Winter league will begin Saturday November 14th at 9pm, and last throughout the winter until late March. You will be curling at least 8 games, mostly on Saturday nights either at 9pm or 10:30 pm.
Those 8 games you will play will occur over a 14 to 19 session schedule depending on how many teams we end up with. There may be a few sessions scheduled on Saturday morning depending on the size of the league.
We are hoping to grow from approximately 30, to 40 teams this year across the 3 leagues, competitive, recreational and instructional. It looks like our fees for curling will be a bit less this year if ice time remains the same as last year.
Curling fees are $400 for a team (for 8 games), down by $50 from last year, plus $46 per person for liability insurance, USA Curling membership fee and the Mountain Pacific Region fee, which is down from $55 last year. Also once again an additional $25 refundable fee for league service will be charged. Those completing the service can get the rebate, or if you do not want the rebate it will go into a special fund to help promote youth curling. If you want to look at it as what will it cost me, so assuming a 4 person team playing a minimum of 8 games, the per-person cost this year will be $171 (you can get a $25 rebate once you complete club service to reduce your cost a bit) compared to $192 per-person last year.
If you have someone that wants to sponsor your team, let them know that we are a 501 C (3) non-profit and that sponsor fee will be tax deductible.
We at the Missoula Curling Club have worked hard to try and rein in the costs of curling to make sure those who want to play can come out and enjoy the sport.
We have focused on paying off our outstanding bills — like paying for the stones, hacks and brooms — and have worked with Glacier Ice Rink to try and keep ice rental costs down. That said, we still thought it would help to go over where the league fees and club dues go and what you are getting for your money.
League curling fees are $400 a team (for 8 games), down by $50 from last year. Almost all of this money goes to ice rental.
Club fees are $71 a person, which includes $46 per person for liability insurance, USA Curling membership fee and the Mountain Pacific Region fee, which is down from $55 last year.
A breakdown of proposed fees for next year winter league for the club looks something like this:
14 nights, 3 hrs/night @ $630/night
Equipment (maintenance, fix brooms, upkeep)
Booth at Western Montana Fair
Pizza party, club socials
Fee to process payments at Paypal
Cost per member
Costs assume 30 teams, 4 per team, 120 people
USAC membership dues
USAC curling insurance program
Membership cost (after $25 club service rebate)
Do to look at the dues specifically, the breakdown is something like this:
If you have questions or ideas about how to keep the price of curling low, please let us know.