March 1, 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.
What happened in the previous two weeks:
Inside the world of curling
• Paralympian Jimmy Joseph and his family suffered a great personal loss when their home and all of their belongings were destroyed in a fire. A Go Fund Me
campaign is underway if you’d like to help out.
• Curling with Aloha
is your chance to curl with an Olympian in Hawaii this fall, and for a good cause, too.
• The Hit, Draw, Tap program we are implementing in conjunction with Curling Canada was launched during the Men’s and Women’s Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich. The inaugural competition consisted of young curlers from the Michigan area that competed in novice and competitive divisions. We anticipate launching a national youth skills challenge component soon.
• USA Curling Ambassador Tyler George is completing a multi-day tour through Florida. He will join me in Plano, Texas, March 7 for Toyota’s Olympic Day celebrations.
• The Mixed Doubles Nationals
are underway in Seattle and are being web streamed by USA Curling in partnership with TESN
. The champions will represent USA in the World Mixed Doubles Championship in Stavanger, Norway.
• The Women’s and Men’s Senior Nationals
are underway in Portage, Wis., and Mapleton and Mankato, Minn., respectively. The action from Mapleton is being web streamed
. The winners of these events will represent USA in the Senior World Championships in Stavanger, Norway.
• The U.S. men’s team finished fifth
in the World Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, Canada.
• With an eighth-place finish in the World Junior Women’s Championship
, USA will need to compete in the World Junior B Championships Dec. 9-17 in Finland in order to try to qualify for the 2020 World Junior Championships. The top three nations from the B event advance.
• Officials are needed
for the U18 Championships in Chaska, Minn.
• Teams led by Jamie Sinclair
and John Shuster
won gold at the USA Curling Women’s and Men’s Nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich., and will represent USA at the upcoming World Championships.
• The inaugural U5 National Bonspiel
was held at the Duluth Curling Club. See results here.
• The competing colleges have been announced
for the 2019 USA Curling College Nationals.
• The 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games Staff Selection Procedures
have been finalized and posted on the USA Curling website.
• The 2022 U.S. Olympic Team Selection Procedures for Mixed Doubles are in the final stages of review and will be published as soon as final approvals are given.
• The USCA earned $5,334 in commissions and incentive bonuses from our partnership with IHG for 2018. As a reminder, your national organization receives a commission on all transient (i.e. individual/small group, personal) and group bookings in which the USCA’s corporate code of 786876251 is used for transient and group reservations at IHG properties. Individuals booking through the USA Curling portal
receive a 10%+ discount on rooms.
• The USCA received $4,749 in licensing royalties from merchandise partner Fanatics for Q4 of 2018.
• I participated in four sponsor prospect calls this week arranged with YSC Sport Marketing from companies that have responded to the agency’s outreach on our behalf.
• If you’re curious about how retired NFL great Jared Allen got into curling, check out his first-person account
• USA Curling was one of the Toyota partners highlighted on the decklid of the No. 96 Camry in the Daytona 500, driven by Parker Kligerman, who finished 15th.
• Some notable numbers from the USA Curling/TESN web stream from the 2019 M/W Nationals include:
o 27,550 unique viewers; 92% increase from 2018
o 42,829 hours watched; 181% increase from 2018
o Average displays per draw, 5,143; 137% increase from 2018
• “Catching up with the Mustache
” is the title of the latest article by writer Suzanna Viau in her Gold Medal series.
• An estimated 1,500 people participated in Green Bay’s Titletown multi-sport event featuring curling, luge and biathlon. In addition, extensive media coverage reached an audience of over 2.5 million. Thanks to the Green Bay Curling Club and USCA Director Steven O’Keefe for their great support along with Paralympian Penny Greely and G&D Director Kim Nawyn.
What’s coming two weeks from now (March 8-14, 2019):
• World Wheelchair Championship
continues through March 9 in Stirling, Scotland.
• Winter World University Games
continue through March 12, Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
• USA Curling College Nationals
, March 8-10, Wayland, Mass.
• USA Curling Club Nationals
, Lakeville, Minn., March 9-16.
• USA Curling U18 Championships
, March 14-17, Chaska, Minn.