COVID-19 UPDATE: 2020/21 SEASON START POSTPONED

OCTOBER 25, 2020 UPDATE: As per London Middlesex Health Unit, and in the best interest of the Glencoe & District Curling Club, opening will be delayed until at least January 2021. We will send an update the first week of December.

If the season does begin in 2021, the following information will be important to keep in mind: COVID-19 has certainly challenged our executive to come up with a plan for a safe return to curling this year. With a shortened season last year and not having our normal year end fund raising we still managed to show a $14,000 profit over expenses. 2020-21 season will be very different. We still have many unknowns and challenges ahead of us and appreciate your patience and cooperation during these unprecedented times. Following these rules and hygiene is paramount for us having a successful, safe curling season. The following are the new return to play rules and hygiene as of now:

Hygiene
ο If players or staff have symptoms, tell them to stay at home.
ο Keep your hands clean. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based sanitizer.
ο Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
ο Cough or sneeze into the bend of your arm. 

Rules of Play (Diagram below)

ο Players arrive at the rink ready to play as access to locker rooms is restricted. Change shoes upon arrival. Sign in on log book in entrance.
◦ Players select their two stones. No interchanging of stones during a game.
◦ Players should not touch any stones other than their own. Let the player delivering the next stone retrieve their own stone.
◦ Insist that the stones are lined up in single file in the corners.
ο Instead of a hand shake, tap brooms to start the game.
ο To decide the last stone advantage in the first end the league conveners will assign them every game on schedules given out. Team with Red stones will have first end Hammer.
ο Players stay on the same side of the sheet. For example, if you are playing on sheet 2, always walk or position yourself on the sideline to sheet 1. This will keep players 10 feet apart.
ο Insert two small markings, located four feet from each aside of centre ice (roughly 69 feet from the end boards). Non-Delivering Team: The two sweepers of the non-delivering team should be positioned on these marking while the other team is throwing. The player of the non-delivering team whose turn it is next to deliver should be positioned at hogline on the same side as the two sweepers. The Skip (or Vice-Skip) will stand on the backboards but no closer than the hack. Delivering Team: The Skip has control of the house. The player whose turn it is to deliver is in the hack. The non-sweeping player is on the backboards. The sweeping player is at the T-Line. Once the stone has been released, the player who delivered the stone proceeds down the centre line of the ice until the halfway point to the marking or to the hog line if it is their turn next. After the stone comes to rest, the sweeper proceeds to the halfway markings. The non-sweeper travels to the halfway mark or the hog line depending on their turn to deliver or not.
ο Keeping score to be done by one of the skips as agreed prior to game starting.
ο One sweeper only on all delivered stones. No relaying (second sweeper taking over halfway down the sheet). The person in charge of the house is not allowed to sweep under any circumstance. The skip of the non-delivering must remain in the hack area until all stones come to rest. They are not allowed to sweep the opposition stone behind the tee-line.
ο The skip or vice skip (not both) of non-delivering team must stand at the hack until the other team is finished playing and has relinquished control of the house.
ο The skip or vice skip (both teams) may not sweep any stones (both colours) set in motion by the delivering team.
ο There will be two draws per day Monday to Friday. A morning draw at 10:00 AM and an evening draw with split starting times: Conveners to alternate teams start times.
ο All 4 sheets will begin at 10:00 AM for morning draws and pre-set teams following a schedule must be drawn up in advance.
ο Maximum stay in the lounge after playing evening draw would be 45 minutes and then each player would be required to leave.
ο To alleviate times pressures, consider 6-end games.
ο Masks: we require players to wear a mask at all times in facility. Masks can be removed on ice playing and once seated with refreshments in lounge only.
ο Members only are allowed to curl this year. When a spare is required missing players are asked to line up a member to replace them.

2020/2021 Membership Letter & Package (Including signup form and fee structure) CLICK HERE

2020/2021 COVID Waiver – THIS MUST BE SIGNED IN ORDER TO PLAY – CLICK HERE

2020/2021 Manual From Curling Canada in How to Play Safely – CLICK HERE

Any issues regarding this matter please contact me at 226-448-0563 or email kevin.feasey@tt-group.com 

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Rowan’s Law

Like any winter sport on ice, there are important reminders that need to be made. A curling ice surface is slippery. Proper footwear is important, but so is common sense. In the event someone does fall, it’s important to remember:

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