Book review: A Pane in the Glass

Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Bill Tschirhart has been involved in coaching the sport of curling for many years. I was first introduced to Bill in 1990 when he was coach of the University of Waterloo varsity curling teams, which was Bill’s first coaching position. Since then, Bill has held coaching positions provincially and nationally, coached at both national and […]

Tac-tic-tee by Rock Science

Posted by on July 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Tac-Tic-Tee (Tactic-Tee, not Tic-Tac-Tee) is a curling strategy game that centers on shot selection. Players of the game pretend that they are skipping a team in their club championship final. A play situation involves the layout of the stones as diagrammed on one of the rock-position cards, supplemented by the specific circumstances for the shot: […]

Shot selection and strategy

Posted by on January 30, 2011 at 11:27 am

Strategy and tactics are two terms often used to describe the choices that a team can make during an end, or during a game. Former National Training Centre coach Bill Tschirhart describes strategy this way: Strategy is the shot called after considering a variety of factors in light of a pre-determined game plan which results […]

Understanding the Free Guard Zone rule

Posted by on January 10, 2011 at 10:19 am

During Bantam practice yesterday, a number of situations arose where properly utilizing the Free Guard Zone would change both the strategy of play and the tactics used at the beginning of the end. So here’s a brief explanation of the Free Guard Zone rule, re-printed here from the Elmira and District Curling Club website. The […]

Which shot is more difficult?

Posted by on October 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm

At the beginning of October I had the privilege of participating in the Team Glenn Howard Fantasy Camp. Not only did we get the opportunity to learn from Glenn and his team, but they also brought in a number of National-level coaches including Bill Tschirhart, Wendy Morgan, Jim Waite, Earle Morris, Scott Taylor, Brian Savill […]