Curling is a great way to get excercise in a fun, social environment. Watch this great video for a brief overview:
When you’re just starting out, carry in a pair of clean, indoor running shoes that you will use while on the ice. You should also wear warm, layered, stretchy clothing, but be prepared to peel off layers as the game, and the amount of exercise you are getting, progresses. The club supplies all the equipment new curlers will need, including sliders (to help you slide more easily when delivering your rocks), grippers (to give you extra grip on the ice when sweeping), delivery aids (devices to help with balance and delivery of rocks), and brooms for sweeping ($1 rental fee). We also supply lessons, we have free “Learn To Curl” sessions, and we host Drop-In sessions on Saturday evenings (see Curling Training below for more details). So many ways to try out curling without committing to joining a league … come on down and join us … Our House is Your House!
As you become more comfortable and more involved in curling we encourage players to purchase their own equipment. Items like curling shoes, brooms, and grippers can be purchased locally at Canadian Tire and Cariboo Ski Source for Sports. Items such as delivery aids and curling pants must be purchased on-line (just google curling equipment and numerous reputable sites will appear) or by visiting curling stores in the larger curling clubs in the lower mainland (hint – if you have small feet the Richmond Curling Club is the place to go!). Also some larger centers like Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon, and Prince George may have what you’re looking for. Another hint – do some internet searching before heading out on your quest for curling supplies in order to determine availability of supplies, hours of operation, and location of the store or curling center.
We have many experienced curlers in our club that can assist with correct sliding and brushing techniques, and this 5 minute video will run through many of the skills that you will be taught. Our Curling Coach, Rick Miller, will be happy to arrange for a teacher to run a lesson for you and there is a curling coach at every Drop-In Curling session on Saturday evenings from 7 – 10pm. Along with this we host a whole week of FREE curling lessons prior to the start of every season as well as hosting “fun” days for both Women and Men. During the “fun” days you will be given a 30 minute lesson and then paired up with a couple of experienced curlers in a game against other similar teams. These are always a ton of “fun” as you get to learn some new skills, play a game, and most importantly, make some new friends. Keep a close eye on this website and follow us on Facebook as most of our advertising is done in this way.
You can find many helpful video at this site or you can type in ‘learn curling lessons for new curlers videos’ into any search engine like Google to find helpful and sometimes entertaining lessons.
Curling is a sport of courtesy, honesty, and sportsmanhisp. There are guiding principles of play as well as player etiquette, both of which make the game a fun, fast, and enjoyable experience for all. Please click on this Etiquette link for more info.
You can find the written rules on the Curl Canada site or by clicking this link: Rules of General Play.
For the Monday, Social League, each week we will have a ‘Tip of the Week’ to help you learn some of the more basic rules and etiquette.