Curl BC News

Playdown registration has opened

By Rebecca Connop Price

It is time for teams to register for their chance to represent BC at nationals!

Up to 40 qualification events will be staged across the province – giving athletes the chance to compete close to home. Registration has now opened. Visit for your chance to take part.

You are only a few wins away from being a BC champion!

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Silent auction raises $2,600 for fund

By Rebecca Connop Price

A silent auction at the 2017 Curl BC Business of Curling Symposium raised $2,600 for the Curling for Life Endowment Fund.

Items up for auction included tickets to a Canadians game at the Nat Bailey Stadium, signed golf hats, a golf club, tickets to the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Penticton, a digital picture frame, pins, entry to the Four Foot Curling Camp in Kelowna, books, whiskey, a subscription to The Curling News, gift cards, golf packages, bottles of wine and more.

Curl BC Board member Janice Mori said: “I am so pleased that the curling community responded to the call for donations and didn’t hesitate to bid on the items available.

“Stay tuned for more opportunities later this year to bid on tickets for the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Penticton.”

Curl BC CEO Scott Braley said: “We would like to thank Janice Mori for her work leading up to this auction and to all the wonderful people who donated items.”

The Curling for Life Endowment Fund was created by a group of dedicated curlers with the purpose of supporting the long-term growth and development of the sport. The fund is dedicated to making sure curling remains vibrant now and into the future.

The fund is an investment fund managed by Vancouver Foundation, which pools donations and invests them prudently.

Each year a portion of the income generated from the fund is transferred to Curl BC and distributed according to the purposes that define the fund.

Curl BC hotel sponsor Best Western and Curl BC insurance sponsor belairdirect were also present during the Business of Curling symposium and offered draw prizes including gift cards and hotel stays.

Our generous silent auction donors included Terry Vandale, District of Elkford, Will Sutton, Sharon Morrison, Curling Canada, George Horner &Jackson Triggs, Elaine Dagg-Jackson and Cal Jackson, Jim Cotter, Dean Joanisse, Scott Braley, Marlene Everett, Lisa Stephenson, Robyn Wilson (Sandra Schmirler Foundation), Team Tardi, Margaret Coates, Cheryl Paris, George Karrys (The Curling News), Kelsey Mori and Leo Cheng, Peter Muir, Dianne Barker, Robin Henry, and Gerry Austgarden.

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Helmet use recommendation information for curling centres

By Rebecca Connop Price

In June 2017 Curling Canada implemented a Helmet Use recommendation. This recommendation was implemented as a proactive safety measure to help protect young curlers, new curlers and curlers who are at increased risk of falling on the ice, such as curlers over the age of 60.

  • Curling Canada recommends helmets be mandatory for anyone under the age of 12.
  • Curling Canada recommends helmets be CSA-approvedhockey headgear.
  • From age 12, parents should sign waivers or, helmets are worn until the age of majority in that province/territory.
  • Curling Canada strongly recommends that anyone in a Learn-To-Curl program(adults or juniors) wears protective headgear.
  • Curling Canada strongly recommends that anyone who is vulnerable(related to experience, medical, etc.) wear protective headgear on ice or, sign waivers if choosing not to wear protective headgear.
  • Curling Canada will work to develop an ongoing concussion awareness education program that can be circulated to through Curl BC.

How should the hockey helmet fit? (Courtesy of the SkateCanada website)

  • A hockey helmet should fit snug to prevent any shifting and maximize protection. Make sure the chinstrap can be adjusted so it gently makes contact under the chin when fastened.
  • For an adjustable helmet, open it to the largest setting and gradually begin to downsize the helmet until a comfortably snug fit is achieved. The helmet should rest on the head so that the rim is one finger width above the eyebrow and making contact with the top of your head.
  • Although most helmets are lined with protective foam, some helmets will feel better than others. Try on different brands of helmets for fit and comfort.
  • All CSA certified helmets have a sticker indicating their certification.

Why hockey helmets?

  • Hockey helmets are designed to help protect against head injuries occurring on ice, whether from a fall or collision. A bicycle helmet, for example, is designed to protect against head injuries should a fall occur while riding a bicycle. It is important to ensure that when a curler is on the ice, they are protected with equipment designed for their sport or activity.

If curlers in our centre are using protective head gear other than hockey helmets, should we be thinking of changing our policy?

  • If curlers in your centre currently use protective headgear other than a hockey helmet, it is a good start. But the recommendation is to use CSA-approved hockey helmets going forward, so if your club does invest in headgear, Curl BC would strongly recommend getting hockey helmets. Any new curlers should be encouraged to get hockey helmets, and should not invest in different gear. Here is a link with more information on Which Helmet for Which Activity:

Are used hockey helmets acceptable?

  • Hockey helmets and face protectors sold in Canada must meet safety standards set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). If the CSA sticker is not present, throw the product away. Hockey helmets normally last for about three to five years. Hockey helmets must not be used if previously subjected to a major impact or if older than five years or if showing visible signs of damage or if parts are missing. Hockey helmets must have labelling with the date of manufacture and have a chin strap. It is important that the helmet fit properly in order to ensure proper protection.

What is the cost of a hockey helmet?

  • Most hockey helmets retail for approximately $50. Many CSA approved hockey helmets are adjustable and could be used for many years of curling within the club.

I am a coach. What can I do to communicate this recommendation?

  • Coaches should encourage and positively reinforce the use of hockey helmets in curling. This can be done by continually reminding curlers about safety. It is recommended that coaches also wear helmets to model good behaviour.

How can I identify a hockey helmet that is CSA approved? Where will the logo appear on the hockey helmet?

  • The CSA approved logo will be found on the back of the hockey helmet affixed to the outer shell of the helmet. For more information about CSA standards visit

Our centre currently does not mention helmets in our waivers. Should we update our waivers?

  • It is recommended that all clubs update their waivers to mention the new recommendation. To assist with that, Curl BC Participation Manager Melissa Sim has created two types of waivers which your curling centre is welcome to use. Centres should be aware that waivers should be signed every year and should not be considered ongoing, as this could result in your centre not having the proper protection.
  • Template Adult Waiver
  • Minor Curler Informed Consent and Assumption of the Risk

Is there still a risk of concussion for curlers using a helmet?

  • Helmets do a good job of protecting against MOST brain injuries, but not all. It is still possible to get a concussion while wearing a helmet. For more on brain injuries, concussions and helmet policy in sport, visit

Any BC curlers who have questions about the helmet recommendation can contact Melissa Sim at

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Template waivers created for member curling centres

By Rebecca Connop Price

Two template waivers that your centre can use to ensure curlers are aware of the risks associated with the Roaring game have been created.

The first waiver is for adult curlers, while the second deals with youth (minor) curlers.

Both waivers, which were created by Curl BC Participation Manager Melissa Sim, incorporate the recent helmet recommendation from Curling Canada.

While the waivers do not specify that all U12 curlers wear CSA-approved helmets, Curl BC supports this particular recommendation and supports the work of your centre to ensure the safety of your curlers, young and old.

Curling centres should be aware that waivers should be signed every year. Signing a waiver at the start of a curler’s membership in your centre may not be enough to protect your centre against liability claims. The template waivers can be downloaded from

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Two new World Curling Tour events in BC

By Rebecca Connop Price

Two new World Curling Tour events will be hosted in BC in 2017.

The Ashley Home Store Curling Classic will take place at Penticton Curling Club from Nov. 3-6 with a purse of $66,000. The event has attracted curlers from across the country and internationally including Team Kevin Koe and Team Reid Carruthers, as well as Norway’s Thomas Ulsrud.

The other new event for BC is the Fort St John Cashspiel, from Nov. 10-12 with a purse of $8,000.

The full list of World Curling Tour events includes:

  • The King Cash at the Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge from Sept. 15-18 (Men’s and Women’s). Purse: $13,000.
  • The Prestige Hotels and Resorts Curling Classic at Vernon Curling Club from Sept. 29-Oct. 2 (Men’s and Women’s). Purse $17,000.
  • The Hub International Crown of Curling in Kamloops, from Oct. 20-23 (Men’s and Women’s). Purse: $26,000.
  • The Ashley Home Store Curling Classic at Penticton Curling Club from Nov. 3-6 (Men’s). Purse: $66,000.
  • The Fort St John Cashspiel at Fort St John Curling Club from Nov. 10-12 (Men’s). Purse: $8,000.
  • The Dawson Creek Cashspiel at Dawson Creek Curling Club from Nov. 24-26 (Men’s). Purse: $12,000.
  • The Driving Force Abbotsford Cashspiel at Abbotsford Curling Club from Nov. 24-26 (Men’s and Women’s). Purse: $18,000.

For the men’s 2017-18 schedule and to register in any of these events visit

For the women’s 2017-18 schedule and to register in any of these events, visit

The World Curling Tour recently merged with the Europe-based Curling Champions Tour, and boasts over 250 events.

The WCT has pledged to continue expanding into new regions in the hopes of developing young teams and providing them with a place to enjoy the sport and hone their skills.

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