Winter 2014-15 Plans Unveiled

Curling_stones_on_rink_with_visible_pebbleEven though its summer, Winter Curling is getting closer so it’s time to get your teams organized.

In a couple weeks we will be posting the registration form for the league — and based on what we have heard from folks, you’ll be able to fill out the form and pay online this year.

League may fill quickly this year so sign up early. We are planning on a minimum of 20 teams and a maximum of 40 teams this year.

The 2014-2015 Winter Curling League will consist of 7 nights of play for each team plus two nights of playoffs with one game guaranteed (depending on the number of teams that sign up and how well the team does during playoffs) and will start November 8 and end February 28, 2015 at the outdoor rink at the Glacier Ice Rink.

The winter league will be curling Saturday nights from 9:00pm to 12:00 midnight. The league is for all curlers of all talents.

There will be three divisions in the league – competitive, recreational, and instructional. The competitive division is for seasoned curlers wanting to play competitive games, while the recreational division is for those who want a less stressful curling experience or are still learning the game. The instructional division is for those people would wish to learn to curl during the first three weeks and then want to eventually play in the recreational division after the first three weeks or add another 3 weeks of instructional league (please indicate on the form now if you wish to curl 6 weeks).

Each game is 6 ends lasting 90 minutes. Teams will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

League Fee: This year we are asking for $450.00 per team to cover ice time; $50 less than last year. Another $80 per person is needed to cover Missoula Curling Club membership and insurance premiums.

Each person can get $25 of the $80 refunded to reward service. There are so many tasks that need to be done by the MCC each week that we desperately need volunteers. This year we are soliciting help from the members in the form of a membership refund.

We will be posting complete details of the MCC volunteer program on the site in the next month.

Deadline: Sunday November 1, 2014, but subject to change depending on number of teams registered. Check the website for any changes to the deadline date.

Registration: We strongly encourage teams to register via the Missoula Curling Club website (www.missoulacurlingclub.com) and pay the fee via PayPal. However, you can pay by check if you send the check and completed registration form below to Missoula Curling Club, P.O. Box 5523, Missoula, MT 59806.

Please email rkeane@bresnan.net if you have any questions.

League Size: 20-40 teams of four or more people on a team

Schedule: Each Saturday starting on November 8, 2014 with two time slots 9:00-10:30 pm and 10:30 to Midnight. A complete schedule of the Winter League will available on the website.

Format: Each team plays all other teams with two weekends of tournament play in March.

Where: Glacier Ice Rink outdoor Rink, Missoula County Fairgrounds

Who: Everyone is invited to participate. All skill levels/age/genders play together.

Disclaimer: Space is limited so teams will form on a first-come, first-serve basis based on when we receive the registration payment and form.

Refund Policy: Team fees are non–refundable and non-­‐transferable after October 1, 2014

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Open Curling this Sunday Morning

We’ve just crowned the Cactus Curlers from Phoenix, Ariz. as this year’s Zootown Bonspiel champs. You may have read about our weekend’s tournament in this Sunday’s Missoulian.

Eric Penn from Glacier Ice Rink told the paper about curling, “There is a ton of engagement from the community, and it gets new people out here who maybe weren’t as interested in other ice sports.”

You can read the full story here.

Well, what are you waiting for? We have an open curling session this morning from 11-2. It’s $10 for three hours of curling.

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Spring League Organizing Under Way

Curling_stones_on_rink_with_visible_pebbleThe 2014 Spring Curling League will consist of seven nights of play starting April 7 and ending May 19 in the indoor ring at the Glacier Ice Rink.  An exciting development is that we will be curling Monday nights from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  The league is for all curlers of all talents.  There will be only four sheets of ice so we have to cap the league at eight teams.  Teams will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Again, all play is on the indoor rink at the Glacier Ice Rink, Missoula, Montana. If we do NOT get eight teams, we will cancel the league because we can’t pay the ice time.

League Fee:  $300.00 per  team.  An additional $50 fee must be collected if you are not a member of the Missoula Curling Club

Deadline:  Sunday March 30, 2014.

Registration:  We strongly encourage teams to register via the Missoula Curling Club website (www.missoulacurlingclub.com) and paying the fee via PayPal.  However, you can pay by check if you send the check and completed registration form below to Missoula Curling  Club, P.O. Box 5523, Missoula, MT 59806.

Download the Registration Form Here

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Go for the Gold (and a Pint) this Friday

00-sochi-2014-logoWe have arranged with the Kettlehouse Brewery northside to have a MCC viewing party for the Gold metal men’s curling game this coming Friday from 3pm-6pm. They can accommodate quite a number of us, so let’s fill the house.

Bring your own snacks as they do not sell food (although we could order a pizza).

Also, you’ll have to buy your own beer, but, hey, you will get to discuss the intricacies of Canada’s strategy or Sweden’s rock placement. Nerd out over a pint or two (or three, but then that is it).

If you have not played, come on out and learn about our newbie league starting in a couple weeks and if you are a veteran sign up for next month’s bonspiel. Hope to see you there.

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Winter Season Update: Makeup Games This Saturday

Curling Stone and BroomSchedule Updates

 Saturday February 8th will be the make up games. You will play the same team and same time slot and ice sheet as you were scheduled to play on December 7th.
The following two Saturdays February 15th and February 22nd, will be the 8th game for the Rec League and the playdowns for the competitive league. These games will be seeded based on standings from the league play in the previous 7 matches you played.

Olympic Curling Addicts: Beginner League

Have friends who have said they want to try out curling and get a chance to play in a league. Well, here’s their chance. Tell them about the short, post-Olympic series of curling opportunities on 3/1/14, 3/8/14. and 3/15/14. The registration for that is now posted and costs will be $50 per person for 3 nights of play. We really hope to see many of you out for that, mixed in with new curlers that may see curling during the Olympics and want to try it out with some experienced club curlers so they can get up to speed more quickly.

Bonspiel Update: Teams Are Signing Up

Also a reminder, Zoo town Bonspiel is coming up March 21-23 so please get a team together for that. Teams from Phoenix, Az., Whitefish and Spokane are headed to Missoula and we may have folks coming in from Bozeman, Idaho and beyond. Let’s pack the ice house for a great Bonspiel. Here’s more information.
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