Welcome to the Ilderton Curling Club
Information for New Members
Welcome and thank you for your decision to join us at the Ilderton Curling Club. This is a wonderful place to curl and meet people whether you are a social curler or a competitive league player. Ilderton has a few things that you may not have encountered at other clubs, so we hope the information below will help by answering a few of the frequently asked questions and will make you feel at home at the ICC. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding anything at ICC, please feel free to approach any staff member. New Members can receive a Discount off Full Unlimited Membership. Consult the registration form for details.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is curling?
- Watch this video: Two Minute Guide to Curling
What do I need to curl?
- Clean indoor running shoes, flexible & warm clothing and mitts or gloves that have some grip.
We have brooms, sliders and grippers that you can borrow while you decide whether you'd like to invest in your own equipment.
- Join our Learn to Curl league. Details below. You'll come away with the skills & confidence to join our social leagues next season.
Once you decide you'd like to join for a season you will probably want to invest in your own broom and possibly shoes. Brooms and shoes are available at curling stores like Goldline.
I’m interested in Learn To Curl. What should I do?:
- ICC offers a Learn-to-Curl program several times each season. A qualified curling coach teaches all the basics and then some games are held to practice the skills learned. When you register, select type Instructional and then check one of the Learn-to-Curl sessions (Fall or Winter). You will not be able to curl in other leagues, nor spare. However, if you have completed L2C you can register again, for the second half of the season, as an Associate, and spare, or join the Novice league. Contact the Membership Director if you wish explore other membership options.
How do I sign up for a name tag?:
- New members to the club automatically receive a name tag which will be found at the bar at the beginning of the season. A member who has lost a name tag can request one at the bar for a fee.
Please note: The bar is a great place to ask questions as the bartenders can usually point you to the correct person.
How do I know what events are going on at ICC?:
- There are notice boards in change rooms and hall ways to see upcoming bonspiels at ICC and other clubs in the area. Additionaly, there are display monitors in the lounge and near the entrances to the ice that provide updates on activities at the club. The Courier News Letter is another resource. Copies are available online or printed versions are placed at the tables in the lounge for you to read.
How do I get a directory of ICC members?:
- The listing of club members can be viewed through the website by members of ICC with a valid username and password. You must be logged in to view the directory.
How do I sign up for other teams and leagues?:
- At ICC, as with most curlings clubs, our leagues take various formats. Some leagues are social in nature, with members signing up as individuals and being put into teams by a convener. Other leagues utilize a "skip's choice or competitive" format, which require members to form a team prior to registering. If you would like to join a skip's choice or competitive league, but do not have a team, it is recommended that you contact the league convener and the club manager, and they may be able to connect you with other members looking for form a team. You can also register to be a spare for leagues you are interested in joining. This is a great way to meet other members.
How do I get an Account so I can Login and see My Schedule, Update Scores, read Newsletters…?"
- New members to the club, who have registered for the current season and paid, can request an account on our web site. You will need a User name and Password. To obtain one, click on the link ‘Forgot Your User Name?’ that is on the LOGIN page. Once you have an Id, then Login, and you will be presented with the Member Dashboard. Under ‘Our Club+’ you can learn about Sparing and read past Newsletters. The functionality under ‘Members+’ will be activated as well. If you need assistance then email the Membership Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also read the Web Site User Guide page from the “Our Club+” drop down list.
I have indicated I’m available to Spare but my name is not on the on-line Spares list. How do I get on this list?:
- Login and select Members+ and then My Profile. On your Profile there is a tab labelled ‘Spare Details’. If you wish to be added to a spares list then ensure ‘Include my name on the spares list?’ is checked. Check only those leagues you wish to spare in. If you are curling in a league then don’t check that league. Press the Save button after making changes. If you need assistance then e-mail the Membership Director at email@example.com.
At the Club
- There are a limited number of lockers available for use at the club. Sign up sheets will be posted in or near each of the change rooms at the beginning of the season for members interested in storing their broom and curling belongings. Returning members will have first right to their locker from the previous season and new members will be notified by a staff member once a locker has been located for their use. In order to accomodate as many members as possible, members are usually required to share a locker with at least one other.
- Note: Members must provide their own lock and all lockers must be emptied and locks removed at the end of the season.
- Sheets indicating practice ice availability are posted at the bottom of the stairs to the upper lounge. These sheets indicate the available ice/sheet/time in open spaces not indicated by an X. If a time seems suitable to you, print your name and notify a staff member of your intention to use ice at that time. This notification will ensure that the Staff knows that you intend to show up and that ice is indeed available at that time. Failing to sign up in advance for available ice may result in you not having access to the ice at that time. Staff may perform maintenance or there may be other reasons for ice being unavailable at the time you wish. Staff ask that you refrain from practicing take-out shots if you are alone. This could be damaging to the hacks, other rocks and stones could travel to adjacent sheets. If a Staff member sees a violation of this request, you will be asked to leave. Practice ice is available to all Ilderton Curling Club members. Use by anyone else must be approved by the Club Manager. Management will have final say in all matters regarding the use and availablity of ice. ICC is very busy club and available time for practice is limited, so please sign up in advance, as ice maintenance also takes place at off hours.
- ICC has a handicapped lift available to get mobility impaired persons from the ground floor to the upstairs lounge. On the ground floor it is located at the west end of the hall by the glass, through the open door on the left. The lift requires a key to operate.
- If you do not have a key (ICC does not hand out keys) there is a door bell button on the left hand wall just before you get to the door into the elevator lobby. See the sign. If you push the button a bell rings at the bar and a staff member will come and assist the mobility impaired person. If you do not have a key, see a staff member to leave the building.
- If you have a key (ICC does not hand out keys), insert the key in the call button, turn to the right and hold the button until the lift arrives and there is a loud click. Take the key out. Open the door and enter the lift, then insert the key in the control panel, turn to the right and hold the button for the floor where you want to go until the lift stops moving and there is a loud click. Take out the key and open the door. The lounge is through the open door on the left and left again.
Tips at the Bar:
In the past with our volunteer bar staff tips were often donated to charity as something Uncle Ron Townley had started. This tradition lasted for many years and benefited both charities and our club. We, as a club, are in a position to create jobs and like any other paid bartenders tips are a part of their income. We kindly ask that you continue to show your appreciation towards them in the future. Our bar staff puts a large amount of time into ensuring this bar keeps running and I hope you can see their hard work.
Slips and Falls on the Curling Ice:
All members should be aware of the inherent risk involved with the game of curling. That being said, the staff of the Ilderton Curling Club would like to make you aware of certain policies pertaining to someone who slips and/or falls on the curling ice surface.
- If there is any chance that a person’s head came into contact with the ice surface, DO NOT move this person. Keep them calm and in place until a staff member can come and assess the person and the situation. This is done to prevent head, neck or back injury. An ambulance will be called and the EMS personnel will further assess the situation. If the person who fell does not wish to travel by ambulance to a hospital, he/she will be asked to sign a waiver.
- Any curler who falls on the ice surface should be checked by a staff member, regardless of whether or not they struck their head on the ice. Broken bones, cuts, and displacements are just some of the injuries that may result in coming into contact with the ice surface. Please let a staff member assess the situation.
- An AED or defibrillator is located on site. It is located in a case, mounted on the wall across from the office door on the main floor. The majority of staff members at the club have received training on procedure and protocol for using this unit. If you have any questions, please feel free to approach me or any staff member. Please take care on the ice, and we ask that you honour our procedures.
- Always step onto ice with your gripper foot first.
- Be aware of what’s happening on your sheet of ice and the sheets closest to you.
- Be aware of all the rocks in play when moving around on the ice. Don’t trip over any.
This is a blend of rules and unwritten agreements that govern players’ actions on (and occasionally off) the ice. Rules which emphasize the best of the game: sportsmanship, courtesy and respect for your opponent.
- A curling game starts and ends with handshakes. That same ritual governs the action at curling clubs across the country. We shake hands before and after the game, no matter whether it’s a Friday night social, a playoff-deciding league match, or a weekend bonspiel. For all curlers, it’s “Good curling!” and a firm handshake to start and end the action.
- The vice (or third) from each team comes together to toss a coin at the start of the game to determine last stone advantage in the first end.
- When your opponents are preparing for delivery, stand to the side of the sheet, single file and between the hog lines. Move only after the stone has been released. Do not stand on the end boards behind a person about to deliver a stone.
- Only skips and thirds may congregate behind the tee line. They should not move or hold their brooms on the ice while the opposition is preparing to deliver a stone.
- Wear clean, appropriate footwear that will not damage the ice. (The club has sliders available)
- As all games operate with a strict time limit, all curlers should be ready to go when it’s their turn to deliver a stone.
- At the conclusion of an end, all players remain outside the rings until the opposing thirds have agreed on the score.
- Admit it if you touch a rock with your broom or shoes as it is moving, or if you have moved a still rock by accident. The skips will make a ruling decision based on the circumstances.
- Refrain from throwing your arms in the air and cheering wildly when the opposing skip misses that crucial last rock. It’s not just common courtesy – it’s simply curling etiquette. In this game, sportsmanship should be demonstrated both on and off the ice.
- After delivering your rock please do not kneel on the ice, or keep your hands on the ice, for an extended period of time, as this damages the ice surface.
- Important rule of etiquette. Winners buy the losers a drink, and the losers return the favour in round two. That is how the game is played, and we curlers wouldn’t have it any other way.
Please note there is a copy of Curling for Dummies available for loan...at the bar (of course).
- Blank end - An end where no points are scored.
- Bonspiel - A tournament in which curlers compete.
- Burning a rock - An infraction that happens when a player touches a stone as it’s traveling down the sheet.
- Button - The very center of the target rings or house.
- Delivery - The action of throwing a stone to the other end of the playing surface.
- Eight-ender - A perfect end where every one of the team’s eight stones scores a point.
- End - The way a curling game is divided. An end is like an inning in a baseball game. A curling game has either eight or ten ends.
- Gripper - The rubberized sole of one of your curling shoes. It helps you keep your footing on the ice. See slider.
- Hammer - The last rock of the end.
- Hack - The foothold in the ice you use to push off from when you deliver the stone.
- House - Also known as the rings, this is the name of the giant bull’s eye at either end of the sheet of ice. It consists of a set of concentric circles, called the 12-foot, 8-foot, 4-foot, and the button.
- Hurry hard - A directive given to sweepers by the skip or third, to sweep vigorously for line .
- Jitney - An informal, social game of curling, too small to be considered a bonspiel. Winning and losing takes a back seat to fun and friendship. The off-ice socializing after the games is just as important as the games themselves.
- Rock - Also known as a stone, the granite playing utensil that a curler delivers. Regular-sized rocks weigh approximately 44 pounds.
- Sheet - The frozen playing surface on which the game is played.
- Slider - The slippery sole of one of your curling shoes. It helps you move or slide along the ice.
- Tee line - The line on the playing surface that runs across the middle of the house.
- Weight - The amount of force used to deliver a stone.
Curling is a sport in which two teams (rinks) of four players each slide 40-pound granite rocks (also called stones) down a sheet of ice toward a target at the other end. Each team tries to get more of its stones closer to the center of the target than the other team.
- Throwing rocks - Each player on the team throws two stones in each end. (An end is similar to an inning in baseball.) Each team throws eight stones in an end. The players alternate throwing with their counterpart on the other team.
- Curling rocks - When a rock is thrown down the ice, depending on its rotation -- which is applied intentionally -- it will curl, or bend, one way or another. How much (or little) a rock curls or bends, depends largely on the conditions of the playing surface.
- Sweeping - Sweeping makes a rock curl less and travel farther. The lead, second, and third all take turns sweeping the rocks. The skip, who is like the team’s quarterback, is the only one who doesn’t regularly sweep stones.
- Keeping score - Once all 16 rocks have been thrown down the ice, the score for that end is counted based on the final positions of the stones in the house, (the group of circles on the ice that looks like a bull’s eye). Only one team can score in an end. A team scores one point for every rock that it has closer to the center of the house than the other team.
- Strategy - Generally, the skip determines a rink’s strategy. During the game, the skip stands at one end of the sheet and tells his or her other three players where they should place their shots. A team’s strategy doesn’t always go according to plan. This is a part of what makes curling so much fun. No two games are alike; the unpredictability is always appealing.
The Members of a Curling Team
A team consists of four players. Each player has specific duties:
- Lead - Throws the first two rocks of the end and then sweeps the next six. The lead usually sets up the game with guards but is not limited to this.
- Second - Throws the third and fourth stones of the end. The second sweeps the first two stones and then the final four of the end.
- Third/Vice - Throws the fifth and sixth rocks of the end. The third/vice also sweeps for the lead and second and then replaces the skip in the house while the skip throws the final two rocks of the end. The third/vice also posts the score at the conclusion of the end.
- Skip: - The captain of the team who decides the strategy. It is the skip’s job to tell the other players where to throw their shots and when to sweep for line. The skip usually delivers the last two shots of the end, but will sometimes throw lead/second/third rocks but still determine the strategy.