- Is there instruction available?
- What equipment do I need to curl?
- How cold is it on the curling rink?
- How long are the games?
- How am I assigned to a team?
- What if I join a team and cannot make a game?
- What is a bonspiel?
- Is there much socializing with curling?
- What is Open Doubles and how do you play it?
We offer a 5-session introduction to curling in the fall - "Learn to Curl 101". You do not need to be a member of the Center to participate. Cost for the clinic is $50 plus HST. If you choose to join the Centre following the clinic, the $50 is deducted from your Membership fee. CLICK HERE for information on Learn-to-Curl 101.
For more information on our League offerings - CLICK HERE.
In addition, we offer "Curl Better" Clinics for members throughout the season.
For the really keen, our Ice Technician, Dave Pallen, is available for hire for individual or group lessons.
We also offer 2 Instructional Programs for our young curlers:
- Junior Program (ages 12-20 years)
- Little Rock Program (ages 6-11 years) - not offered in the fall of 2020 due to COVID-19. It may be offered following Christmas.
- Clean flat soled shoes that you do not wear outside.
- Curling broom. Due to COVID-19 all curlers must have their own broom. The Pro Shop is offering brooms at discounted prices for the first 4 weeks of the 2020 curling season.
- Warm clothing that does not shed fibres. Layers are ideal in case you get too hot.
- Gloves and hat (optional).
- Slider and Gripper. Due to COVID-19 all curlers must have their own slider and grippers. The Pro Shop is offering equipment at discounted prices for the first 4 weeks of the 2020 curling season.
Most people curl in a light jacket or a heavy sweater.
Due to COVID-19 and the need for staggered start times, most games are scheduled to last 1¾hours (considered a 7-end game). Open Doubles and the Friday Night games will continue to be scheduled for 1½ hours. Strict time limits will be observed.
At the beginning of the season leagues are formed.
For the Recreational Leagues, the League Convenor makes up teams from those registered. Part way through the season, teams change and you will be assigned to a new team. As best we can, teams are made up of both experienced and new curlers.
For the Choose Your Own Leagues, participatnts register as a team.
Individuals and pairs looking to join a "Choose Your Own" team sign up as "Free Agents" and may be selected by skips who need players.
Each league has a list of spares that can fill in for you. It is your responsibility to try to find a spare and to notify your skip that you will not be able to make the game and the name of the person sparing for you if you were successful in finding someone.
A bonspiel is a form of tournament. Bonspiels are held both during the week and on weekends. Anyone who wishes to curl in a bonspiel has the opportunity to sign up in advance when it is announced. Bonspiels are held at our club and at other clubs around the area. An entry fee is charged for participation.
Due to COVID-19, we will not be running any Bonspiels this year.
One of the main reasons a lot of people curl is for the social aspect. You will get the opportunity to meet many people who live and work in the St. Catharines-Niagara area. Socializing takes place on the ice and after the game. While socializing is still encouraged, strict guidelines regarding social distancing will be put in place this year due to COVID-19.
CLICK HERE for information on what the game is and how to play it. While this article is about "Mixed" Doubles - "Open" Doubles is essentially the same with the exception that there can be any combination of men and women on a team.