Monday, November 19, 2018
The Monday daytime mixed league WILL PLAY today. The Monday night Open Competitive League WILL PLAY tonight.
Always check this home page for status to your leagues. If you are playing in the morning, league status will be posted by 8am and 4pm for the evening draws.
Safety of our members is paramount and we don't want anyone risking a tricky drive for a game. If you are not going to attend a game due to poor driving conditions, please call your skip.
The first session of curling is sailing by and we are soon looking to register for the second session. For new members to the club, it is not too late to contact us if you want to play. Even if you have never stepped onto a curling rink you are more than welcome to come and join. Please call the club at (705) 457-2830 or Sue Mason at (705) 754-3742 for information. There will be a learn to curl clinic for new curlers to session 2.
For our current membership, the cut off date for making any changes to your league status is Friday, Nov. 16th. If you are a $99 curler and have enjoyed your first session and wish to continue, please let Sue or Mary know by the 16th. Members can go into the member login and make any changes to their status. Remember that you have to go down to the bottom of the page and SAVE all these changes. You will have to go through all the steps including the payment section (even if you have already paid, you won't have to pay again unless you are changing your membership status - ie. paid for one session but want to play the second session). Sue or Mary will let you know how much is owing.
The league convenor will be asking everyone in the next couple of weeks what you'd like to do. They will need your decision by Nov. 16th so they can make the teams for the second session.
Session Dates for the Curling Season 2018 - 2019
Session 1 (9 weeks) Monday, October 1, 2018 to Friday, November 30, 2018
Session 2 (9 weeks) Monday, December 3, 2018 to Friday, February 8, 2019
Session 3 (7 weeks) Monday, February 11, 2019 to Friday, March 29, 2019
No need to feel left out of snacks after the game. There is a designated shelf in the kitchen for those who adhere to the gluten free lifestyle. Please bring a contribution of crackers, cookies, bars, or other treats that will keep so that we can make sure everyone can partake in an after game snack. The club is not providing these snacks - but it does provide a spot where we can store and share with others in the same boat as us. Please consider leaving a contribution in the cupboard.
The town of Haliburton offers a variety of opportunities for their residents to participate in during the fall and winter months. Curling is one of these activities and it is one of the most popular sports because both young and old can participate.
Our club is committed to getting future generations excited about curling and we offer an outstanding Youth program run by very talented volunteers. These members help teach and support each child in their development of the sport.
Haliburton curling club offers members a healthy cross section of recreational and competitive play by offering leagues that will satisfy their interests and abilities. Leagues are scheduled from Monday to Friday including day and night time curling. Check the website for league descriptions.
So, is it a good idea to join our club? Absolutely! We have divided the season into three sessions in order to meet your needs (ie. travel, job, health).
As our motto says, “Have fun, Meet friends, Keep fit and Stay active”.
Curling is a winter sport, played on ice. Ice is slippery, hard, cold, and wet. At Haliburton curling club, we strive to take the proper measures to ensure the safety of all our members. Every curler who steps foot on our ice should have a pair of grippers over their curling shoes to protect them from slipping on the ice. These grippers should not have any smooth surfaces on them or bits of rubber falling off. Always check the condition of your grippers and if needed, purchase a new pair from our supply at the bar. For a low cost of $ 15.00/gripper, you can ensure your safety. Be sure that your slider and gripper or shoes are clean and dry before stepping on the ice.
As well, we have all seen or heard of someone falling on the ice and unfortunately hitting their head. If you are concerned and wish protection, we sell protective head gear called "ice halos" that are light weight and comfortable. Most importantly they provide curlers with some confidence they need to stay on the ice. Ice halos do not make your head hot and the Velcro closures make it adjustable and secure.
The following are some other measures that each participant should practice for good ice safety:
- warm up before the game - stretching and warming muscles before going out on the ice can help prevent injury
- step onto the ice gripper-foot first - never use your slider foot to step onto the ice
- always be careful when stepping off the ice - always use your slider foot first
- the rule of thumb for your slider foot is LAST ON, FIRST OFF
- step off the platform onto a clear piece of ice. Avoid stepping over a rock
- avoid lifting a rock – you might lose your balance
- never stop a rock with your hand - your fingers can be crushed, especially if the rock hits another rock while you're trying to stop it
- never use your foot to stop a fast moving rock - you could lose your balance and fall. Use your broom to stop a rock
- watch for stray rocks
- keep your feet on the ice - avoid running or hopping. Walk or slide
- if you can't keep up with a fast moving rock while sweeping, just let it go. It's not worth the risk of falling.
- if you feel unwell and your balance is impaired, never go on the ice surface
Another important safety feature is to get yourself trained. At Haliburton curling club we offer training clinics before the curling season and throughout the year by our club coaches.
Let’s face it: curling ice is slippery and the possibility of falling is real, so protecting ourselves from injury is very important. Be aware! Go out and enjoy the sport, have a great game and stay safe!