Let the games begin …. yes, we are ready and this year’s curling season began tonight with the Tuesday night Sponsor’s League. All of the leagues will begin this week, except the Social League, which starts on Monday, Oct. 18th. Just a reminder to everyone, veteran curlers and newcomers, that new ice is always very slippery ice, so please take a lot of care over the next few weeks. We take precautions, like having grippers for those that wish better traction, and making sure all youth wear a helmet (hockey, skiing, biking) or head protection (halo equipment) while on the ice, but we ask that everyone is especially careful this year as we’ve all been off for almost a year now.
There are a few special leagues/events that require a mention here as well:
- Stick Curling League starts this Thursday, Oct. 14th @ 1pm. Stick curling is also every Monday @ 11am. Please remember that members must be fully vaccinated and show their Vaccine Passport in order to curl this year.
- Saturday night Drop-In Curling starts on Saturday, Oct. 16th. It runs from 7 – 10pm. Please check out our “Drop-In Curling” page for all the info. Again, a reminder that adults must be fully vaccinated and show their Vaccine Passport upon arrival.
- Our “Learn To Curl” program starts on Monday, Oct. 18th @ 7pm. This program is a 4 week introductory session that will help beginners develop the skills necessary to be a successful curler for league play. To sign up for this contact Leisure Services at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.
- Teen Curling starts on Tuesday, Oct. 19th @ 3:45pm. New teens (Gr. 7 – 12) are always welcome to join. Check out more info on the “Junior Curling” page.
- Junior Curling lessons start Saturday, Oct. 23rd. As with Teen Curling, new members are welcome! For more info check out our Junior webpage.
Just a few more reminders to everyone:
- Members must be vaccinated, and show proof of this (BC’s official Vaccine Card) upon entering the building, in order to curl this year.
- Our on-line curling registration platform (Curling I/O) open and it is expected that all members register, and pay, prior to stepping on the ice (normal yearly way of doing things).
- Split seasons have been developed for the Monday Social League, the Wednesday Ladies League, and the Friday Mixed League starting this year.
- Curling fees have remained the same as last year with the addition of $5/player/year that will go towards our Capital Improvement Fund.
As usual, we welcome new comers to the club and will work to help you find a league or activity that suits your needs. Check out other areas of this website or contact our Manager, Ken Hall, at the curling club’s office. Good curling, everyone!
**NEW ** – LEARN TO CURL PROGRAM
This year the WLCClub, in partnership with the City of Williams Lake’s Leisure Services, is offering a new program for beginners who wish to try out curling under a structured and fun lesson format. The program is 4 weeks of “Learn To Curl” lessons starting October 18th and finishing on November 8th. It will run from 7 – 8:30pm Monday evenings and the cost is $60. All interested prospective curlers must register, and pay, through the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Please see the write-up on page 32 of the Active Living Guide for more info.
A couple of additonal things prospective curlers need to know:
…. Everyone should dress warmly in layered clothing
….. Everyone must carry in a clean pair of runners to wear on the ice. It is very important that they are clean and that you do not wear them to the club as debris sometimes gets on the ice which can damage equipment and cause curlers to fall.
….. Participants do not need any special equipment (curling shoes, broom, sliders) as the club will supply everything
….. As per current Public Health Orders, all participants must show their vaccine passport as proof of vaccination.
The WLCurling Club has never had a program like this so we are very excited that we can offer prospective curlers an opportunity to develop some skills and confidence in the game prior to being introduced into game situation. We encourage and welcome everyone to come join us and give curling a try!
On Saturday, September 11th a group of volunteers descended on the club and helped prepare the building for the start of this year’s curling season. Thanks to a previous work-bee the upstairs lounge area was already done so we concentrated our efforts on the downstairs entrance, the large windows leading into the rink, the rink area with some construction and painting, and sprucing up the outside by removing weeds, debris, and cleaning the entrance area. We can’t say enough about the generosity of members and their volunteer efforts, and Saturday was another great example of this …. and it’s always great to share a cup of coffee and goodies while meeting new people and spending time with others we see during the curling season. Thanks everyone!!!
Please click on the “Curling I/O Registration“ link at the top of this page for all info and instructions. Below is an email sent to all members. If you did not get this email please make sure your email address is correct when you go complete your on-line registration this year.
Registration for this seasons curling will open on September 4, 2021 for adult leagues. The registration link for Curling I/O is League registration – Williams Lake Curling Club. If you curled last year and haven’t changed your email address then your personal information should come up automatically, please confirm that your information is still accurate.
PLEASE REGISTER ASAP SO THAT MEMBERSHIP INTEREST CAN BE ASSESSED. WE HAVE CURRENTLY TURNED OFF THE ON-LINE PAYMENTS SO WHEN YOU REGISTER PLEASE CLICK THE CASH/CHEQUE BUTTON AT THE LOWER LEFT OF THE PAGE TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION. WE WILL NOT START COLLECTING DUES UNTIL LATE SEPTEMBER, AT THAT TIME YOUR ORDER WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU FOR PAYMENT ON-LINE. YOU WILL ALSO HAVE THE OPTION THEN TO DECIDE THAT IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE PLAYING THIS YEAR OF DELETING YOUR REGISTRATION.
Under current COVID restrictions the rules at the club would be vaccinations required, masks in common areas, masks optional on the ice and at your table in the lounge. COVID restrictions are very fluid and we don’t know what the rules might be after Thanksgiving when we open. We will keep the membership up to date as we get closer to opening.
We are asking everyone to register ASAP, because although curling doesn’t start until mid- October, the ice crew needs to start installing the ice in mid-September.
Ken Hall – Manager, Williams Lake Curling Club
Just an update to let everyone know what’s happening at the Curling Club. Being as the club is currently shut down the Board/Executive decided it was a good time to start Phase 1 of our Accessibility/Inclusiveness building project, namely the construction for the installation of an elevator. The timing for the club is perfect, and as it turned out, the timing for Hoelzler Construction to do the work was also perfect. Due to the scope of the project it’s been broken down into phases. Phase 1, the elevator shaft construction, is completed and members will see some changes upon their arrive in October. Phase 2, the purchase and installation of the elevator, will have to wait until we procure more funds, but we are hoping to have it done before the season begins in the Fall of 2022. Future phases will include upgrading all our washrooms, making accessibility to the ice surface smooth with a ramp, and making the entrance way accessible with new automatic doors and a level entrance pad. The Board/Executive wishes to extend a big “thanks” to everyone who has already volunteered time. In the future we may need more volunteers, and probably more financial backing, so stay tuned as we move forward with this very exciting and important project at our club.
COVID-19 & COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
All information and documents related to the Williams Lake Curling Club’s Communicable Disease (previously called COVID-19) 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 will endeavor to keep all info current. If you can’t find an answer to a question please don’t hesitate to contact Ken Hall (Manager) via phone or email.
OTHER TYPES OF CURLING
STICK CURLING LEAGUE – This 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 CURLING – This 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 …..
- On-Line registration starts Sept. 4th
- League play starts October 12th
- Monday Night league starts Oct. 18th
- Learn to Curl lessons start Oct. 18th
- Junior Programs start Oct. 19th (Teens) and Oct. 23rd for the 2 other Junior Curling programs.
RECENT PAGE UPDATES
Home Page – Oct. 11th, 2021
League & Registration Info Page – Sept. 1st, 2021
Bonspiel Page – Nov. 20th, 2020
New Curlers – Ethics, Etiquette & Rules – April 8th, 2020
Curling I/O Registration – Sept. 19th, 2021
COVID-19 – Oct. 11th, 2021
School Curling Program – Oct. 3rd, 2021
Drop-In Curling Program – Oct. 3rd, 2021