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Covid 19 Safety - Updated to comply with Covid-19 Guidelines.

  • Extracted from the Return to Play Guidelines of Curling Canada and CurlON.  (Click Here) and modified for Venerables.

PLAYING THE GAME.

  • Doors open 30 minutes before draw time and close them 5 minutes after the draw starts
  • Instead of a hand shake, give a friendly wave or tap brooms to start the game. Players stay on the same side of the sheet. For example, if you are playing on sheet 2, always walk or position yourself on the sideline to sheet 1. This will keep players 10 feet apart. See video for a pro demonstration here. (Click Here).
  • Inserted are two small markings, located four feet from each aside of centre ice (roughly 69 feet from the end boards). See Distancing Illustrations below.

    Non-Delivering Team: The two sweepers of the non-delivering team should be positioned on these marking while the other team is throwing. The player of the non-delivering team whose turn it is next to deliver should be positioned at hogline on the same side as the two sweepers. The Skip (or Vice-Skip) will stand on the backboards but no closer than the hack.

    Delivering Team: The Skip has control of the house. The player whose turn it is to deliver is in the hack. The non-sweeping player is on the backboards. The sweeping player is at the T-Line. Once the stone has been released, the player who delivered the stone proceeds down the centre line of the ice until the halfway point to the marking or to the hog line if it is their turn next. After the stone comes to rest, the sweeper proceeds to the halfway markings. The non-sweeper travels to the halfway mark or the hog line depending on their turn to deliver or not.

  • As it is a labour-intensive activity to sanitize the scoreboard numbers after each game, consider other methods of keeping score (example: record on one person's phone).
  • One sweeper only on all delivered stones. No relaying (second sweeper taking over halfway down the sheet). The person in charge of the house is not allowed to sweep under any circumstance.
  • The skip of the non-delivering must remain in the hack area until all stones come to rest. They are not allowed to sweep the opposition stone behind the tee-line. Lessening of physical distancing restrictions would/could allow this guideline to be removed.
  • The skip of the non-delivering must remain in the hack area until all stones come to rest. They are not allowed to sweep the opposition stone behind the tee-line. Lessening of physical distancing restrictions would/could allow this guideline to be removed.
  • The skip or vice skip (not both) of non-delivering team must stand at the hack until the other team is finished playing and has relinquished control of the house.
  • The skip or vice skip (both teams) may not sweep any stones (both colours) set in motion by the delivering team.

 

 

Updated.

Safety Tips

 

YOUR SAFETY IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

Any player who feels he cannot play on a 3-man team during the regular curling schedules (because of sweeping problems or it is just too much for you), please let your Board Captain know.

  • Warm up before the game. Stretching and warming up muscles before going out on the ice can help prevent injury.
  • Never use street shoes. Always change your street shoes to appropriate curling shoes. It is highly recommended that you wear a gripper on your sliding foot when sweeping for more stability.
  • Use the shoe cleaner provided on the walkway before stepping on the ice.
  • Always be careful when stepping off the ice. Always put your slider foot up first.
  • Never stop a rock with your hand. Your fingers can be crushed, especially if the rock hits another rock while you're trying to stop it.
  • Never use your foot to stop a fast-moving rock. You could lose your balance and fall. Use your broom to stop a rock.
  • Always carry your broom , which you can use to avoid or break a fall in case you lose your balance.
  • Play only your rocks. Do not switch rocks with any other player. Do not move any rocks other than your ,with your hands, use your broom.
  • Watch for stray rocks and prevent rocks from going onto another sheet.
  • Keep the rocks on the ice at all times. Slide the rocks, never lift them.
  • Keep your feet on the ice. Walk or slide, never hop or run.
  • If you can't keep up with a fast-moving rock while sweeping, stop and step aside.
  • Never go onto the ice when your balance is impaired from sickness, excessive alcohol, etc.
  • Always keep walkways 'clear' of equipment - place unused brooms, grippers, etc., as far away from the ice as possible. Never leave brooms unattended laying on the ice.
  • DO NOT KNEEL OR REST YOUR HANDS ON THE ICE AFTER YOU DELIVER A ROCK - stand up immediately. Body heat causes depressions in the ice which can negatively affect the path of curling stones.
 
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