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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2017-2018 SEASON

Hello curlers,

In light of the unfortunate announcement last week [at the bottom of this post] delaying the start of the season, I wanted to provide an update on the schedule as well as provide some important information and administrative reminders.

 

Schedule:

Our first game of the season will be October 15th.  With respect to the Round 1 schedule, we will be moving the previously scheduled first game of the round to the last game of the round (i.e. games scheduled for October 1st will be played on December 3rd), but all remaining games in the round will remain unchanged.  An updated schedule will be posted shortly has now been posted, visit the Riverdale page now!

We have also confirmed that we will be maintaining our “playoff weekend” and finals banquet, which will now be scheduled for April 14th and 15th.

 

Beginners Clinic:

Unfortunately, at this time, we have not been able to reschedule the beginners’ clinic, as the planned club opening date has been pushed back once again to October 10th.  However, in speaking with the planning committee at the Royals, they are looking to schedule the clinic sometime during the week following the opening (we are tentatively looking at Saturday October 14th).  Once a date has been confirmed, all those who have registered for the clinic will be contacted with additional information.

 

Bell Rule:

You may have already seen a note posted on the original round 1 schedule, but I wanted to communicate to everyone the details of the change in the bell rule which we will be implementing this year.  The bell will now be rung (or deemed rung) after 1 hour and 35 minutes of play (i.e. 11:20am1:35pm3:50pm6:05pm). Previously, when the bell was rung, teams were not allowed to start another end.  However, this year once the bell is rung, teams will finish the end they are in and play one more end.  An end is considered complete when the final rock has been released, therefore, if the bell is rung after the last rock of an end has been released, teams will have the opportunity to play the next end, AND one additional end as the final end.  We are hoping that this change will encourage teams to maintain a faster pace that will allow for all eight ends of play, while still providing adequate time for ice maintenance and subsequent games to start on time.

Please ensure that you are on the ice and ready to start your game as soon as your sheet is clear.  If the game on your sheet is delayed, consider doing your coin toss and hand-shakes while you are waiting so that you are prepared to start as soon as the ice maintenance is complete. Keep your games moving by ensuring you are ready in the hack to throw your rocks, and helping to quickly clear rocks after each end (there is plenty of time to socialize after the game!).  We will be monitoring games for slow play, and will re-evaluate this rule should we notice games extending beyond their allotted time.

 

Liability Waivers:

If you haven’t sent in your liability waivers, please remember to bring them with you on your first game, and drop them off with one of the executive members.  A link to the waiver was provided in the original automated confirmation message during pre-registration, but if you’ve misplaced the email (or didn’t receive one), the waiver can be accessed through the following link:

http://toronto.gaycurl.ca/documents/2017-2018_Riverdale_Waiver.pdf

 

FAQ Page:

Curious about how the points system works?  Wondering how you ended up in a higher division this year?  We have added an FAQ page to the website to answer questions we’ve received from the membership.  Check it out regularly, as we’ll continue to add to it throughout the season!

http://toronto.gaycurl.ca/about/riverdale-faq/

 

Again, I apologize for being the bearer of bad news and thank you for your understanding.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward to seeing you on the ice!

 

Darren

Darren Sutherland

Vice President

Riverdale Curling League

http://toronto.gaycurl.ca/

 

Original post:

Hello curlers!

While I’m sure you’ve all been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, our curling club and ice makers have not been handling the heat wave quite so well. Due to the heat, the ice makers have been unable to get the ice bed cold enough to freeze properly. This has forced the club to delay opening until October 5th.

Unfortunately, this means we will have to delay the start of our season until after Thanksgiving, with the first game rescheduled for October 15th. In the meantime, the executive is working to find a solution for the scheduling that will ensure the same number of games, and maintain our playoff weekend and finals banquet. An updated season calendar and Round 1 schedule will be posted as soon as possible.

This also means that we will be cancelling the Beginner’s Clinic that was scheduled for October 2nd. While we hope to reschedule it for another date once the club has opened, this will be dependent on availability of ice time.

I apologize for the bad news, and appreciate your understanding. I know we’re all excited to get back on the ice!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly, or by email at riverdale@gaycurl.ca.

 

Darren Sutherland

Vice-President

[updated!] Help the Royals raise $70,000 for new rocks

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Update: thanks to the generosity of members the Royal Canadian Curling Club has so far raised over $28,000!

But in order to have the new rocks in place in January, the fundraising campaign has to reach its goal THIS MONTH.

If you haven’t donated and are interested, please see below!

Did you know the rocks at our club are over 50?

Unlike humans who have to keep going (unless your 6/49 numbers turn up), curling stones need to retire earlier, and it’s time for new rocks at the Royals.

But getting the special granite from Scotland carved up and shipped to Toronto costs money, and Royals needs our help.

Here’s a message from the Royal Canadian Curling Club Board:

The Royals rocks have put in 50 years of good curling, and its time for them to enjoy their retirement. We desperately need new rocks, and that means we need you. We need to act now, to get the new rocks in play at Royals for January 2017.

How to support the campaign:

  1. Pledge $500 and name a handle*
  2. Pledge $125 a team member and have your team name(s) on a handle*
  3. Pledge $96 when renewing your membership. If every curler at Royals (club and associate leagues) pledges $96 we would reach our target.

    *Every handle purchased will be entered into a draw to win back one season’s club curling fees. Draw will take place at the AGM in September.
  4. To raise additional funds the Royals are selling advertising space in the arena. Consider helping by soliciting companies interested in purchasing space. Please contact Rob Ainsley rob.ainsley@gmail.com for more details. Our fundraising drive will be launched on Finals night. If you aren’t able to come and join the fun, but would like to support our campaign please fill out the Rock the Royals Pledge forms and return to Bill McAnally ‐ manager@rccc.on.ca

Riverdale Spare Rules Diagram

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Riverdale’s executive committee has released a new set of sparing rules (click here to view!) to simplify and clarify best practices. We hope this helps reduce confusion and keep competition balanced. Please contact any executive member if any questions!

Welcome 2015-2016 Executive Committee Members

Happy Spring! The sun is out, the ice is getting slushy, and it’s almost time to relax a bit, maybe participate in some summer sports for a while. But don’t go far – curling starts up again in just six months! Make sure to watch this site, our Facebook page, or our Twitter account to ensure you’re in the loop for registration deadlines and news.

As there are no contested positions for 2015-2016 all positions are acclaimed, and the banquet will be election-free, and partying-heavy – see you April 12th!

Your Executive Committee for 2015-2016:

  • President: Murray Leaning
  • Vice-President: Joey Taylor
  • Secretary: Kevin Maloney
  • Treasurer: Darren Sutherland
  • Draw Master: Glen Newell
  • Communications Coordinator: Cameron MacLeod
  • National Liaison: Scott Harcourt
  • Member Relations Coordinator: Howard Fraiberg
  • Events Coordinator: Scott MacDougall

 

 

Photos from 10th annual CGCC & 27th annual DIOTI

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A message from
our amazing member
and super photographer
Gerry Lewis!

 

 

Hi curlers!

The photos from every day of the Riverdale Bonspiel and the CGCC are available to share. If you know anyone who’s not on Facebook, here are the direct links for each of the albums:

Thursday – Opening Ceremonies & Opening Draws:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153108675385953.1073742028.566350952&type=1&l=c826a74ff6

Friday – Round Robin Draws & Sofonda Performance:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153108715750953.1073742029.566350952&type=1&l=97b2d69a39

Saturday – Elimination Round & Playoffs
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153108735445953.1073742030.566350952&type=1&l=143d0989d3

Sunday – Finals & Banquet
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153108754425953.1073742031.566350952&type=1&l=1a6be8010d

Enjoy the photos!

 

Some new amazing photos have arrived as well from Jennifer Girard – check them out here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6yal2fy5wsvqhln/AABInYD0b9d9j-JVQw7L1Y_La?dl=0#/

(you can download these by clicking the “…” icon at bottom right on any photo)

Riverdale’s “Draw to the button” is coming up!

TEAM DRAW TO THE BUTTON RULES

Date: November 2, 2014 (or November 9 if not playing November 2)

The team draw to the button event will take place after the conclusion of each of the games scheduled on November 2. For teams with a bye on that day, the team draw to the button event will take place on November 9Teams do not have the option to choose the date, and teams who complete the challenge on November 2 do not have the option to redo it on November 9.

The team draw to the button will be used as a secondary means to break ties after the end of each round (i.e. which teams move up and down after each round, how teams are ranked for the playoffs, aggregate winner, etc).  Refer to the Players’ Guide & Orientation Guide for detailed information as to how ties are broken.

How many rocks does each team throw and who throws them?

  • Each player on the team will throw one (1) rock. A team will throw a total of four (4) rocks.  No practice rocks are permitted.
    • If a team has four (4) players and one of those players is a spare, the spare player will throw one (1) rock on behalf of that team.
    • In the event that a team has only three players, one (1) member of the team must throw two (2) rocks.
      • The team member throwing two (2) rocks must be either the first or second player, but not the skip.
      • In the event that one of the first two players is a spare, the regular team member must be the person to throw two (2) rocks. The spare player can throw only one rock on behalf of the team.
  • The order in which players throw does not need to follow the throwing order in a game situation
  • In order to expedite completion of the team draw to the button event, each team should alternate throwing.

Is sweeping permitted?

  • Sweeping is permitted.  Any combination of the team’s players may be used as sweepers. At no time can more than two (2) people sweep the stone.
  • Do NOT sweep opposition rocks behind the tee line.

How are points scored?

  • The final resting position of the rock will determine the number of points awarded for the draw. Record the score for each player and calculate your team score.
  • Players who do not participate will earn a score of 0.
  • Teams that fail to return the score card will earn an overall score of 0.

 

Any questions? Contact riverdale@gaycurl.ca or post on the Facebook group any time!

 

Riverdale & Rotators Registration Update

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR RIVERDALE IS CLOSED

  • Riverdale 2014-2015 (Sundays) is FULL – all slots have been filled by returning teams, but we are still accepting people on the waiting and spare lists
  • Rotators 2014-2015 (Wednesday evenings) has spots remaining

Wednesday Sept 17th join us at Pegasus for a season-opening social! That evening you can:

  • Meet new and old friends!
  • Sign up for Rotators!
  • Pay your Rotators fees!
  • Get on the waiting list, in case slots open up in the next few weeks
  • Get on the spare list, so you can get in some occasional ice time
  • Sign up for the beginners’s clinic (open to first-year members and hopefully-new-curlers on the waiting list). Clinic is 10am-Noon on Saturday October 4th, at the Royals, but you must sign up September 17th at Pegasus!

2014-2015 Riverdale Curling Season Calendar is up!

Ready to fill in your calendars, you ultra-organized people? The calendar is up – start planning for where you’ll be Sundays this fall and winter!

Note: regular curling dates are set, but this calendar will be updated later this summer/fall to include out of town bonspiels and to confirm the beginners’ clinic.

 

Final Constitution Posted for Review Before Vote

The Riverdale Executive Committee has developed a Constitution setting out how our league operates, and we have incorporated much of your input as well! This Constitution will be voted on at our season’s-end banquet, so it has been posted for your review in the Riverdale section of the website.

The By-Laws are voted on by the Executive Committee, and will be posted as soon as the Committee approves them after the banquet (which is also our Annual General Meeting). Many comments were incorporated into the By-Laws as well, and the committee thanks all those who contributed.

Riverdale 2014 Playoff Schedule is Up!

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Fasten your seatbelts – it’s the playoffs!

Check the Riverdale page for the schedule.

 

NOTES:

  1. The draw times are different from the regular season:
    9:00 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:30 PM AND 3:45 PM – don’t be late!
  2. Spares can only come from inside the league – no spare list spares or non-member spares during the playoffs! (all other spare rules apply)
  3. Everyone is focused on the best possible playoff games, so please ensure you play quickly – be in the hack and ready as soon as possible.

Good curling!