We’ve had scores of folks come out this year to learn to curl and it looked like a lot of you were having fun. So, if you were one of those have a blast on the ice and want to keep playing but aren’t sure what to do next, we wanted to give you a rundown of your options.
The most formal step is to put together a Rec League team. This team — which can be from 4 to a lot more than 4 (we have one team of 11) — will play 8 games over the winter league and will play in our rec league playoffs. These games are either from 9-10:30 pm or occasionally 10:30-midnight on Saturday nights. We will put together the schedule once we have a total number of teams. Generally teams play every other weekend, although if you know you have a conflict, we can probably work around it.
Fees for the rec league include $420 for the full team (no matter the number of players). This primarily pays our ice rental fees and leaves us a little room for replacing broken equipment. If you can land a sponsor, the fee can be tax deductible. Also, any player must be a club member for insurance purposes (although there is a discount if you are planning on playing in fewer games).
This year we are offering a special intro league for folks who want more, but are unsure if there are ready to make the leap to a formal league. This league will play for three times over six weeks and you do not need to have a formal team. You can sign up as an individual and then if you know who you want to play with, you can let us know in the registration. The fee here is $70 per person. This includes a social membership in the club and covers your ice time and insurance.
The Intro league will also provide coaches if you want to help learn the game and is a great way to get involved. These games will be played during our normal league play (9 p.m.-midnight) and so you will also get a chance to meet other curlers.
For those who cannot make it to Saturday night games, we have worked with Glacier Ice Rink to help them offer pick-up curling on Friday mornings. Starting Nov. 4, open curling runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on the outdoor rink. Fees are $10 a person and can be paid at the skate rental desk. Be sure to check out their schedule to make sure the open curling is happening.
Thanks again for coming out and we hope to see you curling this winter.