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Rushmore Curling Club

Rapid City South Dakota's Curling League

Time to Curl! We'll See You on the Ice - Or Come and Watch! Cheer on Your Favorite Team!

League Schedule will be located under League Results Page Tab - be sure to check and make sure you know what dates your team has a meeting with destiny! Or if you just want to see some nail biting competition you can come and Cheer for Your Favorite Team - Most Saturdays in January thru the beginning of May - 4 PM to 7 PM

MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL CURLERS AND SPECTATORS WHILE IN THE BUILDING.

Check the Schedule and we'll see you there!

It’s time to register teams for 2021 and schedule league play. The Covid-19 pandemic has played havoc with every aspect of our lives; including our curling. We’ve no idea what lies ahead, but must move on and make plans. Those plans may be interrupted, postponed, or cancelled; but we’ll plan regardless. Because of the pandemic, there are changes in operations this season.

The ice arena has virus restrictions in place. All curlers will be required to wear a mask while in the building, including during games. Social distancing will require us to play only 2 games at a time.


We have reserved Saturdays 4-7 p.m.

Four teams will play 6-end games on sheets A&D (4-5:30.)

Then four teams will play two 6-end games (5:30-7)

The number of dates will depend on the number of teams. Tentative dates are:

January: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

February: 6, 13, 20, 27

March: 6, 20, 27

April: 3, 10, 17, 24

May: 1

Curlers planning to play this season need to send dues payment. Your dues pay for DTCA & USCA dues, insurance, and ice rental fees.

This season’s RCC dues will be:

$130 per person (including sales tax.) (Any amount over this is a donation.) Memberships are non-transferrable. Every team must register at least 4 members ($520).


Send check or money order payable to Rushmore Curling Club, to:

P.O. Box 1083

Rapid City, SD 57709-1083


Payment must be received no later than December 19. Upon mailing payment, please send me an email indicating such. When your payment is received, I will send you an email confirmation. All payments will be deposited after January 1st . Once the schedule is done, you will receive an email indicating team rosters, schedule, rules, and brief instructions. Club rules are available on this web site. Please indicate your team name if known.


Also include information required by USCA for each member:

Name

Mailing address

USCA Optional information:

Telephone number

Email address (required if you wish to receive the online-only editions of the Curling News.)


Any registrant under the age of 18 must be approved to play by the club’s SafeSport administrator. Contact [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> prior to December 11 to apply.


I hope you will join us this season. As always; should you have any questions, concerns, or just aren’t sure: contact me on email or call 605-484-4477.


Herb Kistler

Rushmore Curling Club

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Welcome all new and returning players to Rushmore Curling Club’s 17th season. Every player, member, and substitute is responsible for knowing and abiding by all rules. A full list of rules is available on this website. All curlers must sign a waiver (valid for 1 year) prior to entering the ice. If you do not sign a waiver you will be required to leave the ice; you are not covered under the club’s insurance. Neither the Rushmore Curling Club nor the City of Rapid City has responsibility for any injuries. Adult waivers are available with an email request. Please print out, sign, and bring it with you; waivers will not be available at the arena. If you require a juvenile waiver, let me know.


Roosevelt Park Ice Arena runs the Zamboni at 3:30 p.m. Please arrive early to help set-up. The more people help, the sooner we get started. We need to transport equipment to the ice, set hacks, pebble the ice, place rocks on hacks and ice, run the broom, etc. If you do not know how to perform these tasks, contact a board member; you will receive instruction. At the end of games, make sure nothing is left on the ice.


We must take care of the granite curling stones; they can be damaged by mishandling. Curling rocks are extremely expensive and difficult to obtain. The carts have carpet overlays which are wider than the shelves. Please be sure the carpet overlap is on the loading/unloading side of the cart; hang scoreboards on the opposite side where the upper metal lip is exposed. To preserve the stones’ integrity, carefully be sure they never come in contact with any metal. Remember to unload top shelf first, load bottom shelf first. Stones of any handle color may occupy either level.


Ice safety: wear gripper-soled shoes, do not run, and always be aware of your surroundings. Never stand with a stone behind you, watch for other curlers, stop rocks as soon as they touch the out-of-bounds lines and prior to reaching the hacks. Use brooms to stop stones (never hands or feet); never push a stone toward someone whose back is turned.


We have 1.5 hours to play an 6-end game. Please remember that curling is played at a brisk pace. After the delivering team plays their stone, and all rocks come to rest, the opposing team’s next thrower should be in the hack ready to deliver. Under curling rules, a rock should be delivered within 30 seconds of the other team’s rock coming to rest. To keep the game moving, please try to minimize the time between throws.


I meet regularly with arena management and employees. If you have a problem or concern about ice conditions, or anything curling related, let me know. I will address any & all concerns. Do not contact any arena employee with curling issues. RCC has an agreement with the arena for one club liaison.

If you have questions during a game, please contact one of the Board members; we’ll be happy to help.


Hope you have a fun season. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Good curling,

Herb Kistler - Club President

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