Content Analysis

Content will be broken down progressively for tactical understanding and skill development (Hopper, 1998).  The relationship will be basic skill to play, then from game play to skill development and back to more challenging game play (Thorpe and Bunker, 1989).  Skills will be broken down into conceptual (cognitive) skills and fundamentals (or psychomotor).
Tactical Problem
Conceptual Skills
1. Aiming for Target

2. Balanced Delivery

3. Placement

4. Releasing the Stone

5. Judging Stone Weight


Stance: Body position prior to
 backswing. Throwing arm, rock,
and body in line with shot path or
imaginary line (square to target).

Consistency in Body Position: Four
contact points to maintain balance
(broom on ice, rock, slide foot, and
hack toes). Consistent corresponding
movements of throwing arm and
sliding foot in backswing and 
forward extension (slide).

Maintaining extension: Imagine a
line from which the stone and body
must follow to reach the target
efficiently and effectively.

Consistency of rotation: Important
to have correct grip and turn to
guide the stone effectively down the
shot path.

Maintaining consistency in 
backswing: Think of shot path and
corresponding movement between
broom arm, slide foot, and stone.

Maintaining consistency in forward
extension: Shot path,
corresponding movement, and
amount of force generated from
hack leg.

Effective and efficient sweeping:
Communication between sweepers
and skip.


Feet position: non-sliding (hack)
foot placed in hack with toes
pointing in direction of throw.
Staggered stance with slide foot’s
heel in line with hack foot’s toes.
Body position: eyes and head
focused on target.

Broom arm placement: Moves
parallel with backswing and forward
Slide foot position: Moves in same
direction as throwing arm in both
backswing and forward extension.
Placed behind rock in forward extension
to bear body weight.
Trailing leg (hack leg): Complete
extension after push off. Hack toes
point towards hack after push off
and aids as a contact point.

Stone position: In full forward
extension, the hack leg, throwing
arm, and stone should follow the
shot path or imaginary line to
efficiently place the stone at the

Grip: Index and middle finger used
only. Knuckles rest on stone. Thumb
overlaps handle to form a “V” shape.
Turn: In-Turn (clockwise), handle at
“10 o’clock” and released at 
“12 o’clock.” Out-Turn (counter-clockwise), handle at “2 o’clock” and released at “12.”

Weight transfer: As rock moves
back, hips elevate, slide foot moves
behind hack and weight is transferred to hack leg.
Shot path: Throwing arm and stone
moves along shot path.

Force generation and rhythm: Develop a feel for how much push
off was used for each throw, how high
hips elevated, and how far the slide
foot moved backwards.

Analyzing force generation: Must
be able to observe thrower’s force
and speed of stone with each throw.