Instructional Leagues are currently suspended due to ImOn Ice derecho damage and COVID-19. Please check back for updates.
These 90-minute, five-week leagues allow you to try curling without becoming a member and prepare you for league play if you decide to continue. No experience or equipment is necessary. Registration is required to ensure everyone has quality time on the ice.
What to expect
Your first week, we’ll start the session with a quick off-ice discussion about the basics of curling, safety, and etiquette.
We’ll start each session with drills aimed at improving various aspects of the game, including delivering a stone, sweeping, strategy, etc. The remaining time will be devoted to playing a short game. You will have the opportunity to play each position: lead, second, vice-skip, and skip.
Examples of weekly sessions include:
- Week 1 – Sliding
- Week 2 – Release & Line
- Week 3 – Weight & Line
- Week 4 – Sweeping & Communication
- Week 5 - Full Games
Our instructors will be with you each step of the way and answer all your questions.
What to bring
Cedar Rapids Curling provides all the necessary curling equipment, but you will be on ice and the air temperature usually is in the 40s. Dress in warm, loose-fitting clothing (tight jeans will hinder movement). You may want to shed a layer once you start playing. Many participants are more comfortable wearing gloves or mittens and a hat.
Bring a separate pair of athletic shoes, whose soles are clean of any rocks, dirt, gum, grass, etc., to wear on the ice (no heels, open toed shoes, dress shoes, boots, slippers, loafers, or any footwear with a hard sole). Do not wear these shoes to the arena, as you they will pick up the previously mentioned rocks, dirt, gum, grass, etc. from the outside.
Don’t forget to bring a sense of humor!
Physical and age requirements
Cedar Rapids Curling will find a way for any interested person who can safely be on the ice to participate when their physical abilities do not allow for typical curling styles and techniques. We have special stone delivery devices for those who may not be able to comfortably crouch down to deliver (throw) stones and we can accommodate individuals with more significant physical limitations. Contact us with questions about your particular circumstances if you have concerns; we almost certainly will be able to accommodate.
Those younger than 18 require a consent form to be signed by a legal parent or guardian. Under 15 must be accompanied on the ice by a parent or guardian, unless other arrangements have been agreed upon. If a parent or legal guardian is not able to attend, please print and sign the Cedar Rapids Curling Waiver.