After not getting to curl at all last year due to equipment failures, organizers of the local club are excited to get this year’s season underway.
John Haun, president of the Mayerthorpe Curling Club, said registration will be held Oct 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the curling rink. People can also find the registration forms on the club’s Facebook page.
Haun said the club wasn’t sure if they would hold a season this year so they gauged the interest from the community.
“We had quite a few parents reach out to us to see if we were running,” said Haun. “People are looking for something to do this winter.”
Last year, the compressor used to make ice failed. With a $90,000 price tag to fix, the club wasn’t able to come up with the money in time to save the season. However, several organizations, businesses and local residents donated to help the club buy the new equipment.
“The club membership really helped out donating money as well,” said Haun.
The club had to put ice in this year to text the new equipment so either way the rink as going to have ice.
“COVID was a concern but we had to put the ice in regardless so we sent out communication to past players and posted online to see what the interest was,” said Haun.
The club already had eight youth signed up before the weekend. Haun said the junior curling club is strong in Mayerthorpe. In 2018, there were about 30 junior curlers.
“I’ve curled my entire life and to see 30 young kids sign up to curl is exciting,” he said.
Haun said he doesn’t know how many people will sign up to curl this year. With clubs in nearby communities deciding not to hold a season, they could see registration go up.
However, it won’t be curling as people know it. The biggest change is how social distancing rules will affect the game. For example, the skip and the third must stand six feet apart.
“You won’t be able to hide your strategy anymore,” said Haun, with a chuckle.
Also, there will only be one sweeper allowed to sweep at a time, as opposed to the usual two.
Regardless of rules changes, Haun said the club is excited to be able to offer the community an activity to do this winter.
He said players don’t need to sign up as a team. Any single registrations will be matched with a team.