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Frequently Asked Questions

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Game basics >>

Getting started in curling >>

Curling equipment >>

Accessible curling >>

Visiting the curling rink >>

Joining the curling club >>

Getting and accessing your online account >>

 

 

Game basics

What is this game all about?

Watch this video from Curling Canada for a humorous two-minute introduction to curling.

 

 

Burn, hogline, handle, runback...what do all these words mean?

There are lots of great curling glossaries available online. Curling Canada has a good one Link to an external site opens in a new window.

 

How many people are on a curling team?

Usually four. It is possible, however, to play with three people on a team, and doubles curling (two people on a team) is becoming increasingly popular. We offer doubles curling on Monday evenings during our drop-in curling. We also provide ideas for fun one-on-one curling games and individual challenges. 

 

 

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Getting started in curling

I've never curled before. How do I get started?

We love helping new people learn to curl! We have several options for you:

 

What equipment do I need to get started in curling?

Not much. Good, clean indoor running shoes and warm layered clothing are all you need to get started. We provide sliders, grippers and brooms that you can borrow while you’re at the rink. Helmets are a good idea—falls do happen—and are required for Little Rockers and elementary-school groups.

Once you really get into curling, you’ll probably want to invest in proper curling shoes and your own broom. Our new curler package offers a great deal on these basics.

 

I have physical limitations. Can I still curl?

Absolutely! Curling is a highly adaptable sport. If sliding isn’t an option, you can use a delivery stick to push the rocks down the ice. We have a few sticks available at the rink for you to borrow.

 

How much does it cost to curl?

Drop-in curling is a very affordable $10 per visit, or you can enjoy sparing or unlimited drop-in curling for $130 per year. League curling depends on how often you curl and in which league. Please check the Membership Fees pages for this season’s curling fees.

 

I'd like to get my school or youth group out to try curling. Can I do that?

Absolutely. We have a great time teaching kids to curl! Check out our Schools and Groups page for information, and contact us to set something up.

 

 

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Curling equipment

What equipment do I need to get started in curling?

Not much. Good, clean indoor running shoes and warm layered clothing are all you need to get started. We provide sliders and brooms that you can borrow while you’re at the rink. Helmets are a good idea—falls do happen—and are required for Little Rockers and elementary-school groups.

Once you really get into curling, you’ll probably want to invest in proper curling shoes and your own broom. Our new curler package offers a great deal on these basics.

 

What's so important about shoes?

Shoes are one of the most critical parts of your curling game. First of all, you want to wear shoes that give you a good grip on the ice—that’s the first and most important part of preventing falls and injuries. Proper curling shoes have specially designed soles that provide a proper grip. If you don’t have those, good gym shoes (not skater shoes) are usually fine, and we have rubber grippers you can wear over your regular shoes to improve the grip. Skater shoes, dress shoes, and boots are not suitable for curling.

Secondly, your shoes need to be clean. Dirty shoes leave debris on the ice, which really damages it. Nothing is more frustrating than watching a great shot go badly wrong at the last second because it “picked” on a bit of dirt that fell off somebody’s dirty street shoes. 

  

Do I need a helmet?

Helmet use is increasing as people become more aware of the risks of head injuries. Curling is a relatively safe sport compared to other winter sports like skiing and hockey. However, falls do happen, and wearing a helmet can significantly reduce your risk of injury if you fall.

We require Little Rockers and elementary-school groups to wear helmets at all times when they are out on the ice. For everyone else, helmets are optional but strongly recommended, especially for novice curlers. There is no need to buy anything special; you can use a bike, hockey, or skating helmet that you already have.

 

Can I rent or buy equipment at the club?

For occasional visitors (e.g., drop-in curlers, or schools or groups that book a visit to the curling rink), we provide sliders, grippers and brooms to borrow. If you are curling regularly, you should invest in your own basic equipment, and yes, you can buy that at our pro shop. For new members of the curling club, our new curler package offers a great deal on shoes and a broom. 

 

 

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Accessible curling

Is curling an option for people with physical limitations?

Absolutely. Curling is highly adaptable for people of all ages and physical abilities. The delivery stick makes curling possible for people in wheelchairs and for people with hip, knee or back problems that preclude the traditional sliding way of sending a rock down the ice. 

 

Is the curling rink accessible?

Yes. There is a ramp up to the front door, a wheelchair-accessible washroom on the ground floor, and a wheelchair lift to access the lounge and spectator area upstairs. There is one small step to get out onto the ice, but we can arrange for a ramp and assistance to get over that. 

 

I need accessibility assistance that you haven't mentioned here. Can you help me?

Of course. Call or email us to let us know what you need and we'll figure out how to do it.

 

 

 

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Visiting the curling rink

I'd like to get my school or youth group out to try curling. Can I do that?

Absolutely. We have a great time teaching kids to curl! Check out our Schools and Groups page for information, and contact us to set something up.

 

Can I come watch some curling?

Of course. All our bonspiels and special events are open to the public. Check our season calendar for upcoming events, and come on in!

 

Can I rent the curling club for an office party or family celebration?

You sure can. You can rent the ice, the lounge upstairs, or both. For on-ice rentals, we can also provide instructors to get you started in the game. See our Rentals page for more information.

 

Do you have drop-in curling?

Yes, we do. Mondays are our drop-in days, and we have two time slots: youth drop-in, just for teens, in the afternoons, and adult/family drop-in in the evenings. 

 

 

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Joining the curling club

What leagues does the club have?

Whether you're an adult or a youth, a dedicated veteran or an occasional beginner, we have a league that's right for you. Check them all out on our Curl With Us page. 

 

How much does it cost to curl?

Drop-in curling is a very affordable $10 per visit, or you can enjoy sparing or unlimited drop-in curling for $130 per year. League curling depends on how often you curl and in which league. Please check the Membership Fees pages for this season’s curling fees.

 

Do you have a drop-in rate?

Yes, we do. Mondays are our drop-in days, and we have two time slots: youth drop-in, just for teens, in the afternoon, and adult/family drop-in in the evening. Please check the Membership Fees pages for the current drop-in rates.

 

Do I need to sign up for the entire season?

No. All our adult leagues offer half-season rates, perfect for if you are planning a long vacation and will only be in town for part of the winter. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something even more casual, join our spares list, which let you fill in for a regular member in one of the adult leagues, or check out our drop-in options.

 

Do I need to sign up with a whole team of four people?

Not at all. If you have three friends who want to curl with you, you certainly can sign up as a team of four. However, you can also sign up as an individual; we’ll find a team for you. Or if you have two or three people, we can find someone else to fill up your team.

 

Do you offer lessons or coaching?

Yes, of course. We offer several options to help you learn the game. Check out our skill-building programs: learn-to-curl events, private coaching, and curling clinics. In addition, our Junior and Little Rockers leagues offer coaching for youth, and there are always club members on hand during our drop-in curling to teach you the basics.

 

What are spares, and how do I get to be one?

Spares are people who step in when a regular league member can’t make a game. If you are a member of one of our regular adult leagues, you are welcome to spare in other leagues; no spare fees required. Log in to your account and update the Spare Details in your profile to make sure your name is on the spares list.

If you are not a member of one of our regular adult leagues, you can still join the spares list by registering for a Spares membership. This is a great way to get into or keep curling, even if your schedule doesn't allow you to join a league and curl regularly. 

 

 

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Getting and accessing your online account

Why do I need an online account?

Our new online club management system offers lots of advantages when it comes to keeping curling alive and well in Nelson. For example, this online system:

Having our membership information online makes the administrative effort of running the club a lot easier for our volunteers. For this reason, we ask that you sign up for an online account. 

 

How do I get an online account with the curling club?

If you don't already have an online account with the curling club, even if you are a club member, you need to sign up for a new account by registering online as a club member.

When you register online as a club member, you automatically get an account. However, your account won't be active until your registration payment has been processed. If you pay online (using PayPal) at the time you registered, your account will be active immediately. If you pay in person at the curling rink, your account will be activated as soon as the registrar has had a chance to process your payment. Please wait a few days to give the club registrar a chance to activate your membership, then you will be able to access your online account. If you still can't log in, please contact the webmaster for assistance.

 

Do I have to register online? Can't I be a club member without getting an online account?

Online registration is optional, of course; if you can't or don't want to register online for curling, just download the paper registration form (PDF, 300KB) and bring it in to the curling rink during our Registration Night or during the league’s regular ice time.

However, having our membership information online makes the administrative effort of running the club a lot easier for our volunteers. For this reason, we ask that you sign up for an online account.

 

I'm having trouble with all this. Can someone help me?

Of course. Contact the webmaster for assistance.

 

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