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Riverdale Executive Nominations Update

Here is an update on the number of nominations received by Murray for each role so far. President: 1 Vice-President: 1 Secretary: 1 Treasurer: 1 Drawmaster: 2 Member Relations Coordinator: 1 External Relations Coordinator (nationals): 2 Comms Coordinator (website, email): 1 […]

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2019 Heat Wave Bonspiel – Thank You

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Riverdale Spare Rules Diagram

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Photos from 10th annual CGCC & 27th annual DIOTI

The photos from every day of the Riverdale Bonspiel and the CGCC are available to share!

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The secret of good sweeping

 

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!

Reminder: Circle the Winner!

The final standings and win/loss grid for 2013 have been posted in the Riverdale section of the website, but there’s a small problem: fully 1/4 of December 15th’s games have no winner circled, so the standings aren’t correct!

Please remember to circle the winner. The winning Vice should ensure this is completed, but anybody is allowed to circle if they get there first. Please help our drawmaster’s completely volunteer and not easy job!

Questions? Ask any exec member any time!

(who’s on the exec? check out the contact page of the website!)

Registration open for Vancouver’s PacRim Cup

From our friends at Pacific Rim Curling League:

This January, the greatest curlers in the world gather in fabulous Las Vegas for the Continental Cup. The gayest curlers in the world gather in Fabulous Van Vegas for the Pac Rim Cup. Where will you be?
The 31st edition of our signature curling bonspiel takes place at the Vancouver Curling Club from January 24 to 26, 2014, and is only $360 for a 4-player team.  
  • 32 teams, 3 games guaranteed
  • Cash prizes in four events
  • Saturday night banquet
  • First draw Friday 6:30 pm or 9:00 pm

Find out more and register your team today at: prcl.ca/pacrimcup

The bonspiel coincides with WinterPRIDE in Whistler.  Enjoy a fabulous weekend of curling, then hit the slopes of Whistler, dance to the hottest DJs, and help crown Mr. Gay Canada!  Learn more at gaywhistler.com.

See you on the ice in January!

Check out our upgraded mobile website!

IMG_2830We’ve upgraded our mobile website! Use your smartphone to visit http://toronto.gaycurl.ca any time to check contact lists, spare lists, and schedules.

Suggestions for content or improvements are welcome any time – just email webmaster@gaycurl.ca!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The secret of good sweeping

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Check out these great blog posts by Scott Arnold on sweeping secrets and the heat generated by your broom – with infrared video! – and sweeping fabrics and how they can improve your game.

Researchers at the University of Western of Ontario have been studying sweeping and trying to determine exactly what it does to the path of a curling stone.

Key findings:

  • A mathematical formula was created to predict where the stone would stop based on its velocity and rotation as it crossed the hogline. It was found that top sweepers could extend the path of the stone by 6 to 7 feet over the final 1/3 of the sheet.
  • With the help of the infrared camera, it was determined that an “old school” type angle of brushing [45-90 degrees] created a more even heating pattern which will ultimately have a greater effect on the path of the stone.
  • If any sweepers are beyond three feet in front of the stone, the effects of heating are minimized or lost. As well, there is no increase in ice temperature in front of the stone with a third sweeper.
  • Canada’s top teams on tour will change their broom heads 2-4 times per game. Club curlers should know that they need to purchase a couple of replacement broom heads each season. After a game or two, take off one head and replace it with the other. Take the used head home and clean it with a scrub brush, soap and water. Rinse thoroughly. Let it air dry for a couple of days and it will be ready to be rotated with the head on the broom.

Join the OutSport Toronto SCRUM!

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OUTSPORT TORONTO is holding  its 4th annual SCRUM – the conference for Toronto’s LGBT sports and recreation community – from November 22nd to November 23rd.

The keynote speaker is the courageous co-president of the Russian LGBT Sports Federation, Konstantin Iablotckii, and will be delivering a much anticipated keynote speech on Friday night.

Plus, leadership session for LGBT youth will be all about the participants helping us shape some of Toronto’s upcoming mega-events like World Pride and the Pan / Parapan Am Games. Workshops and networking opportunities will allow you to experience powerful messages to inspire you, and provide hands-on learning, enabling a stronger and more successful LGBT sport and recreation community.

Register today at www.OutSportToronto.org/conference/Scrum-2013 !

[Note: this is the same weekend as the Rotators bonspiel!]

Practice Ice Availability

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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 riverdale@gaycurl.ca 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.