Boxing Day Family Spiel
The Annual Boxing Day Family Spiel will be help at the club December 26. The registration sheet will be posted in the club lounge next week so be sure to sign up and have some fun!
The Grandiose Gamble Mixed In-Club Bonspiel will be held on Jan. 6,7,8. All members are welcome to play. The field is limited to 120 players. Sign up as an individual and the teams are drawn out of a hat. For registration details see below…..
All individuals on the waiting list from the 2016 Bonspiel will have an automatic entry for the 2017 Bonspiel.
Registration Opens Wednesday, December 7, 2016, and Closes Sunday, December 10, 2016 @ noon.
When registering please include 1st and 2nd preferred playing position, (Skip, Vice, Second or Lead), and number of years curling. You may also include one other person and your email address.
The registration can be found at:
If there are more registrants than available positions, names will be drawn at random and the lottery registration winners will be notified by email.
Once you have been notified, the entry fee of $35 each can be paid on-line, on our website, by Cash or Cheque (Payee: “Burlington Curling Club”) at the bar.
Please pay by December 23, 2016
BCC Pro Shop
We have some new stock recently arrived and on display in the Pro Shop. There are some great Christmas gift ideas, including a good supply of brooms, replacement broom heads, gloves, stabilizer throwing devices, and grippers. if you don’t see it, we may have what you want in storage.
BCC Annual Food Drive
The Women’s Day Section will be holding their annual food drive for the Salvation Army. The donation box will be located in the club lounge next week.
Men’s Skyway Bonspiel January 26-28
The Men’s Skyway Spiel will be held January 26-28. Be sure to put your team together and play in one of the best spiels of the season. Great value, great competition and lots of fun! For information on registration…. Click here
BCC Business Women’s Fun Spiel February 5, 2017.
The Business Women’s Fun Spiel will be held February 5 at the BCC. Be sure to register and come out and have some fun!. For registration information, ….. Click Here
4th ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE SEXES March 3-4, 2017
Signup will open on Friday, December 16 on the bulletin board in the lounge. Cost is $300 per team ($75 each). For more details please contact Rob DePodesta at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stop Watches – What do all those numbers mean???
Many players now use stopwatches to help them determine the speed of the rock so they know when to sweep it. The stopwatch can be an effective tool, but it is important not to rely on it as the only factor in determining whether a rock needs to be swept. Many good teams have one sweeper with a watch and the other just using their eye, and together they determine if the rock needs to be swept. If you are using a watch, here are some measurements commonly used.
Total time – this measures the rock from the hog line to stop. The time is useful if the rock stops in the 8 foot circle or better. If it doesn’t the result can be distorted. A common total time at the BCC is 25 seconds.
Touch time – this measures the rock during a players slide from the time it touches the back line to the time it touches the hog line. (some teams use T-line to hog line). A common time at BCC for a draw is around 3.8 seconds, but it is important to note that these times vary depending on the person’s delivery and the speed of the ice. This method assumes everyone has the same rate of deceleration as they slide to the hog line, but often this varies from player to player if…..
1. The person does not use a toe coating, leans on their delivery device somewhat or drags their knee increasing drag during their delivery. Touch times for these individuals would be slightly lower as the increased drag causes them to push out of the hack harder and reach the hog line sooner to achieve the same result as a free sliding player.
2. The persons slides very freely because they have toe coating on their drag foot, use a thick, fast slider, and do not use a broom to help support their slide, so the broom does not touch the ice and consequently does not increase drag. Touch times may be slightly higher as they require less effort to achieve the same result, increasing the time they take to slide to the hog line.
3. The person adjusts their delivery by using a slight push or pull of the rock with their arm at the hog line. These rocks are difficult to time properly unless it is done very consistently by the player.
Most players who play on a team regularly get to know their players and can learn to adjust their expected times depending on who is throwing.
So if you don’t have a stopwatch, try to use one and see if it helps you determine rock speeds as you are sweeping.
Hamilton and District Bonspiel
The Men’s and Ladies sign up sheets for all divisions are posted in the Ladies locker room or for the Men in the club meeting room. Be sure to register your team and have a fun week! January 9-15, 2017
Bantam Bonspiel …………………………….. December 10
Christmas Dance …………………………… December 10
Little Rock Bonspiel ……………………… December 11
Womens Day Section Xmas Fun Day .. December 19
Men’s Day Section Christmas Bash …. December 20,22
Boxing Day Family Spiel ……………………. December 26
Dec 10,11 …………………….. No Practice
Dec 14 ……………………… 5:00pm – 6:30pm All members welcome – One sheet reserved for Jr. practice.
Dec 17 ……………………….. 8:30am – 9:30am All members welcome – One sheet reserved for Jr. practice
Dec 18 ………………………… 8:30am – 9:15am All members welcome
Dec 19 ……………………….. 11:30am – 2:30pm All members welcome
Dec 21 ……………………….. 5:00pm – 6:30pm All members welcome
The club is generally open and accessible about 45 minutes before the first draw each day. Weekdays this is generally 8:15am or on some Thursdays when there is an 8:30am draw, it is at 7:45am. On the weekends, the club is accessible about a half hour before the practice times begin or if there are no practice times scheduled, a half hour before the first draw begins.