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Oct. 26, 2018
 
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 this week:
 
Events/Sport Education
• The registration deadline for the inaugural Can-Am Cup Tour has been extended to Nov. 15.
• The 2018-19 USCA Rules of Curling booklet has now been published and is available in digital and print format. As a reminder the 5-rock Free Guard Zone rule is new this season.
• Paralympic program coach Tony Colacchio has achieved USA Curling Level 4 coaching certification status.
• USA’s Evan Workin, Rachel Workin, Jordan Brown and Christina Lammers finished 3-5 in the round robin of the Winn Rentals World Mixed Curling Championship in Kelowna, B.C., Canada.
• The draw schedule for the 2019 WFG Continental Cup of Curling has been announced.
• Tickets are on sale for the 2019 Women’s and Men’s Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich.
 
Grants/Sponsorship/Revenue Development
• Jeff Annis, Russ Brown, Roger Smith and the George E. and Kathleen E. Austin Foundation are among the newest members of The Granite Society. Rich Lepping and Jennifer Stannard have both renewed their membership.
• Chairwoman Courtney Schmidt and I had a call with YSC Sports Marketing as a follow-up to my initial conversation with them about potential sponsorship sales work.
• With an initial introduction from Director Matt Gamboa, I have been connected with two distillery companies for potential sponsor conversations and am providing preliminary information to both.
• Terry and I had a debrief call with our American Savings Bank partners for the Hawaii Charity Curling Classic. The 2019 event is tentatively set for Oct. 1-3.
• Conversations with sponsor prospect New Holland went well enough this week that discussions are continuing.

Communications/PR
• The third episode of Curling Night in America on NBC Sports Network airs today at 9:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also catch all the action in high definition via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
• Minnesota Made Me, a book by Twin Cities author Pat Borzi (frequenter contributor to The New York Times and follower of curling), goes on sale next month and includes a chapter dedicated to Olympic gold medalist John Shuster. There will be a book launch party at Summit Brewing Co. in the Twin Cities on Nov. 1, free and open to the public.
• Terry is wrapping up production of the next issue of the U.S. Curling News, which should begin arriving in mailboxes around Nov. 16.
• Conversations are underway with the Green Bay Packers entertainment division to include curling in a multi-sport celebration at Lambeau Field’s new Titletown complex, Feb. 16-17. Luge and biathlon are also included so far.
• The Green Bay Curling Club hosted the ESPN Monday Night Football crew for the annual curling and hospitality event that has become a tradition whenever the Packers host a Monday Night Football game.

Inside the Curling World
• In the interest of international relations and WCF strategic development, I had a call with the president of the Nigeria Curling Federation, who was following up on conversations I had with the federation’s secretary general at the recent WCF Congress.
• A Town Hall teleconference was held Wednesday to highlight actions and items from the fall Board of Directors meeting and Members’ Assembly that took place in Latham, N.Y.
 
Competitive Programs
• Teams skipped by John Shuster, Nina Roth and Jamie Sinclair are competing in the Grand Slam of Curling’s Canadian Beef Masters in Truro, Nova Scotia.
• Chase Sinnett led his Junior High Performance Program (JHPP) team to its second major tournament win after capturing the U21 Crystal Slam in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Sinnett’s rink also won the Stu Sells Junior Tankard last month. The team is coached by Keith Dropkin (Southborough, Mass.).
• Four teams have qualified for the Junior National Championships from the initial berth bonspiel in Lakeville, Minn. They join the four Junior HPP teams that were directly advanced to the championships.
• All three women’s HPP teams competed at the Canad Women’s Classic, and the Junior HPP team led by Annmarie Dubberstein competed in the China Open.
 
What’s up next week:
• The Wisconsin Adaptive Sports Association, the Wauwatosa Curling Club and the U.S. Paralympic curling team are offering a free, one-day Adaptive Curling Clinic on Saturday. Contact Sam Gracz to register.
• Fourth episode of Curling Night in America on NBC Sports Network, Nov 2.
• 2019 Paralympic World Team Trials, Nov. 2-4, Wausau, Wis.
• Junior Nationals Berth Bonspiel Qualifier #2, Nov. 2-4, Laurel, Md. Three boy’s teams and two girl’s teams are entered, with one Nationals spot available for each gender.
 
What’s coming two weeks from now (Nov. 3 – 9, 2018):
• Junior Nationals Berth Bonspiel Qualifier #3, Nov. 9-11, Bismarck, N.D.
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