Where can I curl? How do I get started?
Most clubs offer opportunities for the public to try curling and take classes. View a list of clubs here.
View a U.S. map and locate the nearest curling club by clicking here. Click on the club markers for club names and websites. Then, contact your local club for their schedule of Open Houses or Learn to Curl classes.
I’m in a Wheelchair – is there a place where I can learn to curl?
Many clubs in the United States offer wheelchair curling clinics and leagues. If you do not find wheelchair curling on your local club’s Web site, contact Marc DePerno, National Wheelchair Outreach & Development Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To begin curling, you should wear warm, loose fitting clothing and bring gloves and rubber-soled athletic shoes to your nearest curling club. (Please bring your shoes to the club rather than wearing them to help keep dirt off of the ice.) Clubs will provide stones, sliders, and brooms for new curlers. If you decide to join a league, you can purchase equipment through a number of websites.
How much does it cost to curl?
The cost to curl varies by club. Many clubs offer reduced rates for new curlers and opportunities to try curling prior to joining a league. Please contact your local curling club for more information.
Is there a curling blog?
Check out USA Curling’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/USA-Curling/107975609011 and Twitter account at http://twitter.com/#!/terry_usacurl.
How many ends are there in a game?
While a typical league game is made up of eight ends (similar to innings in a baseball game), games at the Olympics and World Championships consist of ten ends.
What does sweeping do?
Sweeping cannot make a rock move faster, only farther! Sweeping can also impact how much a stone curls. Technical information about sweeping can be found on a number of Web sites.
How heavy are curling stones?
Curling stones are typically made of granite and weigh approximately 42 pounds.
Where can I find a copy of the rules?
USA Curling Championships Rules can be found in the Championships section here.
Competitions such as the Olympics and World Championships use the World Curling Federation rules located at: http://www.worldcurling.org/rules-and-regulations.
How can I become a member of USA Curling?
To become a member of USA Curling, you need to belong to a curling club. If there is no curling club in your area, consider joining our fan club. Fan club membership includes a subscription to the U.S. Curling News. For more information, click here.
How can I get on the next Olympic team?
Every four years, Olympic teams earn the right to represent the United States through a competitive process. All U.S. Olympians started curling in their local clubs and train hard to compete at the top levels of the sport. Your first step on the road to Olympic gold is joining your local club.
I’m a 4th grade student and we’re studying the Olympics. My report is on curling – please send information.
I collect Olympic pins and Olympic autographs … I love curling … can you send me something?
Olympic pins and Olympic team photos are available for sale through the USA Curling national office. Due to restrictions from the USOC, we can sell Olympic pins only in the United States.
How can I get in touch with an Olympic or Paralympic athlete?
Our Men’s and Women’s Olympic and Paralympic teams for 2014 will have Facebook and Web pages through which you can contact them.
I run an ice arena – how can I add curling to the list of activities we offer?
If you are interested in introducing curling in your arena, contact USA Curling Growth & Development Manager, Kim Nawyn, at email@example.com.
I want to start a curling club in my area. What should I do first?
If you are interested in starting a curling club, contact USA Curling Growth & Development Manager, Kim Nawyn, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I get curling stones?
USA Curling offers a deferred purchase stone program sponsored by the World Curling Federation. For more information contact USA Curling Growth & Development Manager, Kim Nawyn, at email@example.com. There are also several curling equipment suppliers that sell stones in the United States and Canada.