Williams Lake Curling Club, Williams Lake, BC

2021 WINTER SESSION NEWS

It is with heavy hearts, and much sadness, that the Executive/Board wish to inform WLCC members that the remainder of the 2020/2021 season has been cancelled.  After a lot of debate, considering our Province’s current position regarding adult sports during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the club’s current financial situation, this most difficult Executive decision was ratified by the Board on Sunday, January 17th, 2021.  The Executive/Board have planned for the closure of the rink and for the refunding of fees to members.  Mike Pedersen (President) will communicate later this week, through email, regarding the closure and he will outline details for member refunds.

While the Executive & Board regret having to make this decision it is felt that this is in the best interest of our members and our club, and we will now focus our energies in moving forward as we all look forward to the resumption of curling in the Fall.  We wish to express our gratitude for the support and patience members have shown us during this unprecedented season.  Likewise we wish to recognize the efforts of our members as we all continue to do our part to reduce the spread of the COVID 19 virus.  We recognize that members continue to make sacrifices for the preservation of the health of club members, and for the greater health of our community, and we thank you for this!  Thanks also for a great Fall 2020 curling season  …. here’s looking forward to seeing everyone in the Fall of 2021!

COVID-19

All information and documents related to the Williams Lake Curling Club’s COVID Safety  Plan and Return to Curling Plan, along with any updates that have resulted from announcements made by Dr. Bonnie Henry, can now be found in the “COVID-19 Info” tab at the top of our main page.  We encourage all members to familiarize themselves with our plan, safety measures, and important info prior to attending their first night of curling.  These are different times and therefore we must now do things different if we all wish to remain safe and have a great curling season.  The Board has worked hard to ensure that we are able to curl this year so we ask for everyone’s cooperation and flexibility while we actively work our way through this maze.  The goal of your Board is to continue to make the WLCC a welcoming and exciting place to be, with quality amenities, while maintaining our great curling atmosphere.  Good curling to everyone!

SWEEPING CHANGES

Some new changes to how we handle sweeping  …. 

Just released – New/Additional Sweeping Rule (December 2nd, 2020) – The Skip/Vice-Skip of the delivering team may now sweep the opponents rock(s) behind the T-Line.  It should be noted that at no time can any player from the non-delivering team engage in sweeping any rocks – this part of the sweeping rules has remained unchanged at this time.  All other COVID sweeping rules remain in effect.  Please see below for more details on all of the sweeping rules to date.

The last release of curling sweeping rules was on December 2nd, 2020.  Prior to that sweeping rules were modified on October 25th, 2020.  For a more complete document please check out the Sweeping Changes article on the CurlBC website.   Previously only 3 of the 4 players could be involved in active play, and only 1 of them could sweep.  The new procedures allow all 4 team members to be involved in active play and 3 of the 4 members could be involved in sweeping, but still only 1 sweeper at a time.  Here are the “Cole’s Notes” of the changes:

  • While only 1 sweeper is allowed at any given time, sweepers are now able to “tag-in” and take over, BUT  ….
    • Can only be done at the far Hog Line for the 2 designated sweepers and the Skip/Vice-Skip.
    • Only 1 “tag” can take place per shot.
  • The delivering team is now allowed to sweep their own rocks and the opposition’s rocks behind the T-Line (December 2nd, 2020).
    • Only 1 sweeper is allowed to sweep behind the T-Line.
    • If no “tag” is made then the current sweeper may stay on his/her team’s rocks behind the T-line.
    • The Skip/Vice-Skip is allowed to “tag-in” at the hog line and sweep behind the T-Line.
      • NOTE – The opponents (non-delivering team) rocks are allowed to be swept behind the T-Line.
        • The Skip/Vice-Skip of the non-delivering team still CAN NOT sweep any rocks and must remain socially distanced on the back carpet area.

Other changes have come about due to the new sweeping rules …  they are:

  • The player who delivers their rock is now allowed to return to the back carpet area to await their next turn, while social distancing from the opposing team.
  • Being as both team members for the delivering team may now be involved in sweeping they both remain on the ice surface, ready to take over at the given points of transfer.
    • Once again, all players must continue to maintain the proper 2m social distance from everyone.
  • Both the Skip & Vice-Skip may confer on the back carpet area as long as they, and the opposition team members, remain socially distanced.

ON-LINE REGISTRATION

Please click on the “Curling I/O Registration link at the top of this page for all info and instructions.

RECENT PAGE UPDATES

Home Page – January 17th, 2021

Bonspiel PageNov. 20th, 2020

New Curlers – Ethics, Etiquette & RulesApril 8th, 2020

Curling I/O RegistrationOct 14th, 2020

COVID-19Dec. 10th, 2020

 

OTHER TYPES OF CURLING

STICK CURLING LEAGUEThis has become so popular that Stick Curling is now two days every week  …. Mondays starting at 11am and Thursdays at 1pm.  Bill Rand is the organizer and he asks that curlers arrive about 30 minutes early so that teams can be determined and equipment obtained.  Everyone is invited upstairs afterwards for some great social time!  For more info click here.

DROP-IN CURLINGThis has become a very popular activity for family and friends on Saturday evenings from 7 – 10pm.  Cost is only $10/person for non-members and members curl for free.  The club supplies all equipment needed, including lessons, for beginners and people wishing to try out this amazing sport – all players have to wear is some warm/stretchy clothing and clean indoor runners to wear on the ice (please carry these in … no outdoor footwear allowed on the ice!).  Come on down and join us when the season starts in November.

MANY VOLUNTEERS KEEP THINGS ROCK’N

Curling Coaches Dec. 15th, 2019.  Missing from picture are Jerry Mooney, Bill Rand, Mike Pedersen & Ken Kvist.  We taught 50 brand new curlers the skills needed to enjoy a game  …  and they did!!!

Managing the lounge, making the ice, running many programs, doing the maintenance, hosting Christmas Parties (6 this year!) and serving on the executive ….  all these things have something in common  ……  these are all done by club members who volunteer their time  ….  and what a great job all these people do!!!  All members get to enjoy a fantastic facility, both on and off the ice, thanks to the many hours of volunteer time put in by  fellow members.  If you see people behind the bar, coaching school kids, making the ice, fixing things, hosting newcomers, and just taking care of things at the  club, say THANKS!  Without all of our volunteers we couldn’t have such a great club!!! Everyone is invited to help!  Throughout the season there will be many more opportunities for members to step forward and help out in some little way that makes a big difference.  Please consider giving a few hours of your time to help make our club the best it can be so we all continue to enjoy this great Canadian sport.  Again, thanks to all you volunteers out there …  all of your efforts are greatly appreciated!!!!  The Curling Club is the place to be 6 days a week, thanks to you!

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

If you want more info, after thoroughly checking out our web page, you can follow us on FaceBook (Williams Lake Curling Club), email the club at wlcc@shaw.ca, or phone us at (250) 392-4636.  Someone will get back to you promptly!  Please remember to tell your friends about all of our great leagues and programs!  Good curling  …..

LOOKING AHEAD  

  • New curling season to start in October, 2021.