To help new curlers and less experienced curlers to have more opportunities to learn the sport of curling, instructors at the Waupaca Curling Club will offer a different format for Learn to Curl prior to the start of league play Nov. 8.
The first Learn To Curl event is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. Several instructors at varying stations will provide information to small groups on the basic elements of the game, such as the history of the sport in Waupaca and worldwide; the number of players and their positions; rotation of players; goal of the game; and vocabulary unique to curling. Another group will learn the courtesies of the game; dues and sign-up for leagues procedure; rules of the game on the ice; and the meaning of the various lines on the sheet of the ice.
Explanation of the weight, the correct way to hold a rock, how to deliver it properly and how to control its turn and weight will also be explained. Another instructor will explain the use of the broom, the effects of sweeping a rock, the signal from a skip as to when to sweep and necessary footwork to be effective in sweeping. How a game is scored will be explained, as well as how to read the scoreboard and who hangs the score paddle so curlers know the success or loss of an end.
After the group sessions, participating curlers and instructors will have an opportunity to practice the hack position, delivery, rotation of players, sweeping and scoring on the ice, to be followed by team camaraderie in the clubhouse.
The “new” curlers will be invited to two more sessions of on-ice practice at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, and Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Anyone who wishes to join Learn To Curl is invited to come to the Waupaca Curling Club at 6 p.m. Oct. 28. The club is located at the west end of Badger Street, about two blocks west of the Waupaca Post Office.
Youth in grades 4-8 will be registered to receive instruction and join the club’s youth league from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, League games are played after school Mondays.
Sessions will begin Nov. 15. Curlers from all Waupaca schools as well as home-schooled youth are invited.