By Justin Seward
The Bow Island Curling Club will kick start its new season on Nov. 16.
Open league will begin on Nov. 16 and go every Monday night at 7 p.m.; men’s league will run on Wednesdays (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) starting on Nov. 18 and junior curlers will hit the ice in January.
“We’re excited to give it a try,” said Logan Murray, Curling Club president.
“We have to follow Alberta Curling regulations with COVID.”
Curlers will have to stay on their own sheet, rocks will be sanitized between every game, hand sanitizer will be located throughout the curling rink, no more hand shaking and different rules for sweepers on the ice.
Alberta Curling implemented the one sweeper rule, an idea Murray says the Curling Club is still toiling with.
“That’s probably what we’re going to end up having to go with,” said Murray.
A change the games will see is curlers going down the sheet and back up the other way to limit walking past each other constantly.
“Every other sheet will start on opposite ends, so not everybody is at the same end at the same time,” said Murray.
Curlers will have to come ready to curl, as there will be no locker rooms available.
The lounge will be open for players.
“You can sit in the lounge at a table with your team only, there will be no mixing of teams at the tables,” said Murray.
“All the drinks will be mixed and served to you, so you won’t be touching all the bottles and all that kind of stuff,” he said.
There are 13 men’s teams and six open league teams this year.
The Bow Island Curling Club is looking for more players and for those that are interested can call (403) 545-2070 to register
“Once we got the regulations from Alberta Curling, we thought it would be fairly easy for us to follow those and we thought people might want to get out and do something this winter. They’ve been locked up for quite a while,” he said.
Bonspiels are scheduled in 2021 on Feb. 4-6 (men’s), March 5-6 for the family and mixed on March 19-20.
“We’re just trying to see how the leagues operate before we take on trying to organize a bonspiel,” he said.
The annual season-opening cash bonspiel has been pushed back to a later date.