January 8, 2021: Curling cancelled
The Provincial Health Officer order prohibiting all indoor adult team sports has been extended to February 5, 2021. The Oliver Curling Club has made the difficult decision to cancel the winter session that normally runs from January to March. We hope we can launch the 2021-22 season as usual in October and look forward to seeing you all then.
Click to download the club's most recent Return to Curling Plan, which contains all the safety protocols, game modifications and other changes for the 2020-21 season. Please take the time to read through the plan so you know what to expect and so we can all work together to keep safe and keep curling.
In addition, please pay attention to all posters, signs and distancing markers at the club.
Our plan follows the Return to Curling Guidelines released and regularly updated by Curl BC. You can find the Curl BC guidelines and other COVID-19 resources at: www.curlbc.ca/resources/covid-19-resources/
Some key things to remember from the Return to Curling Plan when you come to the club:
- If you are feeling ill or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home.
- You must wear a mask anywhere in the club -- including on and off the ice.
- Check out Curl BC's tips on wearing masks while curling.
- You should bring extra masks to change into, as your breath and the humidity from the ice will decrease the mask’s effectiveness when it gets damp.
- Remember to maintain physical distancing of 2 m (6.5 ft) at all times -- including during your curling games.
- Wash or sanitize your hands when you arrive and when you leave, and anytime you touch any surfaces.
- Arrive no more than 15 minutes ahead of your draw.
- Sign in when you enter the club -- each league has its own binder.
- Come dressed to play (except for curling shoes) and bring your own equipment and water bottle. There will be no lockers or drinking water available.
- Change your shoes and immediately go to the sheet you're playing on. Use the nearest door to the ice area.
Additional protocols (November 20, 2020):
- No spectators are allowed in the club (lobby or bar).
- When in the bar, you should only socialize with members of your household/core bubble.
- If you are single/live alone, you can have a core group of 2-3 people to form your household/core bubble.
- A core bubble is defined as “the people you spend the most time with and are physically close to. For some people, their core bubble is their immediate household. For others, their core bubble may contain a partner, relative, friend or co-parent who lives in a different household."
- You should keep your mask on except when you are seated at your designated table in the bar.
- You are supposed to only curl in your community (i.e., not travel to play at another curling centre). Curl BC is trying to clarify what the order means in terms of limiting travel between communities and/or regions. At this time, it seems that curlers who play at more than one club need to choose only one club.
Cick on On-Ice Protocols for a summary of the updated rules. Some important changes this season include:
- No handshakes or other physical contact between curlers.
- Use the same 2 rocks for the whole game and use your broom to clean the rock, not your hand (gloved or bare).
- Move rocks with your broom, stick or foot. Don’t touch anyone else’s rocks with your hands.
- Only 3 players are involved in a shot: 1 calls the shot in the house, 1 sweeps and 1 delivers. The 4th player stands on the backboards.
- Only 1 sweeper on a shot, including raised or tapped rocks. The skip or vice skip of the delivering team can sweep after the tee line but only if the active sweeper has stopped. The non-delivering team cannot sweep at anytime during that shot.
- Everyone is required to maintain physical distancing on the ice, even teammates, partners or curlers you carpool with.
- Stand at designated locations and markers to maintain physical distancing.
- Sanitize rock handles and scoreboard numbers after your game.
Please follow all the new rules so we can stay on the ice this season.
The club is unable to provide equipment at league draws. Instead, curlers can rent club equipment for the winter session OR buy Goldline equipment through the club.
Equipment rental: You can rent specific items or a package of equipment.
- Rental fees for the fall session: broom $12, stick $12, stabilizer $10, gripper $5, step-on slider $5, or $28 for a package of needed equipment.
- Click to download the equipment rental agreement. Walter is coordinating rentals for the winter session: his contact info is in the rental form if you need more info or want to arrange rentals or returns.
Goldine orders: Call our volunteer sales coordinator Marc at 250-689-7355.
- When you order through the club, the club gets a portion of the sales from Goldline to help support our programs, and Marc works hard to get curlers some savings too (including free shipping when the club does a large order).
- You can check out all your gear options on Goldline’s website: https://www.goldlinecurling.com/