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League and end-of-league potluck

Hopefully everyone had a merry Thanksgiving, and hopefully not too many of you showed up to curl last weekend, only to be disappointed because we didn't have a session!

The final session of fall league curling is this Sunday, December 4, 6pm-8pm. Team #4 has a bye, but all other team have a game to play (and Team #4 members can show up and play as subs, or play pickup, or practice!).

We will celebrate the season and the fun we've had by having a potluck dinner after Sunday's curling, starting around 8pm. Bring some food to share with your curling buddies!

Squaw event—note changes in logistics!

It turns out that the special Squaw Valley curling event (teaching about 50 newbies to curl) will take place on Wednesday, December 14, and not on Thursday, December 15. The time of the actual event is still 6:30pm-10:00pm. There might be some people who were planning to help with the event who can no longer make it; there might be some people who weren't planning to help with it who are now able & willing to do so.

If you are game to help out with this event on the new (correct) day, please email info@tahoecurling.com and say so. If you were going to help, but because of the change of day, you now can't (or won't), please email info@tahoecurling.com and say so.

FYI, the Squaw event will also be at the little rink located at The Resort at Squaw Creek...I misspoke when I indicated that it would be up on the hill at Squaw's High Camp.

Learn-to-curl

Sunday, December 11, the week after our last league curling session, we will have a learn-to-curl. Get the word out! As usual for learn-to-curls, we'll start with some off-ice training at 5:30pm, and finish up at 8:00pm.

Good curling,  Ray

LTEC membership

It's time to sign up to be an LTEC member for 2017! Only $60, and as always, we promise that pretty much all of that money goes to LTEC's umbrella organizations, USA Curling and MoPac (Mountain Pacific Curling). In other words, we promise that we're not trying to make lots of money off our members. Please see membership paperwork here. Please give your completed paperwork and check (or cash) to Chris Sullivan.

Amazon Smile

At no cost to you, a tiny portion of the money from your purchases on amazon.com could go to help fund LTEC! Go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and set up Lake Tahoe Epic Curling as the recipient of your/amazon.com's largesse. Then whenever you buy something on amazon.com, make sure to go to http://smile.amazon.com/ to check out.

MoPac 5-under

There are always bonspiels (curling tournaments) going on all over the place where you can take your game on the road and have a fun weekend (usually Friday-Sunday) curling. I don't push most of these (although lots of them are awesome). But I will make a special exception here for the 6th Annual MoPac 5-Under bonspiel at Seattle's Granite Curling Club on 2017 May 5-7. What's a 5-Under bonspiel? It's a bonspiel where people who have been curling for more than 5 years are not allowed to compete, and that makes it a terrific first bonspiel experience! (As long as you don't have more than 5 years of curling experience, you can compete in it without it being your first bonspiel, too, of course.)

See details: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfIONpDy8fO730L-_wrZ7MaMR36iofwk9PQ5RSHA6m7hVKOgw/viewform

 Registration opens on 2017 December 2.   If you like the idea of doing this bonspiel, but you're not sure if you're ready for it yet, ask me!

What to bring?

Warm, comfortable clothes, rubber soled shoes,

and your sense of adventure and humor

 

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Curling tip

Throwing accurately can be tough! And it's important; if you don't throw your stones in the direction that your skip wants them to go, you're not likely to win many games.

I suggest the following steps to help you throw accurately (to throw "on broom"):

  1. Wait until your skip puts the brush head down on the ice and stops moving it around. You now have your target: it's that immobile brush head.
  2. When you get in the hack, you need to be facing that target! Make sure your hips are square to the target.
  3. Draw an imaginary line from your hack foot to your target. Note where your imaginary line intersects the tee line (the short line that goes through the center of the house).
  4. When you push off from the hack, you want to slide through that intersection point! First the center of the stone, and then your gliding foot, and then your trailing foot should all pass more or less through that point. That means that you and the stone are sliding toward your target. And it implies that the stone is pretty much lined up with both of your feet; if you're holding the stone way off to one side of your gliding foot, then it's probably not going to go where you want it to go.
  5. When you release your stone, it should continue merrily sliding straight toward your target. At some point, its rotation (remember that when you release your stone, you give it some gentle rotation!) will cause it to curve away from your target and right toward where your skip really wanted the stone to go.

In steps 2, 4, and 5, it's really easy to get focused on the center line (the long line going all the way down the ice through the center of the sheet). If you do that, then you'll be facing down the center line and/or sliding down the center line and/or releasing along the center line—and most likely none of those are what you want. I tell a lot of novice curlers that their toughest job is to ignore the center line.

Good curling,

Ray

 

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World Curling Federation - http://www.worldcurling.org/

USA Curling-  http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Curling

Mountain Pacific Curling Association - http://www.mopacca.org/

Orange County CA Curling Club - http://www.occurling.com/

San Francisco CA - Bay Area Curling Club - http://www.bayareacurling.com/

Tempe AZ - Coyote Curling Club - http://www.coyotescurling.com/

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