Curling

After the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City Utah, Curling has been one of the fastest growing winter sports in the country. All over the South there has been many inquiries into forming curling clubs. Some people call curling "chess on ice".

 Curling in the Icearium

ADULT CURLING

FALL 1 ST SESSION: September 25th - November 20th, 2003

Thursdays 7:30pm-9:00pm

7 weeks for $84.00 paid in advance or on 1st curling date
$13.00 per session - pay as you go. Must pay at each session.

COMING SOON!!!! WINTER 2ND SESSION!

For further information regarding Curling contact Eddie Shipstad, Curling Director, at (865) 218-4500 x 104 or eddies@icearium.com.

 

YOUTH CURLING

Home School Youth Curling:
9:00am-10:30am Tuesdays

Drop-in fee is $13.00 per paricipant per session
Instruction and practice time is available.

For further information regarding Curling contact Eddie Shipstad, Curling Director, at (865) 218-4500 x 104 or eddies@icearium.com.


Medals will be awarded to the teams finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all three League Sessions. Session 1 only had enough teams for a Mens league. We will award medals for Juniors and Mixed Leagues if we have 3 or more teams to compete in Sessions 2 and 3.

A Club Championship Tournament will be held for all teams interested in competing for our initial Club Championship for 2003. It will be an Open Competition meaning any four local curlers can form a team and enter it into the competition. The dates for this event will be posted after the format and other details are set.

This event will take place before we start our 2003-2004 Curling Season which will begin in late September or early October.

We will be forming a Curling Club this spring. Those interested in attending the meetings please express your interest to Eddie Shipstad. Phone (865) 218-4500 Ext. 104. We are looking for input from all our curlers including youth and their parents and all adult curlers.







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 What is curling?

mystery sport?

 The precise beginnings of curling will always remain a mystery! However, it is not hard to imagine a man, hundreds or even thousands of years ago, who weighed a smooth, heavy rock in his hand, then watched and listened with fascination as he launched it along a glistening bed of ice on a frozen river. This "first curler" must have been intrigued by the way the rock moved and by the grumbling sound it made as it twisted and turned. Other people in the not so distant past have heard this same sound and have applied it as a nickname for the game of curling ... it is often referred to as "the roaring game".

Curling is an extremely complex sport based around a very simple idea. Slide a stone down a sheet of ice and have it stop as near the centre of a set of rings (called house), the problem being that your opposition will do everything tactically to stop you from achieving this goal. So the game contains elements of great skill, strategy, finesse, exertion and endeavor.

The true origin of curling is cloudy, lost in time. There is no doubt or dispute, however, that the Scots nurtured the game. They improved equipment, established rules, turned curling into a national past-time, and exported it to many other countries throughout the world.

Curling in Canada

Scottish immigrants introduced curling to Canada where it thrived and attained a level of excellence that remains unsurpassed.
The sport evolved significantly from its humble beginnings when, in the winter of 1760, Scottish troops melted down cannon balls to fashion curling irons. Long, harsh Canadian winters were ideal for the game.

Canada currently has an estimated 1,000,000 curlers and is generally considered the dominating force both in innovations to the sport and in competitive curling success.

Curling in the United States of America

The first organized curling club in the United States was the Orchard Lake Curling Club of Detroit, founded in 1832 by Scottish farmers who, immigrating by boat to Chicago, were shipwrecked on the shore of Lake St. Clair. They decided to stay, formed a club and shaped blocks of hickory with which to curl. Soon after, clubs sprang up in New England (Boston 1839), Milwaukee (1843), Chicago (1854) and Wisconsin (where some men improvised by using their wives' irons to curl).

There are about 20,000 registered curlers in the U.S., with probably as many once-a-year curlers. The country has 133 clubs playing at 107 rinks and 20 hockey-curling rinks.
The U.S. has had great success in men's world curling competition, boasting four World titles. In 1965 Bud Somerville's rink became the first non-Canadian team to win a world championship. Somerville won again in 1974. Bruce Roberts was successful in 1976 and Bob Nichol's team captured the title in 1978.

The Spirit of Curling
(As published in the U.S. Curling Association's "Etiquette and Safety" pamphlet.)

Curling is a game of skill and traditions. A shot well executed is a delight to see and so, too, it is a fine thing to observe the time-honored tradition of curling being applied in the true spirit of the game. Curlers play to win but never to humble their opponents. A true curler would prefer to lose rather than win unfairly.

A good curler never attempts to distract an opponent or otherwise prevent him/her from playing his/her best.

No curler ever deliberately breaks a rule of the game or any of its traditions. But, if he/she should do so inadvertently and be aware of it, he/she is the first to divulge the breach.

While the main object of curling is to determine the relative skills of the players, the spirit of the game demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling, and honorable conduct. This spirit should influence both the interpretation and application of the rules of the game, and also the conduct of all participants on and off the ice.

Article to let people know the popularity of curling in Canada:
Keg Continental Cup ready to rock Canadian Press

10/10/2002
REGINA (CP) - Randy Ferbey, Kevin Martin, Kelley Law and Colleen Jones will skip North American teams when the inaugural Keg Continental Cup kicks off Nov. 7 at Regina's Agridome.
The four-day tournament - patterned after golf's Ryder Cup - will feature six North American rinks and six World rinks competing for $200,000 Cdn in prize money.Competition will include mixed doubles, team, singles and skins play. The teams will compete for the 400 available points and the first side to 201 will split the $125,000 winners' prize. The losing side shares $75,000.

Canadian Rick Folk will captain the North American team, with American skips Patti Lank and Paul Pustovar rounding out the lineup.

Kristian Soerum will captain the World team, which features skips Pal Trulsen of Norway, Rhona Martin and Hammy McMillan, both of Scotland, Swedes Peja Lindholm and Elisabet Gustafson and Luzia Ebnother of Switzerland.

The event will be televised on TSN.
Good Curling site for people is www.curlingbasics.com. Some very good animation with regards to different curling shots.



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