Here’s your opportunity to learn the sport of curling

We provide on-ice instructors, to aid in skill development and game play. We provide all the equipment such as grippers, sliders and brooms for this league. Just wear clean running shoes (that are cleaned from outside dirt) and warm, comfortable clothing so you can bend easily. We suggest layering so that you can adjust as necessary. Most curlers also wear gloves to keep their hands warm and to protect them when sweeping. We have change-room facilities for your convenience. Golden Ears Winter Club is located next to Planet Ice, 23580 105th Avenue, Maple Ridge— we have a fully licensed upper lounge to enjoy a chat and a beverage after your game.

If you have any questions, drop us an e-mail learntocurl@gmail.com.

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Beginner League

  • Thursdays: October 5th-Dec 14th 2017
  • Time: 7-9 pm (please arrive by 6:45pm)
  • Cost: $100 (Curl BC fee of $15 and GST extra)

Learn to curl clinic
September 21st and September 28th
2 session times 6:30pm and 8pm

Equipment, Clothing and Safety

FOOTWEARRunning shoes and skate shoes work the best. The softer the rubber is, the better the grip. Clean your shoes and carry them into the club to prevent dirt from getting on to the ice surface. Do not wear shoes with plastic soles. The plastic will get cold and extra slippery.  High heeled shoes, boots, and sandals, and muddy or dirty runners are not allowed on the ice.
Use the shoe cleaners as you enter the ice shed. Best Practice: Keep your slider foot off the backboards and do not step onto the ice with your slider foot.
Street shoes will not be allowed on the ice.
PANTSWear loose fitting pants, sweat pants, track pants, yoga pants, or any pants that stretch. Do not wear jeans or tight pants. Shorts are not recommended especially for new curlers.
JACKETSWear loose-fitting jackets over sweaters so that you have layers that can be removed if you get too hot. Do not wear jackets or sweaters that shed! Sweaters and hoodies are good choices.
GLOVESWear gloves or mitts that are easy to take on and off and that will keep your hands warm. No fuzzy gloves. Wear gloves or mitts that will grip the broom and not slide off. Leather or curling gloves with non-slip material on the palms work really well. Gloves that are too thick should be removed when throwing the rock.
SLIDERSSole gliders are used for new curlers. You will find them at end of the sheet you are playing on. Use these until you feel comfortable with your balance and delivery technique. As you gain more experience you will begin to find them cumbersome and slow and will want to purchase curling shoes.
BROOMS RENTALSYou must wear a minimum of one gripper and two grippers are preferred. Sole gliders and grippers are free of charge.  New curlers can rent a broom from the rental brooms bins on the ice. The charge is 50 cents and you put your 50 cents in the box provided. Clean your rental broom if necessary using the scrub brushes at each end of the sheet.
STABILIZERSYou may be able to rent a stabilizer instead of a broom. Ask at the office for availability.

Juniors have a supply of brushes for their program, School programs will use the Back Ice Brushes, and corporate rentals will use the either Back Ice Brushes or will be provided with newly cleaned brushes on the regulation-size ice.

Safety

Ice can be slippery and dangerous; so follow a few simple rules and you will be safe.

  • Never run on the ice without two grippers on your shoes.
  • Keep your slider foot always flat on the ice when moving up and down the sheet and during and after your delivery.
  • Pick up you sole glider when you are finished with your delivery. Never leave it on the ice where someone may not see it and unexpectedly step on it.
  • Control your rocks at all times when moving them into position or at the conclusion of an end. Use your hand or keep your broom on the rock; never kick or forcefully shove a rock back into place.
  • Never lift a rock off the ice. Rocks weigh over 18 kilos (or over 40 pounds) and if you drop one you will get hurt and the ice will get damaged!
  • Never allow the rocks to bang into the hacks. The hacks will be ruined, the rock will bounce unexpectedly and the ice will get chipped.
  • Never throw rocks in two directions at each other. Our rocks are very expensive and will break if thrown hard at each other from each end. It is very dangerous to get hit with a rock! If a rock goes onto another sheet, bring it back to your sheet carefully.
  • Know your position when you are not throwing. Always walk down the ice in single file — not side-by-side.
  • Be aware of what’s going on around you!

Follow these simple safety rules and Stay Alert.
Every curler, member or visitor, is covered by insurance when they are on the ice. Help your fellow curlers if you see them doing something that is unsafe or report any unsafe behaviour to the Board of Directors or Manager.

Etiquette and Best Practices

Curling Etiquette

Etiquette: a set of best practices and social conventions for acceptable behaviour supporting the smooth operation of a curling game leaving maximum time for fun!

  1. Be Honest
  2. Be a good sport
  3. An 8 – end game should take 2 hours.
    1. Get into position to throw your rock once the opponent’s rock has left their hand. Remember to clean the rock. Stand up and wait for your skip’s signals for your shot.
    2. Sweepers move back into position walking single file down the side of the sheet.
    3. Do not place the rocks back according to number.
    4. Feel free to watch your rock’s progress; but not by continuing to leave knees and hands on the ice! Stand up and be ready to move out of position once your rock has come to rest.
  4. Be on time. Get a spare if necessary to ensure your team has a minimum of three players. Check your league’s expectations.
  5. Contact your opposition if you cannot field a team. Each league has a bulletin board with the draw and the name of your opposition on it.
  6. Clean shoes, clean ice. Dirt on the ice comes from dirty brooms, old tattered grippers, and outside shoes. Outside shoes will not be allowed on the ice. Use the scrub brushes to clean your brooms, pick out hairs from hair brushes, and make sure your grippers are in good shape and not shedding.
  7. Practice before your game on a different sheet.
  8. Shake hands before and after the game in a spirit of camaraderie and with good wishes for ‘Good Curling’ or ‘Good Game.’
  9. Only the thirds should be in the house to determine the score. The other players should be putting rocks back and returning to their positions. This practice keeps the game moving. Thirds put up the score during the game and mark the ‘W’ on the draw sheet.
  10. Compliment a good shot by your opponent.
  11. Stay between the hoglines until it is your team’s turn to deliver. Only the skip and third should be behind the house when the opposition is throwing. If teammates want to get together, the skip or third should move to stand with the other players between the hoglines.
  12. Keep your broom still and off the ice behind the throwing end when the opposition is delivering.
  13. Be in position and ready when it is your turn to deliver or sweep.
  14. A good player never attempts to distract or otherwise prevent an opponent from playing his/her best.
  15. A true curler would rather lose than win unfairly.
  16. No curler ever deliberately breaks a rule or tradition; but if done so inadvertently, is the first to divulge the breach.
  17. Curl curlers respect their teammates.
  18. Good curlers demonstrate good sportsmanship and honourable conduct on and off the ice.
  19. It is up to the skip of each team to determine when the game is over. Some skips do like to throw those last rocks even if there is no chance of winning. Be courteous.
  20. During a game where one team is beating the other by a large score, it is the prerogative of the losing team to concede the game. Winning teams can take the opportunity to teach, to practise more difficult shots, or to try out other call strategies, in a safe situation, that could improve their own game.

Seems like a lot to remember at first, but you’ll catch on and etiquette will fast become your habit! The results: more ends to play, less frustration and more fun in a convivial atmosphere. Good Curling!

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