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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.



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:


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!


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 Sutherland

Vice President

Riverdale Curling League


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 [email protected]


Darren Sutherland


Riverdale & Rotators Registration Update


  • 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!

Check out our upgraded mobile website!

IMG_2830We’ve upgraded our mobile website! Use your smartphone to visit any time to check contact lists, spare lists, and schedules.

Suggestions for content or improvements are welcome any time – just email [email protected]!










Practice Ice Availability


Getting your team ready for the season? There is some practice ice time available for you to take advantage of this season!

1. All brand new curlers who signed up are reminded of the Beginners’ Clinic on October 5, 2013, at 9:30am. If you didn’t sign up but wish to attend, contact [email protected] before September 30th, 2013.

2. On October 5, 2013 from 2-5pm, there is free practice ice available for all new and returning members at Royal Canadian Curling Club.

3. Your executive committee has negotiated free access to the weekly practice ice at the Royals for the 2013-2014 season, on Mondays from 5:00pm until 6:30pm, and on Tuesdays from 5:30pm until 6:20pm. Regular scheduled practice ice will begin on October 7th, 2013.

For all members making use of practice ice, please follow these guidelines:

  • Share the ice with others – take turns, or play an end together!
  • Limit your practice time, and be sure to ask in the clubhouse if anyone is waiting to practice
  • Adhere to any practice ice policy implemented by the Club

Not sure how to practice? Here are some practice drill ideas to try.

Early registration for returning curlers has closed

Early registration for all returning Riverdale and Rotators curlers has closed – if you still wish to curl please join us September 12th at Pegasus at 6:30pm to try and snag one of the few remaining spots, or to get on the clinic signup list, the spare list, or the waiting list!

2013-2014 Pre-registration is Open


Happy summer, Riverdale and Rotators curlers!

Pre-registration has now opened for the 2013-2014 season for all returning curlers! See our Registration page for more details.

Registration night for all new curlers is September 12, 2013. For early calendar updaters, here is Riverdale’s Season Calendar.

Important Notes:

  • Toronto playdowns for the 2014 Canadian Gay Curling Championships (CGCC) will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014, the same weekend as the Vancouver bonspiel
  • Riverdale finals day (and banquet) are Sunday, April 6, 2014, the same weekend as the CGCC in Edmonton

The executive committee was unhappy with these scheduling conflicts, but due to ice availability the only other option was to end the season one week earlier, which meant less curling for all 56 teams. It was decided that the best approach would be more curling for all teams, and early notification for any teams that choose to participate in the Toronto playdowns and the CGCC/Edmonton Bonspiel to help them plan their season.

New web server installed!

Welcome to the new web server! Everything should be roughly the same as last month, but everything should work much faster!

(If you spot any problems just comment below, or email [email protected] any time)

Intermediate Skills Clinic a hit!


Riverdale & Rotators’ first annual intermediate skills clinic was a huge hit – over 50 curlers ready to get their form torn down and built back up again, plus have some lunch!

The excellent coaches (from left) Holly, Danielle, Brian and Matt – cuties and bundles of sunshine too! – took us through explanations and demos of balanced delivery, stance, line, grip, sweeping, plus talked strategy and tactics. (Photo credit: Gerry Lewis)

Wes Delve who has curled for years told me “I’ve been sweeping left-handed this whole time!”

In the last segment of the clinic, the coaches gave us some game situations to play strategically, such as “your team is down by 3 going into the 7th end.” As I set my broom down for my lead’s opening rock, I heard Holly behind me say “NOPE.” We chatted quickly and I realized I was picking a  bad shot, strategy-wise!

After such a productive day, we’re sure to see high interest in this clinic next year too. Watch here and in the newsletter for signup next year!

Trivia Note: do you recognize anyone in this Start Curling commercial?

Registration Night!

September 11 at 6:30pm – Come one, come all, come on down to Pegasus and meet the players you’ll be up against this season! Or if you already know them, remind yourself why you love them so much! If you haven’t registered yet it’s first-come, first-served for the final team slots, so don’t be late!

Riverdale & Rotators at Pride!


Riverdale and Rotators will be at Toronto Pride June 30th and July 1st, showing off our summer tans and out-of-practice shouting skills – come say hi!

League members are welcome to join us in working the street! (no, not like THAT!)