR IS REQUIRED - ASK BEFORE YOU PUSH
  • WHEN TALKING TO A WHEELCHAIR USER, DO SO FROM A POSITION THAT IS COMFORTABLE FOR BOTH OF YOU
  • MOVE CHAIRS UP AND DOWN THE SIDE OF EACH SHEET OF ICE AND NOT UP THE CENTRE
If you are interested, have any ideas or wish to receive more information, please contact Kate Caithness at katecaithness@btinternet.com

2005-12-05

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