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Curling Season Has Arrived & You Should Join the Team

Oct 05, 2017 03:52PM ● Published by Linda Ditch

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It’s time to get your curl on—Upper Valley Curling’s 13-week season is starting October 11 at Hartford’s Wendell A. Barwood Arena. So what’s curling? Chances are you’ve seen the sport during a previous Winter Olympics. Played on ice, it’s the event where a player slides a large stone (called a rock) down the ice while two team members sweep the ice in front of the stone with brooms.

UVC’s president, Todd Allen, says, “Curling is a great social sport. People of all ages and abilities can enjoy it. There are elements of strategy, teamwork, skill, and luck that make it compelling and fun. Beginners can get the hang of it in a few hours, but it takes years of practice and playing to really appreciate the sport.”

Curling clubs like UVC typically see a spike in new members around a Winter Olympics season, such as the one coming up this February. Todd notes, “We are definitely expecting a spike in interest with the Winter Olympics this season. In fact, my introduction to curling happened immediately after the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.”

UVC hosts Learn to Curl sessions throughout the season. The cost is $25, or $50 for a learn to curl package that includes two Saturdays of drop-in curling. Keep an eye on the club’s website (www.uppervalleycurling.org) for upcoming dates.

Wednesday Night League Curling will start Wednesday, October 11, and run from 5:40 to 8:10pm. Saturday nights will be League and Social Curling, which will offer opportunities for both team play and drop-ins (on a space-available basis). Saturday night sessions start Saturday, October 14, and will run from 5:45 to 8:15pm.

The cost to curl as a team member in either the Wednesday night or Saturday night league is $325 per person. Curlers who want to be on a team for both nights pay $650. Payment is due on or before the first night of league play. Curlers who have signed up for team play are eligible to sub on any night when they are not scheduled to play. Wednesday night league players may pay the drop-in fee to curl on Saturday nights (space permitting). The drop-in fee is $25 for club members and $30 for nonmembers.

Following the extended league season, there will be a six-week season that runs from February 3 through mid March. 

“I like to curl because, one, throwing a curling stone is a unique skill that I like to continue to try to improve upon; two, curlers are nice people; three, the combination of strategy, skill, and luck; and four, it’s kind of quirky,” Todd says. “I love to tell others I’m a curler. It usually gets a great reaction. Upper Valley Curling is dedicated to growing the sport in the Upper Valley. We encourage people of all ages and abilities to come learn to curl this winter and try it out for a few weeks. We know some folks will get hooked!”

Visit their website, www.uppervalleycurling.org, to sign up!

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