Frequently Asked Questions
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A BEGINNER TO HAVE A DECENT GAME?
You can enjoy playing right from the start. Of course, it's best to play with others who have some experience - but everyone soon gets the hang of it. Skill takes rather longer - the best players play almost every day.
WILL I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO STAY UPRIGHT ON THE ICE - I'M HOPELESS AT SKATING?
Curling ice is not wet or greasy on the surface - so you shouldn't find it difficult to keep your balance. When you are not playing a shot, your shoes have rubber soles to grip the ice. REMEMBER - curling does NOT involve skates!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Most curlers wear some type of track suit over some warm under-clothing. You can get quite hot when playing in a competitive game with lots of sweeping needed. On the other hand, it's chilly if you are standing around so it's a good idea to go on to the ice wearing a jacket which can be discarded when you warm up.
CAN CHILDREN PLAY?
Certainly. Youngsters often start to play with full-size stones and learn very quickly.
WHAT ABOUT WHEELCHAIR CURLING?
A recent innovation has been the development of curling adapted for the handicapped. If you are unable to deliver the stone normally you can use a pole to push the stone down the ice. This enables those in wheelchairs and with other forms of disabilities to enjoy curling.
IS CURLING IN THE OLYMPICS?
Yes. Curling became an official medal sport in 1998 (Nagano, Japan), a smash hit in 2002 (Salt lake, USA), expanded its popularity in 2006 (Torino, Italy) & 2010 (Vancouver, Canada) and is being televised in 2014 (Sochi, Russia). The next Olympic event is in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
IS CURLING ON AMERICAN TV?
YES!!! Check your local listings around February to April. There is also a large presence on the internet.
WHAT OTHER EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
Stones, brooms, stabilizers and sliders can be provided by the club on a temporary basis. Once you're comfortable with the sport, and wish to expand your abilities, you'll probably want to upgrade your equipment (slider, stabilizer, and broom). Regional dealers Goldline and Steve's Curling Supplies can sell you high quality curling equipment for reasonable prices.
WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SPORT?
CAN I HAVE A CORPORATE OUTING FOR TEAM-BUILDING OR SOCIAL EVENTS?
Yes! Arrangements can be made for small groups to try out the sport with personalized instruction. Send us an email for arrangements. firstname.lastname@example.org