Williams Lake Curling Club, Williams Lake, BC

NEW HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR CURLING

Due to the rising number of COVID cases in BC, Dr. Bonnie Henry put new restrictions in place effective midnight November 19th and extending to at least December 7th, 2020.  For a complete read of the specific document please go to the COVID-BC website.  There are a couple of items that may directly affect the members of the WLCC and both our Manager and Lounge Manager are currently looking for clarification on a few items.   The only thing we are clear on is that there are NO SPECTATORS allowed at this time.  The wearing of a mask while on the ice is one of the things we are seeking clarification on so until such time as that is cleared up we continue to require all members to wear a mask in the lobby, the change rooms, the washrooms, and the lounge, and we are encouraging members to wear a mask WHILE ON THE ICE as well.  Other possible changes include  procedures in our lounge area, which are currently being investigated, so stay tuned for more info on that.  

While we have a solid COVID plan in place to protect our members and staff, these changes brought forward on Thursday by Dr. Bonnie Henry may bring about some different ways we do things at the club.  Please be kind, be respectful, and follow all our procedure and guidelines so that we may continue to enjoy the sport of curling with family and friends and so that the WLCC can remain open at this time.  We are dedicated to keeping the WLCC “the place to be” for a welcoming, inclusive, and safe sporting activity and we hope that all members will continue to help us embrace this while complying with any/all health guidelines.  Thanks for everyone’s cooperation!

DOUBLES BONSPIELPOSTPONED

Due to the new Provincial Health Order from Dr. Bonnie Henry, effective midnight November 19th to December 7th, and with everyone’s safety in mind, the WLCC has decided to postpone the Doubles Bonspiel planned for December 6th.  It is hoped that we will be able to hold this bonspiel at a later date, but that will depend upon the many factors surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  Stay tuned  …..

SWEEPING CHANGES

Some new changes to how we handle sweeping  …. 

Just released (October 25th) from CurlBC are some changes to the on-ice portion of COVID Curling.  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 only behind the T-Line.
    • The sweeper is allowed to sweep behind the T-Line.
    • The Skip/Vice-Skip is allowed to “tag-in” at the hog line and sweep behind the T-Line.
      • NOTE – No sweeping of the opponents (non-delivering team) rocks are allowed by anyone!
        • 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.

LEAGUE SCHEDULES

All league schedules have been completed and are available on the specific “League” pages (right margin) all year long, and for the Tuesday and Friday leagues, in the Curling I/O program.

COVID-19

All information and documents related to the Williams Lake Curling Club’s COVID Safety  Plan and Return to Curling Plan 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!

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 – Nov. 21st, 2020

Bonspiel Page – Nov. 20th, 2020

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

Curling I/O RegistrationOct 14th, 2020

COVID-19Oct 14th, 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  

  • December 6th – Doubles Bonspiel.