Welcome to the C.C.C. It’s our pleasure to enroll you as a new member. We very much want to make your curling club membership a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.
To assist you in learning the game, and the various aspects of club routine, your First Skip has been assigned as your personal host. Your skip will be in touch with you soon to get you acquainted with the game and club. If you have any questions or concerns, he/she is there to help.
You will soon notice that there are many aspects of club membership. Of course, curling is your immediate attraction and can be the limit of your involvement. However, should you be interested in the broader operation of the club you are strongly encouraged to participate. There are numerous volunteer activities that may appeal to you i.e. ice making and maintenance, coaching, fund raising, executive membership, kitchen help, etc, etc. Talk to your host-skip for details. A progressive instructional training program(optional) is available. To enjoy the game we encourage you to participate .
You will find attached an assortment of information related to the club and the general protocols of curling. Please avail of your host-skip if you require any clarifications`.
WELCOME TO THE CARIBOU CURLING CLUB
The Caribou Curling Club (CCC) was founded in 1971 and is celebrating 40 years of successful operations. The home of the club was the former Harmon Air Force Base bowling alley (you can still see the bowling lanes which were cut and reused on the club room floor). Our early beginnings were through the efforts of hard working member volunteers, support from various levels of government, and support from the local business community with improvements continuing to this day. At one time the club housed over 250 members.
In addition to adult curling there is an active junior program and the club is offered free to school groups. As well the club hosts two curling fund raisers annually and has raised thousands of dollars on behalf of the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital Foundation and the Bay St. George Sick Children Foundation.
New curlers are entitled to curl as many nights as they wish and to make use of extra practice opportunities throughout the week. A club access key can be made available upon request. In addition some of our curlers throw a few rocks in the mornings during the week. Again check it out with the host-skip or check with our Drawmaster.
You should be aware that the CCC is a volunteer member club. There are many non-curling and curling events occurring at the club throughout the year where we will require volunteers. You may ask why we have extra events and why volunteer?
First, by renting the club or ice, hosting National and Provincial events, and/or by using the kitchen for private functions we are able to generate additional cash flow. Second and very important is that additional cash subsidizes curling fees and bar prices. In other words the curling fee you pay does not cover the cost of the club’s operations.
Some of our expenditures include the maintenance of the ice plant, maintenance of the club, a power bill, and a part-time salary of one person. The power bill continues throughout the year as a demand charge, even when we are not curling.
Volunteering to support a club fund raiser such as a steak dinner, a private function or a curling event is always appreciated by members and by your executive. Further, the club records all support of members who volunteer throughout the year while understanding that members may not be able to contribute when asked. A record allows us to focus on all members and not on a few. Some are seen as giving much and often, others may not be so visible and contribute in other ways or at other times. Curling in a club sponsored curling event, providing a couple of hours at a weekend function, donating baked goods, recruiting new members, coaching juniors or cleaning the ice are only some of the ways members volunteer. Remember it is your club and you do not need to be asked to volunteer. We just ask you to do your part to make your club a success.
Curling as you may be aware is very much a gentlemen/ladies sport and over the years many unwritten protocols have been established by the curling community. As some of you are unaccustomed to our curling ways we will attempt to provide you with a few insights.
Protocols And Other Information
It is customary that the winning team buys a drink for the losing team, while the losing team cleans the ice. If a member does not wish a drink, support your club by having an alternate beverage and/or buying an extra ticket on the Texas Mickey or 50/50. We also do not bring any beverages into the club
2. STAYING AROUND.
It is customary that the two competing teams sit with one another for at least one beverage. At the competitive level most teams reciprocate the beverage.
3. CLEANING SHOES.
Most rinks have electrical brushes to clean debris from your curling shoes before you enter the rink. Unfortunately, ours has been out of commission for some time, so please try to keep your shoes clean when you enter the ice area.
4. ASKING FOR HELP.
Most curling members seldom offer advice to anyone about their curling performance, but if you want to learn, ask lots of questions. Our skips are usually more experienced and watch every rock you deliver. They will be delighted to help when asked, so will other experienced curlers. Also ask about some extra instruction. Your executive will help arrange instruction at a convenient time.
5. CAN’T MAKE A GAME.
It is your responsibility to find your replacement and advise the Skip the name of the curler who will be replacing you. We will provide you with the draw schedule, nights each member curls and phone numbers of members, but you have to do the rest. Last minute emergencies are the only exception.
6. THREE VS FOUR- WHO BUYS THE DRINK?
Very often a team of three will win a game against a team of four. The custom of winner buying for the loser is still the norm and often the skip will buy the fourth person on the opposing team a drink. Remember, the skip is buying a drink on behalf of the missing team mate. To be accountable, the missing team mate owes the skip, as it is the missing team mate’s responsibility to find a replacement.
As noted previously membership Fees and Bar Sales do not cover the entire cost of operating our club. Therefore from time to time you will be called to donate food, help with a committee or help in the kitchen. We appreciate your support. But don’t wait to volunteer, offer your support when ever you have the time. Currently only half of our members buy a ticket on the 50/50. If everyone supported this fund raiser with $2 a week ticket we could move closer to financial improvements in our club.
8. CLOTHING / EQUIPMENT.
Generally warm clothing is the norm. Pants, with some stretch, versus jeans, will help. Until you purchase appropriate foot ware, street shoes are not worn on the ice. Sneakers with electrical tape on the sliding foot is an inexpensive investment to start. We do have a Pro Shop where you may purchase every item for curling. We encourage you to talk to the Pro Shop personnel for the best advice on buying equipment. Profits stay with the club and cost are less than you would pay retail.
Each night of curling is known as a draw. Usually there is a game at 7pm and another at 9pm which would constitute two draws on one night. This is the norm when we have a larger number of curlers that want to curl on the same night. As a new curler you may curl any number of nights in your first year as a member. Monday and Wednesday nights is an open draw in which the Drawmaster will make up a team from the available names who have signed up to play. Tuesday and Thursday nights are team entry. On the Tuesday Draw every effort is made by the drawmaster to place you on a team. Thursday is the more competitive of the two nights but if interested there is place to register your name as a spare. A few years of curling experience may be needed if you are a newbie to the sport.
Google “Rules of Curling for General Play” to read the PDF sheet.
Curling is about playing, socializing and having fun. Let all of us do our part to make this happen.
ENJOY, GET INVOLVED AND HAVE FUN.