Registration for the Triangle Curling Club Fall Leagues is open! Click here for more information, or to sign up.
We also have two Learn to Curl sessions coming up the weekend after Labor Day. For brand new curlers, participation in a Learn to Curl is a prerequisite for joining a league, but once you've gone through a Learn to Curl, you're league-ready. Click either of these links to sign up for a Learn to Curl: Friday, September 6 / Sunday, September 8
Once again this Fall, we're returning with the usual league schedule: a Friday night league (8:30 PM) and a Sunday evening league (6 PM), each running from late September through early December.
But what will our leagues look like once we get our dedicated ice?
First, a little history. Even though the Triangle Curling Club was founded in 1995, at first we didn't have a large enough active membership in order to even sustain one full league. That changed after the 2006 Olympics, after which we were able to start our traditional Friday night league. After the 2010 Olympics, our membership grew further, allowing us to start a second league on Sunday evenings. We've also experimented with curling on other nights like Wednesday and Thursday evenings, but Friday and Sunday have been most successful over the years, and our home rink is willing to give us ice time at a reasonable time of day on those nights. So, that's basically why Friday and Sunday are our two league nights.
However, dedicated ice is a massive game changer. While we have had a very good relationship with the Polar Ice House for as long as we've worked with them, with dedicated ice we will be in 100% control of the curling schedule. No longer will our ice time be limited to 4 hours a week. Instead, we'll be able to curl whenever we want, however often we want. Tuesday evenings? Saturday mornings? Two, or even three, games per day? Yes, yes, and yes!
And the schedule is just the beginning. Right now, since we pay for ice time by the hour and have to fill up our leagues to (almost) capacity in order to break even, we can pretty much only run one type of league: an "open" league with no restrictions on age or gender, and in which the league coordinators assign the teams so that the games are competitive. But with dedicated ice, since we won't need to have every sheet full all the time, we can have all kinds of different "specialty" leagues in addition to the standard ones. Most curling clubs with dedicated ice have many different leagues for its members to choose from: ultra-competitive leagues and social "pizza" leagues, men's and women's leagues, junior and senior leagues, instructional leagues, you name it. Some of these leagues may only have four or five teams in them; that wouldn't be financially viable when renting arena ice, but with dedicated ice, that isn't a problem.
As the club's League Coordinator, my head is spinning. I can't wait for dedicated ice! But until then, we'll stick with the standard Friday and Sunday leagues, because they're pretty fun, too.