The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all walks of life, and curling is no exception. While the incidence of the virus in New Hampshire is well below that of other parts of the country, caution is still the watchword.
A survey of LRCA members in July showed about 70 percent of respondents indicating that they would be likely to register for a Fall season in which rules of play would require social distancing, the use of masks, and changes to the game, such as the use of a single sweeper. In all likelihood, the resulting league would operate with fewer teams, and some undermanned legacy teams might need to combine in order to reach playing strength.
In addition, LRCA organizers are considering an alternate, lower-intensity form of the sport called sturling. This involves teams of two playing with six stones for six ends. There is no sweeping. Here’s a link to the rules of the game.
All decisions about a Fall season of any sort depend on the opening of Pop Whalen Ice Arena by Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation. That decision, which will involve the readiness of local schools and hockey organizations to use the facility, has yet to be announced. When it is, the LRCA will notify all members and the local community of its plans.