Covid resources

We have begun planning for a safe return to curling this fall and winter. To do so we are implementing a series of rules that are aimed at reducing the risk of spreading the coronavirus. There is no way to completely protect people from exposure, but in consultation with USA Curling, we have developed these guidelines that will minimize the risk.

  • If you are feeling ill, running a fever or having respitory issues, please do not come to the rink.
  • Arrive Prepared to Curl: Dressed, stretched and with a duffle bag for a change of shoes.
  • Rock Color/Hammer: We will have a rule about determining rock color/hammer assignments before games or find an alternative method of determining these factors that will avoid the coin flip.
  • Beverages on the ice: Clearly mark sealed drinking containters and be sure they are stored at a safe distance away from other beverage containers.
  • Masks: Based on USA Curling’s consultations with medical professionals such as the USOPC Chief Medical Officer, along with the recommendations of the CDC, USA Curling recommends that the wearing of a mask should be required when curling. COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets, thus making it imperative to minimize the transmission of these droplets to fellow curlers by wearing a cloth face covering, especially when competing.
  • Game Start Positions - Alternate End Game Starts: Games will be assigned to start at alternating ends of the ice to reduce pre-game congestion behind the hacks and backboard areas. Each sheet will have an assigned entrance.
  • Handshakes: Forego the traditional pre and post-game handshakes, as well as the popular alternative of elbow taps and broom taps. Opponents and teammates should be wished a good game or “Good Curling” from a safe social distance that does not involve any contact.
  • Designated Player Positions: Clearly define where each player on the ice should be located. Meaning, all players should know exactly where to be positioned depending on whether it is their team’s turn to throw.
  • Sweepers: Teams should only utilize one sweeper at a time. The other sweeper can be stationed at a location that will allow them to time the ice and be an active participant in the shot, just in a different way. To eliminate any gray area regarding social distancing precautions that might arise as a shot enters the house, eliminate any sweeping behind the tee line. To reduce congestion, the throwing team will be the only team sweeping during their throw. Impacted stones can be swept by the throwing team if it is their stone that is impacted and is above the tee.
  • Rock Timing (alternative to the second sweeper): An opportunity exists with the “second sweeper” to keep teams of 4 intact and the fourth position active on the ice. The player who is non-sweeping can be located at an appropriate distance from their teammates and equipped with a stopwatch to time rocks (one stopwatch should be used per person).
  • Game Flow: As the delivering team begins to throw, the alternate team should then begin to approach the throwing positions from their waiting positions. Once the team has thrown, they will then occupy the waiting position in a socially-distanced flow.
  • Score Marking: Have only one score marker per game. Sanitation should be located by each scoreboard and at the conclusion of each game, the scoring numbers should be disinfected. An alternative option is to utilize disposable paper to keep score or produce a second set of hanging numbers that can be alternated between games (while the other set is being sanitized).
  • Exiting the Ice: Implement timing restrictions that will create a “hard stop” of the draw-time at a buzzer. This will alleviate random exits via the backboards of other sheets that could disrupt play and invade social distancing space then allow proper time to sanitize before the next draw or the end of curling for the evening.