Opportunities to Learn

City View Curling Club is offering a half-season "Learn to Curl" Instructional league geared towards beginner-level curlers.  The league will run from October 18th until the end of December 2014 and is open to both men and women.
Sessions will take place on Saturdays from 11:45am to 1:45pm.  Players will be provided coaching and instruction for the first few weeks of the program, followed by practice games.  You do not require any equipment or previous curling experience in order to participate.  The total cost to join is $130 + HST.
To register, go here.  For more information, please contact Paul Hope at saturdaymixed@cityviewcurling.ca.
Curling Clubs are open to all, and offer instruction to new curlers to learn the game and to more experienced curlers to improve skills and strategy.

Leagues for brand new curlers planned for 2013-14 at the following clubs:
 
Ottawa Curling Club - on Tuesdays from 8:45 to 10:45
From October until April. Two levels of instruction.  In Level 1 curlers learn the basic skills for the first 10 weeks, followed by games for the rest of the season.  Instructors are available at all times - even during games - to help curlers learn essential skills they will need to play in games and bonspiels.  After one season in Level 1, curlers move to Level 2 where curlers play games in a league format, with instructors available at all times to help with delivery technique and game strategy. To register for this league, or for additional information please contact Dalal Abou-Eid 
Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club on Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm.
This league will feature weekly instruction by qualified instructors and membership privileges including free parking, clubhouse privileges for 12 months, great locker rooms and our full service dining room and lounges. Learn to Curl memberships will be limited to 32 participants. Contact Bill Duck at 613-736-1355.
RCN (Navy) Curling Club on Sundays at 1:00 pm
City View Curling Club will be forming a new Open Recreational league on Saturdays this season.  Beginners and players with limited curling experience are encouraged to join this league. This league is open to both men and women. Players may sign up individually or as a team.  Clinics will be provided to players throughout the season. The season begins in early October and runs until mid-April. All games will be played at noon on Saturdays. Capacity is 28 players (7 teams). To register for this league, click here. For more information, email Paul Hope
 Granite Curling Club on Sunday Evenings and Friday afternoons (See CCA article)  And if Jamaican’s can do Bobsled, then you can curl. The Granite Curling Club of West Ottawa is organizing four (4) free learn to curl events Sundays at 7:00 pm on the following dates.  March 2, 16, 23, 30. Instructors will be available on ice to ensure a "fun experience". Dress for the cold. – It’s 4 °C and on ice.  All you need is running shoes with the soles washed and dry. Bring your family, friends and neighbours. For further information please contact the Granite club Manager Denise Hoekstra at 613-722-1843 
 Cumberland Curling Club  Learn to Curl instructional program/league will be held Monday evenings beginning at 6:45 p.m., starting January 6, 2014. It will run for 8 weeks. Equipment will be provided. More information can be found in the flyer here.
 R.C.M.P. Curling Club started a "Learn To Curl League" in November (on Fridays at 9 PM) and are expanding the league this spring. Instruction is provided by certified coaches. Equipment will be provided. Contact Paul Adams (613) 749-7086. More information can be found in the flyer here.
 Rideau Curling Club as of December 2013, organized a one day beginner's clinic on Saturday, January 4th from 10am - 3pm. The cost is $30 per person and lunch is included. This will be followed by a "Getting Started" league beginning Friday, January 17th. The league would be held on Fridays, alternating between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. The cost is $129 per person and would have instructors available to help members as they play. Anyone interested is asked to contact Pierre Mondor at (613) 232-9665 
Manotick Curling Centre offered an 8 week Learn to Curl session Sunday evenings this past fall.  It was very successful, and Manotick plans to run a similar session this fall.     Anyone interested is asked to contact the Centre membership director.
 
Novice Clinics
Provide new curlers, or those who want to improve their skills, with the basic skills of how to curl. Sessions include game orientation, slide delivery, grips, turns, line of delivery and brushing. Contact any of the OVCA curling clubs to find out when their novice clinics are held.
RocksRings 75x61If you're interested in promoting curling within your schools, check with Rocks & Rings. This initiative was supported by the OVCA during it's formative period - it now has strong support from Capital One, the CCA, Fuzion (Kobe Sportswear) and the Ontario Trillium Foundation in partnership with provincial curling associations including the Ontario Curling Association.
The Capital One Rocks & Rings program visits participating schools for a full school day. We take over the gym as classes take turns visiting for 40 minutes sessions of fun and instruction. - See more at: http://rocksandrings.com/program-overview/#sthash.zGLt0CmU.dpuf
The Capital One Rocks & Rings program visits participating schools for a full school day. We take over the gym as classes take turns visiting for 40 minutes sessions of fun and instruction. - See more at: http://rocksandrings.com/program-overview/#sthash.zGLt0CmU.dpuf
The Capital One Rocks & Rings program visits participating schools for a full school day. We take over the gym as classes take turns visiting for 40 minutes sessions of fun and instruction. - See more at: http://rocksandrings.com/program-overview/#sthash.zGLt0CmU.dpuf
The Capital One Rocks & Rings program visits participating schools for a full school day and take over the school's gym as classes take turns visiting for 40 minutes sessions of fun and instruction. Various drills, relays and team-building activities are used to introduce students to the sport of curling. It is a highly interactive program with the emphasis on fun! Unique indoor floor curling equipment is used to provide a true curling experience without requiring ice! For more information on the equipment used in the program, please go here.
 
floorcurl75x69FloorCurl is the equipment of choice for the Capital One Rocks & Rings program which will visits almost 1,000 schools across Canada and the US every year! This equipment is perfect for senior centres as it promotes flexibility, increased range of motion. Pusher sticks allow seniors to easily deliver the FloorCurl stones without bending. And FloorCurl equipment has been specially designed to allow participants of all abilities to compete on a level playing field.
 
 
Commencing in the Fall of 2014 (subject to AGM approval), the OVCA will provide financial support ($500) for OVCA clubs towards the development of adult Learn- to-Curl programs often referred to as Getting Started Leagues or Rookie Leagues. In addition to the financial support, the OVCA in partnership with the Canadian Curling Association will offer a one-day Instructor Training in early September for clubs hosting Learn-to-Curl programs. Competition of the course is a prerequisite for the funding. Details of the location and date of the course will be published at a later date.
To summarize, the OVCA proposes to engage in a two year plan, commencing June 1, 2014 and ending in May 31, 2016 expending up to $8,000 ( proposed budget per year) to assist OVCA member clubs in developing and promoting of adult learn- to- curl programs. Clubs are eligible for $500 per year for a maximum of $1000 per club ending in 2016. The proposed budget is allocated as follows: $7500 for funding to clubs ($500 per club x 15 clubs) and $500 for promotional material (advertising and miscellaneous materials). The OVCA will endeavor to find a sponsor for the program to help offset the cost of the program.

Should demand exceed the budget, the OVCA Board of Directors will make a decision as to increase the budget or look at other alternatives. Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis. Clubs must reapply at the end of the season for funding for the next season and submitting a written report of the previous year’s activities related to this program. Continued funding shall not be considered automatic.
The following conditions apply:

  • The adult development program must be at least twelve (12) weeks in continuous duration;
  • A plan must exist to incorporate the new curlers into club leagues;
  • The member club must be in good standing with the OVCA;
  • The club participates in the Getting Started in Curling Instructor program offered by the OVCA and CCA;
  • The request must be in writing to the Ottawa Valley Curling Association attention Jim Inch ( ) with the application form (at the end of this document)
  • The club will ensure the OVCA visibility; the OVCA logo will be provided by the OVCA;
  • The OVCA has sufficient funds available and
  • The club will provide a written report to Jim Inch, Development Director by May 31 of the funding year, highlighting results and lessons learned.

Instructor training: OVCA will work with the CCA in developing and hosting a training program for club instructors. This will ensure the training is consistent and meets standards established by the CCA. The training will be offered at no cost to the clubs, meals and incidentals will be at the cost of the participants.

The policy, including how to apply can be found here.