Registration for the 2016/7 season was held at the club the evenings of October 11th and 20th with mail in registrations also possible. New this year is a waiver form which all curlers are asked to sign. Also Grand Draw tickets were for sale at registration so folks could get their lucky number early. Final membership numbers are not yet in but Little Rocks has doubled their members -- great for the future of curling !
Photo above: Membership Director Cathy Johnston with Sharon MacIntyre.
Our games director, Julia Hunter, and her games committee is VERY active this year with lots of fun ideas to get everyone out socializing and, oh yes, curling. A dozen players turned out for the first event of the year - Glow Stick Curling, held just before Hallowe'en. The rink was somewhat dark and the skips broom could be seen by its eerie glow.
This year the Christmas Craft Show and Dessert Cafe was held the first weekend in November with profits for the club higher than last year by about $600. Thanks to Sheila Reyno and her committee and to all members of the club for once again pitching in and making this event a big success. Watch for next years show on Nov.3 and 4, 2017.
This year a mixed doubles league has been added to the mixed curling menu. So far this Sunday night league has 8 teams with 2 teams having a bye each week. The players are enthusiastic about this new format and challenge. The rules are different, the strategies keep you on your toes and there is something mysterious about what those dimes in the ice this year are for. For further information contact Julia Hunter.
Clinics for members new to curling or looking to brush up their skills were held on Tuesday October 25 from 7 to 9 pm and Sunday October 30 from 2 to 4 pm. About 8 curlers showed up for each clinic. Thanks to instructors Morris Carter, Dave Weeks, Julia Hunter and Gloria Turner for giving their time to this worthwhile project.
This year the Player Development Team is hoping to hold Skills Clinics about once a month throughout the year to provide an opportunity for curlers to improve their game.The first was held on November 19th focussing on "Delivery Part 1" and including help for both regular and stick curlers. The planned ratio is one instructor for 4 participants to follow the curriculum outlined on the Curl Canada Website. Stay tuned for future skills development opportunities.
Besides hosting curlers from other clubs, SCC has visits from local schools such as Marshview Middle School who recently visited for an afternoon. As well, every year Massie students from Mount Allison visit to learn a bit about the roaring game and try it out for themselves. Lots of fun and laughter!