Interested curlers invited to attend information night
SUMMERSIDE – The Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside is looking to expand its curling program for the 2013-14 season.
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Icemaker Bob Tucker, left, and club member and volunteer Des Arsenault were two of the individuals putting on a flood at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club on Tuesday afternoon. The Fox is busy preparing for the 2013-14 season.
The Fox is inviting interested curlers to an information night to learn more about the sport on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m.
“The message we are trying to get out is that curling is a fun sport and we want to invite participants of all talent levels,” said Tracey Ellis-Ballum, who co-manages The Fox with Robbie Rankin. “It doesn’t matter if you have curled before or have never made a shot, you are more than welcome to check things out.”
The ice installation has begun, and floods were being made on Tuesday. Ellis-Ballum also noted that the sign-up sheets for the different leagues are now up on The Fox bulletin board.
Along with adult programming for curlers of all skill levels, The Fox also offers a junior program. Registration for the juniors will be held Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. For the adults, there is a mixed league with individual entry on Monday nights; a competitive league featuring team entry only on Tuesday evenings; pair and individual entry for Wednesday night, and a team entry league on Thursdays.
It is hoped there will be two draws on each of those nights at 6:15 and 8:30 p.m.
There are also senior curling options, including a team entry competitive league and non-competitive individual entry. To be eligible for the senior categories curlers must be 50 or over.
The competitive league will take to the ice on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m., and the non-competitive curlers will hit the ice on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. Teams for this league will be made up each day from those in attendance, so if curlers cannot make it they do not have to worry about finding a spare.
Stick curling is also offered for individuals who may have difficulty sweeping or getting into the hack to throw rocks. Participants curl with a specially-designed tool to deliver the rock, and there is no bending or sweeping required.
The commercial/business league returns once again on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. This is a team entry representing a business. Juniors There are three different levels offered as part of the junior program.
They are little rockers (ages 8 to 10), novice (ages 11 to 13) and junior competitive. The little rockers curl on Mondays from 3:45 to 5 p.m., and the novices are on the ice Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 to 5 p.m.
The junior competitive, which features teams of four working with their own coach, will be scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.