Come out and learn to curl with us!
The Chesapeake Curling Club has developed several learning programs to introduce the public to the sport of curling.
Open House – gives you the opportunity to learn the basics. (1 hour)
- Throwing the stone
Curling 101 – opportunities provide a refresher of the basics, and enhanced instruction. This program is intended for members of the public who have already been to an Open House. (3 hours)
- Review the concepts covered during an Open House
- A mini-game
- Introduction to Curling Etiquette
- Extended broomstacking (social time)
Try curling for the first time!
Dates: December 17, February 4
Curling is for all ages
Curling is an inclusive sport. Curling can be played by anyone at any age and of any ability.
Curling has physical health benefits
While you don’t need to be in terrific shape to be a good curler, the sport can give you a great workout.
Curling is social
Like any team sport, curling involves a great deal of camaraderie both on and off the ice.
Am I too old/young to start curling?
Not at all! There are curlers of all ages. Typical age to be able to deliver a 38-44 pound stone the length of the ice is around 13 and people have played well into their 90’s. There have been stories of teams made up of 4 generations of a family. There are smaller stones for children under 13.
What clothes should I wear?
Loose fitting, athletic clothing is best. Jeans can be restrictive when delivering a stone. Wear clothing in layers, as you may want to remove some layers as you warm up during play. A lightweight, long sleeve, technical shirt is particularly nice as a base layer to keep the cold air off your skin.
Avoid clothing that contains “fuzzies” such as worn fleece jackets. These fuzzies can fall on the ice and impede a stones travel, causing it to “pick” and go off its intended course. If you plan to wear a fleece while learning to curl, please wash the fleece prior to coming out. A lint brush can also be helpful in cleaning the jacket.
Wear athletic shoes with a soft, clean, rubber sole. Cross trainers are designed with wider soles and constructed to provide additional lateral stability, making them particularly good choices. Although any kind of sneakers will do. Dirt brought in on shoes from the outside can fall off onto the ice, and cause a stone to “pick.” Prior to coming to a Learn to Curl, wipe down your sneakers and remove any dirt and foreign matter with a nylon scrub brush. They don’t have to be spotless or brand new – they just need to be reasonably clean to avoid depositing material on the ice.
Whatever you do – DO NOT WEAR HIKING BOOTS. These are not designed to be used on ice. Their hard, lug soles do not provide much contact/friction on the ice, making them especially slick.
Do I have to buy anything special to play?
No, much like bowling, where you can use a house ball and rent bowling shoes, we provide all the things you need to play. You can buy your own curling broom and shoes at a later time, if you wish to do so.
How do you not fall down?
Curling ice is not the same as hockey or skating ice. Typical arena ice is perfectly flat and smooth, but curling ice has tiny little bumps on it. Before the games, the ice is prepared with a fine spray or tiny droplets of water (known as pebbling the ice), which freezes and creates tiny bumps known as the pebble. The pebble has a better grip than your common skating ice. Combining the pebbles with soft rubber shoes provides a decent amount of traction. We also have grippers available for use, which are rubber “booties” that go over the sole of your non-curling shoes.
Please keep in mind that people do fall on occasion. They’re usually able to stand right up and continue. But there is a small chance of significant injury. Caution must be used at all times while on the ice.
I have problems that prevent me from performing a “standard” curling delivery. Does that mean I can’t play?
No. There is something called “The Stick” that can be used to deliver a curling stone, where you walk instead of sliding, and releasing the stone before the hogline. This delivery method is especially popular with senior curlers. Here is a video showing how it works.
For people in wheelchairs, there is even a dedicated Wheelchair Curling Association.
The curling world has done a great job making the sport accessible to people of all abilities. The biggest physical impediment are balance disorders that can make it difficult to move across the ice. We ask that you please use your best discretion in determine your ability to try curling.