Registration ends Sept 26th
Reminder to get your teams signed up for the:
6th Annual McCall Rocktoberspiel Oct. 1 – 3 2010
Curlers, We wish to again forward this invitation to you to come over to beautiful McCall for our Rocktoberspiel.
Looking for more teams to join us! This is one of the best, western spiels, in a beautiful arena, in a beautiful town!
We plan a big event this year and have 20 teams signed and will fill at 24 teams. Our wish is to fill those 24 slots and we need your participation! It’s not dedicated ice but we are known for our quality of ice during the Rocktoberspiel!
Take the time, COME JOIN US and get those other players here as well. We have individual players from (Ogden, California, McCall and others) looking for teams!
Forward this information to your club members and teammates.
Hope to hear from you soon! Registration and information is on line at mccallcurling.com
I have received an number of emails and inquires as to what positions people should play. Often the individuals state something along the lines of “I don’t want to play lead, I’m not that bad”. I’m not sure where this feeling that the lead is a position is a lower position than any other position on the team comes from. I can only presume that it comes from the TV watchers who see the talked about shots being thrown by vice or skip stones. Maybe this is a society issue where people prefer the quarterback who throws the 50 yard touchdown pass but only wins half the games over the quarterback who throws only 5-10 yard passes, but wins 95% of their games.
Fancy does not mean good.
A great team does not throw those TV highlight reel shots very often; if at all. A great team has such a strong lead and 2nd, that the vice and skip only have to throw draws and guards to keep control of the house. The “spectacular” shots they talk about are a result of a team scrambling to make something more of a bad situation. These “low-percentage shots” are low-percentage because they do not happen often with teams on TV. The teams that win bonspiels are the teams that throw 99% of their shots as “high-percentage shots” like guards and draws and single stone hits.
A good lead will set up the team to control the game. If a lead throws 16 stones 6 inches to a foot in front of the house (either on the center line or off to the side depending on if you have the hammer or not), the 2nd can draw around those or they can be later used to bump them in for points. A consistent lead is an asset that every team wants.
So why is it that curlers often find the newest curler to be in the lead position? This is because lead stones offer an advantage to a curler that the other positions do not. A lead will throw guards 80% of the time. This means they can focus on finding a consistent weight and work on their balance. If there is any weight inconsistency, this will allow the curler to focus on that, while allowing the team 6 stones to compensate for any missed guards.
A 2nd will throw 80% draws. They need to have consistent weight to draw around the guards (yours or opponents). If a 2nd has the most inconsistent weight on the team, the team will often feel as though they are always trying to chase the opponents and use more take-out throws in the vice position.
A vice (3rd) has the hardest job on the team in terms of delivery. They need to throw everything with the exact correct weight. This curler is typically your most consistent curler. If the curler is your most inconsistent, there is very little the skip stones will be able to do to regain control of a bad situation.
Skip stones are 90% draws or guards. This position is mostly just to get the extra point or try to keep the house as it is. After the vice stones, the skip should only need to put the finishing touches on the end to secure the points or force the opponents into taking less points. Low-percentage shots being thrown by the skip is either done because there is very little risk or because things are so bad that the team is scrambling for something to work. The difficulty in skip stones is that the pressure is on. When the curler is faced with a draw, it can be the difference between winning or losing. That kind of pressure is a mental game that not everyone has. The nice part of this position is that if you have a consistent lead to set up the guards and the 2nd and vice have done their jobs, then the skip often has a lot of options of which all are high-percentage shots.
The lead position is just as important as any other position on the team. Although the highlight reel may not show too many lead throws, the type of game the team will play will be determined on how well the lead is throwing.
If you are an established team and have been playing for many years, you may have your own reasons for your lineup, but if you are a new team or acquire new members, it is common that the curler that is struggling with their weight the most, start as lead. Do not believe that this is a demotion. This is often just an opportunity to focus on your weight and not have to worry as much about aim. It is better to have correct weight rather than correct aim. If the weight is correct, it will at least be in play!
Last but not least, do remember that you can change positions between games (not during games). I have thrown many skip stones. Sometimes if I feel I’m in a rut and missing on my weight due to the mental aspect of the game, I will move to lead. It’s a great way to focus on the weight of stones without feeling the pressure of the clutch draw or guard.
Each position has its advantages and its difficulties. No position is better or higher than another. Everyone throws 2 stones. A curler can only be judged whether they curl better than the opponent in the same position. A lead that makes 80% of their shots has done a better job to their team than the lead that makes 60% of their shots. A 2nd who makes 60% of their shots has done a better job to their team than the 2nd who makes 40% of their shots. This does not mean that the lead that makes 80% of their shots is better or worse than the 2nd that makes 60% of their shots. This is not comparable. Curlers are only ever compared to the opponent in the same position.
Info on an upcoming bonspiel in Denver:
2nd Annual Denver Open Bonspiel
November 6 and 7, 2010
Team Limit - 20
(Mixed, Men’s,Women’s & Rookie)
Pool play format
$400 per team – 3 game guarantee
Cocktails and dinner included Saturday night
Download the flyer and registration form
Mail team or individual entry TODAY to guarantee a spot
No on-line registration!!
Contact Kirsten Berger with any questions – 303-981-6134
MOPAC, which is our region within USCA, is beginning to organize the regional playdown schedule for this year. The regional playdowns determine the teams that represent our region in the national championships. There are several different team categories with varying signup deadlines. Below is an e-mail sent out by the MOPAC organizer. If you are thinking of entering a team in any (or several) of these categories, please let me know (send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org). For planning purposes the organizing committee would like to know how many teams each club is likely to send.
Below is a complete list of the registration deadlines for upcoming USA Curling national events. Registration links using the Compete-At system will be finalized in the near future so athletes can begin signing up.
Wheelchair Team Tryouts, 9/10
World University Games, 10/22
Mixed Doubles, 11/4
M/W Nationals, 11/29
Junior Nationals, 12/6
M/W Club Nationals, 1/6
All registration fees will be $290 per team with the exception of Men’s/Women’s Nationals, which will be $540 per team. The wheelchair event is an individual sign-up. That fee is $50 and the Compete-At link is live for registering.
There is no number restriction on how many teams can register to participate in the regional playdowns. But (depending on our numbers) 1 or 2 teams from a region can advance to the Nationals event.
Whether you are just attending a Learn-To-Curl or have been Curling for 15+ years, safety should be your first concern. Curling does not have safety gear. Sure there are gloves to protect your hands from getting a blister from sweeping to hard, but that’s as much of a safety feature as it is in golf. What is it about Scottish games not using anything other than gloves for protection?
In curling, there is very little risk of injury, so helmets and pads are not a neccessity. If you travel the curling circuits, you will find players wearing skateboard helments and elbow pads, but it is rare. I’m glad to see these people realize their limitations and ensure their own safety. I have been Curling since I was 13-ish. I’ve taken my fair share of falls and seen many ‘expert’ curlers do the same. In fact earlier this year, I did not give enough respect and thought to the fact that I was on ice and fell while walking. Oh did that hurt! The next week my team-mate did a similar fall. And if you watched the Olympics, even Kevin Martin (skip for Canada) almost fell while traversing the sheet after his shot; and he was probably on the ice more than not over the 6 month period leading up to the Olympics.
When you throw a stone, there is a good change you might fall over while trying to balance. I have yet to see anyone get hurt doing this. Its less of a fall and more of a collapse or roll. The two main accidents in Curling are falling while standing, walking, or sweeping OR being hit by a broom. Being hit by a broom typically only happens if someone falls and the broom is whipped while trying to stop themselves from falling.
The way to protect yourself best is: to not fall. Sounds simple, right? Well there are 2 VERY easy ways to avoid falling:
- Remember that you are on ice and not on concrete, so keep your weight over your legs as much as possible.
- Get yourself equipment that will help prevent falling! The biggest cause of falls is slipping on ice. Street shoes are not made for ice – especially in Southern California. There are curling shoes that will drastically improve your game by improving your control and balance, but they cost about $100 – $250+. There are great deals at Dakota Curling Supplies on some currently. If you’re new to curling or just don’t want to spend that kind of money on shoes for Curling at this time, then the next best option is to buy 2 grippers. A gripper is a very soft piece of rubber that fits over your street shoes and improves the traction on the ice by approximately 7,000%. This rubber never freezes up, like shoe rubber does, so it will remain as effective the last 5 minutes on the ice as it does in the first 5 minutes. The cost for 2 grippers is about $35.00 In terms of safety, they will pay for themselves in one night. Dakota Curling Supplies has these for sale; they are called a “Slip-on Gripper“. Remember, members get a discount with Dakota Curling Supplies!
The only other piece of equipment that some curlers use, is wrestling knee pads. No curling did not become a contact sport. These soft flexible knee pads are at any sporting store for cheap. If you drag your back knee on the ice when delivering or tend to find that your drag knee bumps into the ice when delivering, these pads will give you that extra bit of protection against brusing your knee.
Curling is a fun sport that rarely sees injury. So if this will be your 1st time on the ice or your 100th, please consider getting 2 Grippers or Curling Shoes to help you keep your balance so that Curling can fully be about the fun and social aspect of the game.
You might be wondering “What does football have to do with Curl San Diego?” Since Curling originated in Scotland and football there is what we know of as soccer here, the answer is the World Cup. Curl San Diego has adopted the World Cup’s playdown system to be able to house 16 teams in an 8 week period for our Fall League.
The way it will work is that the first 2 games will be used to establish four Groups of 4 teams. Weeks 3, 4, & 5 will be a round-robin play within each group. The top two teams from each Group after the round-robin will move into a 1st Tier playoff bracket and the bottom two teams will move into a 2nd tier playoff bracket. If you lose in the first round of either playoff bracket, you will be moved to a B-side playoff of the tier you were in.
The 1st and 2nd place of the A-side from each tier will be awarded trophies. The 1st place of the B-side from each tier will be awarded medals.
The great aspects of this are that as of Week 6, all teams still have an equal opportunity to take home an award; and the teams should be of similiar calibre at the start of the playoff brackets. With 6 out of 16 teams recieving awards, there is a pretty good chance of taking home some hardware.
If you haven’t yet signed up for our Fall League starting August 28th, please be sure to do so! If you have a team, great! If you need a team, we can help you find one. There are many curlers and small groups that have signed up so it is easy to find everyone a spot.
Remember: Unknown curlers are just friends you haven’t met yet.
Registration is open for all four of the remaining summer curling pickup games. Registration for all games can be found on the Shop page. Sign up for a Curl San Diego membership and use your 10% member discount!
Thursday, July 8th, 6:45pm-8:45pm
Wednesday, July 14th, 6:15pm-8:15pm
Thursday, July 22nd, 6:45pm-8:45pm
Tuesday, July 27th, 6:45pm-8:45pm
While very fashion forward, open-toed sandals are not a good idea when curling.
At one of the downtown department stores in Vancouver, the windows were decorated with various sports themes during the Olympics. This picture was of the curling themed window. I know what you’re thinking – that looks just like a league game in San Diego.
On Thursday, July 8st, there will be a set of pickup games starting at 6:45 PM and finishing at 8:45. There will be four games played concurrently – a total of 32 spots are available. Teams will be organized at the beginning of the event.
No instruction will be provided at this event – curlers should have at least participated in one of our learn to curl clinics or played in one of our league games. Of course, the more experienced curlers are always happy to provide guidance and pointers (wanted or not).
Cost is $20 per person for the night (the zamboni is scheduled to be off at 6:45, so there will be a bit under 2 hours of playing time) – please register online in advance. To register multiple people, just select a quantity for the number you wish to register and process as a single transaction. If there is someone you want to play with, that will be worked out at the event (teams are not set prior to getting there).
The weather is always nice in San Diego, so why not go curling in the summertime?
The next pickup curling game will be on Thursday, July 1st, 6:45 to 8:45 PM. The zamboni is supposed to be off the ice by 6:45, so this will be a bit under 2 hours of curling time. Cost is $20 – more details can be found here.
We will also be having pickup games on the following dates:
Thursday, July 8th, 6:45pm-8:45pm
Wednesday, July 14th, 6:15pm-8:15pm
Thursday, July 22nd, 6:45pm-8:45pm
Tuesday, July 27th, 6:45pm-8:45pm
Registration for these nights will open later this week.