Participants (above) in the 2016 USA Curling College National Championship, which took place in Chaska, Minn. Submittted photo 2017 college curling season off to fast start By Gordon Maclean, Chairman, College Curling Championship T
he college curling season is picking up the pace as the long-stand- ing college bonspiel series and inaugural bonspiels grab up spots on the calendar.
Tere are eight scheduled college bonspiels on the ledgers before the holi-
day break in December. Students are out organizing their campus clubs, recruiting new players and looking for existing on-ice expertise as they scramble to put together teams to drive for the National Championship. By the time you read this, the Wisconsin-Green Bay/St. Norbert College
“Season Opener” ’Spiel at the Green Bay CC and the “Back to School” Spiel hosted by current national champions the University of Pennsylvania at the Philadelphia CC will be in the books. Coming up, we have back-to-back “Super Weekends.” Te first weekend
in November we have a pair of bonspiels at Broomstones CC and Stevens Point CC, the next weekend at the Denver CC and Rochester CC. Aſter a couple weeks off, the circuit comes back for a third “Super Weekend” with college bonspiels at the Rice Lake and Schenectady clubs. At stake is an invitation to the 2017 USA Curling College Champion-
ship. Tis year the Championship will be hosted by the Utica Curling Club, Whitesboro, N.Y., March 10-12. Schools earn Merit Points by participating and winning at college-only
bonspiels held throughout the year. Te 16 schools earning the most points by mid-February will receive an invitation to participate in the National Championship. Schools can, with certain limits, also earn points by organizing and play-
ing in smaller format events, like head-to-head, triangular or quad meets that allow them to play against nearby rival schools with shorter available ice time slots.
Sweeping rules Most everyone is aware of the recent debates concerning changes in
brush head technology. Many have questioned what this means to the Col- lege Curling Qualifying Events and Championship. ALL College Curling Qualifying Events and the College Championship fall under the following portion of the official USCA policy: “Te USCA recommendation regarding brush heads for recreational
play – including at the club level, recreational bonspiels (non-Order of Mer- it cashspiels), and for events not leading to USCA national championship events, World Curling Championships, and the Olympic Winter Games – is that all types and styles of commercially-available curling brooms be
allowed for use. Te regulation of sweeping equipment at the recreational level is ultimately at the discretion of clubs, leagues, and event organizers. Curlers are encouraged to follow the Spirit of Curling when deciding which sweeping equipment to use.” Which means that college curlers will be permitted to use current com-
mercially available styles and materials of brush heads for upcoming events. For more information on college curling in the U.S. – including current
Merit Point Standings, upcoming events, recent results and school contact information – visit our website www.collegecurlingusa.org
our Facebook Group “US University and Varsity Curling.” If you have questions about USA College Curling, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
// UPCOMING COURSES, CAMPS, ETC.
OCT. 21-23 World Curling Federation Olympic Celebration Tour, Denver CC, Golden, Colo.
OCT. 22 Level I Instructor Course, Hibbing CC, Hibbing, Minn.
OCT. 29 Arena Icemaking Course, St. Louis CC, St. Louis, Mo.
NOV. 5 Level I Instructor Course, Aksarben CC, Omaha, Neb.
NOV. 12 Level I Instructor Course, Waltham CC, Triumph, Ill.
NOV. 19 Level I Ice Technician Course, Denver CC, Golden, Colo.
DEC. 3-4 Level I and II Officiating Course, Evergreen CC, Beaverton, Ore.
Level I Instructor Course, Minot CC, Minot, N.D. To learn more about any of the above events, visit the USA Curling website at www.usacurl.org
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