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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
the extended league season, there will be a six-week season that runs from
February 3 through mid March.
Visit their website, www.uppervalleycurling.org, to sign up!
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!”