Curling School

Curling School is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to curl, or is relatively new to curling and would like to improve his or her curling skills. The school is open to paid students and adult club members, and consists of a core curriculum of basic skills, and additional elective curriculum of more advanced skills. Each week, you will receive personal instruction in the classroom and/or on-ice from experienced instructors. Curling school is designed to help the new curler become more proficient and more competitive, but above all, to make curling more fun!

Core curriculum

The first 3 weeks of Curling School are primarily aimed at first-year curlers. In these sessions, participants will learn the basics of the curling delivery, rules and etiquette of the game, and techniques of effective sweeping. New curlers are encouraged to attend all of these sessions.

Elective curriculum

The last 4 weeks of Curling School focus on more advanced aspects of curling, including strategy of the game and some more advanced techniques that will enhance your enjoyment and proficiency. The elective curriculum is appropriate for curlers with 0-5 years of experience. We ask that curlers RSVP for these sessions by contacting the instructors.

Syllabus and schedule

Lead Instructors: Roger Rowlett (USCA Certified Level II Instructor), Mary Jane Walsh (USCA Certified Level II Instructor)

Meeting time: Sundays, October 18-December 13, 3:30-5:00 PM (Note: no meeting Nov 29 or Dec 6)

What to bring: Wear warm, loose-fitting clothes. Bring a pair of athletic shoes (sneakers or tennis shoes) with clean soles or a pair of curling shoes (see below). Brushes will be provided, or can be purchased. A limited number of grippers and sliders can be provided by the club.

What to purchase: It is highly recommended that each student purchase two grippers and either a slip-on slider or a gripper-slider. Club members are encouraged to purchase a pair of curling shoes as soon as possible. It is easier to learn to curl with a slider or curling shoes. (Consult with an instructor before purchasing shoes.) For the session on interval timing and for club competition, you may want to consider purchasing an inexpensive stopwatch.

Eligibility & Fees: Curling School is open to adult and college members of the Utica Curling Club at no charge. Adult non-members may register for $100 at the first meeting.

Signup: Contact Roger Rowlett to register. Participants will be registered on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Instructors' Corner

A collection of curling instruction articles first appearing in the Utica Curling Club Curlogram.
  1. Curling Equipment
  2. Foot Behind the Rock!
  3. Drag Effect
  4. Takeouts
  5. Generating Weight
  6. Leads
  7. Sweeping
  8. Grip and Release
  9. Safety on the Ice
  10. Angles
  11. Practice
  12. Timing
  13. Why Rocks Curl
  14. Rock Placement
  15. Rock Placement II
  16. Seconds
  17. Thirds
  18. Non-verbal communication
  19. Angles with math
  20. More about sweeping
  21. Keeping skips happy
  22. All about stones
  23. Slow play
(c) 2015 Roger Rowlett and Mary Jane Walsh. All rights reserved.

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Upcoming Events

1)  Mon Oct 12, 2015 06:00 pm
Learn to Curl Clinic
A crash course curling skills clinic designed to get new members ready for leagues. Subject to member interest. Free to new members.
2)  Mon Oct 12, 2015 07:00 pm
Rink draft
Rink League skips choose their teams.
3)  Sat Oct 17, 2015 04:00 pm
Our House is Your House Bonspiel
Full bonspiel experience for guests and new members. Dinner and dancing afterwards. Fees and details.
4)  Sat Oct 17, 2015 06:30 pm
Opening Party
Meet new members and catch up with returning members as the UCC rings in the new season.
5)  Thu Nov 05, 2015 07:00 pm
Branch Colts International
An invitational international bonspiel (open format) for teams composed of men and/or women with 5 years or less of curling experience. Thu-Sun, Nov 5-8. Details.