AND IT'S EPIC !
AND IT'S EPIC !
We won't be curling this coming Sunday or the Sunday after. During these sad weeks, please spend 2 hours each day working on your balance and your leg strength so that you'll be ready to curl when you get back on the ice.
We'll be having a learn-to-curl on Sunday, January 22, 5:30-8:00pm. Spread the word!
One week after our learn-to-curl, we'll begin our next league. That means that you really want to get out there and curl on January 22 to prepare yourself, and it also means that you need to start figuring out who's on your team!
In the most exciting curling development thus far of 2017, our own long-lost Mike Lynn came curling on January 1! As I understand it, Mike is going to be back in Tahoe for real, and should once more be a regular with us. Yay!
As you're aware, there aren't a lot of bonspiel opportunities for us that don't involve air travel. Historically, there have been a bonspiel in Roseville ("The Crush") on Labor Day Weekend and a bonspiel in Fremont on Memorial Day Weekend.
Wine Country Curling Club is going to host another bonspiel ("The Barrel") in Roseville on 2017 March 24-26 (Friday-Sunday)! See here for [somewhat minimal right now] details. Registration opens on Wednesday, January 11, at 9am, and I would not be surprised to see it fill up quickly—quite possibly before noon.
Seattle's Granite Curling Club will be hosting a "25 and Under Spiel" 2017 March 4-5. See here for more info.
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"):
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.