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 23-December 11, 3:30-5:00 PM (Note: no meeting Nov 27)

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 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 *Updated 2 November 2015*
  21. Keeping skips happy
  22. All about stones
  23. Slow play
  24. It's a team sport
  25. Five ways to blow a curling game
  26. When is one better than two?
  27. Reading the Ice
  28. Being a skip
  29. Sweeping at the 2016 Brier
  30. New Sweeping Rules for 2016-2017
  31. Curling Etiquette
  32. Mixed Doubles
  33. Curling New Year's Resolutions
  34. Commonly Confusing Rules
  35. New Curling Rules for 2017
  36. Curling Equipment-2017 Update

(c) 2015-2017 Roger Rowlett and Mary Jane Walsh. All rights reserved.

If you have a question, or an idea for an article, contact Instructors Corner

Upcoming Events

1)  Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:00 am
Olympics Open House
Enjoy Olympic Curling? Experience it yourself at our Open House! Off-ice and on-ice instruction. Open to the public. Ages 12 and up. $10 per person.
2)  Thu Mar 01, 2018 06:00 pm
Glengarry Challenge
Club women's championship. Members only. Thu, Sat-Sun, March 1, 3-4.
3)  Sun Mar 04, 2018 06:00 pm
Olympic Curling School
Sundays, March 4, 11, and 18.
4)  Thu Mar 15, 2018
Gordon International Bonspiel
The 123rd match between 20 teams each from the Grand National Curling Club and the Canadian Branch of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. Thu-Sat, March 15-17.
5)  Thu Mar 22, 2018 05:45 pm
Rose Bonspiel
Closing club bonspiel. Members only. Thu-Sat, March 22-24.