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March 29, 2019
 
Dear USCA Member Clubs, States and Regions,

Here is the next edition of USCA Tapas for your information and sharing with your membership. Have a good weekend.
 
Rick
 
What happened in the previous two weeks:
 
Events/Sport Education
• The final playoff berth is being determined with a tiebreaker game this morning at the Mixed National Championship in Denver. The semifinals take place tonight, and the finals on Saturday. The champions will represent USA in the 2019 World Mixed Curling Championship, which has just been announced as taking place Oct. 12-19 in Aberdeen, Scotland.
• The USA Curling Junior Developmental Pool athletes will be in camp next week in Minneapolis.
• The GNCC team led by Susan Dudt and Minnesota rink led by Kevin Tuma won the U18 National Championship titles. This event is supported by the Chris Moore Legacy Fund, which also provides support to the two U.S. teams advancing to compete in the U18 Players Championship March 29-31 in Ontario.
• Team Washington skip Connor Kauffman received the Garland Legacie Spirit of Curling Award at the U18 Championship.
• The Coyotes Curling Club notched its first-ever national championship title as the Mike Siggins team won the Club Nationals. Madison’s Sydney Schmus rink won the women’s title.
• Event host site bids for 2019-20 are still being sought, with the first bid deadline being March 31.
• Krasnoyarsk, Russia, has been announced as the host of the 2020 Junior World Championships.

Inside the world of curling
• Take a moment to vote for Team USA in the LGT World Women’s Curling Championship Top Shots competition.
• The WCF has announced the members of its newly-formed Technical Commission, which has a charge of ensuring outstanding ice conditions and all WCF events.
• The WCF’s semi-annual Open Meetings took place in Silkeborg, Denmark. USCA WCF reps in attendance were Mark Swandby, Jennifer Stannard, Leland Rich and Allison Pottinger.
• Kim has been working hard to complete updates to the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy (MAAPP) that is part of USA Curling’s SafeSport Policy. The MAAPP draft is being submitted to the U.S. Center for SafeSport for review today. The new policy will be implemented by June 23.
• Applications have started coming in for the Growth & Development Manager position.
• Olympic gold medalist Rhona (Martin) Howie of Scotland has joined the WCF staff as Equipment and Logistics Officer.
• Several camps, courses and other development opportunities are offered by the WCF.
 
Communications/PR
• The promotional youth-sport oriented commercial featuring Curling Canada and USA Curling that was developed as part of the Success Files with Rob Lowe project is set for distribution starting next week. It will air in prime time nationally on Fox Business Network April 4 and 7, and then in 100 regional networks with a reach of over 50 million households. The feature story itself will be distributed to Public TV affiliates beginning April 29.
• NBC networks are broadcasting live and live streaming 12 games from the Men’s World Curling Championship, with live coverage on The Olympic Channel and several same-day replays on NBCSN.
• Check out the latest edition of Suzanna Viau’s Gold Medal series, in which she catches up with Olympic gold medal skip John Shuster.
• NBC networks carried live broadcasts and web streams from all 12 of USA’s round robin games from the World Women’s Championship in Silkeborg, Denmark, as well as the semifinals and medal games.
 
Competitive Programs
• Team USA finished one place shy of the playoffs in the World Women’s Curling Championship in Silkeborg, Denmark, with a 6-6 record. While tied with Japan and Canada for the sixth spot, USA lost out on head-to-head and draw shot challenge tiebreaking procedures. And while USA finished ahead of Canada in the standings, we will still be subject to the America’s Challenge given that Canada is hosting the 2020 World Women’s Championship.
• The 60th World Men’s Championship gets underway Saturday in Lethbridge, Canada.
• The application deadline for athletes interested in becoming part of the 2020 National Wheelchair Team program has been extended by two weeks, to April 15.
• The 2018 U.S. Paralympic Program final report has been filed with the U.S. Paralympic Committee.
• I have initiated the 2018-19 survey of all athletes who were part of the 2018-19 Paralympic program, both in the development and high performance areas.
 
Grants/Sponsorship/Revenue Development
• While at the WCF meetings in Denmark, I confirmed that the WCF has accepted my request for a $75,000 grant to support the 2019 Curling Night in America event and TV production. We are anticipating staging the next event in August, and it is scheduled to air on NBC Sports Network January – March 2020.
• Applications are now being accepted for the Darwin Curtis Fund grants.
• YSC Marketing and I finalized and presented two more sponsorship decks to follow-up on initial conversations and meetings.
 
What’s up next week:
• Men’s World Championship, Saturday through April 7, Lethbridge, Canada.
• ACES meeting by teleconference, Wednesday.
 
What’s coming two weeks from now (April 6 - 12, 2019):
• Curling Night in America potential host site visit, April 8-9.
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