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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!

Welcome the New Board

2012 May 9
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by KenPoklitar

The annual picnic was recently held and we also held the annual meeting. At the meeting we had the voting take place for the President, Vice President and general board members. The new board is as follows:

President: Ken Poklitar

Vice President: Buck Krawczyk

Board Members: Dennis Dunn, Pat Popovich, Uly Suchil, Wayne Garman, Darin Henley, Tim Given, Joe Glaeser, Landon Russell

Thanks to outgoing board members Rob Klein, Randy Sabbagh and Michelle Richter. Also big thanks to Wayne Garman our President for the past several years who is stepping down as President but staying on the board.

The first board meeting will be after curling on May 20th at Cover 3. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Welcome to Spring Curling Season 2012!!

2012 March 9
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by WayneGarman

 

Welcome back!!!  The second half of the Lone Start Curling Club’s season will start this Sunday, March 11 starting at 8:00AM.

This first session will be a combination event.  There will be an open house sheet so new people can be introduced to curling.  There will be education sessions on other sheets to help you work on your delivery sweeping or strategy.  And if you would just like to throw some rocks, there will be a sheet available for practice.

The charge for this session is $20.00 for members.  If you had a credit outstanding from the fall season, it can be used for this session.  For any new people, there is no charge, although donations will be accepted.

As a reminder, think of this session as starting 2 ½ hours early.  Firstly, Sunday is the time change …. spring forward everyone!!   Secondly, due to scheduling conflicts at Chaparral Ice, we can only have the ice from 8AM to 10:30AM.  So remember to set you clocks and alarms!!!

I will handle one house, where you can ask me any questions dealing with curling.  Strategy, delivery, sweeping, who will win the Brier or just about anything else is fair game.  So please come out and pick my brain.  Think of it as an interactive “Wayne’s Game”.

League play will resume the next Sunday, March 18, starting at our regular time of 9:30AM.

It is almost spring, and club elections are looming.  Our annual meeting will be held on Saturday, April 28.  It will be held at a park, so watch your email for details.   Elections include the positions of President and Vice President, as well as 8 board members.   So if you have interest in any of these positions, please consider standing for election.  A nomination sheet will be at curling for the next few weeks.

On a personal note, I will not be standing for election as President for next season.  As many of you know, my crazy travel schedule had me missing many games this past season, and prevented me from devoting time to this position.  I will however, stand for election to the board.

As always, feel free to send me your comments, questions, suggestions, criticisms or good jokes.  I welcome them all.  Good curling!!!

UT School Project – Lone Star curlers in action

2012 February 16
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by KenPoklitar

University of Texas student Jessica Smith recently completed a school project that involved creating a website and video of Lone Star Curlers in action!

Click on the ‘Who’s in the “cool” club?’ menu item to find us!

Thanks Jessica!

p.s.
Hope you got an A+!

Lone Star Curling on KEYE-TV

2012 January 9
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by KenPoklitar

Lone Star Curling Featured on KEYE’s We Are Austin Live!
A group of Lone Star curlers spent Friday morning with Hunter Ellis of the KEYE We Are Austin Live  TV show. Pat Popovich was interviewed about how to curl as the rest of our group curled in the background. Eventually Hunter took a few shots and for a beginner did a great job. He hopes to join the club in March.

The story aired on KEYE today (Monday January 9th) at 4 p.m. It was great TV segment covering all aspects of the sport.

Here is a video of one of the segments from the show.

Spirit of Curling

2011 December 3
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by BuckKrawczyk

Curling is a game of skill and traditions.
Curlers play to win but never to humble their opponents.
A good curler NEVER attempts to distract an opponent.
A curler never deliberately breaks a rule or any of its traditions. But, if a curler should do so inadvertently and be aware of it, he or she is the first to divulge the breach.
The spirit of the game demands good sportsmanship, and honorable conduct.
Shake hands and say “Good Curling” before a match.
Shake hands after saying “Good game” after a match.
Only the thirds decide the score. Everyone else on each team will stay outside of the house.
Sweepers walk down the sides of sheet out of the view of the thrower and skip.
Sweepers stand to the sides of the house so the thrower can see the broom.
Never walk across a sheet in front of a thrower.
If you burn a rock (touch it with your broom), say so.
Have the rock ready for the thrower on the other team.
As soon as the thrower clears the hack, be in position for your throw, keep the game moving.
Don’t argue with each other during a game, the skip is the captain. Chat after about any misunderstandings.
If you want to point out an error concerning a player on the opposing team tell your skip to mention it to their skip.
Make sure your shoes are clean before you step on the ice.
Curling is a POLITE sport. Sportsmanship is first, winning second.

Good Curling!

Knowing your Role on the Team

2011 November 20
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by KenPoklitar

What are the different roles?

  • Shot making – Each person makes 2 shots an end.  Your delivery is the most technical aspect of the game of curling. It is something that can be practiced and improved. The more consistent your delivery is, the more likely the result of your shot is going to be positive.  The skip will communicate the turn, the weight and the line of the shot that is required but you need to make the shot.
  • Sweepers – The sweepers themselves are responsible for judging the weight of the stone, ensuring the length of travel is correct and communicating the weight of the stone back to the skip. The people closest to the rock has the best ability to judge the weight. The sweepers also need to be aware of the shot called.
  • Line calling – The skip evaluates the path of the stone and calls to the sweepers to sweep as necessary to maintain the intended track.
  • Shot calling – The skip is the in-game strategist for the team. The skip is the person who makes the decision what shot is called. The skip needs to communicate this information to the person making the shot.  The skip needs to be aware of the strength and weakness of each of his teammates and take that into account when calling a shot. The skip also needs to be confident enough to be willing to take advice when necessary. Watch your opponent’s shots.

After each shot, each player needs to review how they performed their role. A shot may have been missed because of any or all of the roles being performed poorly. A shot can be throw perfectly but if the sweeping, line calling or shot calling was not done correctly, the result will be a miss instead of a perfect shot.

If you have weaknesses in one or more roles, how do  you improve?

  1. Watch and talk to better players. What are they doing different compared to you? Don’t be afraid of asking for advice. Communicate with your teammates.
  2. Practice when possible. For shot-making, practicing your delivery is more important than playing a practice game.
  3. Read about curling. There is some good information on the internet.
  4. Watch curling. The Canadian tsn.ca will show a lot of curling starting in February. Watching some of these games will make you amazed and it will seem like they are playing a different game.