Learn To Curl

 

Do you and friends / family want to try something new? Have fun on the ice?

Why not give curling a try! Learn to do it right!

Our instruction programs are fun and will have you "game ready" in a very short time. The focus is on learning the basics of curling, always keeping in mind your safety on the ice.

Our novice curling clinics are all "Free"
No cost to anyone wanting to learn curl!

We are anxious for you to give curling a try! Every curler has had the "daunting experience" of throwing their first rock. Why not do it right! We offer beginner (novice)
instruction clinics to those 18 years and older (note: under 18 yrs. of age – specific beginners' instruction is offered as part of our Youth Curling program.

The goal of our novice curling clinics is that having successfully completed the sessions – the individual is what we call "game ready" – able to confidently and competently participate in the curling programs of their choice.

The Novice Curling Clinics:

• Consist of 2 hour sessions under the direction of our head curling professional
Alison Goring, assisted by volunteer curlers.

Daytime: Tues. & Thurs. Sept. 25 & 27        9:30am - 11:30am 

                Wed. Sept. 26                                 1:00pm - 3:00pm

                Sat. Sept 29                                    9:00am - 11:00 am or 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Evening: Tues. & Thurs. Sept. 25 & 27        6:30pm - 8:30pm

                Mon. Oct. 1                                      6:30pm - 8:30pm


Note: if you are unable to attend any of these sessions – private lessons (at no charge) can be arranged

For further details and/or registration contact: Alison Goring - 905-881-3000  ext. 261  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Clinics consist of basic skills (all aspects of the delivery of the rock); sweeping techniques / game strategy / rule of play / curling etiquette / safety on the ice

NOTE: For safety reasons as well as an assurance that each individual has the necessary basic skills; it is our policy that every "new" member to our curling section must either have previous curling experience (having curled for at least one curling season at another club) OR has successfully completed one of our beginners (novice) clinics OR has had private novice lessons with our head curling professional.

 

About the Sport

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Curling has a long and rich history. While its origins are lost in the mists of time, Scottish curlers already were playing the game by the beginning of the 16th century on frozen ponds and lochs.

Their earliest equipment included stones formed by nature, each one unique. These stones often curved, or "curled," as they slid down the ice, and the players used besoms or brooms to clear snow and debris from the path of the stones.

Today, curling is a game of strategy, finesse and strength, contested by teams generally comprised of four players. The principle of curling is simple - get your stone closer the center of the target circles, called the "house," than your opponent. Players of all skill levels can participate and compete even at older ages than most sports allow.

Respect, honor and tradition are core elements of the game. Curlers are close knit and you can rely on a warm welcome in curling clubs throughout the world. Camaraderie among players is inherent in the sport and tradition calls for both teams to sit together after a game, discussing what was and what might have been.

Come join us.

Curling Etiquette

 

  • Start with a handshake. At the beginning of the game, greet the members of the opposing team with a handshake, tell them your name, and wish them “Good Curling”.
  • Finish with a handshake. When the game is over, offer each of the players a hearty handshake and move off the ice. The winning curlers traditionally offer their counterparts some refreshments.
  • Keep the ice clean. Change your shoes. Sand, grit and dirt are the ice’s worst enemy. The shoes you wear should only be used for curling. Keep them clean.
  • Compliment good shots, no matter which team makes them. Respect your opponent.
  • Be ready. Take your position in the hack as soon as your opponent has delivered his/her stone. Keep the game moving; delays detract from the sport. Be prepared to sweep as soon as your teammate releases the rock.
  • After delivering your stone, move to the side of the sheet between the “hog “ lines, unless you are the skip. Leads and seconds are not permitted in “house” or “rings”, except when sweeping or to remove the stones after the count has been determined by the vices.
  • Be courteous. Don’t distract your opponent in the hack. Sweepers should stay on the sidelines between the hog lines when not sweeping.
  • Place your skip’s rock in front of the hack to help speed up the game.
  • All games on the ice should run approximately the same time. Therefore, if your game is an end or two behind all other games you should pick up the pace. Each player should be ready to deliver their rock when their skip puts down the broom.

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