Package - Peterborough Curling Club

Package - Peterborough Curling Club
As a new member of the Peterborough Curling Club, we wanted to not only welcome you, but also provide some
basic information on our club and the sport of curling.
Welcome letter from PCC Club President
PCC Equipment and Facilities
- general information on our curling club and available resources
PCC Sections/Leagues
-a summary of the various leagues within different sections of the club
Some Curling Basics
- an outline of basics on safety, etiquette, sweeping, and curling rules
Glossary of Curling Terms
- a list of common terms used in the sport of curling
15 Seconds
- some tips on speeding up play
What’s Happening
- suggested sources for more information on curling
- Curling 101: How the Game is Played – The Simple Version
- Touch the Rock: Delivery basics for the novice curler
2195 LANSDOWNE ST. W., CAVAN MONAGHAN, ONTARIO K9J 0G5 (705) -745-8252
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the members of the Peterborough Curling Club I would like to personally
welcome you to our club.
The club has been in existence for over 100 years and we presently have a membership of almost 500 curlers.
We offer full kitchen facilities and periodically have theme dinners during the curling season. Watch for the
announcements of these events and bring your family and friends for delicious food. We have a complete bar
which will be open for your enjoyment before and after your curling sessions. This is a great time to meet not only
our wonderful bar staff but your fellow curlers as well.
Our icemaker Reis Brauch has been working diligently to provide us with an excellent ice surface to curl on this
season. Please be aware that there are some rules about when you can go onto the ice surface for safety
reasons, ask a fellow curler if you are not sure.
During the season we offer free clinics to improve your game including delivery, strategy etc, check out our web
site for this information. As well we offer Social Curling on Sunday afternoons starting in January. These
sessions are open to both members, friends and family. It is a fun way to introduce people to our sport.
Our objective is to make you feel welcome and at home at PCC so you can think of us as your club. I hope you all
enjoy the curling experience and if there is anyway we can improve or help please let us know.
If at any time you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact myself or any member of the Board of
Good Curling and have a great season.
Rose Tallevi
P.C.C. President
Some general information on our curling club and various resources available.
Curling Equipment
- the club has available the following types of equipment for use by members: curling brushes, stabilizers delivery
sticks, sliders and grippers.
Change Rooms
- there are Ladies and Men’s change rooms which include lockers, washrooms, and bulletin boards with
information on various league activities and bonspiels.
- a defibrillator is located on the west side of the building just outside the ice entry door to sheet #6. The unit
provides guidance on usage and several club members have also been trained.
- the club has a fully equipped kitchen which provides a variety of lighter fare throughout the week. Typical snack
bar hours are as follows:
11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 7:30 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
11:00 am – 7:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sat/ Sun
as required
- Mastercard, VISA and Debit are accepted at the snack bar
- we also have a large dining room and offer periodic theme dinners
Bar and Lounge
- the club offers a fully stocked bar and comfortable lounge overlooking the ice.
Club Staff
- there are a number of staff members working at the club, including:
Reis Brauch
Brian Woodruff
Club Manager
Ice Technician
Chef & Kitchen Manager
Name tags
- PCC name tags are available through each section executive. Club pins are also for sale at the curling lounge bar.
- various sections offer individual instruction and coaching as well as periodic clinics on delivery (traditional and
stick) and strategy.
Practice Times
- various practice times are available throughout the week and typically just before any scheduled league play
(when numbers on scoreboard are down). Contact Ice Technician, Reis Brauch for times (705-745-8252 ext. #4) or
by email at [email protected])
Curling Websites
- chief among the curling websites you may wish to access are:
our own club website
Ontario Curling Association
Canadian Curling Association
- novice curlers may be interested in viewing the instructional videos on the CCA
website. Key in and select the Instructional
- for more websites on the sport of curling see enclosed article “What’s Happening?”
Curling Cub Library
- the following is a list of curling books and DVD’s for loan from the club manager’s office:
Scholz, Guy H., Between the Sheets: Creating Curling Champions (2005) – secrets and strategies of great curling
Weeks, Bob, Curling for Dummies (2006) – a guide to curling from game fundamentals to complex strategy
3 DVDs - Curling with Linda and Vic:
1. Viewer Guide
2. Curling Mechanics
3. Curling Strategy
One of our club members, Gerry Bradley, has also prepared some curling resource material
- The Game of Curling – an outline of curling basics including delivery, sweeping, rules etc.
- Basic Curling Strategy for Skips and Potential Skips – useful information for all team members as well as skips
Hanson, Warren, Curling: The History, the players, the game (1999) – history of curling plus fundamentals for
beginners and legendary competitions
Murray, W.H., The Curling Companion (1981) – an historical overview of curling
Sunmer, Jean, Burned by the Rock (1991) – the inside story on the world of Men’s championship curling
Men’s section
Team entry: Monday evening (6:30 & 8:30 pm)
Team entry: Tuesday evening (6:15 & 8:30 pm)
Senior Men’s section
(no age restriction)
Tag curling: Mon. (9:45 am) Wed. (10:30 am) and
Fri (10:30 am)
Team Entry: Monday (12:30 and 3:00 pm)
Interclub competition
Business Women
Monday evening (6:30 & 8:30 pm)
Ladies section
Draw league: Tuesday (9:15 am) *
Team entry: Thursday (9:15 am) *
* May play occasional Tuesday pm (12:30 pm)
Open Team Entry
Wednesday evening (6:30 & 8:45 pm)
Learn to Curl
Instruction and novice league: Thursday (6:30 pm)
Friday afternoon mixed
Team entry: Friday (2:00 & 4:15 pm)
Friday evening mixed
Team entry: Friday (6:45 & 9:00 pm)
Junior section
Sunday (10:00 am – 12:30 pm)
Open Rated section
Sunday (1:00 pm)
Note: All leagues with team entry assist you in joining a team and also welcome spares.
Be aware that the ice is slippery and grippers should be worn except when delivering the rock.
Never step forward on the ice or carpet with your sliding foot.
Sweep comfortably together but do not crowd.
Equipment not in use should be placed against the wall to allow safe passage to the ice for other curlers.
Shake hands with your opponents before and after each game.
The opposing vices will toss a coin at the start of each game to determine last rock advantage.
When your opponent is preparing for delivery, stand to the side of the sheet, single file and between the
hog lines. Move only after the rock has been released.
Be ready to go when it is your turn to deliver a rock.
Only skips and vices may congregate behind the tee line.
At the conclusion of an end all players remain outside the rings until the vices have agreed on the
score. Do not remove any rocks until this has been determined.
 Only one player from each team may sweep behind the tee line. Only the skip or vice of the nondelivering team may sweep behind the tee line.
 An opposing team’s rock may only be swept behind the tee line.
 The delivering team has first right to sweep its rock behind the tee line, but shall not prevent the nondelivering team from doing so.
 The sweeping motion must be from side to side but need not cover the entire width of the stone.
 All members of the delivering team may sweep between the tee lines.
 If a rock in motion is touched by you or your equipment, acknowledge it and report it to your skip. If
touched between the hog lines, it automatically comes off. If touched in the house, it may be removed
at the discretion of the non-offending skip.
 Any stationary opponent rock located in the ‘free guard zone’ cannot be removed to an out-of-play
position by the delivering time prior to the 5th rock of the end
Important Rules for Play
 A rock must finish inside the inner edge (closest to the ring) of the hog line to be in play, except when
it has hit another rock in play.
 A rock that completely crosses the back line or touches the side line is taken out of play.
 The hand must be off the handle before the rock crosses the near hog line
 A rock that has not been released from a player’s hand may be returned to the hack and re-delivered as
long as it has not reached the near tee line during delivery.
 If a player delivers a rock out of turn, and the mistake is not noted until the rock has come to rest, the
rock is in play. The player missing his turn will deliver his rock as the last one of that end. If the skips
can’t agree on who missed his turn then the lead of the team that made the mistake will throw the last
rock for the team in that end.
The following terms and definitions are used throughout the curling world.
BACKLINE: The line across the ice at the back of the house. Stones which are over this line are removed from play.
BITER: A stone that just touches the outer edge of the circles.
BLANK END: An end in which no points have been scored.
BONSPIEL: A curling competition or tournament.
BRUSH: A device used to sweep the ice in the path of a moving stone.
BURNED STONE: A stone in motion touched by a member of either team, or any part of their equipment. Burned stones are removed
from play.
BUTTON: The circle at the centre of the house.
COUNTER: Any stone in the rings or touching the rings which is a potential point.
CURL: The amount a rock bends while travelling down the sheet of ice.
DRAW WEIGHT: The momentum required for a stone to reach the house or cirlces at the distant end.
END: A portion of a curling game that is completed when each team has thrown eight stones and the score has been decided.
GUARD: A stone that is placed in a position so that it may protect another stone.
HACKS: The foot-holds at each end of the ice from which the stone is delivered.
HEAVY: A rock delivered with a greater force than necessary.
HIT: A take-out. Removal of a stone from the playing area by hitting it with another stone.
HOG LINE: A line 10 meters from the hack at each end of the ice.
HOGGED STONE: A stone that does not reach the far hog line. It must be removed from play.
HOUSE: The rings or circles toward which play is directed consisting of a 12-foot ring, 8-foot ring, 4-foot ring and a button.
IN-TURN: The rotation applied to the handle of a stone that causes it to rotate in a clockwise direction and curl for a right-handed curler.
LEAD: The first player on a team to deliver a pair of stones for his/her team in each end.
OUT-TURN: The rotation applied to the handle of a stone that causes it to turn and curl in a counter-clockwise direction for a righthanded curler.
PEBBLE: A fine spray of water applied to a sheet of curling ice before commencing play.
RAISE: When one stone is bumped ahead by another.
ROLL: The movement of a curling stone after it has struck a stationary stone in play.
SECOND: The curler who delivers the second pair of stones for hi/her team in each end.
SHEET: The specific playing surface upon which a curling game is played.
SHOT ROCK: At any time during an end, the stone closest to the button.
SKIP: The player who determines the strategy, and directs play for the team. The skip delivers the last pair of stones for his/her team in
each end.
SPARE: An alternate player or substitute.
SLIDER: Slippery material placed on the sole of the shoe, to make it easier to slide on the ice.
SWEEPING: The action of moving a broom or brush back and forth in the path of a moving stone.
TAKE OUT: Removal of a stone from the playing area by hitting it with another stone.
TEE LINE: The line that passes through the centre of the house parallel to the hog line and backline.
THIRD, VICE-SKIP OR MATE: The third player on a team to throw two stones in each end. Generally this player acts as the skip when
the skip is delivering his/her stones and assists with shot selection decisions.
WEIGHT: The amount of force given to the stone during the delivery.
15 Seconds
What amount of time would be saved if each shot in an eight end game took 15 seconds less?
30 minutes
What if it were 10 seconds less? Approximately 20 minutes. Isn’t it amazing how seconds add up?
Tips for speeding up the pace of the game
1) Clean your rock and be ready to throw before your skip has called your shot. If you have a routine prior to your delivery, don’t
wait for the skip to call your shot.
2) You can see how your opponent’s rock is doing from the hack. Watching from the sidelines uses walking and preparation time.
3) Leads: If your team is scheduled to throw first in the next end, let the other players clear off the rocks at the conclusion of the
end; get your rock and get into the hack, ready to start the next end. There is no need to have them set up 1-2, 3-4, etc. There is
time to organize them after the first rock is thrown. Skips can do their part by organizing them during the playing of the end as
rocks are removed from play.
4) When competitive games are timed there is 30 seconds from the time the final rock has come to rest and the count determined till
the time is started again.
5) Skips: After an end has concluded, don’t stand around chatting with your team, or the opposing skip. Get down the ice and be
ready to start the next end. Want to chat with the opposing skip, or commiserate how the last end went? By all means, do but do
so while calling the next shot. (It has been proven that one can chew gum and walk at the same time).
6) Leads and seconds can help by setting up the skips rocks. This ensures skips will throw the right colour.
7) If several members of both teams use crutches or delivery sticks try to have enough at either end so you don’t have to keep
shifting from end to end.
8) When measuring rocks clear out the rocks that do not matter, have a good look and if there is any question measure. Clubs should
have measurement devices on both ends centered on the middle sheet. Not on the sides.
9) We recently curled a team where the skip would decide on a shot and then came down and explained the entire shot to the
sweepers. Skips should keep their strategy descriptions brief but also mention the primary and secondary options.
10) Curling is built on friendship and courtesy, but putting your opponent’s next rock near the hack before you throw yours is no
longer considered a courtesy - not only does it use up time, it may not be the rock your opponent wants to throw. (Players often
choose to throw rocks not in their numbered sequence.)
What’s Happening?
How does one find out what’s going on in the “curling world”. For those of us that have been around the block
several times it has been a learning experience to find out. For those who haven’t been exposed to this experience
here is a primer on how to find out.
Curling magazines and newspapers have been around for many years. These are issued about 6 times a year and
require a subscription. Most clubs have an in house newsletter – in the case of the PCC it is called “Rock Talk’ and
is issued 3 or 4 times a year.
With the advent of the internet there are endless web sites covering curling. The ones that we would suggest you
look at are:
The TSN website has articles of interest as well as television schedules.
The Ontario Curling Association (OCA) website lists bonspiels, competitions and results as well as maps and
information on member clubs.
The Canadian Curling Association (CCA) website lists national play downs and results. It is a must read area for
anyone on a Board of Directors through its Business of Curling articles.
The Curling News is a long running newspaper by George Karrys which includes international articles.
Many of the above websites have links to curling suppliers and other provincial associations.
Most curling clubs now have their own website and a Google search such as “XXX curling club” will get you to
the club’s website. The PCC website is . After becoming a registered member
of the club you will be able to log on to the web site as a club member to find out all club activities. Follow the
instructions on the web site to login and setup your password.
Remember there are two parts to Knowledge
1) You know the answer
2) You know where to find the answer
If you try the above websites you should be able to find the answer to your question.
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