After hunkering down for the past year, Lakes Region Curling is up and running for 2021-2022. Registration is now under way for the Association’s Fall 2021 season.
Running from mid-October to mid-December, the Fall season offers eight weekly curling matches at Pop Whalen Ice Arena in Wolfeboro. Matches take place from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Sunday evenings.
LRCA matches put a premium on friendly competition, sportsmanship, and fun. League play is open to men and women aged 14 or over. No previous experience is required, and participants may join as individuals, with a partner, or as part of a complete team. All equipment is provided, and organizers will assist unaffiliated registrants in finding a team.
Curling accommodates a variety of playing styles. While some players prefer to use the traditional crouch and slide delivery for the stone, others employ a walking delivery using a “push stick.”
A learn-to-curl clinic for new curlers will be held in early October.
In a nod to the fact that some things have changed since LRCA members last competed in March 2020, teams in the Fall 2021 league will be limited to four members apiece on the ice for any match, in order to promote better social distancing. The Association will adhere to all state and local health regulations, and LRCA organizers encourage all curlers to be vaccinated for Covid-19.
The Fall league will accommodate a maximum of eight teams, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sometimes referred to as “chess on ice,” curling originated on the marshes of Scotland in the early 1500s and came to North America with British colonists in the 18th century. First demonstrated at the 1926 Winter Olympics, it became an official Olympic sport in 1998.
For information about the ancient sport of curling in general and Lakes Region Curling Association in particular, visit the remainder of the organization’s web site.