33 minutes | May 30, 2021

Delivery: Release Point Method With John Benton (Part 1 of 2)

This is a two-part series!John Benton is a longtime American competitive curler, administrator and coach. He also owns a company called "Cold Granite Curling" that provides training for individuals and teams. His approach to the delivery is called the "Release Point Method" (RPM). In Part 1, we introduce RPM, talk about the three "planes," and discover why he felt the need to create this set of delivery principles.NOTE: It's helpful if you can download the RPM Handbook PDF in advance to follow the conversation.Release Point Method (RPM) Handbook linkhttps://bit.ly/3c6lwimSome of the topics we discuss include:* Two coaches that influenced his thinking about the delivery (4:03)* Why looking at the delivery from a side view led to a breakthrough in his thinking (6:02)* What is the "Release Point" (8:57) and why we should practice it off the ice (11:47)* The "Glide Plane" (13:05)* The "Line Plane" (16:48)* The "Support Plane" aka "balance" (20:40)* How to get kids to work on their "Support Plane" (24:05)Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:Cold Granite Curling Web sitehttps://www.coldgranite.com/Release Point Method (RPM) Handbook linkhttps://bit.ly/3c6lwim"Curling - The Slide Demo.mpg" YouTube video from Continental Cup 2012https://youtu.be/y8OQkNk8WpYPro-Slide Delivery Aid by Reid Carruthers - Hardline Web sitehttps://hardlinecurling.com/en/pro-slide-by-reid-carruthersFour Seasons Curling Club (Blaine, MN, USA) Web sitehttps://www.fourseasonscurlingclub.com/Curler Outreach Program Web sitehttps://curleroutreach.org/John's e-mail address: jbcurler@gmail.comFollow our podcast on Twitter: @kidscurlingGlenn Gabriel is an NCCP-certified curling coach who lives in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. He has been the coordinator of the Little Rocks (U12) program at East York Curling Club in Toronto since 2011. If you have a question or feedback on the podcast, send us an e-mail at coachingkidscurling@gmail.comThe intro and outro music is "Golden Sunrise (Instrumental Version)"https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_Woodward/The_Wake_1790/JoshWoodward-TheWake-NoVox-10-GoldenSunriseBy Josh Woodwardhttps://freemusicarchive.org/music/Josh_WoodwardLicensed under CC BY 3.0https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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