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FAQ

Lone Star Curling Club

1) Where do you curl?

  • We curl at Chaparral Ice. The address is 2525 W. Anderson Lane Austin, TX 78757.

2) Who runs the Lone Star Curling Club?

  • We are a non profit organization that is run via volunteers. The list of the current board can be found here.
  • Ken Poklitar is the current President.
  • Buck Krawczyk is the current Vice President.

3) How can I contact someone on the board?

  • Our contact information can be found here.

 

Learn-To-Curl

1) How much does it cost?

  • Learn To Curls are either $20 for an hour session or $30 for a full session. Please check to see if we have a current learn-to-curl available and then register and come out and learn to curl!

2) What do I need to bring to the Learn to Curl session?

  • You do not need to bring any special equipment although some people do use knee pads. All other equipment is provided.
  • Please wear warm loose-fitting clothes and a clean pair of sneakers or rubber-soled shoes.
  • Please fill out the waiver forms listed below.

3) Each adult in your group should download and fill out the adult waiver.

4) An adult should download and fill out the under 18 child waiver for any children in your group.

5) How often do you have classes?

  • We usually have learn-to-curls 2 to 3 times a year, often just prior to a league starting and at some point in the summer.

6) Can my company send a group to learn to curl?

  • The best opportunity for a large group to learn to curl is when we have a scheduled learn to curl session. Send an email to our membership director to find out when we have an upcoming learn to curl session.
  • It is possible that we could set up a corporate event for some team building. Send an email to Buck Krawcyzk to see if we can work out an available time for your group.

 

League

1) How much does a curling league cost?

  • Curling costs somewhere between 23 and 25 dollars per game depending on what league.

2) Do I need to become a member of the Lone Star Curling Club to curl?

  • Everyone who wants to curl in a regular league (10+ games) or multiple mini-leagues (4 games) with the Lone Star Curling Club must be a member. A full-time spare who plans to curl 6+ games a year must also be a member.
  • The membership fee is paid once a year and runs from September 1st until August 31st
  • Annual dues are $55 for Adults
  • Annual dues are $30 for Children that are 21 years and younger as of September 1st.
  • All members will get a personalized name tag and a subscription to the Curling News (One per address).
  • All Adult members will be able to vote and able to run in any Lone Star Curling Club elections. All board positions are volunteers.

3) How do I become a member of the Lone Star Curling Club?

  • The first step is to fill out the membership form.
  • The second step is to pay for your membership.

4) Why does it cost so much?

  • The Lone Star Curling Club is a non-profit organization. Our game fees are determined based on the cost of renting the ice.

4) What type of equipment do I need to purchase to play in a league?

  • None. Rocks, hacks, brooms and sliders are provided. Optional equipment that you may want to purchase at some point include shoes, brooms, equipment bags and gloves.

5) How do I sign up for a league?

  • The registration page can be found at here. Anytime we have curling available that page will be updated with links to the new leagues.

6) How long are the games?

  • Most games are scheduled for 2 hours and 15 minutes. Setup starts 10-15 minutes before the scheduled game time and takes 25-30 minutes. The actual game takes about 2 hours to complete. After the game there is about 10 minutes of clean up time. Some evening leagues are only scheduled for 2 hours

7) How often will I get to play?

  • Mini-leagues are typically 4 weeks long. Regular leagues last about 3 months and usually include 11 or 12 games. The registration page will list the dates and times of the league.
  • Once the league is ready to start we create a league page that shows the standings and actual schedule.
  • Depending on the number of teams, there may be some bye weeks for each team.

8) How are teams formed?

  • Teams are formed by the club to keep even competition. Players can request to be placed with other players and those requests are generally honored.

9) Can I form my own team?

  • Yes, but it is best to work with the club to get a competitive team, and for beginners it is best to be placed with experienced curlers to help learn the game and have more fun.
  • We have had cases where 4 new players formed a team and were successful.

10) What are the leagues like?

  • The leagues are social, fun and offer good competition, a round robin format allows you to interact with all the club members.

11) Is there practice time?

  • Typically no. There is no practice before the games, occasionally the club may have ice time or special events that allow for practice. Many of our members start league play after a single Learn To Curl session and picked up the game through actual play.

12) Can I have someone’s phone number to ask questions?

  • Please send a note to our membership director with your phone number and best time to call and someone will call you.

 

Fall League (2014)

1) Disclaimer

  • The following information is accurate as of August 11, 2014.
  • It is possible that we may need to adjust the number of games played based on the final number of teams. The cost would be adjusted based on the number of games. We would issue refunds of any extra money paid. We expect 12 teams but if we get more, we may adjust to handle more teams. At this point we would rather stick with 12 teams since that works out nicely for a 14 week schedule.

2) How is the Fall league going to be structured?

  • The first week (September 7) will be a combination practice and learn-to-curl event. We will have at least 3 sheets available for practice and possibly 4 depending on the number of learn-to-curlers.
  • Each team will play 10 regular games over a 13 week time frame. Each team gets 2 byes and we are all taking Thanksgiving weekend off. The regular games will take place on September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23 and December 7.
  • The season will end on December 14th with the playoffs. Note, only the top ten teams make the playoffs. Players on the teams that do not make the playoffs will get to spare on December 14th for free if spots are available

3) What time is the fall league games?

  • The games will start at 10:30 and end at 12:45.
  • Setup before the game will begin between 10 and 10:15.
  • Ends should not start after 12:30.

4) How much is the Fall league going to cost?

  • The Fall League is going to cost $275. There is no extra PayPal fee being charged if you pay on-line.

5) Do I have to pay for the Practice session on September 7?

  • Yes the $275 includes the practice session. We are not breaking out the price of each game like we have done in the past. Members have been asking for the ability to practice for many years and we are setting aside one week for it in the fall season.

6) How do I sign-up for the Fall League?

  • The first step is to make sure you are an active member of the Lone Star Curling Club.
  • The second step is to fill out the fall league form.
  • The third step is to pay for the league.

7) How do I guarantee a spot in the Fall League?

  • The first 48 people to sign-up will be guaranteed a spot. Payment is due on September 1st. If you have not paid on September 1st it is possible your spot will be taken. We will warn you ahead of time if that is going to happen
  • We will allow more than 48 people to sign-up. After 48 people we will let you know that you are on the waiting list. You can still become a member and plan to spare as often as possible. We almost always need 2-4 spares each week. The cost to spare is $25 per game.
  • If you happened to pay for the league but there is not room in the league for you, we will issue you a full refund.

 

Winter Mini-League (2015)

1) Disclaimer

  • The following information is accurate as of December 10, 2014.
  • We have the right to cancel the league if we do not reach a reasonable threshold of players

2) How is the winter mini-league going to be structured?

  • Each team will play 4 regular games over a 4 week time frame. The regular games will take place on January 11, 18, 25, February 1.

3) What time is the winter mini-league games?

  • The games will start at 10:30 and end at 12:45.
  • Setup before the game will begin between 10 and 10:15.
  • Ends should not start after 12:30.
  • Games are a maximum of 8 ends

4) How much is the winter mini-league going to cost?

  • The winter mini-league is going to cost $100. There is no extra PayPal fee being charged if you pay on-line.

5) Do I need to be a member of the Lone Star Curling Club to curl in the winter mini-league?

  • You only need to be a member if you are curling 6 games from September 1, 2014 until August 31, 2015. If this is your first mini-league of the season then you are not required to be a member. If you have previously spared 2 times, then you will need to join the club.

6) How do I sign-up for the winter mini-league?

7) How do I guarantee a spot in the winter mini-league?

  • The first 40 people to sign-up will be guaranteed a spot. Payment is due on January 4th, 2015. If you have not paid on January 4th it is possible your spot will be taken. We will warn you ahead of time if that is going to happen
  • We will allow more than 40 people to sign-up. After 40 people we will let you know that you are on the waiting list. You can still become a member and plan to spare as often as possible. We almost always need 2-4 spares each week. The cost to spare is $25 per game.
  • If you pay for the league but there is no room in the league for you, we will issue you a full refund.

7) How will the Lone Star Curling Club communicate league information to the players?

  • You will be automatically enrolled in a league email list that will receive weekly emails during league play
  • Once the league is completed you will be enrolled in a curling email list that receive notifications when curling leagues are announced
  • You will have always have an opportunity to unsubscribe to the emails although it is not recommended during league play