FAQ 2019 for new curlers

So what is the Port Elgin Curling Club?

Curling is now played in over 100 countries throughout the world and in our community, it is played at our club beside the high school on Gustavus Street. Curlers are renowned to be friendly and sociable and we in Port Elgin like to think we uphold that reputation. In fact our tag line is FUN! FITNESS! FRIENDSHIP!

Do I need any experience?

Absolutely not. You can join an eight week Learn to Curl program at the beginning of the season if you like, however if you just want to dive into a league, there are lots of us who will give you a hand and teach you on the fly. 

Can I give it a shot before I commit?

Yes, there is an Open House on Saturday October 19th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. You can join us for some munchies and a chance to go on the ice with instructors, throw a few rocks, and learn the basics of sweeping. 

Can I play on a team with my friends and colleagues?

There are leagues on the various days of the week that cater to different interests, levels of competitiveness, and time commitments. Monday evening for example is Men’s social night — a little less competitive than Thursday evening, which is open and competitive. Tuesday evening is women’s, whereas daytime caters both to women’s leagues and drop in games, while Friday evening is Mixed Doubles. 

A NEW TEAM ENTRY league from 7:30 to 9:00 on Wednesday evenings is designed specifically for friends and colleagues who wish to join as a team. The team can be comprised of any number of players, the only proviso being that any four have to show up to play on Wednesday evenings, (though any number of spectators can cheer behind the glass). The Team entry fee is $600 for the first session up to Christmas, and $1000 if the team wishes to enter for the entire season through to March. 

Do I have to show up each week? I work shifts and my parents just retired and go away for three weeks in February. 

We accommodate shifts and travel. Though a game requires four players on each team, many teams are comprised of five, six or seven players. They work out a schedule amongst themselves that accommodates shift and travel schedules. Don’t have such a group? Talk to us, we’ll introduce you to others looking to put such a team together.

What does it cost?

Fees for individual members are geared to your circumstances and the amount you wish to play. The season is divided into two “draws” (before Christmas and after Christmas) and you may play in either one or both. Likewise if you wish to play in one league only, fees are less than unlimited play. The following are basic fees:

Draw 1 Draw 2

Juniors (up to 19) $45.50 $45.50

One league $135.50 $135.50

Full (unlimited) $178.00 $178.00

First time members pay half fees for the first season!!

The exception to the above individual fees is the Wednesday Team Entry league, the cost of which was outlined earlier.

The eight week Learn to Curl program costs $125, however the entire fee may be deducted from the membership fee if you join.

How do I join?

You can do it a few ways. You can drop in and see us at the Open house on October 19th. We will sign you up, give you a tour, and take you on ice for Curling 101, a primer. 

You can also go online to the club website www.portelgincurlingclub.com, complete the registration form, save it and email it to membershippecc@bmts.com. Payment instructions are on the registration form.  

What do I bring to play?

Curling is played on ice and involves some stretching. A warm sweater or jacket, gloves, and warm stretchy pants will keep you comfortable. Wear clean athletic shoes. We’ll provide slider and gripper accessories to go over your shoes, as well as a curling brush. Together we’ll provide the FUN. 

Are there any age or ability limitations?

Curling is a highly accessible sport. It is played by ages six to ninety, those with good knees and bad knees, and with any description of ability and disability. The “stick”, a device used to throw the rock from the standing position, has allowed many to stay in the game, or to engage and be proficient at the game, despite physical impediments. 

Who do I contact for more information?

Web site – www.portelgincurlingclub.com

Phone: 519 832 9141