Should We Change Winter League? We Need Your Input

Should We Change Winter League? We Need Your Input

We are always listening and trying to refine the Missoula Curling Club experience. If we hear a complaint, we try and address it. One of the things we heard quite a bit during winter league last year was that it dragged on for too many months and that teams would go sometimes 3 or 4 weeks without curling due to schedules, hockey tournaments or holidays.

To try and address this, the board’s league committee sat down this summer to come up with an alternative idea.

Here is what they have come up with and we want your feedback on both the current structure and this new one.

We propose that our 18 week Winter League season is broken into two separate Winter League Sessions of 9 weeks each. Each session will have up to 18 teams participate. There will still be two divisions, competitive and Recreation. Each team will still be guaranteed 8 games and pay the same amount ($420) as last year to participate.

The good news is that every team will play each and every week of their session. Week 9 will be held for a playoff week in which the top 4 teams in the standings for Recreation and Competitive will play for the Championship. The first session will start on Nov 3 and finish on Jan 26. The second session will start on Feb 2 and end on March 30.

Now the not so good news. Each team will only be guaranteed a spot in one of the sessions. Those teams that want to play in both will be on a waiting list for the second session of their choice should it not fill up. The goal is to increase league participation from 29 teams a year ago to 36 this year. We also feel that those teams not playing in the current session will be able to travel to bonspiels, be on a sub list for the teams in the current session, help on instructional league, or enjoy the time off and avoid burnout.

All sign ups will be done at once. The entry form will be the same for both leagues and is being worked on now should we move forward with this idea.

There is a lot more detail, including, our proposal on an instructional league to be done each week throughout the winter league season. However, it probably makes more sense for you all to just read the attached proposal as it is very detailed and easy to follow.

As of now, here are our dates for each session:

Session 1 – 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/26 (Playoff week)

Session 2 – 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30 (Playoff week)

More details can be found in this full report from the league committee.