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Texas Stars on February 1st, Join us please!

2013 December 20
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by KenPoklitar

texasstarslogoWe are thrilled to announce that we have access to some discounted tickets to the February 1st game against the Toronto Marlies at 7:00 p.m.. Not only do we get to watch some great hockey we are also able to promote the sport of curling. We will have a booth at the game where we will be able to talk curling and promote our upcoming Olympic Learn-To-Curl event that happens the following weekends.

If you don’t have your tickets yet, please contact Darlene Barnes who can help you with the order.

 

 

Lone Star Curling Club on KEYE TV

2013 December 19
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by KenPoklitar

Chaparral Ice had KEYE TV come to the rink last week to show the public all of the winter activities that takes place at the rink. First up was the Lone Star Curling Club. Pat, Joe and Landon all came into the rink before 5 a.m. to promote the club and our upcoming Olympic Learn-To-Curl events in February.

The article and video can be found here.

Thanks a lot Pat, Joe and Landon!

Web streaming of USA Olympic Trials

2013 November 10
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by KenPoklitar

The USA Men’s and Women’s Curling Olympic Trials are being held from November 10 until November 17. The schedule of games can be found here.

There will be web streaming found here.

NBC Sports Network will start showing the curling on November 15th. Check your TV schedule for more details!

About Us!

2013 November 7
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by KenPoklitar

During the 2010 Winter Olympics, television viewers watched more curling than any other sport. Why is curling so popular? Because it’s fun, competitive, challenging and anyone can do it. The Lone Star Curling Club invites you to come visit us on anytime we are curling.

History
The Lone Star Curling Club was founded in 2006, in Austin, Texas and is an affiliate of the United States Curling Association. We welcome anyone who wants to learn more about curling and encourage you to contact our club to find out more about this great sport. Regardless of age, whether you’re 16 or 86, curling is for everyone and previous curling experience is not required in order to participate.

Membership
If you’re interested in joining the Lone Star Curling Club, please contact our membership director, Darlene Barnes for more information.

Interested In Curling?
Check out the information on the Go Curl part of our website or better yet, come see it first hand.

Curling is for the Family!
Here is a great video about a Canadian family making the decision to have 2 of their kids curl instead of playing hockey. Although curling is big in Canada, hockey is even more popular but maybe it shouldn’t be!

Welcome back to league play!

2013 August 15
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by KenPoklitar

It is almost that time of year again when we begin our fall league. The fall league begins one month from the day I write this.

Curling will be on Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. This is a delay of one hour from our previous start time and hopefully everyone enjoys the extra hour of sleep!

Full-time curlers will pay $23 per game which is an increase of $1 per game. The season will still be 9 regular games and 1 playoff game. Spares will pay $25 per game. Both must pay the $55 membership fee. The membership fee is good for one year.

We are trying to make the teams more competitive which means we are encouraging the top teams to split up. We understand the social aspects of our league and that people like playing with family/friends and we’ll accommodate those requests as much as possible.

The first thing we need everyone to do is to fill out the fall 2013 survey. Please fill this out as soon as you know your curling status for the fall season. This allows us to start forming teams.

As usual we will have one practice session on September 8, 2013. This will be everyone’s final opportunity to practice before league play starts the following week. The practice will cost $25.

The 10-week league will begin on September 15, 2013:

  • September 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17

The fall season will cost $230 plus the $55 membership fee.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone again next month!

Ken Poklitar

President Lone Star Curling Club

p.s. We still have one chance to curl in the summer. We will be curling on Friday, August 16 at 9:45 p.m..

Last Chance for Summer Curling…

2013 August 14
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by KenPoklitar

How do you improve Summer Curling? You make it happen on a Friday night. Bring your friends and family out on Friday August 16th at 9:00 p.m..

If you have never curled this is the perfect opportunity for you, your friends and family to get on the ice on a hot summer evening and learn the game. You will get USCA-certified instruction, access to equipment as well a free Learn-To-Curl shirt (picture left).

You will get 30 minutes instructions off the ice learning the basics. You will then get almost 2 hours of instruction on the ice where you will learn how to throw a rock as well as how to sweep. Sounds easy? Curling is easy to learn but very difficult to perfect!

If you already curl, this is the opportunity for everyone to practice your skills. You can either play in some practice games or focus your time on improving shot making. This is the one time of year when we have the ability to practice so don’t miss out!

New curlers click here to get more details and payment options!

Members click here to get more details and payment options!

If you have questions send an email to our membership director Darlene Barnes .

 

Curling on the Today show!

2013 February 5
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by KenPoklitar

The Winter Olympics start in one year and the Today Show is starting to get in the Olympic spirit. And what a better way to do it then to show off the great sport of curling.

Fall 2012 Season Registration is Open!

2012 August 15
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by KenPoklitar

We have opened registration for the Fall Season. Click on that link and fill out the form. After you submit you will be redirected to our Pro Shop page.

We have reserved 13 weeks with Chaparral Ice for the Fall Season. The cost will remain at $20 per game.

The 1st week is September 9th and is a Learn To Curl, Skills Improvement and Practice Games session. For those of you who did not participate in the summer curling, I recommend you come to this session and get back into curling!

The fall schedule is as follows:

September 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
December 2, 9

The price for the games will be $220 (11 games) and there will be 1 bye. Note, this might change based on the number of teams we have registered.

The annual membership fee has been decreased from $65 to $50.

For those of us that pay the annual membership fee ($50) and the fall league play ($220) on or before September 1st, will have a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card that will be drawn on September 9th after curling. Either pay by check or by PayPal.  

Unfortunately our cost for ice at Chaparral Ice has increased this season and we have lost 15 minutes. We can still charge $20 but it is for 15 minutes less. The good news is that we should still be able to play 7 ends in most games. To do this we need everyone’s help in setting up the ice before the games and helping after the games as well as being ready in games to make your shots. We will now have access to the ice at 9:45 and we need to be off the ice at 11:45. We need as many people to come early (9:25 or so) and help with moving rocks and getting ready to putting the hacks in, pebbling the ice and setting up sheet C.

One other change we have decided for Fall Season is we are going to mix up the teams. This will allow everyone to get to know new people as well as even out the strength of the teams which is more fun for everyone.  If you have one friend or family member you want to curl with, we will allow that but otherwise we will mix up everyone.

Thanks and let me know if you have any questions or concerns,

Ken Poklitar

Cool Fun In the Summer Time

2012 June 25
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by BuckKrawczyk

Fortunately, when the thermometer hit 104º today, I was working inside. When I finally ventured out at 6:00 pm it was still 100°. Ahhh…the dog days of summer have officially arrived, with many more to come.

I can’t wait to get out of the heat and onto the ice for a few weeks this summer. The Lone Star Curling Club is offering a four-week session for those wanting to learn the sport and others who want to improve their game. Four dates; three in July, one in August (more info).

Up north – above the border and near it on this side – I think it would be easier to find a moose with a pink umbrella drink than a curler on the ice in the summer time. Most curling clubs shut down from April/May to September and many folks move from the rink to the golf course (it is, after all, the Scot-invented summer sport).

That is why I love summer curling in Austin. Getting on the ice during the dog days of July and August is better than Snow Beach, Lake Travis and SUP’ing put together. But more than that, it’s a chance to share in the excitement of introducing new curlers to the game and watching them get hooked. As for the rest of us? Keep perfecting those curling skills and take advantage of any ice time we can get. Perhaps one day our skills will be good enough to compete successfully on a national or  international level. Keep those summer sessions coming!

In the meantime, my personal goal is simple – keep my flip flops from melting between the car and the front door of the rink….

Bonspiel Fun

2012 May 9
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by BuckKrawczyk

My son Jono, who is 17, and I have been curling for the last two years in Austin. I got back into it after the 2010 Olympics; before that I had curled many, many (ok, too many) years ago in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor. They held the U.S. Men’s Nationals there in ’73? Or was it ’74? The memory has faded but not the love of the sport.

To be able to curl in Central Texas has been ridiculously fun. But it’s not just getting back on the ice and curling, which would be more than enough. No, it’s given us a chance to spend time together every Sunday morning competing, socializing and improving our games. Afterwords, we analyze our efforts over brunch. If only we could get more ice time to work on those improvements.

Last weekend, we competed together in our first bonspiel, the Texas Open in Dallas. The Dallas club did an outstanding job putting the event together with teams from all over the U.S. and Canada competing. We played in the golf outing on Friday morning, then had two games Friday evening and two on Saturday. While we didn’t win the curling competition, we walked away with something more. A weekend together having a blast competing, meeting new friends from other clubs (love the Canadians), and learning from those who’ve been curling for dozens of years.

But the best part was spending time with my son. With all the time demands and craziness in our daily lives, it’s rewarding when you have a weekend of quality time doing something you both love and can share. These times will  be cherished.

Yay for curling!