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Cedar Rapids Curling COVID-19 protocol

(updated March 2021)

 

Equipment: Members are encouraged to buy their own personal equipment. We will not be accessing club-owned equipment out of the lockers. Sliders, brooms and stabilizers will be rented to members who need them at a cost of $5 per item per season (members should notify CRC what they need to rent when they sign up for play). Those renting an item will keep it for the season and sign an agreement to pay a set charge for anything not returned or damaged. If a member loses and damages a rented item, they should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss whether the damaged item can be repaired and whether the damage occurred during reasonable use such that the replacement charge may be waived to some extent. 

Self-check: Members must consider if they feel unwell or believe that have been exposed to COVID-19 before attending play each week.  If they have, they will be asked to stay home in accordance with the latest CDC guidelines unless they are tested and have a negative test.  

Masks: Double layer face masks without unfiltered exhaust valves will be required at all times in the arena. Members must keep the mask properly covering their mouth and nose until they leave the building (except for a quick drink well away from everyone else). 

Dressing: Curlers should come dressed to curl. Shoe changes should be made while social distancing in the seats at the “Fan Cave” entrance away from foot traffic areas. Bags and coats can left in those seats. There should be no congregating anywhere for any reason.

Social distancing: At least six feet of distance (1.5+ broom lengths) between others will be required at all times even with masks – no one should ever be able to touch another curler with a broom in an outstretched hand at any time.

Hand sanitizer: All curlers should wash their hands before beginning any set-up activities. Sanitizer will be provided by the ImOn IceArena and members are encouraged to carry their own sanitizer for their use during play.

Ice set-up:  There will be an ice set-up sheet on the glass with sheet/team assignments and set-up jobs on pull tabs. Members will be expected to grab a tab to help with set-up. Use of latex or similar gloves is strongly encouraged, especially when handling stones before they are sanitized.

General league set-up:

  • Zam House Leader (1):  Stages hacks and pebble cans on grate, runs the water hose to heat hacks and fill pebble cans and responsible for enforcing COVID-19 protocols in the Zam House and at the Zam House entrance.
  • Bristle Broomer (1): Sweeps all sheets after the Zam leaves the ice.
  • Dust Mopper (1): Sweeps after the bristle broom and after rock boxes.
  • Pebbler (2): Pebbles the sheets.
  • Rock Boxer (2): Runs a rock box after pebbling. Should collect a complete set of stones for the box as they come on the ice. 
  • Stone Crew (4-8): All while maintaining social distancing and rotating positions to avoid fatigue:
    • Transfer stones to a cart.
    • Push the cart to the ice entrance.
    • Transfer stones to the ice and slide them to assigned sheet.

Team specific set-up:

  • Hack Runner (1 per team): Obtains the heated hack from the Zam House and sets it.  After it is in, helps sanitize that team’s stones.
  • Stone Catcher (1 per team): “Catches” the stones at the start end for that sheet, organizes them outside the playing area and thoroughly sanitizes each stone handle for the team.  After the sheet is pebbled, moves sanitized stones onto the playing area behind the hack without touching any other player’s stone handles.
  • Stone Passer (1 per team): Helps transfer stones from the cart to the appropriate sheet starting end.

 Configuration: The start location of the first end will alternate with A(1) and C(3) sheets starting at “home” closest to the front of the arena, and B(2) and D(4) sheet starting “away” closest to the back of the arena.

Game play:

  • After the stones are sanitized and on the playing area, no curler shall touch another curler’s stone handles with anything. Stones and equipment should be pushed with a foot or broom sweeping head making contact with stone running band or part of the equipment that the curler does not touch with their hands.
  • Team and sheet assignments will be posted before each draw.
  • No handshakes, fist bumps, elbow taps, broom taps, etc., are allowed even if the other person does not mind or wants to. Just give a thumbs-up for wishing good curling.
  • Only one sweeper allowed at a time.
  • The throwing team has full control of the sheet. Opposing skip cannot sweep rocks out of the house or sweep rocks put into motion by an opposing shooter. 
  • Each member of the non-throwing team must either be 6-plus feet behind a hack, or standing 6-plus feet apart between the hog lines (for A and D sheets, on the side of the sheet closest to the seats; B and C sheet on center ice).
  • No one but the throwing team skip or vice-skip is allowed within 6 feet of the house. A sweeper may enter the house to continue sweeping a moving stone if the skip/vice-skip backs out of the house to allow the sweeper to continue sweeping.
  • Skips and vice-skips may confer regarding the next shot but one must be behind the house and the other must be in front of the house. At no time should two people ever be in the house.
  • Thirds must keep distance while scoring. One third is allowed in the house at a time. Thirds are responsible for keeping the score however they wish – no scoreboards will be used.
  • No measuring stones. If the thirds cannot agree, flip a coin, use “rock/paper/scissors” or call it a blank.
  • Accidental violations of these distancing protocols do not result in any penalty in game play, but members will be encouraged to talk through what happened to avoid reoccurrence.
  • Cohabitating curlers must comply with all protocols with respect to each other.

Teardown:

  • Each team will be responsible for putting away their stones while social distancing. If a player is unable to move his/her two stones to the freezer, a gloved teammate should do it.
  • Do not move your team’s stones to the stone doorway until the previous sheet has finished placing their stones in the freezers. Give them room to work.
  • Each team is responsible for pulling up a hack and storing it.  
  • Player sshould gather their belongings and engage in any necessary changes at their distancing seat and then not loiter. 

Refunds: If members are not able to curl because the arena is closed or the CRC Board has decided to cancel play, league fees will be refunded

Spirit of Curling: The Board, skips, and all members are strongly encouraged to demonstrate and spread the spirit of curling during all phases. CRC has always curled at home under less-than-ideal circumstances – this is just another wrinkle.  We curl because we enjoy the game and the friends, even family, that it creates. If needed, members should be reminded of the protocols with a sense of humor and kindness so that COVID-19 only changes, but does not ruin, the experience. We can only curl if we are together about “being apart and patient” right now.

Revisions: These protocols may undergo revisions as we gain practical experience on what works best and/or receive additional guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the United States Curling Association, United States Olympic Committee. the State of Iowa and the City of Cedar Rapids, the ImOn Ice Arena and the informed judgment of local medical professionals. 

 

 


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