BCC 2020-21 Season Survey Results
Please click on links below.
BCC June 2020 Survey – Board Summary Report
BCC Survey 2020 Responses
Message from the President – July 21, 2020
Thanks to everyone who completed the survey and for taking the time to write comments with messages of support and suggestions – they are helping us decide what curling could look like this coming season. Most of you who responded are interested in curling again this year, but of course there are many concerns about safety, changes to play and socializing. Below is a summary of what we know so far, please note that in order to keep this long message from becoming a novel, we have not included all measures being considered but I have tried to include those that will have the greatest impact on people’s enjoyment. Some actions and policies are very likely to be implemented, others are under consideration, still others are possibilities. We are documenting all the provisions and changes and will make that document available closer to opening. If you have particular concerns that have not been addressed or raised in the survey, please contact me.
Safety and behaviour
We will follow all guidelines from the government and curling bodies regarding sanitizing frequently touched surfaces as well as minimizing the surfaces that need to be touched. We will be removing shared equipment such as brooms, delivery devices, and stabilizers.
The locker rooms will be closed and we will require that curlers come dressed for play, the lounge will be used to change shoes. We are still working on ideas of how to arrange the start of draws, entering and leaving the club and ice, and to reduce the number of players in close contact.
We will require members to wear masks both in the club area and while playing (non-medical grade). Many people voiced their concerns about masks both by how they voted and by writing comments. We recognize that these concerns are legitimate and wearing masks will cause problems for people, especially for those who need to wear glasses during play and for those who have difficulty breathing with a mask. Some of the changes in play will reduce these concerns but they will not remove them. We regret that some members will not be able or willing to play under these conditions. The board strongly believes that masks will make us all safer.
Our club has a deserved reputation for supporting each other, we see this every time we curl by the welcome we get from other members. We ask that you extend this spirit to supporting the decision to wear masks to protect your friends.
We are waiting to see if we will be allowed to open the lounge for drinks and socializing. If we are, that will affect mask wearing in the lounge and we will follow the province’s guidelines.
We will create a record of attendance at the club to enable contact tracing.
Changes to Play
We will be allowing only one sweeper per rock and only one player at a time in the house. Please see the CurlOn recommendations for a description of how play might proceed – we will be making adjustments to this policy as we approach opening. We will likely reduce games to 6 ends to allow more time maintenance and to reduce the overlap between draws. We will also likely have markers on the ice to help player maintain distance. We are considering other changes such as staggered starts, no extra ends, and not using the scoreboard.
Thanks again for your input and I hope we will be curling soon.
If you click on the link above you can download a PDF of the latest guidelines for reopening curling clubs that our curling associations have released..
If gives you an idea of how our game will be affected and some of the steps, we as a club, will have to take to open. Most key steps are noted above in Andre’s message..
This document will be constantly updated by the curling associations and can be found on the OCA website. We are learning more all the time and our hope is that with the upcoming Phase 3 opening and with Oakville opening for their summer league we can get a better feel of what affects Covid 19 will have on us and our sport.
If we can reopen safely and control the spread over the next month we will be much more confident that we can open in October.
Some of the things to expect:
The Board will decide when we can open and then we will be sending out invoices for the season.
We are thinking of giving members the option of starting in October or waiting until January to start.
Masks will be mandatory. Non medical grade masks are recommended.
The US Curling Association is making mask wearing mandatory for all their competitions.
We are planning another more detailed survey as we get more information and see how the battle against Covid 19 plays out in the coming month.
Hopefully by October the Province will allow full opening and we can have more than 50 people in the building. (Once we are allowed into Phase 3)
We are closely monitoring our phased reopening of the Province and with Oakville CC opening up their summer curling league soon we hope things will go smoothly and we are able to open in October.
If we feel we can safely open we will email everyone’s invoices.
We have been running financial scenarios with various opening dates and estimated membership numbers and its affect on bar and food sales. Alyson Sweetlove and other Directors are working with Jim to figure out our options. We are exploring borrowing options as well as assessment amounts that might be required to make it through to 2021-22 season. We want to be open and transparent with the membership so we will share what we find.
Stay safe everyone!
Please let the Office know of any changes for next season
The board has decided to proceed with the billing of membership fees this summer even though we are not positive we can or should open. This is a huge job for Paula our office manager so if you know you will not be curling or are changing the leagues you are playing in please email Paula to let her know.
It can save her hours and hours of work if everyone lets her know of any changes ahead of time.
We realize we do not have a clear picture of what the situation will look like in October and we may not even be able to open but if you know you are not curling or are changing a league please reach out now. If your situation changes between now and October please just let Paula know.
Welcome to Our Club
The Burlington Curling Club is one of the finest curling clubs in Ontario with five sheets of quality curling ice, first-rate food and beverage service, and a friendly atmosphere that fosters the love of the game on and off the ice.
If you are interested in membership information, please go to the “Club” dropdown box and click on “Membership” to access information on the Burlington Curling Club Leagues, 2019-20 membership rates, and our $99.00 introductory special.
We also offer an introductory Learn to Curl league for people new to our sport. See details below.
If you are interested in joining the BCC, please go to the “Club” drop-down box, then to “Membership Form”. Fill out the form and submit it. There is no cost to do so. You will be contacted within a few days confirming the receipt of your application. Many of the BCC sections have short waiting lists so it is important to apply early.
You can contact the Club Manager, Jim Holland anytime at 905-634-0014 or jwhbcc@gmail