ROCKTalks are short, powerful learning sessions for U18 and U21 curlers and coaches. Most Slams in the Junior Slam Series include a value-added ROCKTalk, giving junior curlers an inside scoop on the hot topics in the sport.

ROCKTalks are usually held Friday evenings at the Slams but may vary by event. They are free to teams (team of 4 or 5 players and one coach) who have registered for the accompanying Slam. Space permitting, other coaches, athletes, parents and others who wish to attend may purchase tickets for any of our ROCKTalks. 

ROCKTalk speakers include sports psychologists, fitness trainers, Olympic medallists, ice makers, top coaches, equipment manufacturers, scientists and so on. Our season 4 speaker lineup is in development but will see an outstanding array of professionals from the world of sport.

Themes that are relevant to young teams, like building a career in curling, fitness training, nutrition, strategy sessions, mental toughness and team dynamics are covered. ROCKTalks give athletes and coaches and sometimes parents the opportunity to ask questions and converse one-on-one with our high-profile guest speakers.

Season One ROCKTalks FREE:

COACHES: ROCKTalks are eligible for Maintenance of Certification Points with the Ontario Curling Council. A convener or Junior Slam Series staff will circulate an OCC Record of Professional Development attendance form to verify your attendance. For provinces outside of Ontario we provide the NCCP info to their respective authority.  PLEASE HAVE YOUR CERTIFICATION NUMBER (NCCP#) WITH YOU. YOU WILL NEED TO RECORD THIS NUMBER ON THE ATTENDANCE FORM TO OBTAIN YOUR POINTS.

ROCKTalks are endorsed by the Ontario Curling Council.

Season Three Speakers

Scott Arnold

If anyone knows curling on the world stage it’s Scott Arnold. A Chartered Professional Curling Coach and Competitions and Development Officer for the World Curling Federation, Scott is responsible for helping countries manage the huge demand and develop junior curling programs and camps.

After a successful Men’s competitive career, Scott established a business in London Ontario and simultaneously began a high-level coaching career.  Scott is behind much of the research in sweeping and fitness that has led to our sport’s rapid progress in the last decade.  We are thrilled to welcome Scott to our ROCKTalk podium.