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Instructional League

Instructional Leagues will resume in fall 2021. Please check back for updates.  
COVID 19 update: Cedar Rapids Curling continues to take direction regarding COVID-19 policies from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Linn County Public Health (LCPH) professionals. With the delta variant taking off around the country, the CDC recommends indoor masking in counties with “substantial” or “high” coronavirus transmission. Because Linn County currently has a high level of transmission, we will require masks during play for our upcoming fall league, instructional league, and Learn to Curl events until CDC and LCPH guidance changes. Normal curling rules will apply other than current masking requirements.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will make adjustments to our policies as necessary. We appreciate your understanding and willingness to keep our curling and wider community safe and healthy.
 

These 90-minute, four-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.

 

Upcoming instructional leagues

Sept. 21-Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register Here

 

Oct. 19-Nov. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

 Register Here

 

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

 

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.


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