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April 12, 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:
 
Competitive Programs
• Applications are being accepted through April 30 for those interested in being considered for selection to the USA Curling Women’s and Men’s High Performance Program.
• Junior-aged athletes have until April 24 to apply for the USA Curling Junior High Performance Program. An informational webinar will be held at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday, April 17, to better inform prospective athletes and their parents regarding program requirements and commitments, including outlining program schedules, finances and other expectations.
• Team USA reached the playoffs of the World Men’s Championship in Lethbridge, Canada, but lost in the quarterfinals in an extra end to Japan and finished fifth overall. Sweden repeated as champions, defeating Canada in the final.

 
Events/Sport Education
• The 2020 Arena National Championships will take place in Gillette, Wyoming, making the first time a major curling championship will be held in “The Equality State.”
• The Hunter Clawson rink won the Mixed National Championship in Denver.
• A Business of Curling symposium will be held in Oakland June 29-30.
• The Susan Dudt team advanced to the final of the U18 Players Championship in Ontario. The Kevin Tuma team won the consolation bracket, finishing with a 4-2 record.
• After a successful site visit last week, it has been decided that the next Curling Night in America event will be staged in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Aug. 22-24. The 9-program series taped at this event will air on NBC Sports Network January – March 2020.
• There will be a Level 1 Instructor Course in Sioux Falls, S.D., April 28.

 
Communications/PR
• Check out Suzanna Viau’s latest Gold Medal series feature on 2018 Olympic gold medalist Tyler George.
• April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.
• The USA Curling web site received 123,718 unique visitors for the first quarter of 2019.
• Fox Business Network aired the promotional youth-sport oriented commercial featuring Curling Canada and USA Curling.

 
Inside the world of curling
• Approximately 40 applications have been received to date for the Growth & Development Director position, and I am beginning initial conversations with candidates of interest this week. Chairwoman Courtney Schmidt and Director Rich Lepping are assisting me with the vetting and review process.
• USA Curling Hall of Fame nominations are being accepted through June 1.
• The first ISS Ice, Sports & Solar project install in the USA is underway as Lake Tahoe Epic Curling completes its transition to dedicated curling ice.
• Provisional membership has been approved for the Jacksonville Granite Curling Club in Florida.
• WCF Club Development Loans have been approved for the San Francisco Bay Area and Fort Wayne Curling Clubs.

• We had a review call with the U.S. Center for SafeSport compliance officer and only a few minor changes have been requested to the updated Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policy that we submitted.
 
What’s up next week:
• Level 1 Instructor Course at the Triangle Curling Club, Saturday.
• NGB Council meeting by teleconference, Monday.
• ACES conference, Tuesday - Thursday, Colorado Springs.

 
What’s coming two weeks from now (April 19 - 25, 2019):
• World Mixed Doubles Championship, April 20-27, Stavanger, Norway.
• World Senior Championships, April 20-27, Stavanger, Norway.
• Champions Cup, Saskatoon, Canada, April 23-28.
 
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