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Curling @ St. Thomas Curling Club


For-fun curling for all skill levels. Hurry hard to sign up for limited team spots!

FALL 2020 League Details:
REMEMBER: Registration deadline for FALL 2020 leagues is SEPTEMBER 28, 2020!

Payment must be received in full by the deadline to secure a spot in the league/program of your choice!
FCSSC offers 3 ways to play:
 
1) Register a full team. 
2) Register as an individual & we will place you on a team with other individuals.
3) Register as a small group (register as an individual & request to play with friends. We will place you & your friends on a team with other individuals or small groups).

 

Safe Return to Play

Per Phase 3 requirements, team sport leagues cannot exceed a MAXIMUM OF 50 PARTICIPANTS. That means that FCSSC must ensure that Curling teams have a max roster of 4 players and are assigned to a pool with a maximum of 11 other teams (so that the total participants in the pool does not exceed 50 players). Teams will only play the other teams in their pool for the entirety of the season on a weekly basis.

All players must arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to start time and be ready to play. No loitering in the clubhouse.

All participants are asked to come dressed to play (aside from boots and coat) and bring their own personal equipment if possible. Borrowed equipment from STCC is possible but very limited and not recommended due to COVID.

All players will follow entry/exit signage at STCC and immediately access sanitizer from the facility or Game Coordinator on arrival and before departure.

All participants must attempt to stay 6 feet apart at all times when not sweeping.

All participants are asked to wear a face mask upon arrival, while in the lounge and during departure from the rink. Masks may be removed during game play or while consuming a beverage.

One half of the lounge has been designated on entry for coats and shoes, the other half for post-game social. Players must use separate exit door.

All teams must assign a Health Ambassador who will be named Co-Captain and who will monitor and assist members of his/her own team to follow the rule modifications, as well as FCSSC's Safe Return to Play Guidelines.

The on-site Game Coordinator will have additional hand sanitizer and equipment disinfecting spray available. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own and use regularly between ends.

All other Safe Return to Play Guidelines must also be followed. Please read.

What to Expect

A 2-hour draw, and social. STCC invites us to stay for a limited, physically-distanced social in the STCC licensed lounge after the draw. 

You're playing for bragging rights this season! Score Reporting and Standings will be kept but there will not be playoffs, or prizes this season. Spirit Points always count. We WILL award the Steam Whistle Spirit Award this season, as usual!

Players in this co-ed league are a mix of new and experienced players, with varying skill levels, all playing with a for-fun attitude. Self-scored play governed by FCSSC’s unique Spirit Point System.

League Dates

SUNDAY
Starts: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Ends: Sunday, December 13, 2020 
All games will be played on Sunday*.

*November 8th (weather permitting) is held as a rain date for these turf sports.

Total Weeks

SUNDAY: 9 weeks

Game Times

SUNDAY
Games will start at 5:00pm.
All draws are 120 minutes.

Price

SUNDAY
Team: $665
Individual: $180

More Details

Click the SPORT INFO, RULES & LOCATION tabs (scroll up!) for many more details about this league/program, including equipment requirements and play spaces.

 

 

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Sport Info

Spirit of the League

This league is all-welcome, all-for-fun. Competitive players are encouraged to choose a different league in which to play.

Please review FCSSC's Conduct Policy before registering.

League Format Each week teams will play one game against a new opponent for 120 min (2 hrs). Should you finish early, any time left after your game can be used for additional practice! All games are self-officiated, though FCSSC staff will be on-site at all times to protect player safety, help with the rules, and pump up the fun factor. Come dressed and ready to curl! One half of the lounge will be left for coats and shoes, the other for post curl social (lounge bar open).

Number of People on Ice

Though no gender minimum required for this sport, we do recommend at least 1 female and at least 1 male, 4 players total.

Recommended Roster Size

4 players however a team can play with 3.

NOTE: Captains - please pre-register a 5th should you like as a sub but note only 4 can come each week due to COVID-19 Provincial Return to Play gathering restrictions.

Equipment

STCC will supply rocks. Because of COVID-19, players are asked to bring their own brooms and sliders. Should you need to borrow a broom or slider, please pre-arrange this with FCSSC. We will do our best to help. 

*Sliders are optional.* Lots of players who are new to the sport prefer NOT to use a slider. The slider makes the ice even more slippery (a benefit when exiting the hack, throwing the stone).

Age & Waivers All players MUST be 19 years of age or older, no exceptions.
All players MUST sign a waiver before playing, no exceptions. Signing the waiver on-line is super easy, just follow the steps during registration & checkout.

Rules

               Curling Rules          

1. Pre-Game – Spirit Points, Equipment, Game Time, Defaults, Fields

Play that is competitive, overly aggressive, rough and/or unsportsmanlike such as pushing, shoving, elbowing, shouldering, tripping, hacking, slashing, sliding, tackling, ball blasting, chirping, name calling, threats and intimidation, is prohibited and will not be tolerated by FCSSC.  FCSSC IS FIRST-AND-FOREMOST-FOR-FUN. ANY ROUGH OR PHYSICAL PLAY WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION FROM THE GAME, THE LEAGUE, THE CLUB AND/OR ALL OF THE ABOVE.  All players should go out of their way to avoid contact with other players and/or eliminate actions or behaviours that could jeopardize player safety.  If accidental contact occurs it is expected that players will apologize for that contact, ensure everyone is alright and stop the game to seek appropriate help as required.  THIS RULE SUPERSEDES ALL OTHERS!

Spirit Points: An integral part of all the sports that the Forest City Sport & Social Club offers. It is based on the primary focus of the FCSSC, which is sportsmanship and to have FUN...NOT on competitive and aggressive sport. 

Equipment/Set-Up: FCSSC Game Coordinators or facility staff will provide brooms, sliders and the rocks for each game.  Teams are welcome and encouraged to bring their own equipment. All players are responsible for bringing CLEAN indoor shoes. Boots, outdoor shoes, or large chunky shoes are not acceptable – only those with proper footwear will be allowed to play.  In addition, FCSSC’s Game coordinator will keep score when possible (ie. Only one game played at a time).  If the FCSSC Game Coordinator is unable to keep score, we ask that each team select a player to assist in keeping score.

Game Time/Defaults:  

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early so that you can change into your gear and start your games on time.
  • Games are 120 minutes in length, and 8 ends are expected to be played in that time. No extra time allotted. Please agree on one person to act as timekeeper.
  • Teams are comprised of four (4) players, however a team can play with 3 players. There are no gender requirements for curling, however we strongly encourage teams to be co-ed.
  • A default will occur if any team cannot field the minimum requirement of players by 15 minutes after the official start time. A team of more than four people is NOT allowed due to COVID gathering restrictions.
  • Captains may agree to waive the rules regarding minimum players, and should be decided before the game starts. IF IT IS AGREED THAT THE GAME COUNTS, IT COUNTS!

2. In Game – General Rules, Tiebreakers & Playoffs

 General Rules:

  1. Teams score 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 for a loss and –1 for a default
  2. Teams alternate throwing rocks.
  3. The rocks must completely cross the hog line to stay in play.
  4. Throwers must release the rock before the hog line.
  5. If a rock hits the sideboard or the sidelines, they are out of play.
  6. Only one team can score points for any given end. The team with the closest rock to the center scores one point. This team can score additional points for each rock that is closer to the center than their opponents’ closest rock.
  7. A team can only begin to sweep the oppositions rock(s) once it has completely passed the T-line (the line that intersects the house). Only one sweeper can sweep past the T-line per rock.
  8. All curlers MUST wear clean shoes on the ice, with either clear tape on the sliding shoe or a slider. People who are right handed wear tape or a slider on their left foot and vice-versa for left handed people.
    **NEVER STEP ON THE ICE WITH YOUR SLIDER FOOT FIRST**
  9. Please do not hit the ice with brooms.
  10. Please do not crash the rocks on the ice
  11. Games end at 5 mins to the hour (ie. 6:55pm or 8:55pm).  If a game is called due to time, the rocks that are in play will count.  At least 4 rocks from each team must be for this rule to be enforced (same amount of rocks thrown by each team, ie 5 and 5). Ends should not be started with 10 or less minutes to the end time. (ie. latest end start 6:45pm for 6:55pm finish) 

Tie Breaker rules (for Playoffs only)
If a playoff game ends in a tie at the end of regulation time, a tie breaker will be played to decide a winner. The tie breaker will be as follows.

A draw to the button will be used to break a tie. The team whose rock is closest to the button will be deemed winner.

Coin toss: The team winning the coin toss will decide whether they will curl first or second.
ii. Each team will decide on 4 players to take part in the tiebreaker. 1 person to throw, 2 sweepers, and 1 "skip" who will direct the shot. The positions should be chosen at the time of the coin toss.
iii. The first team will throw their rock. Both teams (+ a neutral player from another team) should agree on where the rock landed. The rock is then removed from play allowing the second team to shoot at an empty house. Both teams (+ the same neutral player) will agree on where the second team's rock stopped. If possible, a winner will be determined.
iv. If no rocks land in the house, the teams will repeat step "iii" until a winner can be determined. The same order should be maintained throughout the shootout.

3. Post-Game – Score Reporting, Spirit Points, Departure

Score Reporting:  Captains from each team are responsible for reporting or confirming game scores within 48 hours of the completion of the game.   Scores can be reported or confirmed via our website at www.fcssc.ca.

Spirit Points: Captains are also responsible for submitting a “Spirit” score for the opposing team each week.  This is done when the score is reported or confirmed on the FCSSC website.  Spirit points allow you to score your opponent based on your experience playing against them.  You can score them based on how fun they were to play against, did they show good sportsmanship, did they follow and know the rules, did they arrive on time etc.   All teams should shoot for PERFECT Spirit Points! 

Departure:  Each week after your game, it is important to leave the rink in a timely manner.   Teams could be playing after you and will need to get their game started on time.   It is also possible that the facility could be closing upon the completion of your game and all staff and FCSSC members will need to depart the building at that time. 

Location

As a COVID safety precaution the Highland Country Club and London Curling Club have chosen to not pursue or severely limit rental of their facilities this Fall to community groups like FCSSC. This has created an extreme shortage of curling ice, and made us eternally grateful to those organizations that have welcomed FCSSC into their space.

HUGE THANK YOU to St. Thomas Curling Club, the play location for this league. (Approx 30min drive from downtown London)