- 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 Mixed Doubles and how do you play it?
At the beginning of each season we offer free instruction clinics for beginners or for those wanting to learn more.
1. Clean flat soled shoes.
2. Curling broom (the club has a curling broom that you may use for a game).
3. Slider (optional)
4. Gloves (optional)
5. Warm clothing that does not shed fibres. Layers are ideal in case you get too hot.
Most people curl in a light jacket or a heavy sweater.
An 8-end game usually lasts 2 hours.
At the beginning of the season leagues are formed. Each league has an approximate skill level. New curlers are place on teams according to their level of ability and their reason for curling. ( ie: recreational or competitive)
Each league has a list of spares that can fill in for you.
A bonspiel is a form of tournament. Most are held on weekends. Anyone who wishes to curl in a bonspiel usually 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. Generally an extra entry fee is charged for participation.
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.